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Could lake water from Alaska be shipped to L.A., Long Beach ports?

Could lake water from Alaska be shipped to L.A., Long Beach ports?

October 15, 2015 at 4:00 pm Comments are Disabled

California needs water. Blue Lake in Sitka, Alaska, has a lot. So a company that holds the rights to up to 9 billion gallons of the lake’s water is pitching an idea that would send some of it — via tanker ship — to the Golden State as it enduresRead More

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

Shadow Lake Estates is built around a 46-acre man-made sport lake in Indio, Calif. on Friday, August 28, 2015. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda/ Los Angeles News Group)

In the arid Coachella Valley, communities are taking a hell-or-high-water approach to growth

October 14, 2015 at 4:00 pm Comments are Disabled

This is a valley that water built. Cheap and abundant, water has turned an inhospitable desert into a Garden of Eden — something it was never meant to be and may not remain, even as tens of thousands of new homes are planned. Ordered by the state to cut waterRead More

More California winemakers using less water to grow grapes

More California winemakers using less water to grow grapes

October 14, 2015 at 10:00 am Comments are Disabled

RUTHERFORD >> The grape vines that grower Frank Leeds tends in Napa Valley stand among the unheralded heroes of California’s drought, producing decade after decade of respected Cabernets and other wines without a drop of added water. In a state where farms and dairies take the biggest gulp of theRead More

California water savings fall slightly in August, still above 25 percent target

California water savings fall slightly in August, still above 25 percent target

October 13, 2015 at 4:00 pm Comments are Disabled

A hot and dry August resulted in a 4 percent decrease in water savings from the previous month as compared to the same months in 2013, state water officials reported Thursday. Water conservation dropped from a high in July of 31.4 percent to nearly 27 percent in August. At theRead More

How much rain will it take to end California’s drought?

How much rain will it take to end California’s drought?

October 13, 2015 at 10:31 am Comments are Disabled

To nudge California out of drought territory, it will take almost double the amount of rain that falls in a normal year during the upcoming rainy season that starts in less than two weeks, according to a recent analysis prepared by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration meteorologists. As flood-control channelsRead More

95 percent chance of El Nino conditions this winter, new data shows

95 percent chance of El Nino conditions this winter, new data shows

September 18, 2015 at 1:00 pm Comments are Disabled

As summer turns to fall, the El Niño conditions brewing in the Pacific Ocean continue to grow, increasing the chances of a wet winter in drought-stricken California, federal scientists reported Thursday.  There is now a 95 percent chance that El Niño conditions will continue through the end of this yearRead More

California fires: Worst may be yet to come as drought-parched landscape is primed to burn

California fires: Worst may be yet to come as drought-parched landscape is primed to burn

September 18, 2015 at 7:00 am Comments are Disabled

Summer officially ends next week, but California’s devastating wildfire season will almost certainly rage on. As of Monday, three enormous blazes — the Valley Fire in Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties; the Rough Fire in the Sierra National Forest in Fresno County; and the Butte Fire, burning in Amador andRead More

With El Nino threatening to turn California’s drought into drenching winter, worries mount

With El Nino threatening to turn California’s drought into drenching winter, worries mount

September 17, 2015 at 1:00 pm Comments are Disabled

Among all the apocalyptic disasters that Californians routinely prepare for — earthquake, drought, wildfire, carmageddon — the most welcome is rain, even though giant El Niño events like the one currently massing in the Pacific can bring their own set of calamities: flooding, mudslides, carmageddon with hydroplaning. After four yearsRead More

Los Angeles County government cut water use after all

Los Angeles County government cut water use after all

September 17, 2015 at 7:00 am Comments are Disabled

After revising a critical report on water consumption, Los Angeles County government officials say their facilities used 7.4 percent less water in fiscal year 2015 than in fiscal year 2014. They blamed inflated estimates and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power billing problems for an August report that showedRead More