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August 2015 Drought News Release Archive

Drought Prompts Fish Rescue at San Joaquin Hatchery

August 11, 2015 - On Wednesday, August 12, 2015 officials from the California Department of Fish & Wildlife will be evacuating rainbow trout in the San Joaquin Hatchery that are threatened by overheating water. A fourth year of extreme drought conditions has reduced the cold water supply in Millerton Reservoi, forcing the transportation of fish to Shaver Lake, approximately one hour away
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State Announces $30 Million in Rebates to Help Replace Old Toilets and Turf

August 12, 2015 – The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today announced two new rebate programs to help Californians replace inefficient toilets and tear out water-guzzling lawns, further conserving water during the state’s historic drought.
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California State Climatologist: Do Not Count on El Niño to End Drought

August 13, 2015 - State Climatologist Michael Anderson said today that California cannot count on potential El Niño conditions to halt or reverse drought conditions. “Historical weather data shows us that at best, there is a 50/50 chance of having a wetter winter. Unfortunately, due to shifting climate patterns, we cannot even be that sure,” he said.
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San Diego Water Board Cracks Down on Over Watering that Leads to Pollution

August 18, 2015 - The San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board (San Diego Water Board) is cracking down on water wasters throughout its region to stem pollution that is generated by overwatering.
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California Water Use Drops 31.3 percent, Exceeds 25 Percent Mandate for July

August 27, 2015 - Despite continued hot conditions, Californians surpassed June’s conservation rate and reduced water use by 31.3 percent during July, exceeding Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s 25 percent mandate for a second consecutive month since the new emergency conservation regulation took effect.
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DWR Seeks Final Public Comment on Key Draft Groundwater Regulations

August 31, 2015 -- The Department of Water Resources (DWR) will hold three public meetings this week to solicit final public review and comment on the draft regulations that establish a process for local agencies to follow should they seek to modify the boundaries of a groundwater basin.
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