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

Statewide water use drops, but Northern Californians are ahead of Southern Californians when it comes to who saves most

Statewide water use drops, but Northern Californians are ahead of Southern Californians when it comes to who saves most

September 15, 2014

Deep into the third year of a historic drought, Californians are finally starting to take water conservation seriously. Statewide, urban residents cut water use 7.5 percent in July, compared with July of last year, according to new figures released Tuesday afternoon. Those savings show progress from June, when overall waterRead More

The burned remains of a local library and a Head Start center destroyed by a fire sit in Weed, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. In just a few hours Monday, wind-driven flames destroyed or damaged roughly 100 homes, the saw mill and a church. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California lumber town of Weed, Calif., takes stock after wind-driven wildfire hits 100 homes in a matter of hours

September 16, 2014

WEED, Calif. — They had prepared for wildfires and knew of the drought-parched forests, but the inferno that swirled through the California lumber town of Weed moved so quickly all people could do was flee. In just a few hours, wind-driven flames destroyed or damaged 100 homes, the saw millRead More

How California’s drought is impacting Livermore’s winemakers

How California’s drought is impacting Livermore’s winemakers

September 5, 2014

LIVERMORE >> With an early harvest just around the corner, Wente Vineyards’ Kevin Zollinger is optimistic one of the state’s worst droughts in recorded history won’t leave the winemaker’s precious grapes high and dry. But there’s still cause for concern. Zollinger, an executive with the Livermore Valley’s largest vineyard, anticipatesRead More

Water School beats traffic school any day of the week

August 13, 2014

At Water School in Santa Cruz, the drought police version of traffic school, the folks trying to work off a penalty for using too much water rarely demonstrate the seething cynicism of speeders and scofflaws. There’s a general shrug that — yup — they were caught by a fair butRead 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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Statewide water use drops, but Northern Californians are ahead of Southern Californians when it comes to who saves most

Statewide water use drops, but Northern Californians are ahead of Southern Californians when it comes to who saves most

September 15, 2014 at 1:11 pm 0 comments

Deep into the third year of a historic drought, Californians are finally starting to take water conservation seriously. Statewide, urban residents cut water use 7.5 percent in July, compared with July of last year, according to new figures released Tuesday afternoon. Those savings show progress from June, when overall waterRead More

Wildfires burn homes in Yosemite and Oakhurst, hundreds flee flames

Wildfires burn homes in Yosemite and Oakhurst, hundreds flee flames

September 15, 2014 at 12:48 pm 0 comments

OAKHURST >> Two raging wildfires in California forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes, including one near a lakeside resort town that burned nearly two dozen structures, many of them homes. The blaze, sparked Sunday afternoon near a foothill community south of the entrance to Yosemite National Park inRead More

Los Gatos nudist camp accused of stealing water from open space district

Los Gatos nudist camp accused of stealing water from open space district

September 14, 2014 at 11:41 am 0 comments

LOS GATOS — Rangers from an open space district in the wooded hills above Los Gatos descended upon a neighboring nudist camp Thursday, accused its residents of stealing water and ripped out an upstream water line that has helped keep the resort open during California’s drought. In a civil butRead More

Why is Northern California conserving more water than Southern California?

Why is Northern California conserving more water than Southern California?

September 10, 2014 at 4:45 pm 0 comments

  Deep into the third year of a historic drought, Californians are finally starting to take water conservation seriously. Statewide, urban residents cut water use 7.5 percent in July, compared with July of last year, according to new figures released Tuesday afternoon. Those savings show progress from June, when overall waterRead More

How much water is your California community saving during the drought?

How much water is your California community saving during the drought?

September 10, 2014 at 2:33 pm 0 comments

The California Water Resources Control board survey of 362 cities, private water companies and water districts — the most extensive so far during California’s drought — continues to show Northern Californians are cutting water use more than Southern Californians. Learn About Tableau

No clothing, little water at California nudist colony hit by drought

No clothing, little water at California nudist colony hit by drought

September 9, 2014 at 12:54 pm 0 comments

LOS GATOS — At least there’s enough water left for skinny-dipping. Barely. Lupin Lodge, the clothing-optional resort in the parched wooded hills above Los Gatos, is perilously close to running out of water. So close that it’s landed on California’s official drought-watch list as one of five community water districtsRead 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 at 12:39 pm 0 comments

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

Napa earthquake shakes loose unknown ground water

Napa earthquake shakes loose unknown ground water

September 7, 2014 at 1:11 pm 0 comments

VALLEJO, Calif. >> A major Northern California earthquake that caused an estimated $400 million in damage also unloosed torrents of groundwater that may help ease the region’s drought. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday that the magnitude 6.0 earthquake on Aug. 24 unexpectedly forced groundwater to the surface, filling dry creekRead More

Debunking ‘myths’ of Colorado River water, climate change and the drought

Debunking ‘myths’ of Colorado River water, climate change and the drought

September 5, 2014 at 2:39 pm 0 comments

LAS VEGAS — A top federal water administrator said Aug. 29, 2014, that several myths stand in the way of broad agreements needed to deal with increasing demand for water in the drought-stricken and over-allocated Colorado River basin. Assistant Secretary of the Interior Anne Castle told the “Business of Water”Read More

Drought means more West Nile virus in California

Drought means more West Nile virus in California

September 5, 2014 at 2:31 pm 0 comments

West Nile virus has escalated across California, with more mosquitoes impacted than ever before and an increase in the number of residents who have contracted the potentially fatal disease — and the virus is worse during drought years like this one, state health officials said Wednesday. “The proportion of mosquitoesRead More