This California valley could become a giant sea if voters approve it

This California valley could become a giant sea if voters approve it

October 14, 2014

SITES — Cattle and sheep have grazed on the floor of the Antelope Valley for more than a century. But just a few years from now, the land could be transformed into the bottom of a vast inland sea. The 14,000-acre valley in Colusa County is the proposed location ofRead More

Proposition 1 could lessen effects of drought in California, but at what cost?

Proposition 1 could lessen effects of drought in California, but at what cost?

October 20, 2014

Step by step, sewage flows through the city’s Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant in the San Fernando Valley. Ultimately, the cleaned effluent flows into lakes and rivers. Los Angeles city leaders want to take that one step further — ‘toilet to tap’ as it’s known — and replenish theRead More

West Nile Virus surging in drought-plagued California

West Nile Virus surging in drought-plagued California

October 20, 2014

LIVERMORE — In the midst of a historic drought, public health officials are searching for clues as to why cases of West Nile virus have exploded statewide since last year, making this season the worst for human infections in California since 2005. The surge in mosquitoes found carrying the virusRead More

California drought boosts synthetic turf businesses as homeowners turn to artificial grass

California drought boosts synthetic turf businesses as homeowners turn to artificial grass

October 27, 2014

As drought-conscious Californians look for ways to reduce their water consumption, business is blooming for the synthetic turf industry. Chris Hayman of Earth Design Landscape in Redondo Beach said annual revenues have jumped from less than $300,000 in 2012 to more than $2.5 million in the first nine months ofRead 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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Water is pumped from Burbank's McCambridge Pool for use elsewhere in the city. (Photo courtesy of the City of Burbank Public Works Department)

When swimming season ends, this city turns pool water into drought fighter

October 20, 2014 at 3:25 pm 0 comments

After the final splash into Burbank’s McCambridge Pool as summer’s swimming season ended, the more than 200,000 gallons of water didn’t just gurgle down the drain. With California locked in severe drought, city officials decided to put the water that’d brought so much fun to work. “It’s the first yearRead More

‘Dirty Car Pledge’ is an Ice Bucket Challenge to fight the drought

‘Dirty Car Pledge’ is an Ice Bucket Challenge to fight the drought

October 17, 2014 at 2:38 pm 0 comments

The Ice Bucket Challenge is so last week. We’ve moved on. This week it’s the “Dirty Car Pledge,” a water-saving campaign hatched by a Los Angeles-area conservation group aimed at breaking old habits and saving millions of gallons of H20 in the process. As California’s drought lingers with no relief in sight,Read More

Dry-weather runoff: A new source of water for drought-stricken California?

Dry-weather runoff: A new source of water for drought-stricken California?

October 15, 2014 at 7:30 am 0 comments

Even without rainfall, the gutters, channels and storm drains of Los Angeles County pulse with about 330 million gallons of water every day. Enough water to supply 668,000 typical Southern California homes in a year — unaccounted water streaming over green lawns, down paved streets and concrete channels. Water wastedRead More

This California valley could become a giant sea if voters approve it

This California valley could become a giant sea if voters approve it

October 14, 2014 at 8:14 am 1 comment

SITES — Cattle and sheep have grazed on the floor of the Antelope Valley for more than a century. But just a few years from now, the land could be transformed into the bottom of a vast inland sea. The 14,000-acre valley in Colusa County is the proposed location ofRead More

Californians cut water use more than 11 percent in August; L.A. conserved 8.8 percent

October 7, 2014 at 10:03 pm 0 comments

Californians have jumped on the water conservation bandwagon big time, producing the largest monthly decline in water use this year, according to statistics released Tuesday. Using data collected from nearly 400 retail water agencies, the State Water Resources Control Board reported water consumption dropped 11.5 percent in August compared withRead More

California drought worries pool industry

California drought worries pool industry

October 7, 2014 at 10:01 pm 0 comments

SANTA ANA >> California swimming pool companies just regaining their financial footing after the recession are now facing a new challenge: a devastating drought that has put the state’s ubiquitous backyard pools under the microscope. More than three dozen water agencies and local cities are cracking down on water useRead 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 at 4:52 pm 0 comments

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

Scientists say extreme heat complicating California’s drought

Scientists say extreme heat complicating California’s drought

October 3, 2014 at 10:29 am 0 comments

Studies show the state’s severe drought is made worse by rising air temperatures — a secondary and often overlooked factor that is depleting reservoir levels through increased evaporation and accelerating outdoor water use among homeowners. Scientists from some of the top universities in the state gave their report on the drought TuesdayRead More

How to keep your trees alive through the drought

How to keep your trees alive through the drought

October 3, 2014 at 9:38 am 0 comments

Three years into what may be California’s worst drought in nearly four decades, we are slowly accepting that brown is the new green when it comes to lawns. But many of us are oblivious to stressed-tree symptoms, even though our trees are far more valuable, and harder to replace, thanRead More

Watch California’s drought conditions change over 14 years

October 2, 2014 at 1:05 pm 1 comment

Laurence Cramer produced this interactive map for MapStory.com. Using this visualization, you can view how drought conditions and the severity of California’s drought has changed since 2000.