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Will Green Lawns Return to Sacramento as Water Restrictions Ease?

Last summer was a rough one for Don Engineer, the owner of Prestige LawnCare, a landscape maintenance company that services homes in the Sacramento region.

“Last year was really bad because of the restrictions and the fines,” Engineer said. “People were scared, so they stopped watering their grass and the grass died.” But as dry skies and triple-digit heat make their annual return to the Sacramento region, business seems to be looking up for Engineer and his three employees. Communities across the region are relaxing or outright lifting the unprecedented outdoor watering restrictions enacted in 2015.

Del Mar Adopts Climate Action Plan

Del Mar became the second city in the county to declare its goal of switching exclusively to renewable energy by 2035, according to a climate action approved Monday by the city council.

The document, which follows a similar plan approved by San Diego in December, spells out measures to reduce the city’s carbon emissions. It directs Del Mar to explore ways of purchasing renewable energy directly and aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 15 percent by 2020 and by 50 percent by 2035.

Does LA Have Enough Water for the Next 25 Years?

A comprehensive plan approved this week by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power lays out strategies to continue providing water to this drought-afflicted city for the next 25 years. As KPCC notes, the plan says the area will have enough water–even if the drought continues and population increases by 500,000.

 

Sewer Rate Hearing Set for Tuesday Afternoon

Ramona Municipal Water District directors will hold two public hearings at their June 14 meeting — one on sewer rate increases and the other on the draft 2015 Urban Water Management Plan update that is state-mandated.

The hearings will be held in conjunction with the board meeting, which will begin at 2 p.m. in Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane.

 

OPINION: Regional Investments to Provide Regulatory Relief Under New State Rules

Strategic efforts by the San Diego region to secure safe and reliable water supplies over the past 25 years are expected to provide significant drought relief to local water agencies and water users under rules adopted in May by the State Water Resources Control Board.

State regulators replaced state-mandated conservation targets with a supply-based approach that considers each agency’s specific situation and water supplies — an approach the San Diego County Water Authority and others have sought for more than a year.

 

U-T, Voice of San Diego Among Media Nominees for SDCTA Awards

Three city of San Diego programs were nominated Wednesday for Golden Watchdog Awards, which are handed out annually by the San Diego County Taxpayers Association. Nominees for the Media Watchdog Award are Ashly McGlone of the Voice of San Diego for “Several Years and $1 Billion Later, San Diego Schools Are Actually in Worse Shape,” a story on the impact of a pair of voter-approved construction bonds on facilities in the San Diego Unified School District; and Lauryn Schroeder of The San Diego Union-Tribune for “How One Firefighter Made $210K in OT,” which details city of San Diego overtime expenses.