More California winemakers using less water to grow grapes

More California winemakers using less water to grow grapes

October 14, 2015 at 10:00 am Comments are Disabled

RUTHERFORD >> The grape vines that grower Frank Leeds tends in Napa Valley stand among the unheralded heroes of California’s drought, producing decade after decade of respected Cabernets and other wines without a drop of added water. In a state where farms and dairies take the biggest gulp of theRead More

California looks to Australia for drought advice

California looks to Australia for drought advice

June 10, 2015 at 3:00 am Comments are Disabled

SYDNEY >> California’s longest and sharpest drought on record has its increasingly desperate water stewards looking for solutions in Australia, the world’s driest inhabited continent. The struggle to survive with little water is a constant thread in the history of Australia, whose people now view drought as an inevitable featureRead More

California first to feel hydro-power crunch of drought

California first to feel hydro-power crunch of drought

March 23, 2015 at 3:55 pm Comments are Disabled

SAN FRANCISCO >> Flying over the Sierra Nevada as California entered its fourth year of drought, the state’s energy chief looked down and saw stark bare granite cloaked in dirty brown haze — not the usual pristine white peaks heaped with snow that would run the state’s hydroelectric dams forRead More

It’s raining now, but that doesn’t mean California drought is over, say experts

It’s raining now, but that doesn’t mean California drought is over, say experts

December 16, 2014 at 3:41 pm Comments are Disabled

SAN FRANCISCO — After California’s driest three years on record, there have been few sounds as disturbing to water conservationists as the whisk-whisk-whisk of automatic lawn sprinklers kicking on directly behind TV reporters covering some of the state’s first heavy downpours in years. Recent storms eased the drought somewhat, butRead More

A pair of White-Faced Ibis, left, and an Egret forage for food in a rice field of the Montna Farms near Yuba City, Calif. Due to the severe drought California's critical wetlands has been cut to as little as one-sixth, threatening the habitat of migrating birds along the Pacific Flyway. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

In middle of California drought, ‘pop-up’ wetlands draw migratory birds

September 15, 2014 at 5:00 pm 1 comment

YUBA CITY, Calif. — For the swirling flock of migrating shorebirds banking to a landing in California’s Central Valley, a recently flooded rice field is providing a new kind of triage station during a drought that’s drastically reducing places where they can rest on their long journeys. The new arrivalsRead More