Articles by: Daniel Aitken

El Nino: Californians urged to buy flood insurance even if they’re not near water

El Nino: Californians urged to buy flood insurance even if they’re not near water

October 29, 2015 at 6:00 am Comments are Disabled

With the strongest El Niño conditions in nearly 20 years already underway in the Pacific Ocean and chances increasing for heavy storms this winter, federal emergency officials on Friday urged Californians to buy flood insurance — even those who don’t live near creeks or rivers. “We encourage everyone to takeRead More

LA Aqueduct flows after dam built for drought is dismantled

LA Aqueduct flows after dam built for drought is dismantled

October 28, 2015 at 3:31 pm Comments are Disabled

OLANCHA, Calif. (AP) — Water in the aqueduct that helped fuel Los Angeles’ growth was flowing toward the city Wednesday for the first time in six months after workers removed an earthen and concrete dam that had diverted runoff to the parched Owens Valley. With little mountain runoff due toRead More

El Nino: When will it start raining in California?

El Nino: When will it start raining in California?

October 26, 2015 at 10:00 am Comments are Disabled

One of the strongest El Niño winters ever recorded since modern records first began in 1950 continues to grow in the Pacific Ocean, federal scientists reported Thursday. So, with the likelihood for a wet winter increasing across drought-parched California, residents staring at empty reservoirs and dead lawns are asking: “WhenRead More

El Nino: Wet winter likely across California, not just in south, new report says

El Nino: Wet winter likely across California, not just in south, new report says

October 23, 2015 at 10:00 am Comments are Disabled

In the latest sign that El Niño conditions are likely to bring wet weather to drought-parched California, federal scientists on Thursday announced for the first time that the entire state — including the northern part of California from the Bay Area to the Oregon border — is now expected toRead More

California drought: Leaky water pipes losing billions of gallons targeted by new state law

California drought: Leaky water pipes losing billions of gallons targeted by new state law

October 22, 2015 at 3:07 pm Comments are Disabled

With California mired in the worst drought in state history, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed into law a measure aimed at reducing the billions of gallons of water lost every year across the state from leaks in aging and cracked water pipes in hundreds of city water systems. TheRead More

Evidence mounts for El Nino that could ease California drought

Evidence mounts for El Nino that could ease California drought

October 16, 2015 at 4:00 pm Comments are Disabled

LOS ANGELES >> Evidence is mounting that the El Nino ocean-warming phenomenon in the Pacific will spawn a rainy winter in California, potentially easing the state’s punishing drought but also bringing the risk of chaotic storms like those that battered the region in the late 1990s. In the clearest warningRead More

California craft beer brewers balance drafts and drought

California craft beer brewers balance drafts and drought

October 16, 2015 at 10:00 am Comments are Disabled

FALLBROOK >> Amid severe drought, the water board in this Southern California town imposed restrictions on Fallbrook Brewing Co., just as the tiny brewer doubled capacity to meet demand for its craft beers. To cut monthly water use by about 10 percent, owner Chuck McLaughlin bought an extra 310-gallon tankRead More

Could lake water from Alaska be shipped to L.A., Long Beach ports?

Could lake water from Alaska be shipped to L.A., Long Beach ports?

October 15, 2015 at 4:00 pm Comments are Disabled

California needs water. Blue Lake in Sitka, Alaska, has a lot. So a company that holds the rights to up to 9 billion gallons of the lake’s water is pitching an idea that would send some of it — via tanker ship — to the Golden State as it enduresRead More

Drought dries up fall festival at this ranch in Southern California

Drought dries up fall festival at this ranch in Southern California

October 15, 2015 at 10:00 am Comments are Disabled

At Lombardi Ranch, a 140-acre spread in Bouquet Canyon, the severe drought’s fingerprints are all over the place. Dust coats just about everything, from the signs advertising the farm’s fall festival, the equipment that sits idle and the fields once lush with corn and pumpkins. This is fall festival season,Read More

Shadow Lake Estates is built around a 46-acre man-made sport lake in Indio, Calif. on Friday, August 28, 2015. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda/ Los Angeles News Group)

In the arid Coachella Valley, communities are taking a hell-or-high-water approach to growth

October 14, 2015 at 4:00 pm Comments are Disabled

This is a valley that water built. Cheap and abundant, water has turned an inhospitable desert into a Garden of Eden — something it was never meant to be and may not remain, even as tens of thousands of new homes are planned. Ordered by the state to cut waterRead More