Strawberry Creek and the city’s trees are doing OK, but Lake Anza is unswimmable, turtles are getting run over by cars and wild pigs may be moving in.
The past two years have been the second driest on record in Northern California.
The Bay Area is experiencing the second-driest year in the water district’s history.
The green infrastructure project is part of a $4 million effort across the East Bay to clean dirty rainwater.
The drought has led to an increase of THMs, which can cause cancer, in the East Bay’s drinking water.
In an ironic twist of drought economics, EBMUD is considering charging its customers more for water starting July 12 in part because they are consuming less.