Drought: Winter storms boost storage levels in key California reservoirs

Drought: Winter storms boost storage levels in key California reservoirs

December 12, 2014

After three years of relentlessly bad news about California’s historic drought, the drenching storm that barreled in Thursday from Hawaii finally delivered the state some desperately needed good news. One storm does not end a drought as severe as this one, meteorologists and water managers emphasized again Thursday. But thisRead More

It’s raining now, but that doesn’t mean California drought is over, say experts

It’s raining now, but that doesn’t mean California drought is over, say experts

December 16, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — After California’s driest three years on record, there have been few sounds as disturbing to water conservationists as the whisk-whisk-whisk of automatic lawn sprinklers kicking on directly behind TV reporters covering some of the state’s first heavy downpours in years. Recent storms eased the drought somewhat, butRead More

It’s raining now, but that doesn’t mean California drought is over, say experts

It’s raining now, but that doesn’t mean California drought is over, say experts

December 16, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — After California’s driest three years on record, there have been few sounds as disturbing to water conservationists as the whisk-whisk-whisk of automatic lawn sprinklers kicking on directly behind TV reporters covering some of the state’s first heavy downpours in years. Recent storms eased the drought somewhat, butRead 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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Drought: Winter storms boost storage levels in key California reservoirs

Drought: Winter storms boost storage levels in key California reservoirs

December 12, 2014 at 11:50 am 0 comments

After three years of relentlessly bad news about California’s historic drought, the drenching storm that barreled in Thursday from Hawaii finally delivered the state some desperately needed good news. One storm does not end a drought as severe as this one, meteorologists and water managers emphasized again Thursday. But thisRead More

California drought the worst in 1,200 years, new study says

California drought the worst in 1,200 years, new study says

December 10, 2014 at 9:00 am 1 comment

The last three years of drought were the most severe that California has experienced in at least 1,200 years, according to a new scientific study published Thursday. The study provides the state with breathtaking new historical context for its low reservoirs and sinking water tables, even as California celebrated itsRead More

California drought visualized with open data

California drought visualized with open data

December 9, 2014 at 3:37 pm 0 comments

What does the California drought look like through the lens of data? The U.S. Geological Survey’s Center for Integrated Data Analytics  is taking open data about the drought from federal, state and local agencies and turning it into interactive visuals that show exactly where the lack of rainfall is hurtingRead More

California Christmas tree farms doing well in spite of drought

California Christmas tree farms doing well in spite of drought

December 9, 2014 at 9:00 am 0 comments

Kim Bouye calls them her “babies,” tiny pine tree seedlings that in about four years will grow into mature Christmas trees. That is, if the drought doesn’t sap their strength. Bouye owns Greenspot Farms in Mentone in eastern San Bernardino County, a longtime Christmas and avocado tree farm. This yearRead More

Drought dries rural wells, residents carry water in buckets

Drought dries rural wells, residents carry water in buckets

December 8, 2014 at 8:57 pm 0 comments

The water vanished from Olivia Vargas’ modest East Porterville home on an ordinary morning as she was rinsing her breakfast dishes. It left Yolanda Serrato’s house just as suddenly, sputtering, then stopping, as she held a garden hose. Soon, the faucets at Iglesia Emmanuel went dry as parishioners tried toRead More

Storm leaving Southern California by Thursday; breaks 50-year-old rainfall records in Los Angeles, Long Beach

Storm leaving Southern California by Thursday; breaks 50-year-old rainfall records in Los Angeles, Long Beach

December 3, 2014 at 6:20 pm 0 comments

A warm-weather storm that lingered over Southern California longer than expected and shattered 50-year-old rainfall records should dissipate by midday Thursday, although forecasters predict a slight chance for more storms this weekend. What Jet Propulsion Laboratory climatologist Bill Patzert called a Pineapple Express storm intertwined with a low-pressure system madeRead More

How does Los Angeles County use storm water runoff?

How does Los Angeles County use storm water runoff?

December 3, 2014 at 6:01 pm 0 comments

While rainfall can be a welcome sight in the dry Southland, when water hits the region’s concrete and blacktop landscape, it turns into a giant headache for beachgoers and environmentalists: untreated storm water or urban runoff. Water managers and environmental groups view rain rushing down gutters differently — not as pollutionRead More

Southern California storm not a drought-buster, not El Niño

Southern California storm not a drought-buster, not El Niño

December 3, 2014 at 5:49 pm 0 comments

Water managers are not calling the storm that dropped several inches of rain onto Southern California Tuesday a drought-buster, and climate scientists are not labeling it an El Niño event. Instead, they say it will take at least four or five similar storms every year for the next three orRead More

Rain brings second wet commute as Bay Area surpasses normal rainfall totals

Rain brings second wet commute as Bay Area surpasses normal rainfall totals

December 3, 2014 at 5:34 pm 0 comments

SAN JOSE — The Bay Area awoke Wednesday to a second consecutive morning of heavy rain, which brought widespread flooding, traffic accidents and generally lousy commutes. But the two days of wet stuff has brought the region within or beyond normal rainfall totals to date for the first time inRead More

Los Angeles leaders learn water-saving lessons from Australia

Los Angeles leaders learn water-saving lessons from Australia

December 3, 2014 at 9:00 am 0 comments

When TreePeople’s Andy Lipkis returned from Australia last week, he couldn’t get out of his head the response people had when he told them most of the rain that falls in Los Angeles escapes to the sea. “They say, ‘Are you kidding?’” Lipkis said, adding: “Everyone sees water very differentRead More