This California valley could become a giant sea if voters approve it

This California valley could become a giant sea if voters approve it

October 14, 2014

SITES — Cattle and sheep have grazed on the floor of the Antelope Valley for more than a century. But just a few years from now, the land could be transformed into the bottom of a vast inland sea. The 14,000-acre valley in Colusa County is the proposed location ofRead More

‘Dirty Car Pledge’ is an Ice Bucket Challenge to fight the drought

‘Dirty Car Pledge’ is an Ice Bucket Challenge to fight the drought

October 17, 2014

The Ice Bucket Challenge is so last week. We’ve moved on. This week it’s the “Dirty Car Pledge,” a water-saving campaign hatched by a Los Angeles-area conservation group aimed at breaking old habits and saving millions of gallons of H20 in the process. As California’s drought lingers with no relief in sight,Read More

This California valley could become a giant sea if voters approve it

This California valley could become a giant sea if voters approve it

October 14, 2014

SITES — Cattle and sheep have grazed on the floor of the Antelope Valley for more than a century. But just a few years from now, the land could be transformed into the bottom of a vast inland sea. The 14,000-acre valley in Colusa County is the proposed location ofRead 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

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

Despite drought, no water meters at more than 235,000 California homes and businesses

Despite drought, no water meters at more than 235,000 California homes and businesses

September 9, 2014

FRESNO — Although California is locked in a third year of historic drought, many homeowners and businesses still don’t have meters telling them just how much water they are using. That’s changing, but some say it’s not fast enough. State law requires water meters by 2025, but the State WaterRead More

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Californians cut water use more than 11 percent in August; L.A. conserved 8.8 percent

October 7, 2014 at 10:03 pm 0 comments

Californians have jumped on the water conservation bandwagon big time, producing the largest monthly decline in water use this year, according to statistics released Tuesday. Using data collected from nearly 400 retail water agencies, the State Water Resources Control Board reported water consumption dropped 11.5 percent in August compared withRead More

Scientists say extreme heat complicating California’s drought

Scientists say extreme heat complicating California’s drought

October 3, 2014 at 10:29 am 0 comments

Studies show the state’s severe drought is made worse by rising air temperatures — a secondary and often overlooked factor that is depleting reservoir levels through increased evaporation and accelerating outdoor water use among homeowners. Scientists from some of the top universities in the state gave their report on the drought TuesdayRead More

How to keep your trees alive through the drought

How to keep your trees alive through the drought

October 3, 2014 at 9:38 am 0 comments

Three years into what may be California’s worst drought in nearly four decades, we are slowly accepting that brown is the new green when it comes to lawns. But many of us are oblivious to stressed-tree symptoms, even though our trees are far more valuable, and harder to replace, thanRead More

Watch California’s drought conditions change over 14 years

October 2, 2014 at 1:05 pm 1 comment

Laurence Cramer produced this interactive map for MapStory.com. Using this visualization, you can view how drought conditions and the severity of California’s drought has changed since 2000.

A Stanford study concludes California's extraordinary drought is linked to the abundance of greenhouse gases created by burning fossil fuels. (Altaf Qadri/Associated Press)

California’s drought linked to greenhouse gases, climate change in Stanford study

October 1, 2014 at 10:06 pm 0 comments

The stubborn high-pressure systems that block California rains are linked to the abundance of human-caused greenhouse gases that heat the oceans, according to a major paper released Monday by Stanford scientists. But two other new studies disagree — saying there’s no evidence that warming ocean waters are to blame forRead More

Rebates for replacing lawns with drought-tolerant landscaping won’t be taxed

Rebates for replacing lawns with drought-tolerant landscaping won’t be taxed

September 30, 2014 at 1:00 pm 0 comments

Rebates received by homeowners for replacing their lawns with drought-tolerant landscaping will not be counted as income, according to a bill authored by a Los Angeles lawmaker and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday. By not being taxed on the rebate, which can range as much as $3,000, moreRead More

A barren Santa Ana recharge basin's earth foundation is now cracked due the low water levels in the Seven Oaks Dam in San Bernardino, CA on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. Many of the recharge basins, which catch overflow water from Seven Oaks Dam, have dried out and been affected by the current drought in California. (Photo by Rachel Luna / San Bernardino Sun)

How much do you know about the drought?

September 30, 2014 at 7:30 am 0 comments
Daily water allocation could be the next California drought strategy

Daily water allocation could be the next California drought strategy

September 29, 2014 at 8:03 pm 0 comments

You probably know your Social Security number, your driver’s license number and perhaps the latest wrinkle in mattress marketing, your sleep number. But do you know your drought number? The latter represents the amount of water you are allowed to use per day. If you don’t know it, you probablyRead More

Woodland Hills architect’s home is sustainable by design

Woodland Hills architect’s home is sustainable by design

September 27, 2014 at 1:22 pm 0 comments

When Jim Heimler, principal at James Heimler, Architect, Inc. moved to his 1946 canyon home in Woodland Hills 27 years ago, he was already a champion of sustainable living. Chalk it up to his 1960s Laurel Canyon upbringing. Back then, not a tree was pruned without a vote. He wentRead More

Rishi Kumar shows his drought friendly yard that he calls 'The Growing Home' in Diamond Bar on Wednesday August 27, 2014. (Photo by Keith Durflinger/Whittier Daily News)

Diamond Bar home a model of sustainable living

September 27, 2014 at 9:00 am 0 comments

What started as a vegetable patch and some fruit trees in Rishi Kumar’s backyard is today a model of sustainable living that he calls The Growing Home. In fact, it is how the 25-year-old Diamond Bar resident makes his living. His home-based business teaches people how to “re-think, re-imagine andRead More