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Huge Reservoir Could be Expanded to Store More Water

San Luis Reservoir, 7 miles long and a key part of California’s water supply irrigates farmland across the Central Valley and provides drinking water for Silicon Valley and other cities. A $1.1 billion plan by the federal government will strengthen the huge earthen dam, but more than earthquake safety work is involved.

(June 27, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report
State Lawmakers Weigh Buying Out Farmers to Save Water

A proposal in the state Senate would spend up to $1.5 billion to buy “senior water rights” that allow farmers to take as much water as needed from the state’s rivers and streams.

(June 6, 2022) → Read the full Santa Cruz County Sentinel report

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Guest view: Be aware of your water

May is Water Awareness Month. It’s also the start of our irrigation season when water use starts to go up dramatically. Over 60% of residential water use is for landscape purposes in the summer. This is especially important since we …

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Cities, districts adopt mandatory watering restrictions

As the statewide drought continues and with San Benito County cut off from one of its primary sources of water from outside the county, local regulators and elected officials have begun implementing mandatory conservation measures for residents and businesses. The …

Image caption: Saving water has become more crucial in California’s drought crisis.
How to Save Water: Simple Steps You Can Take

Saving water is more important than ever in California, due to the region’s worst drought conditions in 1,200 years. Here are some steps you can take to help.

Image caption: With drought getting worse, California needs to increase water use efficiency.
How California Can Increase Water Savings By 30 Percent

California can increase water savings in urban and suburban areas by 30 to 48 percent using nothing but existing technology, a new report from the Pacific Institute says.

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More watering restrictions on the way to San Benito County

Due to critically dry hydrologic conditions, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) is updating water supply allocations for Central Valley Project (CVP) municipal and industrial water service contractors.  Effective April 1, water supply for all Central Valley Project Municipal & …

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Sierra snowpack signals deepening statewide drought

Seven years ago April 1, during the height of the last drought, California Gov. Jerry Brown stood on the barren slopes of the Sierra Nevada, watching as engineers measured the worst snowpack in state history. Friday’s snow measurements aren’t quite …

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Committee passes ‘Clean Water for All’ bills

On World Water Day, March 22, the Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials passed three bills that aim to protect the state’s water sources and access, according to a press release from Assemblymember Robert Rivas.   The first piece …

Image caption: A new report is sharply critical of California's laws and rules for granting water rights.
Bringing California Water Laws Into the Future

California’s outdated water rights laws have failed to account for the effects of climate change, says a new expert report, which makes some strong recommendations.

Image caption: There are more than 300 community service districts in California.
Community Services Districts, Explained

Community service districts can do most anything a city government can do. Here’s how they work and how to start one.

Image caption: Hernandez Reservoir is among the water sources in San Benito County.
San Benito County Water Districts, Explained

Here's how San Benito County and its quartet of water districts delivers water to its residents and businesses.

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