Monterey Peninsula Water Use Still Climbing

July 2, 2015

Grafitti

Monterey Peninsula graffiti may not be up to the standards of the LBC, but we can still match them in water consumption.

Residential water use in the Monterey Peninsula Cal Am service area jumped to 58.8 gallons per person per day in May. This is up from 55.8 gallons in April. The increase drops the Monterey Peninsula from 29th place on the list of the state’s most water-frugal cities and water districts, all the way down into an ignominious 48th place tie with Long Beach. How long ago now seems that glorious wet December of 2014, when Peninsula residents turned off their landscape irrigation systems and used only a little over 33 gallons per person per day; the second lowest total in the state. Read the rest of this entry »

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Monterey Peninsula Water Use Inches Upward Again

June 9, 2015

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A dry start to June

According to the latest report from the State Water Resources Control Board, residential water use in the Monterey Peninsula Cal-Am service area reached 55.8 gallons per person per day in April. This is up from 54.2 gallons per person per day in March, and 45 gallons per person per day in February. Read the rest of this entry »


Water Agency Sets Meeting to Discuss State of the Basin Report

May 23, 2015

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The Salinas Valley

The Monterey County Water Resources Agency is inviting the pubic to attend a workshop on Tuesday, May 26, at the Monterey County Office of Education Meeting Rooms, 901 Blanco Circle, in Salinas, where the findings of the State of the Salinas River Groundwater Basin Report will be “discussed and clarified.” Read the rest of this entry »


43 California Communities Now Using Less Water Per Person Per Day Than the Monterey Peninsula

May 20, 2015

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The silted up San Clemente Dam awaits demolition

Recently published residential water consumption figures show residents of the Monterey Peninsula increasing their water use to an average of 54.2 gallons per person per day during March. This is up a bit from the 52 gallons per person per day used in January and February and drops the Monterey Peninsula from 29th place in the statewide water conservation sweepstakes, down to 44th. At 50 gallons per person per day, King City residents remain the best water conservationists in Monterey County. Read the rest of this entry »


Seawater Intrusion and the Drought

May 10, 2015

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Salinas River Mouth

There’s a giant hole under the city of Salinas; a hole that stretches all the way across the valley from the mouth of Toro Creek to the base of Fremont Peak. There, on the East Side, it reaches its greatest depth; more than 100 feet below sea level. It’s a hole in the head elevation of the groundwater table and it’s the reason why the Salinas Valley has a seawater intrusion problem. Read the rest of this entry »


Monterey Peninsula Too Busy Congratulating Itself on Saving Water to Actually Focus on Saving Water

April 13, 2015

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Plenty of warm days and beautiful sunsets, but not enough rain

Local officials have been arguing for years that there is little more the residents of the Monterey Peninsula can do to conserve water because they already use less water per capita than anyone else in the state. Back in November, we noted that this simply wasn’t true. We pointed out that our local Cal-Am service area actually ranked 68th in the state in per capita water use. Read the rest of this entry »


Human Sacrifice Only Way Forward Say Mayors

April 1, 2015

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Airport expansion project gone awry or Aztec-inspired sacrificial?

The mayors of the Monterey Peninsula admitted today that the mammoth cinder block monument rising menacingly skyward along the side of Highway 68 is not really related to airport expansion, but is instead a modern sacrificial meant to propitiate the gods of the State Water Resources Control Board. Read the rest of this entry »