Levi Sanders, son of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, has lost his bid in New Hampshire’s congressional primary on Tuesday. The younger Sanders was one of the 11 Democratic candidates vying for the nomination for the state’s 1st Congressional District. The current Democrat in the seat, Representative Carol Shea-Porter, is retiring. Continue Reading
Battling with one of the most damaging droughts on history and confronted by mandatory water cuts, many California state citizens are deciding to allow their rich, green lawns simply turn brown, and consequently dealing with financial penalties for it.
After hearing some reports that certain cities have fined their residents for letting their lawns turn to brown in the event of the drought , the California state Assembly passed a bill Thursday that prohibits fees and penalties for residents who decide to not water their lawn, the Los Angeles Times reports. "If California state is likely to administer its water resources resourcefully and sustainably, in that case we must not permit municipalities to penalize individuals for conserving water by not consistently watering their lawn ," assemblywoman Cheryl R . Brown ( D-Rialto ) said. A large number of California state cities possess maintenance ordinances indicating the condition wherein residential laws should be kept. As reported by the LA Times, financial penalties when dealing with these ordinances start out at about $100 a week to a flat fee of $500.
Gov. Jerry Brown ordered mandatory water use reduction in the state of California for the first time in the state's history. He has ordered the State Water Resources Control Board to restrict water by 25%. This restriction will affect homeowners, who will have to reduce the watering of their gardens and lawns, which are two of the primary sources of water use in the state. Farmers on the other hand will not be affected.
While most cities in Texas are overwhelmed with water shortages, El Paso seemed to have its plan in place running and strategized for more than hundred years. The Rio Grande Project dated to 1905, ensured the savings of inappropriate water for irrigation purposed in New Mexico and Texas. Kept in the Elephant Butte Dam and Reservoir (2 million acre-feet of water) water is supplied to farms and cities in the western parts of Texas. But no one accounted for latest years droughts that hit the entire water system in the "Long Star State".
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