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El Nino: 5 tips for preparing for a wet winter

El Nino: 5 tips for preparing for a wet winter

September 16, 2015 at 1:00 pm Comments are Disabled

After four years of drought, Californians could soon be contending with a wet winter as one of the strongest El Niños on record is brewing in the Pacific Ocean. Here are five tips for preparing for the possibility of a season of heavy storms: 1) Have any trees that appearRead More

Drought is killing California’s hydroelectric power. Can solar make up the difference?

Drought is killing California’s hydroelectric power. Can solar make up the difference?

September 16, 2015 at 7:00 am Comments are Disabled

Snowmelt entering Big Creek’s hydroelectric powerhouses has slowed to a trickle. Reservoirs sit at their lowest levels ever. The 102-year-old central-California complex owned and operated by Southern California Edison lost 80 percent of its hydroelectric power this year, a direct result of a persistent drought that has wiped clean theRead More

Fire officials tell some residents not to abandon watering amid drought

Fire officials tell some residents not to abandon watering amid drought

September 15, 2015 at 1:09 pm Comments are Disabled

Brown lawns and the electronic freeway signs are reminders the state is still in the throes of a devastating four-year drought, but some residents were reminded they shouldn’t altogether abandon outdoor watering. About 52,100 residents in hillside neighborhoods have received notices asking them to water plants and vegetation in advanceRead More

When the wells run dry: California neighbors cope in drought

When the wells run dry: California neighbors cope in drought

September 4, 2015 at 7:00 am Comments are Disabled

TULARE >> Looking for water to flush his toilet, Tino Lozano pointed a garden hose at some buckets on the bare dirt of his yard. It’s his daily ritual now, in a community built by refugees from Oklahoma’s epic Dust Bowl drought. But only a trickle came out; then aRead More

Drought-shamed Los Angeles County cuts supervisors’ car washes

Drought-shamed Los Angeles County cuts supervisors’ car washes

September 3, 2015 at 7:00 am Comments are Disabled

After a very public drought shaming, Los Angeles County employees may soon be driving dirtier cars. On Thursday, Supervisor Don Knabe called for a once-monthly limit that could affect all county departments. Officials also limited the Board of Supervisors to once-weekly car washings, effective immediately. Depending on how many vehiclesRead More

California keeps on saving water, reduces use by 31% in July

California keeps on saving water, reduces use by 31% in July

September 2, 2015 at 7:00 am Comments are Disabled

California residents reduced water consumption by 31 percent in July, the largest savings in one month since the state began tracking urban water use more than a year ago, state officials announced Thursday. The level of water conservation exceeded the governor’s 25 percent mandate for the third month in aRead More

How California’s drought will impact cities, wildlife in the future

How California’s drought will impact cities, wildlife in the future

September 1, 2015 at 7:00 am Comments are Disabled

If the California drought were to continue for two to three years, rural communities and wildlife would suffer most but urban populations have readied themselves to withstand further curtailments in water deliveries, according to a study released Thursday. The “what if” report from the Public Policy Institute of California praisesRead More

California climate researchers sound the alarm at symposium: ‘There’s no way out’

August 31, 2015 at 7:00 pm Comments are Disabled

A warming atmosphere has already worsened California’s drought and harmed coastal ecosystems, but the worst is yet to come, according to the latest scientific research presented this week on the interactions of air pollution, water reserves and weather patterns. State environmental and natural resources regulators joined with Gov. Jerry Brown’sRead More

LA County cemetery — largest in nation — will use 100 percent recycled water

LA County cemetery — largest in nation — will use 100 percent recycled water

August 31, 2015 at 4:24 pm Comments are Disabled

WHITTIER >> Half a million people rest eternally under 700 acres of Rose Hills Memorial Park, the largest cemetery in the United States. Just keeping the grass green — a business priority — once required 293 million gallons of potable water a year, as much used in several cities. OnRead More

California Drought: Parts of Central Valley sinking 2 inches a month

California Drought: Parts of Central Valley sinking 2 inches a month

August 25, 2015 at 3:00 pm Comments are Disabled

Parts of the great San Joaquin Valley are sinking almost 2 inches every month, as the state’s subterranean water supply is being drained to record lows by farms and towns coping with the devastating drought. On Wednesday, the most comprehensive study yet of the problem revealed the startling pace andRead More