Category Archives: California Drought

Is the Drought Drowned Out?: End of Drought Emergency and Release of Long-Term Conservation Framework

This month Governor Jerry Brown declared California’s drought-induced state of emergency officially over for the majority of the state. Even with the emergency called off, however, future drought remains a real threat to the Golden State. In response, California water … Continue reading

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Water Loss: New CA Law Will Impact Water Utilities

Senate Bill 555, which requires large urban water utilities to file water loss audits, will go into effect this October. These water loss audits are designed to improve water supply efficiency in the State. Under the law large utilities are … Continue reading

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Giving a Dam: California’s Water Infrastructure Problem

Recent news about the Oroville Dam crisis has highlighted some of California’s more serious infrastructure problems. At 49 years old, the Oroville Dam is at the end of its designated lifespan, along with nearly 4,000 other dams across the country. … Continue reading

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A Sinking Feeling: Over-Pumping CA Groundwater

The immense importance of proper groundwater recharge was recently confirmed by NASA, who released data earlier this month showing that parts of California are quite literally sinking due to the over-pumping of groundwater. Among other effects, over-pumping groundwater aquifers can … Continue reading

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Rain on the Parade: Drought Endures in Southern California

California’s unexpected winter storms replenished the Sierra snowpack and filled reservoirs, allowing more than 40% of the State to emerge from one of the worst droughts in its recorded history. While this news should be cause for celebration, recent data … Continue reading

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Year in Review: A Look Back on 2016

By Babcock Labs CEO, Allison Mackenzie I think it’s safe to say that 2016 has been a rollercoaster year. As we anxiously anticipate what 2017 has in store, I would like to reflect on some of Babcock Labs’ highlights of … Continue reading

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The Year of La Niña: Preparing for This Stormwater Season

The latest National Weather Service forecast predicts wide variation in temperature and precipitation across the U.S. this winter. Thanks, in part, to La Niña, the Southern part of the country is expected to experience above-average temperatures and below-average precipitation, while … Continue reading

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Waste Not, Want Not: CA Plans for Direct Potable Reuse of Recycled Water

California is likely to be the first state to embrace recycled wastewater as a potable drinking water supply after the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) released a report on the feasibility of regulating direct potable reuse of recycled water. … Continue reading

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SWRCB Releases New Conservation Targets

On August 16th, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) released the following press release concerning new water conservation targets: SACRAMENTO – The State Water Resources Control Board today posted “stress tests” submitted by water suppliers to demonstrate whether they … Continue reading

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The Drought’s Effect on Water Quality in Southern California

California is in the throes of the worst drought it’s experienced in the last century. The focus thus far has been on water conservation, reclamation, and alternative sources—and rightfully so, given the lack of water available in the State. There … Continue reading

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