How some homeowners are prevented from conserving water

How some homeowners are prevented from conserving water

July 6, 2015

BRENTWOOD — While many East Bay residents and water agencies are doing all they can to conserve water during the drought, some homeowners associations have been slower to get on board. Brentwood residents Christina Bell and Peggy Menzie, whose homes are within the Shadow Lakes homeowners association, wanted to replaceRead More

El Nino packs no punch during dry February in Southern California

El Nino packs no punch during dry February in Southern California

March 3, 2016

LOS ANGELES — Ed Heinlein surveys the steep mountainside that has repeatedly unleashed tons of mud into the backyard of his Azusa home since a 2014 wildfire and still hopes the drought-stricken state gets more rain. “We have to have the rain,” said Heinlein, whose home east of Los AngelesRead More

Some California farmers are proposing their own water restrictions to avoid bigger cuts

Some California farmers are proposing their own water restrictions to avoid bigger cuts

May 20, 2015

FRESNO >> Farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta who have California’s oldest water rights are proposing to voluntarily cut their use by 25 percent to avoid the possibility of even harsher restrictions by the state later this summer as the record drought continues. Under the deal expected to beRead More

Cactus and succulents aren’t just trendy, they make sense in drought ridden Southern California

Cactus and succulents aren’t just trendy, they make sense in drought ridden Southern California

August 13, 2015

“A hobby gone wild.” That’s how Kim Thorpe describes Desert Creations, the novelty gift shop and well-stocked nursery that she and four friends from the Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society opened in Northridge this past April. So far, she says, “business is going great.” Chalk it up to timing.Read More

Wet winter may not develop

Wet winter may not develop

September 4, 2015

The editors at the Farmers’ Almanac have good and bad news for Californians. The good news? It’s going to be a mild winter. The bad? It’s going to be another dry one.

Drought gardening tips: Live irrigation demo

Drought gardening tips: Live irrigation demo

May 20, 2015

If you’re like me, the thought of installing a drip irrigation system in your garden is akin to that dream where you realize you haven’t gone to algebra class all year and you need to show up today and take the final exam.

Other News

Drought drives bears into California town, and even Capt. Kirk is feeling it

Drought drives bears into California town, and even Capt. Kirk is feeling it

November 9, 2015 at 12:19 pm 0 comments

THREE RIVERS, Calif. — Tourists and animal lovers hoping to see a bear in Sequoia National Park this fall probably stand a better chance of spotting one in this tiny town at the park’s entrance. And even TV’s Capt. Kirk is feeling the pain of hungry bears run amuck. ThreeRead More

El Nino: Wet winter likely across California, not just in south, new report says

El Nino: Wet winter likely across California, not just in south, new report says

October 23, 2015 at 10:00 am 0 comments

In the latest sign that El Niño conditions are likely to bring wet weather to drought-parched California, federal scientists on Thursday announced for the first time that the entire state — including the northern part of California from the Bay Area to the Oregon border — is now expected toRead More

California drought: Leaky water pipes losing billions of gallons targeted by new state law

California drought: Leaky water pipes losing billions of gallons targeted by new state law

October 22, 2015 at 3:07 pm 0 comments

With California mired in the worst drought in state history, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed into law a measure aimed at reducing the billions of gallons of water lost every year across the state from leaks in aging and cracked water pipes in hundreds of city water systems. TheRead More

Evidence mounts for El Nino that could ease California drought

Evidence mounts for El Nino that could ease California drought

October 16, 2015 at 4:00 pm 0 comments

LOS ANGELES >> Evidence is mounting that the El Nino ocean-warming phenomenon in the Pacific will spawn a rainy winter in California, potentially easing the state’s punishing drought but also bringing the risk of chaotic storms like those that battered the region in the late 1990s. In the clearest warningRead More

California craft beer brewers balance drafts and drought

California craft beer brewers balance drafts and drought

October 16, 2015 at 10:00 am 0 comments

FALLBROOK >> Amid severe drought, the water board in this Southern California town imposed restrictions on Fallbrook Brewing Co., just as the tiny brewer doubled capacity to meet demand for its craft beers. To cut monthly water use by about 10 percent, owner Chuck McLaughlin bought an extra 310-gallon tankRead More

Could lake water from Alaska be shipped to L.A., Long Beach ports?

Could lake water from Alaska be shipped to L.A., Long Beach ports?

October 15, 2015 at 4:00 pm 1 comment

California needs water. Blue Lake in Sitka, Alaska, has a lot. So a company that holds the rights to up to 9 billion gallons of the lake’s water is pitching an idea that would send some of it — via tanker ship — to the Golden State as it enduresRead More

Drought dries up fall festival at this ranch in Southern California

Drought dries up fall festival at this ranch in Southern California

October 15, 2015 at 10:00 am 0 comments

At Lombardi Ranch, a 140-acre spread in Bouquet Canyon, the severe drought’s fingerprints are all over the place. Dust coats just about everything, from the signs advertising the farm’s fall festival, the equipment that sits idle and the fields once lush with corn and pumpkins. This is fall festival season,Read More

Shadow Lake Estates is built around a 46-acre man-made sport lake in Indio, Calif. on Friday, August 28, 2015. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda/ Los Angeles News Group)

In the arid Coachella Valley, communities are taking a hell-or-high-water approach to growth

October 14, 2015 at 4:00 pm 0 comments

This is a valley that water built. Cheap and abundant, water has turned an inhospitable desert into a Garden of Eden — something it was never meant to be and may not remain, even as tens of thousands of new homes are planned. Ordered by the state to cut waterRead More

More California winemakers using less water to grow grapes

More California winemakers using less water to grow grapes

October 14, 2015 at 10:00 am 0 comments

RUTHERFORD >> The grape vines that grower Frank Leeds tends in Napa Valley stand among the unheralded heroes of California’s drought, producing decade after decade of respected Cabernets and other wines without a drop of added water. In a state where farms and dairies take the biggest gulp of theRead More

California water savings fall slightly in August, still above 25 percent target

California water savings fall slightly in August, still above 25 percent target

October 13, 2015 at 4:00 pm 0 comments

A hot and dry August resulted in a 4 percent decrease in water savings from the previous month as compared to the same months in 2013, state water officials reported Thursday. Water conservation dropped from a high in July of 31.4 percent to nearly 27 percent in August. At theRead More