Imperial Valley, rich in agriculture, has long had first-in-time rights to Colorado River water. But, as the drought continues not only in California, but for the Colorado River itself, concerns over water availability and snowpack are arising in the Imperial Valley as in other areas of the state, according to a KQED News California Report.
The Clean Water Act was established in 1972. In an historic step to update this legislation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army finalized the Clean Water Rule to clearly protect fresh water sources from pollution and degradation.
Sonoma County in California is pioneering a publicly-run solar energy project using wastewater treatment ponds, making it the lead producer of this kind in the United States.
Four of the states that get their water from the Colorado River – Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming – should reduce demand as the drought continues, say federal regulators.
There are some simple strategies to reduce water use: take shorter showers, wash full loads of laundry and swap out that water-hogging grass for something native.