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Felicia Marcus, chair of the State Water Resources Control Board.But it’s not just abusing your sprinklers. The state is also considering permanent prohibitions on:Watering concrete sidewalksWashing your car without a shutoff nozzleServing water at restaurants“Should we require restaurants to have people ask for water?” Marcus asked. “Should we have all hotels give people the option of not having their sheets washed every night?”California will host more public hearings like the one in Sacramento on Tuesday before new restrictions on water use go into effect.“We are going to be seeing more droughts, more frequent droughts and more severe droughts,” said Sara Aminzadeh of California Coastkeeper Alliance. “We don’t want to be waiting for an emergency with a knee-jerk reaction. We want to make these practices common for every Californian."Those sentiments were echoed by Amy Talbot, of Regional Water Authority, which represents 21 water agencies in the Sacramento region. “We want to support using water efficiently in a drought or not in a drought, so that's something we can get behind,” Talbot said. The new rules would apply to all water customers, whether you live on the California coast or in the Central Valley. But some water agencies are starting to push back, arguing that the state’s one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work. Paul Helliker, who is general manager of the San Juan Water District that serves 180,000 customers surrounding Folsom Lake, said he is concerned about some of the restrictions imposed during the recent drought.“There were some unintended consequences,” Helliker said. “Trees died in different areas of the state, an... (KCRA Sacramento)
They basically starve to death of water,” he said. “The plant dies of dehydration.”This salt isn’t just sprinkled atop the ground — it has seeped down and is now at least a couple of feet deep, bound to soil particles.Sedivec is searching for a cheap solution to get this area productive once again. Not everything he’s tried has worked.What’s most promising is gypsum. It’s a calcium-based powder that binds to the salt, and it’s applied with a layer of compost. A good rain draws the calcium and salt deeper into the soil, leaving enough room for the grass’s roots to grow. Two-thirds of the grasses in this gypsum trial are still alive.“We at least created a crop we could either graze or we could hay for hay production or we can provide a wildlife habitat,” Sedivec said.The soil’s still too salty for crops like wheat, barley or soybeans. Sedivec hopes to address that with more research.The head of a group pushing the Legislature to deal with this issue has faith in the process.“There’s people out there, there’s smart people that will start doing some different research and testing, and somebody will come up with something,” said Troy Coons, chairman of the Northwest Landowners Association.Some of the members of the landowners group have these old pits on their land. Others deal with recent brine spills — whether in the Bakken oil fields or in the north-central part of the state near communities like Glenburn.It all boils down to this for landowners and farmers like Stevens: One day, maybe their fields will look whole again for the first time in decades.“Anything you can do to get the land productive again,” Stevens said. “You want to leave it for the next generation better than you had it.”What’s Next?... (Wyoming Public Media)
Much of the garbage was what you would expect to see: food, beer, coolers and umbrellas. But here are some of the weirder trash items that were sprinkled across the infield — a reminder that everyone's race tailgate is a little different. A couchLawn chairs just weren't going to cut it for this group, which apparently lugged a plush couch into the infield. Why not watch the race from the infield, but feel as if you are sitting in your own living room?Buy PhotoTrash is scattered across the infield at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway after the Indy 500. (Photo: Madeline Buckley / IndyStar)A kiteThe rain held off until after the race, resulting in a sunny, breezy race day. If you wanted a break from watching the cars zip across the track — or a diversion until the race began — the day was just blustery enough to fly a kite.meta...