December rains stoke big flows in Bay Area waterfalls

December rains stoke big flows in Bay Area waterfalls

January 6, 2015

Heavy rainstorms have awakened the Bay Area’s slumbering waterfalls, providing the biggest and showiest water rush in the hills since three years of drought began. From the Santa Cruz Mountains redwood groves to Mount Diablo bay and oak forests to Sunol-Ohlone Wilderness rocky peaks, heavy December rainfall has opened theRead More

Looking for water wherever it can, Los Angeles targets freeways

January 13, 2015

As Los Angeles looks for any way it can to save water, City Council members turned their attention Wednesday to how Caltrans irrigates its landscaping along freeways. And they found a willing partner. Caltrans offered assurances Wednesday that it tries to use as much recycled water as is available forRead More

California drought: What happened to the rain?

California drought: What happened to the rain?

January 21, 2015

When Dennis Conta started building his dream house in Santa Cruz three years ago, he prayed that it wouldn’t rain much during the long construction process. “Got to be careful what you pray for,” he mused Friday, nearly three weeks after the region’s last big storm, which drenched the BayRead More

Councilman Bob Blumenfield breaks ground on Reseda drought-tolerant garden

Councilman Bob Blumenfield breaks ground on Reseda drought-tolerant garden

November 24, 2014

Councilman Bob Blumenfield helped break ground Monday on a 20,000-square-foot, drought-tolerant garden designed to serve as a water-wise example for Angelenos amid the state’s record-setting dry spell. “By replacing our thirsty lawns with California-friendly landscaping, the city of Los Angeles is leading the way and educating Valley residents on theRead More

Pathways complete, carpet of mulch spread. (Photo by Cathy Hake)

From thirsty lawn to drought-tolerant landscaping to LADWP rebate, step by step

October 3, 2014

Cathy Hake and her husband recently performed a makeover of their front yard in Valley Village. Hake took advantage of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s rebate program, which now offers up to $3 per square foot for lawn that is removed in favor of drought-tolerant plants. TheRead More

Why grey water systems are becoming more popular during drought

Why grey water systems are becoming more popular during drought

October 30, 2014

In the backyard of Penny Pengra’s Glendale home, there are no signs of the historic drought that has ravaged Southern California for the past three years. “My plants are crazy awesome,” says the 40-something who works in television, crediting her lush, green backyard oasis to the affordable, low-tech grey waterRead More

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Looking for water wherever it can, Los Angeles targets freeways

January 13, 2015 at 5:38 pm 0 comments

As Los Angeles looks for any way it can to save water, City Council members turned their attention Wednesday to how Caltrans irrigates its landscaping along freeways. And they found a willing partner. Caltrans offered assurances Wednesday that it tries to use as much recycled water as is available forRead More

Few flowers from drought-plagued California on Rose Parade floats

Few flowers from drought-plagued California on Rose Parade floats

January 1, 2015 at 5:28 pm 0 comments

PASADENA >> As California’s record-breaking drought moves into its fourth year, the Rose Parade rings in the New Year with lavish displays of flowers and foliage. The Rose Parade was created 125 years ago to showcase California’s fresh-cut flowers when much of the nation lay covered in snow. Today four out ofRead More

California Drought: Sierra Nevada has more snow than last year, but not enough

California Drought: Sierra Nevada has more snow than last year, but not enough

December 30, 2014 at 1:55 pm 0 comments

ECHO SUMMIT, Calif. — The winter’s first survey of the Sierra Nevada snowpack on Tuesday found more snow than last year at this time, but officials said much more is needed to end the California drought. The Department of Water Resources conducted the survey at an elevation of about 6,800Read More

California’s drought conditions in 2014 in flip book images

December 30, 2014 at 10:25 am 0 comments

The maps created by the U.S. Drought Monitor show the severity of California’s drought for each week of 2014. Play the video to watch the changes over 50 weeks of the year. The drought status peaked in August, when 100 percent of the state was in drought, and 58.41 percentRead More

Drought, then deluge pits neighbor against neighbor over water rates

December 30, 2014 at 9:23 am 0 comments

LOS GATOS — All this rain is causing a revolt in the Santa Cruz Mountains. It’s a little one, in a little neighborhood of 118 households. But the tensions are deeper than the slowly rising Lexington Reservoir just below, and as turbulent as Los Gatos Creek after a month ofRead More

Winter storm could bring snow to Southern California mountains, deserts

Winter storm could bring snow to Southern California mountains, deserts

December 30, 2014 at 9:18 am 0 comments

What is being predicted as the coldest storm so far this winter season is headed directly for the Southland on Tuesday, threatening snowfall and hazardous travel conditions in the Antelope Valley, high desert regions of San Bernardino County and at low elevations in the San Gabriel and San Bernardino NationalRead More

Drought brought permanent changes to California water policy in 2014

Drought brought permanent changes to California water policy in 2014

December 30, 2014 at 9:00 am 0 comments

California’s prolonged drought left an indelible mark on state water policy and homeowners alike in 2014. For the first time in the raucous history of water in California, regulation of groundwater basins was approved, the state Water Resources Control Board gave local cities the power to hand out $500 finesRead More

Drought, plastic bags prompt new California laws

Drought, plastic bags prompt new California laws

December 29, 2014 at 9:00 am 0 comments

SACRAMENTO, Calif. >> California’s historic drought prompted the Legislature into action in 2014, leading lawmakers to regulate groundwater for the first time and override homeowners associations that fine members for replacing lawns with more drought-tolerant landscaping. The most populous state also becomes the first to set a “yes means yes”Read More

California drought brings smaller harvests, more hunger among farmworkers

California drought brings smaller harvests, more hunger among farmworkers

December 28, 2014 at 6:46 pm 0 comments

DUCOR — Here in the produce basket of the nation, the drought so dried out the farm economy that farmworkers depend on charity to fill their pantries. These are the human faces of the diminished winter harvests: Manuel Avila, Jorge Rivera, Adriana Garcia, Jessica Yanez, Salud Santacruz and more thanRead More

California needs 11 trillion gallons of rain to end drought, JPL says

California needs 11 trillion gallons of rain to end drought, JPL says

December 20, 2014 at 3:48 pm 0 comments

PASADENA >> Although December storms have provided the Southland with above-average rainfall, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists said it will still take about 11 trillion gallons of water — about 1.5 times the volume of America’s largest reservoir — to recover from California’s long-standing drought. In other words, rain wouldRead More