The National Association of Government Communicators has selected Bob Muir, manager of the Press Office of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, as its 2016 Communicator of the Year.
El Niño is finally making its presence felt with a series of welcome storms.
A California lawmaker is dramatically raising the stakes in water management, proposing fines that could reach thousands of dollars a day and public shaming of people who use too much.
Will the California Coastal Commission approve Poseidon Water's proposed desalination project?
The State of California has entered into what may prove to be a fifth consecutive year of drought.
To understand the power and potential dangers of El Niño, look at satellite images of the Pacific Ocean on Sunday.
Scott Slater has a plan.
Jerry Brown is a little like a salmon.
This year's drought has brought an unprecedented amount of attention to California's water future, and with that debate, two different views about the solution.
The message that Maria L. Gutierrez gave legislators on Capitol Hill was anguished and blunt: California's historic drought had not merely left farmland idle.
In the world of water politics, there are few relationships as fraught as the one between the San Diego County Water Authority and its larger rival, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
As many as 58 million large trees in California are under threat due to the droughts that have ravaged the state since 2011.
A controversial plan that would put Southern California's most powerful water agency in control of a group of Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta islands has run into a potentially significant hurdle.
Facing mounting pressure from the state and the public, the city is turning to one of the few remaining options to save additional water: Technology.
This tranquil ranching valley lies 15 miles west of the Sacramento River. A one-lane bridge spans a dried-up creek at the valley entrance.
This was a slight of hand effort by government to transfer money to consumers—then transfer a portion back to government. Agencies gave "rebates" to homeowners to take out grass and replace it with drought resistant plantings.
California has made remarkable progress in addressing many of its long-standing water challenges.
California must develop a modern water system and strategy that includes greater flexibility to deal with climate change and a growing demand for an unpredictable supply of water.
Some dubious source had told me there was a "water museum" off Interstate 5 along the Grapevine, a prospect that immediately grabbed my interest.
Californians suffering through the fourth year of a punishing drought have a new worry.
State regulators are expected to propose changes this week to California's water conservation mandate that has required communities throughout the state to reduce use by 25 percent.
As they look to next year, state regulators are suggesting a slight easing of the conservation requirements that slashed urban water use across California.
Even Noah's Ark may not be able to withstand the deluge of desalinated drinking water created daily by the joint venture of Poseidon Water and the San Diego County Water Authority.
For the second time in a decade, the feds are warning that if water interests in Arizona, California and Nevada can't find a fix for the Colorado River's problems, the interior secretary will find it for them.
Ronnie Reed was born 53 years ago into the Karuk Tribe, whose ancestral lands stretch through the forested Klamath River canyon in Humboldt and Siskiyou counties.
As water utilities and their customers increasingly look to gray water and runoff from storms to supplement their supply amid drought, more guidelines and research are needed to ensure that the water is safe, researchers said in a report released Wednesday.
A coalition of groups representing cities, counties and water agencies filed a proposed ballot measure Monday that would allow water providers to reestablish so-called tiered pricing as a means of encouraging conservation.
There have been at least four attempts in the last 16 years to change the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's governance structure to make the nation's largest municipal utility more transparent, more businesslike and less like a political arm (or piggy bank) of City Hall. Now, make that five.
Gov. Jerry Brown's bid to build tunnels to isolate the Delta from its natural water supply has been repackaged as the "California Water Fix."
The largest ocean desalination plant ever built in the Western Hemisphere is finally generating drinking water - and revenue - 18 years after it was proposed in Southern California. Some investors say it wasn't worth the wait.
Poseidon Water's desalination plant in Carlsbad is poised to begin regular operations within days — decades after water officials first considered harvesting drinking water from the sea and 14 years after they formally took the first steps toward its construction.
The newest weapon in the war on drought in California has arrived, an engineering marvel that will harvest drinking water from the ocean on a scale never before seen in the Western Hemisphere.
Even as Californians have done their collective part to conserve water during the drought, Congress is engaged in a water fight over reforming federal law to help us.
It might have been a sneaky, underhanded maneuver, or it might have been a simple miscommunication.
