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Santa Monica to Build Underground Storm Water Runoff Tanks

Monday, December 14, 2015

A $5.2 million proposal to build underground tanks to capture much of the runoff that pollutes the Santa Monica Bay after big rains is getting underway early next year, officials said.

Read the full story here.


Drought emergency: The need for a biodiversity policy

Monday, December 14, 2015

California ecosystems are losing their resilience and their ability to sustain native plants and animals. In the past, even in droughts, there were natural refuges to sustain native species. Today, most of these ecosystems are changing rapidly from human impacts and many have deteriorated to critical condition. Refuges are scarce.
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California Christmas tree farmer: '90 percent of what I planted died'

Monday, December 14, 2015

Christmas trees are the latest casualties of California's devastating drought.Northern California tree farmers are reporting that this year's crop is suffering due to the water shortage. 

"Ninety percent of the seedlings we planted last year died," says Jim Beck, who owns Patchen California Christmas Tree Farms in the Santa Cruz Mountains. "We simply couldn't get water to them in time."
Read the full story here.


Pismo Beach approves building moratorium because of California’s drought

Monday, December 14, 2015

After months of delaying a decision, the Pismo Beach City Council has implemented its first building moratorium in nearly three decades in response to the statewide drought and what officials expect could be a drastic drop in water supply next year.
Read the full story here.

 


Waterwise: A how-to guide to a rain garden

Monday, December 14, 2015

Rain gardens are similar to retention basins, but smaller. They are landscaped areas planted with wild flowers and other vegetation that soak up rain water coming from a roof, driveway or other surfaces.

Take a look on how to make them here.

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