Drought-minded San Jose may cut down on outdoor watering, planting of new lawns

Drought-minded San Jose may cut down on outdoor watering, planting of new lawns

April 16, 2015

SAN JOSE — As California braces for a fourth year of record drought, the city of San Jose is getting serious about cutting down on outdoor watering, weighing new restrictions on residents’ ability to irrigate their lawns, plants and trees, and weighing significant constraints on new lawns. Under a proposalRead More

Los Angeles homeowners may be able to install small gray water recycling systems without permit fee

April 15, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Residents who want to re-use their shower, bath and laundry water in their gardens or lawns would no longer need to pay permit fees to install select gray water recycling systems under a plan proposed April 15 by two Los Angeles City Council members. The city typicallyRead More

Drought, climate change threatening winter, way of life in Lake Tahoe

Drought, climate change threatening winter, way of life in Lake Tahoe

March 18, 2015

TAHOE CITY — There’s something disconcerting about life at Lake Tahoe these days. It’s still winter, but visitors are renting bikes instead of snowshoes and kayaks instead of skis. Come summer — without last-ditch torrential rains — the lake level is expected to be at such a historic low thatRead More

Drought gardening tips: Consider a cactus or two

Drought gardening tips: Consider a cactus or two

April 17, 2015

If you’ve ever harbored desires to have an English country garden, now is a good time to let go of those dreams forever, at least if you remain in California. Plants and gardens that require ample amounts of water to grow is just not an option these dry, dreary days.

Drought gardening tips: Consider a cactus or two

Drought gardening tips: Consider a cactus or two

April 17, 2015

If you’ve ever harbored desires to have an English country garden, now is a good time to let go of those dreams forever, at least if you remain in California. Plants and gardens that require ample amounts of water to grow is just not an option these dry, dreary days.

Los Angeles homeowners may be able to install small gray water recycling systems without permit fee

April 15, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Residents who want to re-use their shower, bath and laundry water in their gardens or lawns would no longer need to pay permit fees to install select gray water recycling systems under a plan proposed April 15 by two Los Angeles City Council members. The city typicallyRead More

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Drought gardening tips: Consider a cactus or two

Drought gardening tips: Consider a cactus or two

April 17, 2015 at 10:00 am 0 comments

If you’ve ever harbored desires to have an English country garden, now is a good time to let go of those dreams forever, at least if you remain in California. Plants and gardens that require ample amounts of water to grow is just not an option these dry, dreary days.

Drought gardening tips: Lawn alternatives

Drought gardening tips: Lawn alternatives

April 16, 2015 at 12:59 pm 0 comments

With water restrictions looming, a lot of people are looking at places to cut back. The best place to do that is by eliminating your front lawn, which is unfortunate if you are one of those people who really enjoy seeing that expanse of green out your front door.

Los Angeles homeowners may be able to install small gray water recycling systems without permit fee

April 15, 2015 at 4:36 pm 0 comments

LOS ANGELES — Residents who want to re-use their shower, bath and laundry water in their gardens or lawns would no longer need to pay permit fees to install select gray water recycling systems under a plan proposed April 15 by two Los Angeles City Council members. The city typicallyRead More

Delta tunnels: Major changes to environmental restoration could endanger Brown’s water plan

Delta tunnels: Major changes to environmental restoration could endanger Brown’s water plan

April 14, 2015 at 9:00 am 0 comments

Gov. Jerry Brown has billed his $25 billion plan to build two massive tunnels under the Delta as a way to not just make it easier to move water from north to south, but also increase the reliability of water supplies and bring back salmon and other endangered species. ButRead More

Drought encourages do-it-yourself water recycling

Drought encourages do-it-yourself water recycling

April 13, 2015 at 8:00 pm 0 comments

PLEASANTON — Leon Jung figured he had to do something out of the ordinary to save his brown front lawn in a second year of water rationing. So he turned to his local sewage plant. He started trucking in reclaimed water a month ago from the plant that is theRead More

Mayor Eric Garcetti poses by a "Save the Drop" sign in front of a home in Sherman Oaks, Thursday, April 9, 2015. Garcetti's water conservation campaign addresses the lawn replacement rebate, signage on buses and educational programs at libraries to urge water conservation. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker/L.A. Daily News)

Los Angeles officials unveil The Drop, water conservation mascot

April 13, 2015 at 3:05 pm 0 comments

Amid a punishing state drought, Los Angeles officials on Thursday unveiled a new city mascot: The Drop. The cartoon water droplet is part of a campaign that asks Angelenos to reduce water use on their lawns and in their homes. City sanitation trucks and Department of Water and Power billRead More

Gardening tips: Container gardening in drought

Gardening tips: Container gardening in drought

April 13, 2015 at 1:14 pm 0 comments

For those with little space or poor soil, container gardening is a great way to go. However, growing vegetables in pots can use more water than traditional in-ground gardening.

Tomato seedlings, ready for planting. (Joan Morris/Mercury News)

Gardening tips: Dry farming tomatoes

April 11, 2015 at 11:38 am 0 comments

Gardeners are loathe to give up on their vegetable gardens, especially when it comes to growing those lovely, flavorful tomatoes. There is a way, however, to grow tomatoes without using a lot of water – a priority given the California drought and water restrictions.

These Southern California cities may have to cut a lot of their water use

These Southern California cities may have to cut a lot of their water use

April 8, 2015 at 2:21 pm 0 comments

Several cities in Southern California will have to reduce water use by as much as 35 percent under a new conservation schedule released by the State Water Resources Control Board. Arcadia, Beverly Hills, Colton, Glendora, La Habra, Redlands, Sierra Madre, South Pasadena and Upland are some of the cities targetedRead More

This Southern California college is trying to learn to farm with less water

April 8, 2015 at 9:31 am 0 comments

A day after Gov. Jerry Brown ordered drought-stricken cities to restrict water use for the first time in state history, Pierce College announced a plan to reflower its historic farm. But if new rows of avocado, citrus and grapes should ever reach fruition next to fresh fields of hay andRead More