Tuesday, June 2, 2015

State agencies brace for a summer of drought

Today promises to be a busy day for state agencies as they discuss how they're responding to the drought and its many impacts. In Sacramento, the State Water Resources Control Board will unveil April per capita water use information and discuss enforcement measures, while the state Board of Food and Agriculture discusses the (often erroneous) public perceptions of farm water use.

Both meetings will be streamed live online. Watch the water board's 9 a.m. meeting here and the food and ag board's 10 a.m. meeting here.

Meanwhile, Monday was the deadline for senior rights holders in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta region to submit their voluntary plans for cutting their water use by 25 percent. I'll be checking on how many farmers have signed up, what they're doing to reduce their water use and what it could mean for the future.

In the photos above, which are courtesy of the Department of Water Resources, crews are seen putting the finishing touches on a temporary barrier to keep saltwater out of the Delta during the drought. The person speaking in the final photo is Paul Marshall, chief of the DWR's Bay-Delta Office.

I'll be working up several stories on the developments. Look for our comprehensive drought coverage at CapitalPress.com.

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