NOAA winter forecast, courtesy of Shawn Novack.

Environment / Nature

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration releases winter forecast

Water Resources Association Conservation Program Manager Shawn Novack writes that the forecast favors warmer, drier conditions across the southern tier of the U.S., and cooler, wetter conditions in the north thanks in part to an ongoing La Niña.

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Environment / Nature

New water efficiency standards being developed in California

Two laws highlight water efficiency and conservation and are meant to outline certain roles and actions to be carried out by the California Department of Water Resources, the State Water Resource Control Board and water suppliers.

Environment / Nature

Smart water leak detector available for home use

Shawn Novack writes that options include devices that can be connected via Wi-Fi to alert of leaks or other issues.

Irrigation check. Photo provided by Shawn Novack.

Environment / Nature

Water Resources Association provides water-wise landscape tips

Shawn Novack writes that to have enough water in the future, we must avoid wasting water in our homes and gardens today. 

Irrigation check. Photo provided by Shawn Novack.

Environment / Nature

Water Resources Association provides irrigation and landscaping tips

Conservation Program Manager Shawn Novack writes about drought tolerant plants and water efficiency.

Photo courtesy of Water Resources Association San Benito County.

Environment / Nature

Keeping an eye on the water supply

Shawn Novack with the Water Resources Association writes that the biggest water user in the residential sector for this time of year is landscape irrigation.

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Housing / Land Use

Understanding the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

Explanation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and the process for creating a Groundwater Sustainability Plan.

Map of Pacheco Resevoir expansion

Agriculture

Pacheco Reservoir Expansion Project Awarded $485 Million State Grant

Grant allows San Benito County Water District and its partners to move forward with planning for critical water supply expansion.

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Agriculture

COLUMN: Water Irrigation System Inspections

As the temperatures start heating up in summer, your water use will go up as well.

Smaller turf areas with drought tolerant planst and rotating, low-volume sprinkler.

Housing / Land Use

May is Water Awareness Month

May is Water Awareness Month since it starts our local irrigation season. Fifty percent of residential water use is dedicated to landscapes.

West Hills Water Treatment Plant

Agriculture

Frequently Asked Questions about the new West Hills Water Treatment Plant

Frequently asked questions on the new West Hills Water Treatment Plant and the Hollister Urban Area Water Project

San Luis Reservoir in 2015

Housing / Land Use

California Drought Response and Continued Need to Conserve Water

Many Water Projects are slated for California, but Water Conservation Needs to be a Way of Life

Bay Delta

Agriculture

A fix for California’s water situation?

Department of Water Resources certifies environmental documents, approves California WaterFix

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Agriculture

The status of the drought and atmoshperic rivers

How atmospheric rivers ended the drought in California and how we need to manage our water supply

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Agriculture

Improved water quality coming soon to West/Central Hollister

New treatment plant improves drinking water, helps preserve groundwater basin, protects against drought, and aids in meeting state water discharge requirements