Southern California

Nation’s largest desalination plant looking to provide drought-proof water supply to California

Nation’s largest desalination plant looking to provide drought-proof water supply to California

June 16, 2014 at 12:01 pm Comments are Disabled

CARLSBAD >> On sunny afternoons, this stretch of beach 35 miles north of San Diego offers a classic Southern California backdrop: joggers, palm trees and surfers, flanked by waves rolling in and pelicans soaring overhead. But just across the road, another scene, unlike any other in the state’s history, isRead More

Northern California rivers, streams being polluted, drained by medical marijuana farms, study says

Northern California rivers, streams being polluted, drained by medical marijuana farms, study says

June 1, 2014 at 11:44 am Comments are Disabled

SAN FRANCISCO – Some drought-stricken rivers and streams in Northern California’s coastal forests are being polluted and sucked dry by water-guzzling medical marijuana farms, wildlife officials say — an issue that has spurred at least one county to try to outlaw personal grows. State fish and wildlife officials say muchRead More

Cal State University playing a critical role in water conservation

Cal State University playing a critical role in water conservation

April 23, 2014 at 11:06 am Comments are Disabled

As water agencies wrestle with California’s drought emergency, and lawmakers pass bills seeking relief from a third consecutive dry year, another institution, the public university system, is continuing to play a critical role in water conservation. Among its 23 campuses, California State University has 12 water research institutes, with moreRead More

Water allocations to be increased for Southern California, drought conditions may be easing

April 18, 2014 at 11:11 am Comments are Disabled

The state Department of Water Resources announced Friday it will increase the amount of water it will release from the State Water Project from zero to 5 percent, a sign that drought conditions in California may be easing. Storms in February and March increased the snowpack in the Sierra NevadaRead More

9 of 10 say California is suffering ‘serious water shortage’ during drought

9 of 10 say California is suffering ‘serious water shortage’ during drought

April 16, 2014 at 12:27 pm 1 comment

Nearly nine out of 10 Californians say the state is suffering from a “serious water shortage,” according to a new poll that confirms widespread concern over the lack of rain, diminished Sierra snowpack and low reservoir levels after three years of drought. But deep, decades-old divisions remain across the stateRead More

California Drought: Preparation, conservation help some businesses profit

California Drought: Preparation, conservation help some businesses profit

April 5, 2014 at 11:25 am Comments are Disabled

Turns out that location matters when it comes to the impact of California’s drought. “It’s really a situation now where the drought in California is different for Northern California and Southern California,” said Richard Restuccia, director of Water Management Solutions for Calabasas-basedValleyCrest Landscape Companies, the nation’s biggest landscape management firm.Read More

How Southern California golf courses are managing water use during a drought

How Southern California golf courses are managing water use during a drought

April 4, 2014 at 11:34 am Comments are Disabled

Golf courses and public parks, with their acres and acres of thirsty grass, are heavy water users, and Southern California course operators and park officials say they were mandated to cut consumption since well before the governor’s office declared a drought emergency this year. “Let me first say that theRead More