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

What are shade balls and how they help save Los Angeles’ water

What are shade balls and how they help save Los Angeles’ water

August 14, 2015 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

The little shade balls pack a big economic punch. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power this week floated the last 20,000 of 96 million shade balls into the Los Angeles Reservoir in Granada Hills. The project has saved the utility more than $250 million in capital improvements inRead More

Anheuser-Busch spending $20M to make Southern California brewery more water efficient

Anheuser-Busch spending $20M to make Southern California brewery more water efficient

July 15, 2015 at 11:36 am Comments are Disabled

The Anheuser-Busch brewery in Van Nuys will soon be tapping less water to brew its beer. The St. Louis-based company said it is investing $20 million to make the facility more water efficient, as the region struggles with a persistent drought. Among the improvements will be new meters to betterRead More

Can a revived El Niño save California from its drought?

Can a revived El Niño save California from its drought?

May 15, 2015 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

The on-and-off-again weather system that could bust the four-year drought in California is back, and possibly much stronger than expected. Scientists confirmed Thursday that an El Niño condition, which can trigger the rain-producing Pineapple Express, has taken hold in the Pacific Ocean and there is a strong chance it willRead 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

As drought dwindles water supply, Californians still like pools, lawns

As drought dwindles water supply, Californians still like pools, lawns

March 2, 2015 at 9:46 am 1 comment

Patrick Lim and his family are six months into their pursuit of the American Dream. So far it’s been a frustrating endeavor with sticker shock now an obstacle in addition to the market’s slim pickings. Those choices would be even slimmer if Lim were to rule out houses with whatRead More

California Christmas tree farms doing well in spite of drought

California Christmas tree farms doing well in spite of drought

December 9, 2014 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

Kim Bouye calls them her “babies,” tiny pine tree seedlings that in about four years will grow into mature Christmas trees. That is, if the drought doesn’t sap their strength. Bouye owns Greenspot Farms in Mentone in eastern San Bernardino County, a longtime Christmas and avocado tree farm. This yearRead More

First major storm drenches San Fernando Valley

First major storm drenches San Fernando Valley

December 2, 2014 at 6:06 pm Comments are Disabled

A steady drumbeat of rain provided the background for a rhapsody in gray that enveloped the Los Angeles area on Tuesday, as the first big storm in months provided a welcome soaking for San Fernando Valley residents. Rain, heavy at times, moved in from the north overnight and lingered throughoutRead More

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 Comments are Disabled

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