Palo Alto water-wasters can be fined $100 a day under new law

Palo Alto water-wasters can be fined $100 a day under new law

September 16, 2014

Water wasters in Palo Alto could face fines of $100 per day following a unanimous decision by the City Council. Council members approved the penalty Monday for residents and businesses that ignore multiple warnings and violate three outdoor water use restrictions adopted last month in response to one of theRead More

An illustrated story of how Southern California got its water supply

An illustrated story of how Southern California got its water supply

September 25, 2014

Almost all of the water for Southern California comes from the Sierra Nevadas and it is delivered via a complex system of estuaries. Our water also comes from the Colorado River and from the watersheds in the Santa Monica and San Gabriel mountains. A century ago, when a thirsty LosRead More

An illustrated story of how Southern California got its water supply

An illustrated story of how Southern California got its water supply

September 25, 2014

Almost all of the water for Southern California comes from the Sierra Nevadas and it is delivered via a complex system of estuaries. Our water also comes from the Colorado River and from the watersheds in the Santa Monica and San Gabriel mountains. A century ago, when a thirsty LosRead 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

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

Agave plants seen at Descanso Gardens near the Boddy House are an example of drought-tolerant landscaping. (Photo by John McCoy/Los Angeles Daily News)

In grip of drought, let your lawn fade away

September 25, 2014

These are tough times for lawns and those who love them. Mired in what is now a four-year drought, many of us find ourselves either juggling designated “watering” days — while casting a wary eye for the water police who now patrol L.A.’s neighborhoods — or wincing as we watchRead 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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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 House' 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

California legislature takes historic measures to preserve water

California legislature takes historic measures to preserve water

September 26, 2014 at 1:00 pm 0 comments

It’s one thing that Sacramento Republicans and Democrats can agree upon: The state has to act to preserve California’s water supply. This past legislative session was unusually productive as lawmakers approved a $7.5 billion water bond for the November ballot and created the state’s first plan to regulate groundwater use.Read More

Drought busting rain? Fat chance, meteorologists say

Drought busting rain? Fat chance, meteorologists say

September 26, 2014 at 10:00 am 0 comments

For drought relief, skywatchers in the southern Golden State had bowed toward an equatorial swath of the Pacific Ocean that promised rain. But the powerful El Niño forecasters had hoped would deliver buckets this winter across California has cooled. And with weaker ocean surface temperatures to alter the jet streamRead More

Plumbing the civil water wars between Northern and Southern California

September 26, 2014 at 9:00 am 0 comments

It’s as old as Dodgers-Giants. Lakers-Warriors. Angels-A’s. 49ers- … ah, forget it. It’s SoCal-NorCal. L.A. vs. The City. Us against Them. This guy backing the ballot measure to split California into six states is a Johnny-come-lately. For generations now, there’s not just been a natural rivalry between Southern California andRead More

Climate change can be hazardous to your health

Climate change can be hazardous to your health

September 26, 2014 at 5:00 am 0 comments

Respiratory illnesses, water quality, and mosquito and rodent related diseases will worsen across Southern California and beyond in the next few decades because of climate change, scientists contend. In fact, California’s deepening drought, which some say is a result of climate change, already has contributed to the increase of WestRead More

JPL’s ‘Prophet of California Climate’ Bill Patzert explains the data behind the drought

JPL’s ‘Prophet of California Climate’ Bill Patzert explains the data behind the drought

September 25, 2014 at 8:00 pm 0 comments

“They call me the ‘Prophet of California Climate’,” Bill Patzert said with a slight chuckle. “I’m the prophet.” Patzert is a mathematician and oceanographer at Jet Propulsion Laboratories who is considered the foremost expert on the interaction between the ocean and weather patterns. He has studied Southern California’s climate forRead More

Long Beach couple conserves water with native landscaping

Long Beach couple conserves water with native landscaping

September 25, 2014 at 4:20 pm 0 comments

Conserving water wasn’t the only reason Joshua Frank and his wife, Chelsea Mosher, converted their tiny yard and parkway to California coastal and chaparral native plants. As surfers, they wanted to curb runoff and create a habitat for local wildlife in their downtown Long Beach neighborhood. Their 1923 California bungalowRead More

Past droughts have crushed civilizations

Past droughts have crushed civilizations

September 25, 2014 at 1:18 pm 0 comments

As bad as the current drought may seem to Southern Californians suffering with brown lawns and low-flow showerheads, it doesn’t hold water to what the area faced during some of the worst periods in its history. Scientists who study ancient climates are learning that California’s past is marked by stifling,Read More

An illustrated story of how Southern California got its water supply

An illustrated story of how Southern California got its water supply

September 25, 2014 at 9:30 am 0 comments

Almost all of the water for Southern California comes from the Sierra Nevadas and it is delivered via a complex system of estuaries. Our water also comes from the Colorado River and from the watersheds in the Santa Monica and San Gabriel mountains. A century ago, when a thirsty LosRead More