Southern California

El Nino packs no punch during dry February in Southern California

El Nino packs no punch during dry February in Southern California

March 3, 2016 at 10:29 am Comments are Disabled

LOS ANGELES — Ed Heinlein surveys the steep mountainside that has repeatedly unleashed tons of mud into the backyard of his Azusa home since a 2014 wildfire and still hopes the drought-stricken state gets more rain. “We have to have the rain,” said Heinlein, whose home east of Los AngelesRead More

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

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

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

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

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

What are shade balls and how they help save Los Angeles’ water

What are shade balls and how they help save Los Angeles’ water

August 14, 2015 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

The little shade balls pack a big economic punch. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power this week floated the last 20,000 of 96 million shade balls into the Los Angeles Reservoir in Granada Hills. The project has saved the utility more than $250 million in capital improvements inRead More

Anheuser-Busch spending $20M to make Southern California brewery more water efficient

Anheuser-Busch spending $20M to make Southern California brewery more water efficient

July 15, 2015 at 11:36 am Comments are Disabled

The Anheuser-Busch brewery in Van Nuys will soon be tapping less water to brew its beer. The St. Louis-based company said it is investing $20 million to make the facility more water efficient, as the region struggles with a persistent drought. Among the improvements will be new meters to betterRead More