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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

How California’s drought is changing organic milk and honey

March 20, 2014 at 11:46 am Comments are Disabled

The milk that you think is organic, isn’t. Not really. Blame the California drought, which has dried up the grass that gives farmers the right to slap the label “organic” on their meat and milk. It’s not hard to win that label from the US department of agriculture: farmers justRead More

California drought could spark ‘out of bounds’ wildfires, officials warn

California drought could spark ‘out of bounds’ wildfires, officials warn

March 19, 2014 at 11:48 am Comments are Disabled

California is facing wildfires “outsize of any normal bounds” as a historic drought turns drying brush and trees into a perfect tinderbox, officials have warned. The state recorded 665 wildfires from 1 January, about triple the average of 225 for this time of year, according to figures compiled by CalRead More

Tipsheet: Fire prevention landscaping

May 29, 2009 at 10:39 am Comments are Disabled

With the fire season under way and a dry summer ahead, it’s time to create a firebreak around your house and other structures on your property. Unfortunately, many of our homes have been built in fire-prone areas. Dry grasses, trees and shrubs planted near a home can burn quickly andRead More