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California drought takes bite out of rice harvest

California drought takes bite out of rice harvest

October 29, 2014 at 6:16 pm Comments are Disabled

WOODLAND — California’s deepening drought is shrinking its rice harvest, and that’s bad news for farmers, migratory birds and sushi lovers.  The $5 billion industry exports rice to more than 100 countries and specializes in premium grains used in risotto, paella and sushi. Nearly all U.S. sushi restaurants use medium-grainRead 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 2 comments

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

Palo Alto water-wasters can be fined $100 a day under new law

Palo Alto water-wasters can be fined $100 a day under new law

September 16, 2014 at 2:48 pm Comments are Disabled

Water wasters in Palo Alto could face fines of $100 per day following a unanimous decision by the City Council. Council members approved the penalty Monday for residents and businesses that ignore multiple warnings and violate three outdoor water use restrictions adopted last month in response to one of theRead More

Statewide water use drops, but Northern Californians are ahead of Southern Californians when it comes to who saves most

Statewide water use drops, but Northern Californians are ahead of Southern Californians when it comes to who saves most

September 15, 2014 at 1:11 pm Comments are Disabled

Deep into the third year of a historic drought, Californians are finally starting to take water conservation seriously. Statewide, urban residents cut water use 7.5 percent in July, compared with July of last year, according to new figures released Tuesday afternoon. Those savings show progress from June, when overall waterRead More

Los Gatos nudist camp accused of stealing water from open space district

Los Gatos nudist camp accused of stealing water from open space district

September 14, 2014 at 11:41 am Comments are Disabled

LOS GATOS — Rangers from an open space district in the wooded hills above Los Gatos descended upon a neighboring nudist camp Thursday, accused its residents of stealing water and ripped out an upstream water line that has helped keep the resort open during California’s drought. In a civil butRead More

Why is Northern California conserving more water than Southern California?

Why is Northern California conserving more water than Southern California?

September 10, 2014 at 4:45 pm Comments are Disabled

  Deep into the third year of a historic drought, Californians are finally starting to take water conservation seriously. Statewide, urban residents cut water use 7.5 percent in July, compared with July of last year, according to new figures released Tuesday afternoon. Those savings show progress from June, when overall waterRead More

Napa earthquake shakes loose unknown ground water

Napa earthquake shakes loose unknown ground water

September 7, 2014 at 1:11 pm Comments are Disabled

VALLEJO, Calif. >> A major Northern California earthquake that caused an estimated $400 million in damage also unloosed torrents of groundwater that may help ease the region’s drought. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday that the magnitude 6.0 earthquake on Aug. 24 unexpectedly forced groundwater to the surface, filling dry creekRead More

Are California cities doing their part conserving water?

Are California cities doing their part conserving water?

September 5, 2014 at 12:49 pm 1 comment

Call it irrigation irritation. Bay Area water watchers have a bad case of it. The expanse of verdant lawn ringing a large vacant construction site in Santa Clara sets off Brian Johns. For Vickie Chang, it’s the city of Albany’s sprinklers that spray her when they go off each nightRead More

How California’s drought is impacting Livermore’s winemakers

How California’s drought is impacting Livermore’s winemakers

September 5, 2014 at 12:45 pm Comments are Disabled

LIVERMORE >> With an early harvest just around the corner, Wente Vineyards’ Kevin Zollinger is optimistic one of the state’s worst droughts in recorded history won’t leave the winemaker’s precious grapes high and dry. But there’s still cause for concern. Zollinger, an executive with the Livermore Valley’s largest vineyard, anticipatesRead More

Bay Area homeowner fined for installing drought-tolerant plants

Bay Area homeowner fined for installing drought-tolerant plants

August 20, 2014 at 9:19 pm 1 comment

SAN RAMON — Fran Paxson figured to get a little credit and admiration when she replaced the old lawn around her suburban San Ramon home with drought-resistant plants. Her public water supplier is even rewarding her with a rebate. But her homeowners association — drought and a new state lawRead More