California’s Record Drought: Bring on the Mandatory Cutbacks

To The Field and Back has been documenting California’s drought for some time now. We’ve talked about falling aquifer levels and also the complete lack of winter snow and its effects on water users for the rest of the year. On March 5, California made it official for the first time in its history: every […]

A State on the Brink: California’s Lost Winter

California State officials are looking at serious water restrictions this spring and summer as the winter snowpack feel far below expectations. What’s next for an already-dry West? In December, a large storm ravaged the California coast, created power outages to thousands and caused millions of dollars in damage. You’d think that would be bad news, […]

California Wildfire Season Lingers Long After Summer Ends

At the time of year when most of us here in Northern California (I’m located in Sacramento) are looking for temperatures to “dip” into the 70’s, we are dealing with an unprecedented heatwave leaving us with very summer-like temperatures in the mid-90’s. Having unseasonably hot weather is one thing, but add that to our record […]

Have A Drink On Me…Or Not

The State of California Struggles With A Historical Water Shortage Dry lake beds, brown lawns and thousands of acres of barren farm land, just some of the physical evidence of one of the worst droughts in California history. According to Chris Bonds with the California Department of Water Resources, an agency created to deal specifically […]

How the Orange County Water District Battles Salt Water Intrusion and Keeps Its Water Supply Safe

The Orange County Water District was created in 1933 and its primary responsibility is managing the vast groundwater basin under northern and central Orange County that supplies water to more than 20 cities and water agencies, serving more than 2.3 million Orange County residents. With one of the most sophisticated groundwater protection programs in the […]

Water Quality Enters the 21st Century

One of the most frequently asked questions I get when I’m visiting customers is, “when am I going to be able to collect water quality data on my iPhone or iPad?”  It’s a fair question since almost everything we do in our daily lives is directly tied to our phones and tablets. Late in 2013, […]