Bay Area city defends construction of massive water park during drought

June 12, 2015

DUBLIN — Construction is underway on what city officials boast will be the “biggest and best” water park in the East Bay, however some Dublin residents are questioning the wisdom of building the $36 million Emerald Glen Aquatic Center in the midst of a historic drought. Residents are being askedRead More

This beautiful butterfly is in danger due to California’s drought

This beautiful butterfly is in danger due to California’s drought

June 12, 2015

The once promising comeback of the endangered Palos Verdes blue butterfly is sputtering in the face of the drought that has gripped California for four years. In fact, there have been no blue butterflies — zero — even sighted for two years at the Navy fuel depot property off ofRead More

Some California farmers are proposing their own water restrictions to avoid bigger cuts

Some California farmers are proposing their own water restrictions to avoid bigger cuts

May 20, 2015

FRESNO >> Farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta who have California’s oldest water rights are proposing to voluntarily cut their use by 25 percent to avoid the possibility of even harsher restrictions by the state later this summer as the record drought continues. Under the deal expected to beRead More

Historic drought regulations, $350 million in incentives boost lawn removals

Historic drought regulations, $350 million in incentives boost lawn removals

June 10, 2015

When Gov. Jerry Brown asked Californians to voluntarily conserve water by 20 percent, the response was an underwhelming savings of 9 percent. But since the summer of 2014 when the governor issued his call, the drought worsened. Snowpack in the Sierra Nevada reached near zero on April 1, Southern CaliforniaRead More

Drought gardening tips: Installing drip irrigation

Drought gardening tips: Installing drip irrigation

May 22, 2015

Drip irrigation is the right choice for many gardens, and it can be as extensive and involved as you need, or a simple as attaching a timer and drip line to your backyard faucet.

Drought gardening tips: Live irrigation demo

Drought gardening tips: Live irrigation demo

May 20, 2015

If you’re like me, the thought of installing a drip irrigation system in your garden is akin to that dream where you realize you haven’t gone to algebra class all year and you need to show up today and take the final exam.

Other News

California set a water-saving record in May

California set a water-saving record in May

July 6, 2015 at 10:24 am 0 comments

Water conservation levels among California residential users reached an all-time high for May, sending a wave of optimism through state regulators who hope the savings could continue into the drier summer months. Californians used 29 percent less water in May than in the same-month period in 2013, with Southern CaliforniaRead More

$340 million in California drought-relief money left unspent

$340 million in California drought-relief money left unspent

June 12, 2015 at 3:00 am 0 comments

FIREBAUGH >> More than $340 million that was supposed to be rushed to drought-stricken California communities sits unspent in government bank accounts more than a year after lawmakers voted to use the money to provide water, protect wells from contamination and upgrade outdated water systems. Although millions of dollars fromRead More

Bay Area city defends construction of massive water park during drought

June 12, 2015 at 1:00 am 0 comments

DUBLIN — Construction is underway on what city officials boast will be the “biggest and best” water park in the East Bay, however some Dublin residents are questioning the wisdom of building the $36 million Emerald Glen Aquatic Center in the midst of a historic drought. Residents are being askedRead More

"A portrait of Rudy Mussi, a Stockton farmer and "senior" water right holder under California's byzantine water rights law, at one of his water pumps at Middle River that he uses for irrigation, on May 19, 2015, in Stockton Calif. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group)"

California drought: Farmers’ ‘senior’ water rights under siege

June 11, 2015 at 9:00 am 0 comments

STOCKTON — A 143-year-old piece of paper proves that Rudy Mussi has a legal right to water from the gently meandering Middle River that nourishes his family farm. But the same piece of paper — a “certificate of purchase,” signed in florid 19th-century handwriting and faded to near illegibility —Read More

Celebrities make splash with California drought awareness

Celebrities make splash with California drought awareness

June 11, 2015 at 3:00 am 0 comments

  LOS ANGELES >> From drought-shaming to eco-boasting, willing or not, celebrities are playing a role in raising awareness about California’s debilitating drought. Stars whose homes boast lush, green lawns at a time when residents have been asked to cut back on water may be drought-shamed on social media. Meanwhile,Read More

California drought: Hundreds turn out to oppose San Jose Water Company’s strict drought rules

California drought: Hundreds turn out to oppose San Jose Water Company’s strict drought rules

June 10, 2015 at 10:51 am 0 comments

SAN JOSE — Despite an outcry from hundreds of residents, San Jose Water Company officials say they are sticking with their plan to impose some of the state’s strictest water conservation rules on more than 1 million people across Silicon Valley starting June 15. More than 350 people turned outRead More

Historic drought regulations, $350 million in incentives boost lawn removals

Historic drought regulations, $350 million in incentives boost lawn removals

June 10, 2015 at 10:44 am 0 comments

When Gov. Jerry Brown asked Californians to voluntarily conserve water by 20 percent, the response was an underwhelming savings of 9 percent. But since the summer of 2014 when the governor issued his call, the drought worsened. Snowpack in the Sierra Nevada reached near zero on April 1, Southern CaliforniaRead More

San Jose Water Company to allow extra drought allocations for larger families

San Jose Water Company to allow extra drought allocations for larger families

June 10, 2015 at 10:39 am 0 comments

SAN JOSE — Silicon Valley’s largest water company is changing how it will roll out some of the state’s strictest water conservation rules to address complaints that the new per-household allocations unfairly penalize large families. The San Jose Water Company will still assign monthly water budgets to the 1 millionRead More

California looks to Australia for drought advice

California looks to Australia for drought advice

June 10, 2015 at 3:00 am 0 comments

SYDNEY >> California’s longest and sharpest drought on record has its increasingly desperate water stewards looking for solutions in Australia, the world’s driest inhabited continent. The struggle to survive with little water is a constant thread in the history of Australia, whose people now view drought as an inevitable featureRead More

California’s drought is killing redwood trees

California’s drought is killing redwood trees

May 29, 2015 at 7:05 pm 0 comments

Koko Panossian is on death watch. The Glendale senior park services manager gingerly steps around fresh tree stumps, ghosts of 30-year-old coast redwood trees. His eyes meet the brown, scratchy limbs of two towering gentle giants. “You see these ones here,” he said, pointing skyward. “They are stressed. They areRead More