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Gov. Brown Calls for $10,000 Fines for Calif. Water Wasters

By    |   Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 04:11 PM

California Gov. Jerry Brown has called for $10,000 fines for state residents and businesses that fail to meet mandatory water conservation goals.

Brown, in a meeting Tuesday with 14 of the state's mayors, made the recommendation as the state continued to struggle with the deep drought and seek solutions to speed conservation efforts.

"We're trying to use the water in the wisest way possible. What that is will be viewed differently depending on where you stand. What I'm trying to do is bring Californians together," Brown told USA Today as he warned residents to "get ready for an uncertain future."

What that looks like, Brown said, is unclear.

"I don't have a crystal ball," he told USA Today, noting there had been bigger droughts thousands of years back in the area's history.

"I can tell you, since greenhouse gases are being built up and if we are driving 332 billion miles every year using primary fossil fuel, gasoline, diesel, that generates heat-trapping gasses … so, yes, on the trajectory, the climate will warm. That's what scientists are telling us," Brown said.

The latest call for large water-wasting fines is a marked contrast to the $500 fines the state previously approved for local water districts, the Los Angeles Times reported, noting Brown's order for his state to cut water use by 25 percent.

State lawmakers, however, must approve his call for the higher fines, the Times said.

"Fines are a tool, and they're the last tool you use," Felicia Marcus, chairwoman of California's Water Resources Control Board, told the Times of Brown's proposal, which is directed at what he describes as the worst offenders.

"We're in a drought … It's an emergency, and we have to act expeditiously," Brown said, according to the Sacramento Bee, which noted that enforcement of the fines would be left to local agencies.

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