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Some California farmers are proposing their own water restrictions to avoid bigger cuts

Some California farmers are proposing their own water restrictions to avoid bigger cuts

May 20, 2015 at 1:02 pm Comments are Disabled

FRESNO >> Farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta who have California’s oldest water rights are proposing to voluntarily cut their use by 25 percent to avoid the possibility of even harsher restrictions by the state later this summer as the record drought continues. Under the deal expected to beRead More

Drought, climate change threatening winter, way of life in Lake Tahoe

Drought, climate change threatening winter, way of life in Lake Tahoe

March 18, 2015 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

TAHOE CITY — There’s something disconcerting about life at Lake Tahoe these days. It’s still winter, but visitors are renting bikes instead of snowshoes and kayaks instead of skis. Come summer — without last-ditch torrential rains — the lake level is expected to be at such a historic low thatRead More

California’s drought is killing dogs in one impacted community

February 3, 2015 at 11:00 am 1 comment

CASTRO VALLEY — Stemming from California’s drought, three pet dogs have died after lapping up water in a popular recreation lake fouled by toxic algae flourishing in scarce rain and runoff. The East Bay Regional Park District reported Saturday it is installing bigger and bolder signs at Lake Chabot RegionalRead More

Drought-plagued Northern California can’t wait for Pineapple Express storm

February 3, 2015 at 10:57 am Comments are Disabled

After the driest January in recorded history, the Bay Area is back in the rain business. Meteorologists are reporting that conditions in the Pacific are generating what appears to be a strong “Pineapple Express” storm that is expected to hit Northern California starting Thursday evening, bringing steady rain through theRead More

California drought: What happened to the rain?

California drought: What happened to the rain?

January 21, 2015 at 1:39 pm Comments are Disabled

When Dennis Conta started building his dream house in Santa Cruz three years ago, he prayed that it wouldn’t rain much during the long construction process. “Got to be careful what you pray for,” he mused Friday, nearly three weeks after the region’s last big storm, which drenched the BayRead More

Drought, then deluge pits neighbor against neighbor over water rates

December 30, 2014 at 9:23 am Comments are Disabled

LOS GATOS — All this rain is causing a revolt in the Santa Cruz Mountains. It’s a little one, in a little neighborhood of 118 households. But the tensions are deeper than the slowly rising Lexington Reservoir just below, and as turbulent as Los Gatos Creek after a month ofRead More

California needs 11 trillion gallons of rain to end drought, JPL says

California needs 11 trillion gallons of rain to end drought, JPL says

December 20, 2014 at 3:48 pm Comments are Disabled

PASADENA >> Although December storms have provided the Southland with above-average rainfall, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists said it will still take about 11 trillion gallons of water — about 1.5 times the volume of America’s largest reservoir — to recover from California’s long-standing drought. In other words, rain wouldRead More

December rainfall breaks records but California needs more to escape drought

December rainfall breaks records but California needs more to escape drought

December 20, 2014 at 3:36 pm Comments are Disabled

Record December rainfall has shaken the dust off California’s four-year drought by piling up snowpack in the Sierras and returning flows to near-empty reservoirs. But a forecast of dry, sunny weather for the next 10 days has left drought-watchers concerned that the old weather pattern — a stubborn high-pressure ridgeRead 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

West Nile Virus surging in drought-plagued California

West Nile Virus surging in drought-plagued California

October 20, 2014 at 4:01 pm Comments are Disabled

LIVERMORE — In the midst of a historic drought, public health officials are searching for clues as to why cases of West Nile virus have exploded statewide since last year, making this season the worst for human infections in California since 2005. The surge in mosquitoes found carrying the virusRead More