Government Relations

California golf courses tee up water-saving measures

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (AP) — At first glance, nothing seems amiss at this lush, members-only golf club in one of the priciest communities in Orange County. A bubbling fountain gurgles out of an artificial lake. Emerald-green fairways stretch into the distance. Golf carts zoom across the grass like white ants.

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California to require golf courses to cut water use

California’s state water board on Saturday proposed new emergency drought rules that would require golf courses using private wells to make significant cutbacks in water use.

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California’s Golf Courses Are Getting ‘Greener’

Despite an unexpected regulatory wrinkle last week that could have a transformative impact on the lush desert golf courses in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley, the California golf industry appears reasonably well-positioned to deal with the state’s stringent new water restrictions. To combat California’s extreme four-year drought, Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order earlier this month requiring 25% cutbacks in potable urban water usage—the first mandatory restrictions in state history. They are slated to go into effect by early June.

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Washington/Sacramento Elected Officials Contact Information

The following list of names and addresses is published as a service for those who wish to write to the elected officials who represent them in Washington and Sacramento offices. Current as of 4/14/15

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Golf courses pledge to speed efforts to cut water use

Leaders of an association of Coachella Valley golf courses on Sunday reiterated a pledge to reduce their water footprint and said they intend to meet new state drought measures even though they don’t appear to directly fall under Gov. Jerry Brown’s order for a 25-percent cut in statewide water use.

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Water Conservation Resources

BIG list of  energy efficient/solar power rebates, grants, and programs for Southern California.
http://www.cleanenergyauthority.com/solar-rebates-and-incentives/california/

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Water level is low; information level is too

We know a fair amount about the drought that has now afflicted California for about three years: It has been the driest period since record-keeping began in the 19th Century. If their wells are deep enough, farmers can still pretty much pump all the groundwater they like, while homeowners can be fined up to $500 for watering down a walkway. Water use actually rose after Gov. Jerry Brown asked for a voluntary 20 percent cutback.

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It will take time to meet golfing water goals

Nobel Laureate physicist Richard Feynman put it best: “Priority 1 is not to fool yourself, and you’re the easiest person to fool.”

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