Other News

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

More than 10,000 acres in Sierra Nevada protected in deal that aims to boost water supply, reduce fires

More than 10,000 acres in Sierra Nevada protected in deal that aims to boost water supply, reduce fires

August 25, 2015 at 7:00 am Comments are Disabled

More than 10,000 acres of scenic meadows, forests and trout streams in the Sierra Nevada 10 miles west of Lake Tahoe have been preserved in a deal in which environmentalists hope to prove that thinning out overgrown forests can increase California’s water supply. The Northern Sierra Partnership, an environmental groupRead More

Drought sets up ’emergency situation’ for California’s trees

Drought sets up ’emergency situation’ for California’s trees

August 24, 2015 at 5:29 pm Comments are Disabled

The rush to save water is claiming legions of unintended casualties — California’s trees. Specimens that have stood tall and strong for decades are stressed and dying because of the drought, as Californians turn off spigots to comply with Gov. Jerry Brown’s mandatory conservation measures. All over the state —Read More

The next target in Southern California’s drought conservation? Renters

The next target in Southern California’s drought conservation? Renters

August 19, 2015 at 10:34 am Comments are Disabled

Southern California homeowners have been hammered by the drought and have responded by replacing 150 million square feet of lawn in an effort to avoid surcharges slapped onto bills. The result amounted to a savings in water use in June of 23 percent, just below the mandate required by theRead More