California residents who overwater their lawns or hose down their cars without a shut-off nozzle may soon face a $500-per-day fine. The State Water Resources Control Board proposed new regulations on Wednesday to crack down on excess water use. The board is set to consider the proposal on July 15. We discuss the drought and proposed fines.
In his new book "American Catch," author Paul Greenberg reveals how the U.S. imports about 90 percent of the seafood we eat, even though we control more ocean than any other country in the world. Why is some of the best seafood caught in U.S. waters ending up on dinner tables in Asia? What are the implications for the environment and the future of U.S. fisheries? What can consumers do to change what seems like a crazy equation of exchanging our fish for lower-quality seafood from Asia?
"Make it a Quickie." That's the slogan for the San Francisco water agency's new ad campaign promoting shorter showers, a response to the ongoing drought crisis. But a recent state survey suggests Californians aren't yet heeding Gov. Jerry Brown's call to conserve. State residents have reduced water use by just 5 percent, substantially less than the 20 percent Brown has requested. For Bay Area residents, the number is only 2 percent. Is voluntary conservation enough, especially if the drought continues into the next year?