Articles by: Steven Rosenberg

El Nino packs no punch during dry February in Southern California

El Nino packs no punch during dry February in Southern California

March 3, 2016 at 10:29 am Comments are Disabled

LOS ANGELES — Ed Heinlein surveys the steep mountainside that has repeatedly unleashed tons of mud into the backyard of his Azusa home since a 2014 wildfire and still hopes the drought-stricken state gets more rain. “We have to have the rain,” said Heinlein, whose home east of Los AngelesRead More

Snowpack looks good, more needed to overcome drought

Snowpack looks good, more needed to overcome drought

December 30, 2015 at 2:17 pm Comments are Disabled

Snowpack in the Sierra Nevada was 16 inches deeper than normal for this time of year, a good indicator that winter storms are already making a dent in the punishing drought that left California with record-low water supplies for the past four years, state officials reported Wednesday. The first humanRead More

Drought drives bears into California town, and even Capt. Kirk is feeling it

Drought drives bears into California town, and even Capt. Kirk is feeling it

November 9, 2015 at 12:19 pm Comments are Disabled

THREE RIVERS, Calif. — Tourists and animal lovers hoping to see a bear in Sequoia National Park this fall probably stand a better chance of spotting one in this tiny town at the park’s entrance. And even TV’s Capt. Kirk is feeling the pain of hungry bears run amuck. ThreeRead More

Drought-minded San Jose may cut down on outdoor watering, planting of new lawns

Drought-minded San Jose may cut down on outdoor watering, planting of new lawns

April 16, 2015 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

SAN JOSE — As California braces for a fourth year of record drought, the city of San Jose is getting serious about cutting down on outdoor watering, weighing new restrictions on residents’ ability to irrigate their lawns, plants and trees, and weighing significant constraints on new lawns. Under a proposalRead More

Build a fort, save water at home, too

Build a fort, save water at home, too

April 16, 2015 at 5:00 am Comments are Disabled

When I was a kid, I remember building a fort from upside-down dining room chairs, annexing all defenseless sofa cushions and spare quilts. I then would declare this space as my own micro-nation and secede from the oppression of Household High Command. Under the banner of Angtopia, I did initiateRead More

Drought-plagued Southern California braces for high-risk fire season

Drought-plagued Southern California braces for high-risk fire season

April 15, 2015 at 4:59 pm Comments are Disabled

Jim Malone knows the devastation a wildfire could do to his home in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains. He’s lived through major wildfires that scorched hillsides and homes alike. “I grew up here,” he said. “I remember all of the wildfires that have traveled through the canyons andRead More

Los Angeles homeowners may be able to install small gray water recycling systems without permit fee

April 15, 2015 at 4:36 pm Comments are Disabled

LOS ANGELES — Residents who want to re-use their shower, bath and laundry water in their gardens or lawns would no longer need to pay permit fees to install select gray water recycling systems under a plan proposed April 15 by two Los Angeles City Council members. The city typicallyRead More

Big, bold ideas needed to deal with California drought

Big, bold ideas needed to deal with California drought

April 6, 2015 at 11:22 am Comments are Disabled

Los Angeles needs a modern-day William Mulholland, someone to come up with a grand plan for this epic drought that will linger for who knows how long. Someone bold enough to envision the next great public works project for an aqueduct or pipeline system to channel the overabundance of waterRead More

California’s mandatory new water conservation rules on lawns, hotels, restaurants

California’s mandatory new water conservation rules on lawns, hotels, restaurants

March 17, 2015 at 3:50 pm Comments are Disabled

The past three years have been the driest three-year period in California history dating back to the Gold Rush. On Tuesday, the Sierra snowpack was at 13 percent of the historic average and many of the state’s largest reservoirs were far below normal. And 2014 was the hottest year inRead More

Smart water meters aimed at lawn-watering violators

Smart water meters aimed at lawn-watering violators

March 12, 2015 at 6:09 pm Comments are Disabled

The Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners voted Thursday to approve a “smart meter” program to help customers lower their water consumption — and target those who refuse to comply with conservation measures. Long Beach Water Department customers are currently allowed to irrigate lawns for 10 minutes two days aRead More