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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

An illustrated story of how Southern California got its water supply

An illustrated story of how Southern California got its water supply

September 25, 2014 at 9:30 am 1 comment

Almost all of the water for Southern California comes from the Sierra Nevadas and it is delivered via a complex system of estuaries. Our water also comes from the Colorado River and from the watersheds in the Santa Monica and San Gabriel mountains. A century ago, when a thirsty LosRead More

The burned remains of a local library and a Head Start center destroyed by a fire sit in Weed, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. In just a few hours Monday, wind-driven flames destroyed or damaged roughly 100 homes, the saw mill and a church. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California lumber town of Weed, Calif., takes stock after wind-driven wildfire hits 100 homes in a matter of hours

September 16, 2014 at 4:31 pm Comments are Disabled

WEED, Calif. — They had prepared for wildfires and knew of the drought-parched forests, but the inferno that swirled through the California lumber town of Weed moved so quickly all people could do was flee. In just a few hours, wind-driven flames destroyed or damaged 100 homes, the saw millRead 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

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

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

Wildfires burn homes in Yosemite and Oakhurst, hundreds flee flames

Wildfires burn homes in Yosemite and Oakhurst, hundreds flee flames

September 15, 2014 at 12:48 pm Comments are Disabled

OAKHURST >> Two raging wildfires in California forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes, including one near a lakeside resort town that burned nearly two dozen structures, many of them homes. The blaze, sparked Sunday afternoon near a foothill community south of the entrance to Yosemite National Park inRead 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

No clothing, little water at California nudist colony hit by drought

No clothing, little water at California nudist colony hit by drought

September 9, 2014 at 12:54 pm Comments are Disabled

LOS GATOS — At least there’s enough water left for skinny-dipping. Barely. Lupin Lodge, the clothing-optional resort in the parched wooded hills above Los Gatos, is perilously close to running out of water. So close that it’s landed on California’s official drought-watch list as one of five community water districtsRead More

California water bond to provide millions for projects that have nothing to do with water

California water bond to provide millions for projects that have nothing to do with water

August 25, 2014 at 12:17 pm Comments are Disabled

SACRAMENTO — On the outskirts of Los Angeles, the Baldwin Hills Conservancy is a haven of hiking trails, sports fields and a lookout point with panoramic views of downtown to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. The former oil-drilling patch of rolling hills sits along a flood-controlRead More