California’s Water Resources Board announced on Tuesday that 379 of the state’s 411 water districts will no longer need to comply with state-imposed water standards, allowing the districts to set their own conservation standards. But the new targets are low — as low as zero in most cases. In this hour of Forum, we’ll discuss what’s behind the Water Board’s move. We’ll also bring you the latest on local conservation efforts and the state of the drought in California.
- California water saving: 84 percent of agencies choose zero as conservation target (San Jose Mercury News)
- MAP: See Which Part of California are Ditching Drought Rules (KQED Science)
- As Drought Continues, Northern California Towns Run Out of Water (KQED Science)
Max Gomberg, climate and conservation manager, State Water Resources Control Board
Ellen Hanak, senior fellow, Public Policy Institute of California
Paul Rogers, managing editor of KQED Science; environment writer, San Jose Mercury News
Garth Hall, deputy operating officer, Santa Clara Valley Water District