How some homeowners are prevented from conserving water

How some homeowners are prevented from conserving water

July 6, 2015

BRENTWOOD — While many East Bay residents and water agencies are doing all they can to conserve water during the drought, some homeowners associations have been slower to get on board. Brentwood residents Christina Bell and Peggy Menzie, whose homes are within the Shadow Lakes homeowners association, wanted to replaceRead More

Drought-shamed Los Angeles County cuts supervisors’ car washes

Drought-shamed Los Angeles County cuts supervisors’ car washes

September 3, 2015

After a very public drought shaming, Los Angeles County employees may soon be driving dirtier cars. On Thursday, Supervisor Don Knabe called for a once-monthly limit that could affect all county departments. Officials also limited the Board of Supervisors to once-weekly car washings, effective immediately. Depending on how many vehiclesRead 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

Cactus and succulents aren’t just trendy, they make sense in drought ridden Southern California

Cactus and succulents aren’t just trendy, they make sense in drought ridden Southern California

August 13, 2015

“A hobby gone wild.” That’s how Kim Thorpe describes Desert Creations, the novelty gift shop and well-stocked nursery that she and four friends from the Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society opened in Northridge this past April. So far, she says, “business is going great.” Chalk it up to timing.Read More

Save a lawn, help a planet

Save a lawn, help a planet

July 14, 2015

If you’re feeling guilty about having a mostly green lawn, here’s some news that could ease the guilt and even make you feel a bit noble.

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 climate researchers sound the alarm at symposium: ‘There’s no way out’

August 31, 2015 at 7:00 pm 0 comments

A warming atmosphere has already worsened California’s drought and harmed coastal ecosystems, but the worst is yet to come, according to the latest scientific research presented this week on the interactions of air pollution, water reserves and weather patterns. State environmental and natural resources regulators joined with Gov. Jerry Brown’sRead More

California Drought: Parts of Central Valley sinking 2 inches a month

California Drought: Parts of Central Valley sinking 2 inches a month

August 25, 2015 at 3:00 pm 0 comments

Parts of the great San Joaquin Valley are sinking almost 2 inches every month, as the state’s subterranean water supply is being drained to record lows by farms and towns coping with the devastating drought. On Wednesday, the most comprehensive study yet of the problem revealed the startling pace andRead More

More than 10,000 acres in Sierra Nevada protected in deal that aims to boost water supply, reduce fires

More than 10,000 acres in Sierra Nevada protected in deal that aims to boost water supply, reduce fires

August 25, 2015 at 7:00 am 0 comments

More than 10,000 acres of scenic meadows, forests and trout streams in the Sierra Nevada 10 miles west of Lake Tahoe have been preserved in a deal in which environmentalists hope to prove that thinning out overgrown forests can increase California’s water supply. The Northern Sierra Partnership, an environmental groupRead More

Drought sets up ’emergency situation’ for California’s trees

Drought sets up ’emergency situation’ for California’s trees

August 24, 2015 at 5:29 pm 0 comments

The rush to save water is claiming legions of unintended casualties — California’s trees. Specimens that have stood tall and strong for decades are stressed and dying because of the drought, as Californians turn off spigots to comply with Gov. Jerry Brown’s mandatory conservation measures. All over the state —Read More

The next target in Southern California’s drought conservation? Renters

The next target in Southern California’s drought conservation? Renters

August 19, 2015 at 10:34 am 0 comments

Southern California homeowners have been hammered by the drought and have responded by replacing 150 million square feet of lawn in an effort to avoid surcharges slapped onto bills. The result amounted to a savings in water use in June of 23 percent, just below the mandate required by theRead More

What are shade balls and how they help save Los Angeles’ water

What are shade balls and how they help save Los Angeles’ water

August 14, 2015 at 9:00 am 0 comments

The little shade balls pack a big economic punch. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power this week floated the last 20,000 of 96 million shade balls into the Los Angeles Reservoir in Granada Hills. The project has saved the utility more than $250 million in capital improvements inRead More

Cactus and succulents aren’t just trendy, they make sense in drought ridden Southern California

Cactus and succulents aren’t just trendy, they make sense in drought ridden Southern California

August 13, 2015 at 3:00 pm 0 comments

“A hobby gone wild.” That’s how Kim Thorpe describes Desert Creations, the novelty gift shop and well-stocked nursery that she and four friends from the Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society opened in Northridge this past April. So far, she says, “business is going great.” Chalk it up to timing.Read More

Waves over-topping the seawall and flooding Beach Drive in Aptos during the 1983 El Nino winter. (Mercury News File Photo)

El Niño likely, but will it end California drought?

August 13, 2015 at 11:03 am 0 comments

With wildfires raging and three months to go before the start of the winter rainy season, drought-stricken California received some promising news Thursday morning: growing El Niño conditions in the Pacific Ocean are not dissipating and continue to gain momentum, increasing with every passing week the chances of desperately neededRead More

Americans think farmers should be first in line for water during drought

Americans think farmers should be first in line for water during drought

August 3, 2015 at 1:29 pm 0 comments

LOS ANGELES >> When water gets scarce and the government slaps restrictions on its use, who should be first in line at the spigot? Farmers, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. The national survey provides a glimpse into how Americans think water should be managed at a time when abnormallyRead More

Firefighters spray a hose at a fire along Morgan Valley Road near Lower Lake, Calif., Friday, July 31, 2015. A series of wildfires were intensified by dry vegetation, triple-digit temperatures and gusting winds. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Map shows where all of California’s wildfires are burning

August 3, 2015 at 12:39 pm 0 comments

This map created by CAL FIRE provides general locations of major fires burning in California. The fires locations are approximates.