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Water Agencies Fall Short of Conservation Mandates During Peak Summer Months
Just in time for sweltering summer weather, the State Water Board announced a suite of enforcement actions against water agencies that failed to meet the Governor’s emergency mandate to reduce water use by 25%. The enforcement actions are based on recently released June conservation data, revealing large disparities in the amount of water used in various areas of the state, with the highest water use concentrated in Southern California.
While many communities made significant sacrifices to achieve their reduction targets of up to 30%, other areas fell far short of conservation targets. The State Water Board initiated immediate enforcement action against 17 agencies—primarily located in inland Southern California—that missed their conservation targets by more than 15%. For example, the Rancho California Water District in Temecula, and the Fallbrook Public Utility District in Northern San Diego County continue to use upwards of three times the amount of water as the average Californian!
California Coastkeeper Alliance strongly supports the State Water Board enforcement actions, as a matter of fairness to those communities who have made sacrifices and changes to comply with conservation mandates. CCKA is working in close partnership with the State Water Board and other agencies to urge California’s worst water wasters to take immediate measures, including restricting outdoor water use, dedicating more resources for education and outreach, and increasing resources for local enforcement.
For California Coastkeeper Alliance's full press release and list of California’s worst water wasters here, click here.
For media inquiries, contact Sara Aminzadeh at 415-794-8422.
SB Channelkeeper Responds to Oil Spill
In the wake of May’s oil spill, where a pipeline ruptured and spilled an estimated 21,000 gallons of oil at Refugio State Beach, the local environmental watchdog organization Santa Barbara Channelkeeper issued the following statement:
“Channelkeeper is sickened to learn of the oil spill in the Santa Barbara Channel and is extremely concerned about its inevitable impacts on water quality and marine life. We will be out on the water to investigate the extent and impacts of the spill, monitor the containment efforts, keep the public updated, provide any assistance we can with the clean-up, and ultimately ensure that the responsible party cleans up the oil that has marred our precious beaches, ocean and marine life,” said Kira Redmond, Channelkeeper’s Executive Director.
Channelkeeper urges the public to stay off the beach and out of the water in the vicinity of the spill, and to avoid trying to help with clean-up efforts at this early stage. Oil is toxic and oil spill response volunteers must be trained to handle hazardous materials. The best way to help is to stay away from contaminated areas to minimize scaring oiled wildlife and prevent tracking oil into otherwise clean areas. Call 877-823-6926 to report wildlife affected by the oil spill and to get these animals help.
Channelkeeper will draw on the experience and expertise of Waterkeeper Alliance’s Rapid Response Team and local Waterkeeper organizations who’ve led recent oil spill response efforts in San Francisco Bay and the Gulf of Mexico to ensure that appropriate clean-up, mitigation and enforcement occur in response to the May 19th spill in the Santa Barbara Channel. Channelkeeper will also continue to work with California Coastkeeper Alliance to advance needed reforms to our state's laws and policies governing oil development, transport and spill response.
For more information, contact Kira Redmond, Executive Director, Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, at (805) 563-3377 ext.1 (office) or (805) 452-8647 (mobile); or Ben Pitterle, Marine and Watershed Program Director, Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, at (805) 563-3377 ext.3 (office) or (805) 636-6189 (mobile)
Come Paddle the Klamath
Calling all Klamath lovers! On June 27th, the Klamath Riverkeeper is hosting a summer Paddle Party and Riverside Barbeque! The paddle will include both a splash and playful float down a beautiful stretch of the lower Klamath River. After a full day on the river, Riverkeeper will hold a Riverside Barbeque, complete with live music and local beer and wine. Tickets are available here, and cost $40 for the day-long rafting trip including lunch.
CCKA Welcomes the New SF Baykeeper
California Coastkeeper Alliance is proud to announce San Francisco Baykeeper’s new Executive Director Sejal Choksi-Chugh. Sejal has been a leader at Baykeeper for 13 years, most recently serving as Program Director, where she led the charge to reduce agricultural pollution, industrial runoff, sewage overflows, mercury contamination, and oil spills in the Bay. In her new role as Director, Sejal will continue Baykeeper’s proud legacy of strong water quality protection to achieve a healthier, safer San Francisco Bay.
Speak Out Against Expensive Desalinated Water
Tell the Orange County Water District that you don’t want Poseidon’s expensive Huntington Beach desalination project. The Orange County Water District is making a decision on whether to buy expensive desalinated water from a proposed desalination plant in Huntington Beach. If constructed, the plant will dramatically increase ratepayer’s water bills, it will kill billions of marine life organisms, and pollute our ocean with toxic salinity. Tell Orange County that you don’t want your water rates increased because of a private company!