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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

Cactus and succulents aren’t just trendy, they make sense in drought ridden Southern California

Cactus and succulents aren’t just trendy, they make sense in drought ridden Southern California

August 13, 2015 at 3:00 pm Comments are Disabled

“A hobby gone wild.” That’s how Kim Thorpe describes Desert Creations, the novelty gift shop and well-stocked nursery that she and four friends from the Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society opened in Northridge this past April. So far, she says, “business is going great.” Chalk it up to timing.Read More

Waves over-topping the seawall and flooding Beach Drive in Aptos during the 1983 El Nino winter. (Mercury News File Photo)

El Niño likely, but will it end California drought?

August 13, 2015 at 11:03 am Comments are Disabled

With wildfires raging and three months to go before the start of the winter rainy season, drought-stricken California received some promising news Thursday morning: growing El Niño conditions in the Pacific Ocean are not dissipating and continue to gain momentum, increasing with every passing week the chances of desperately neededRead More

Americans think farmers should be first in line for water during drought

Americans think farmers should be first in line for water during drought

August 3, 2015 at 1:29 pm Comments are Disabled

LOS ANGELES >> When water gets scarce and the government slaps restrictions on its use, who should be first in line at the spigot? Farmers, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. The national survey provides a glimpse into how Americans think water should be managed at a time when abnormallyRead More

Firefighters spray a hose at a fire along Morgan Valley Road near Lower Lake, Calif., Friday, July 31, 2015. A series of wildfires were intensified by dry vegetation, triple-digit temperatures and gusting winds. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Map shows where all of California’s wildfires are burning

August 3, 2015 at 12:39 pm Comments are Disabled

This map created by CAL FIRE provides general locations of major fires burning in California. The fires locations are approximates.

This drought tolerant licorice plant has a unique look

This drought tolerant licorice plant has a unique look

July 24, 2015 at 9:11 am Comments are Disabled

Who says that nonstop flowering plants are every gardener’s dream? Sometimes foliage can just as easily make your day, your nighttime dreams and even your year, since a lot of memorable foliage happens to be evergreen so you are privileged to see it each time you step into your garden.Read More

Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill protecting brown lawns

Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill protecting brown lawns

July 17, 2015 at 1:00 pm Comments are Disabled

It’s official: If you’ve got a brown lawn, cities can’t force you to water it or fine you for it. Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown’s bill on Monday prohibiting municipalities from fining residents for not watering their lawns or having a brown lawn amidst the worst drought inRead More

Is California drought to blame for spread of West Nile virus?

Is California drought to blame for spread of West Nile virus?

July 16, 2015 at 3:00 pm Comments are Disabled

Laura Jaramillo woke up one morning in the summer of 2005 and sensed something was horribly wrong. After going to the hospital, she fell into a coma and spent six weeks fighting for her life — waking up to find her right side paralyzed. Doctors were baffled until they discoveredRead More

El Niño weather event is biggest since 1997, may trigger soaking winter storms

El Niño weather event is biggest since 1997, may trigger soaking winter storms

July 16, 2015 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

As Pacific Ocean temperatures continue to warm and trade winds shift, federal scientists now say that the El Niño weather event that’s emerging could be one of the strongest on record. With California desperate for relief from its punishing four-year drought, the trend is significantly increasing the chances that stormsRead 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