Despite recent rain, California is still in the depths of a drought. Conditions have improved, but barely. Most of the state is still in exceptional or extreme drought. In the South Bay, a million residents will soon be hit with the toughest water restrictions of any major urban area in California. Late Wednesday, the state PUC gave final approval to San Jose Water Company’s plan. Approval by state regulators means the call to cut water use is no longer voluntary for South Bay residents.
California got an A-grade for its efforts to protect the state’s beaches in the latest coastal survey from the California-based Surfrider group.
The survey looked at how states with coastlines managed sediment, coastal development, coastal armoring, and sea-level rise.
The state’s proactive coastal policies earned a high rating.