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California Drought News: Whitewater rafting, Lady Gaga and one enormous flush

World Resources Institute

Thursday's sereation roundup reassures thrill seekers and tattles on some water wasters.

"People in the media were really yammering about California's drought in February, but our conditions have improved a lot since then," says Arnie Chandola, owner of American Whitewater Expeditions. "It's pretty healthy on the South Fork now. We've been guaranteed raft-able flows there Saturday to Monday until the end of May, and then flows five days a week during the summer." (San Jose Mercury News)

Waste and waste

In the meantime, Shaff said the city has plenty of water to meet demand. "It's easy to replace those 38 million gallons of water," Shaff said. "We're not in the arid Southwest. We're not in drought-stricken parts of Texas or Oklahoma." (Sacramento Bee)