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Drought affecting farms, wetlands

Posted: Monday, Jan 27th, 2014

While some water remains in Watsonville Slough, the surrounding grounds are mostly dry. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE Santa Cruz County officials today are expected to declare a drought, and discuss how residents can conserve water during one of the driest recorded years in California history.

A few hours later, Watsonville Public Works Department will ask city residents to cut back their water use by 20 percent, a move that comes after months of arid days have parched the ground and forced farmers to irrigate in a time when they normally depend on seasonal rains.

Public Works Director Steve Palmisano said the department asked for a voluntary reduction because conservation programs here have been so successful.

The city is using the same amount of water as it was 15 years ago, even with a 30 percent growth in population.

For the complete article see the 01-28-2014 issue.

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