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Salmon migrate by truck during California drought

Salmon migrate by truck during California drought

June 15, 2014 at 4:57 pm Comments are Disabled

MARE ISLAND >> In drought-stricken California, young Chinook salmon are hitting the road, not the river, to get to the Pacific Ocean. Millions of six-month-old smolts are hitching rides in tanker trucks because California’s historic drought has depleted rivers and streams, making the annual migration to the ocean too dangerousRead More

Northern California rivers, streams being polluted, drained by medical marijuana farms, study says

Northern California rivers, streams being polluted, drained by medical marijuana farms, study says

June 1, 2014 at 11:44 am Comments are Disabled

SAN FRANCISCO – Some drought-stricken rivers and streams in Northern California’s coastal forests are being polluted and sucked dry by water-guzzling medical marijuana farms, wildlife officials say — an issue that has spurred at least one county to try to outlaw personal grows. State fish and wildlife officials say muchRead More

California’s golf courses gird for long, dry summer

California’s golf courses gird for long, dry summer

May 21, 2014 at 3:39 pm Comments are Disabled

Gripping a hose, Robert Hirsch, a maintenance worker at DeLaveaga Golf Course in Santa Cruz, sprays a dry patch of grass, several feet away from a lush green where a group of golfers practice chipping with their 9-irons. “In another month, all of this will be brown,” Hirsch says asRead More

9 of 10 say California is suffering ‘serious water shortage’ during drought

9 of 10 say California is suffering ‘serious water shortage’ during drought

April 16, 2014 at 12:27 pm 1 comment

Nearly nine out of 10 Californians say the state is suffering from a “serious water shortage,” according to a new poll that confirms widespread concern over the lack of rain, diminished Sierra snowpack and low reservoir levels after three years of drought. But deep, decades-old divisions remain across the stateRead More

Cannon Michael, president of Bowles Farming Company Inc. on his family farm near Los Banos, Calif. Water shortages are forcing Michael to leave fields fallow on his 10,000 acre farm. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)

California Drought: San Joaquin Valley sinking as farmers race to tap aquifer

March 29, 2014 at 3:58 pm Comments are Disabled

PIXLEY – So wet was the San Joaquin Valley of Steve Arthur’s childhood that a single 240-foot-deep well could quench the thirst of an arid farm. Now his massive rig, bucking and belching, must drill 1,200 feet deep in search of ever-more-elusive water to sustain this wheat farm north ofRead More

Extreme water saving: How one Bay Area woman uses 30 gallons a day

Extreme water saving: How one Bay Area woman uses 30 gallons a day

March 21, 2014 at 10:46 am Comments are Disabled

OAKLAND — While the average single-family home in the East Bay Municipal Utility District used 135 gallons of water per person per day last year, Elizabeth Dougherty got by with just 30 gallons. The lowest she’s hit: 20 gallons a day. In the ongoing drought, conservation-minded Dougherty epitomizes the “low-H20”Read More