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L.A. County Supervisors have imposed a temporary ban on new or expanded vineyards a large swath of the northern Santa Monica Mountains.

News, Santa Monica, Water, Board Of Supervisors

Temporary Ban Imposed On New/Expanded Vineyards In Santa Monica Mountains

Posted Jun. 17, 2015, 9:15 am

Spurred primarily by concerns about water use amid the extended drought, the county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday imposed a temporary ban on new or expanded vineyards a large swath of the northern Santa Monica Mountains.

News, Santa Monica, Water

Metropolitan Water District To Consider Increase Budget For Rebates By $350 Million

Posted May. 23, 2015, 9:08 am

The board of directors of the Metropolitan Water District will consider a proposal next week to add $350 million to its budget to provide rebates and incentives for Southland residents to remove water-guzzling turf and install low-water-use fixtures.

Mayor Kevin McKeown kicks-off the City of Santa Monica’s water conservation campaign as the emcee for the Doggy Dishwasher Contest.

News, Santa Monica, Water, City Hall

Santa Monica Promotes Water Conservation With Launch Of Campaign

Posted May. 10, 2015, 9:23 am

The City of Santa Monica officially launched its campaign to help residents, visitors, and businesses save water on Saturday at the Santa Monica Festival, focusing on how to achieve the new water-saving goals.

Allison Hastings, Rotary president George Collins, speaker Matthew Fienup, and Rotary VP of Programs Len Lanzi.

News, California, Santa Monica, Water, Rotary Club

Santa Monica Rotarians Hear From Expert About State Water Crisis

Posted Apr. 24, 2015, 8:59 am

The guest speaker at last Friday’s April 17 Santa Monica Rotary Club meeting enlightened the Rotarians on a hot topic: the state water crisis. Although the issue is consistently in the news, speaker Matthew Fienup, who holds a master’s degree in economics from UCSB and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in a relevant field, offered a unique mindset from the viewpoint of an economist.

A screenshot from the water video 'Pretend.'

News, Environment, Santa Monica, Water

The Bay Foundation, LADWP Create Humorous Water Conservation Videos

Posted Apr. 16, 2015, 8:40 am

A lawn-owning, water-wasting consumer vs. a thirsty, angry crowd, and people pretending to recreate with water that’s not there, are the subjects of witty Public Service Announcement (PSA) videos that hit home with the public as the California drought heads into its fourth year.

Seven Days, Santa Monica, Water

League of Women Voters Of Santa Monica To Host Update On Water Policies

Posted Apr. 14, 2015, 9:38 am

Water is on everyone's mind with the recent proclamation by the governor, a snow pack that is only five per cent of the normal average and reminders from every direction to cut back.

Santa Monica city water is now used at all city functions.

News, California, Santa Monica, Water

Santa Monica Urges Water Customers To Reduce Use

Posted Apr. 4, 2015, 9:59 am

In January 2015, the Santa Monica City Council adopted an updated Water Shortage Response Plan and re-declared a stage two water supply shortage, requiring mandatory conservation.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist, Water

Confusion Sets In Over California Ground Water Law

Posted Mar. 15, 2015, 8:46 am

It’s beginning to look like the hosannas that greeted California’s first-ever groundwater regulation law were a tad premature when it passed late last summer.

Santa Monica residents will face a price hike in their water bills from March 1.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Water

Santa Monica Water Rates Approved At Nine Percent Hike For Five Years

Posted Feb. 26, 2015, 8:23 am

Santa Monica residents will face a nine percent price hike in their water bills from March 1, with a possible nine percent increase each year, for five years.

Santa Monicans face big fines for water overuse under new citywide water-reduction policies that will go into effect April.

News, City Council, Environment, Santa Monica, Water

Stiff Penalties To Trickle Down For Water Overuse In Santa Monica

Posted Jan. 16, 2015, 9:19 am

Fines of up to $10,000 could face Santa Monicans who don’t toe the water-reduction line following Tuesday night’s City Council meeting where new citywide water-reduction policies were adopted.

News, Santa Monica, Water, City Hall

Santa Monica Water Rate Hike Up To 70 Percent Over Five Years

Posted Dec. 19, 2014, 9:34 am

Water is fast becoming an expensive commodity. Santa Monica residents are in for a sharp increase in their utility bills with a rapid rise in water rates scheduled to combat associated rising costs in water provision.

News, Malibu, Marina Del Rey, Water

Board Of Supervisors Approve Water Rate Increase For Marina del Rey, Malibu

Posted Nov. 26, 2014, 8:29 am

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today approved five years of water rate increases for Marina del Rey, Malibu and areas of the Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys.

News, City Council, Environment, Santa Monica, Water

Santa Monica City Council Dedicates $400K To Water Incentives, Conservation

Posted Oct. 30, 2014, 9:47 am

The Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday night advanced the City’s call for immediate water conservation and dedicated an additional $400,000 towards incentive and conservation programs.

Crews continue the cleanup of thousands of dead fish in Marina del Rey.

News, Environment, Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey, Water

Marina del Rey Dead Fish Cleanup Continues

Posted May. 22, 2014, 8:01 am

Crews continued working to remove thousands of dead fish from a section of Marina del Rey, saying other marine life will be endangered as long as the decaying fish remain in the water.

News, Police Department, Water

Operation Dry Water To Take Place This Weekend In Santa Monica Bay

Posted Jun. 25, 2013, 10:54 am

Planning on heading out onto the Santa Monica Bay this weekend for some boating?

The 48th annual Sunset Series set sail in Marina Del Rey on Wednesday. The Series will continue each Wednesday through Sept. 5.

Sports, Marina Del Rey, Water

Sunset Racing Series Underway

Posted Apr. 16, 2012, 8:49 am

It was "Anchors Away!" at the California Yacht Club as 58 boats set sail in the 48th annual Sunset Series in Marina Del Rey on Wednesday. Th...

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Water

Santa Monica Does Not Want Outside Water

Posted Apr. 10, 2012, 2:24 am

As part of its consent calendar on March 27, Santa Monica City Council members adopted the development of a Sustainable Water Master Plan (SWMP) se...

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