Despite drought, Bay Area water district executives reap generous pay

Despite drought, Bay Area water district executives reap generous pay

March 17, 2015

Jerry Brown’s salary and benefits topped $416,000 last year, putting him in the stratosphere of California’s top-paid government officials. No, not Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown, the Golden State’s governor. Try Jerry D. Brown, general manager of the Contra Costa Water District. A new Bay Area News Group analysis of theRead More

Smart water meters aimed at lawn-watering violators

Smart water meters aimed at lawn-watering violators

March 12, 2015

The Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners voted Thursday to approve a “smart meter” program to help customers lower their water consumption — and target those who refuse to comply with conservation measures. Long Beach Water Department customers are currently allowed to irrigate lawns for 10 minutes two days aRead 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

Smart water meters aimed at lawn-watering violators

Smart water meters aimed at lawn-watering violators

March 12, 2015

The Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners voted Thursday to approve a “smart meter” program to help customers lower their water consumption — and target those who refuse to comply with conservation measures. Long Beach Water Department customers are currently allowed to irrigate lawns for 10 minutes two days aRead More

Save water, money with ‘smart irrigation’ in the garden

Save water, money with ‘smart irrigation’ in the garden

February 26, 2015

Jim Canyon was complaining to a cellphone designer friend about his lawn over beers. Given historically dry conditions, he couldn’t seem to get the watering schedule right. “You can’t put it on a timer,” the San Diego-based electromagnetic techie remembers saying. “You need a demand-based system.” Putting their technological backgroundsRead More

Smart water meters aimed at lawn-watering violators

Smart water meters aimed at lawn-watering violators

March 12, 2015

The Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners voted Thursday to approve a “smart meter” program to help customers lower their water consumption — and target those who refuse to comply with conservation measures. Long Beach Water Department customers are currently allowed to irrigate lawns for 10 minutes two days aRead More

Other News

How California is failing at dealing with the drought

March 18, 2015 at 9:30 am 1 comment

California needs better water-use data, clearer priorities and better drought-management planning if it’s going to weather future droughts better than it’s doing now, a new report finds. As bad as this drought is, it won’t be California’s last, and preparing for the next one could save a lot of heartacheRead More

Despite drought, Bay Area water district executives reap generous pay

Despite drought, Bay Area water district executives reap generous pay

March 17, 2015 at 1:57 pm 1 comment

Jerry Brown’s salary and benefits topped $416,000 last year, putting him in the stratosphere of California’s top-paid government officials. No, not Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown, the Golden State’s governor. Try Jerry D. Brown, general manager of the Contra Costa Water District. A new Bay Area News Group analysis of theRead More

Smart water meters aimed at lawn-watering violators

Smart water meters aimed at lawn-watering violators

March 12, 2015 at 6:09 pm 0 comments

The Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners voted Thursday to approve a “smart meter” program to help customers lower their water consumption — and target those who refuse to comply with conservation measures. Long Beach Water Department customers are currently allowed to irrigate lawns for 10 minutes two days aRead More

The drought is the best thing to ever happen to conservation innovation

The drought is the best thing to ever happen to conservation innovation

March 11, 2015 at 1:37 pm 1 comment

“Sometimes droughts can be good for business,” said Jeanine Jones, interstate resources manager with the state Department of Water Resources. “When I say that I get a lot of dirty looks,” she said to a group of water folks gathered at a drought conference Wednesday. “But when things are fine,Read More

California water conservation weakening as drought worsens. Tougher rules on the way?

California water conservation weakening as drought worsens. Tougher rules on the way?

March 6, 2015 at 9:00 am 1 comment

California is heading into the fourth summer of a historic drought, but when it comes to conserving water, its urban residents are going backward. State officials are mulling tougher water restrictions, but critics say the new rules being considered don’t go nearly far enough and that the state risks severeRead More

Freak winter storm brings hail, funnel clouds to Southern California but little drought relief

Freak winter storm brings hail, funnel clouds to Southern California but little drought relief

March 5, 2015 at 9:00 am 0 comments

Surf City USA, aka Huntington Beach, received a white dusting of hail Monday, just one aspect of a freak winter weather event that unleashed scattered thunderstorms and dropped snowflakes in the local mountains but failed to end the drought. The second storm to land in Southern California in several daysRead More

Some oak trees are struggling to survive in California’s drought-scorched foothills. (Image by Daniel Griffin)

California drought likely a fixture, says Stanford study

March 4, 2015 at 1:49 pm 1 comment

Human-caused climate change is increasing drought risk in California — boosting the odds that our current crisis will become a fixture of the future, according to a major report Stanford scientists released Monday. The finding comes as cities across the Bay Area wrap up the warmest three-month stretch of winterRead More

As drought dwindles water supply, Californians still like pools, lawns

As drought dwindles water supply, Californians still like pools, lawns

March 2, 2015 at 9:46 am 1 comment

Patrick Lim and his family are six months into their pursuit of the American Dream. So far it’s been a frustrating endeavor with sticker shock now an obstacle in addition to the market’s slim pickings. Those choices would be even slimmer if Lim were to rule out houses with whatRead More

In this Feb. 4, 2014 file photo, a warning buoy sits on the dry, cracked bed of Lake Mendocino near Ukiah. Conditions both man-made and environmental have contributed to California's dry, hot weather, say experts. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Poll: Drought worries us, but mandatory water rules dislike

February 27, 2015 at 9:00 am 0 comments

In what could be a fourth year of drought, virtually all Californians say the state’s water situation is serious — but the majority still favors voluntary rather than mandatory restrictions, a new Field Poll released Thursday found. They are concerned about water storage and supply, the poll found, an opinionRead More

Low water levels at the Stevens Creek Reservoir in San Jose, Calif., on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. The advancing drought condition is most evident in the small reservoirs that store water in Santa Clara County. According to the Santa Clara Valley Water District the Almaden, Uvas and Stevens Creek reservoirs are all at 3 percent or lower capacity. (File/Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

California has entered fourth year of drought, water experts say

February 26, 2015 at 3:03 pm 0 comments

IRVINE >> State water officials are preparing for the fourth straight year of drought and are readying more restrictive water conservation measures under an extension of the governor’s water emergency plan. Rainfall, snowpack and runoff estimates are way below average, indicating the state will continue in drought-emergency mode throughout theRead More