The Los Angeles City Council should pursue a 2017 ballot measure to change the way the Department of Water and Power is governed — a move that would better ensure the utility is held accountable for its decisions, a consulting firm said in a report issued this week.
Angry California Republicans threw in the towel late Thursday, conceding that a California water bill that had divided the state was dead for the year.
The Central Basin Municipal Water District serves 1.7 million residents in central and southeast Los Angeles County — including Whittier, Montebello, Pico Rivera, La Mirada and La Habra Heights — and for years it's been a ratepayer-duping, scandalous mess.
Maria Lopez finished her last day of work picking lettuce in mid-November praying that more would come soon.
Municipal water agencies from Sacramento and elsewhere pleaded for relief from California's mandatory drought cutbacks Monday, arguing they should be given credit for coping with arid climates and developing their own supplies.
State regulators are considering extending the mandatory 25-percent conservation rate beyond February.
The State Water Resources Control Board meets Monday on potential changes to mandatory water conservation targets should the drought persist into 2016.
The images are stark. People carrying empty jugs, lining up to fill them with water trucked to their towns. Others waiting in lines to take showers in stalls set up in church parking lots.
A California water bill that skeptics say has been cloaked in excessive secrecy will probably miss its Capitol Hill train this year.
The drought has spurred three of the Valley's largest companies to reduce water use.
The Department of Water Resources today announced an initial 2016 allocation of 10 percent for customers of the State Water Project.
During the first four months of California's emergency drought rules, people in cities and towns across the state made conservation look easy.
With some in these parts seemingly seeing every overnight drizzle as a harbinger of vast El Niño downpours, perhaps it's understandable that Southern Californians dream of soon being freed from drought-induced watering restrictions.
City Controller Ron Galperin took aim last week at Los Angeles' popular "Cash in Your Lawn" rebate program, calling the program a "gimmick" that helped get people to pay attention to the drought but didn't generate much immediate water savings.
The $1-billion desalination plant coming online next month in Carlsbad will fit right in with years of careful planning and investment in water supply in San Diego County.
Outside her two-story tract home in this working-class town, Debbie Alberts, a part-time food service worker, has torn out most of the lawn.
The snow that falls on the Colorado mountains melts into trillions of gallons of water every year, and most of it flows downstream to Mexico, California and 17 other states.
A key location of the Pacific Ocean is now hotter than recorded in at least 25 years, surpassing the temperatures during the record 1997 El Niño.
We don't know for sure whether the El Niño we face this winter will be a drought buster or a bust.
The average American uses about 50 to 70 gallons of water per day inside their homes for everything from washing dishes to taking showers.
As experts continue to predict a wet winter because of El Niño, California officials continue to take a cautious approach when it comes to easing water conservation measures amid the state's four-year drought
The amount of water above the Earths' surface — in oceans, lakes and rivers — has long been known.
Gov. Jerry Brown has extended his executive order requiring Californians to conserve water as the state prepares for a fifth year of drought.
Californians could be justifiably proud earlier this fall when the State Water Resources Control Board reported that for the three steamy months of summer, the state had not only met Gov. Jerry Brown's mandated 25% reduction in water use but had surpassed it by nearly 4%.
When it comes to single residences consuming large volumes of water, Bel-Air has nothing on Rancho Santa Fe.
The Southland's major water agency is considering buying 20,000 acres of farm islands in the hub of California's water system, a move that could help stem cuts in deliveries from Northern California.
San Diego County is in a drought.
The board of the Southland's water importer Tuesday voted to pursue the purchase of four farm islands in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, the ecologically troubled center of California's sprawling water system.
Southern California's most powerful water agency could spend as much as $240 million to buy a cluster of islands in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a move that has stirred accusations of a south state water grab.
The largest provider of treated drinking water in the U.S. may soon become a substantial landowner in the Delta, after the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California gave its general manager permission Tuesday to negotiate an option to buy four large islands.
Gary Serrato watched as a tractor worked its way across a field of dried-up weeds, slicing the sandy dirt into orderly furrows.
We're excited about El Niño, and we know you are, too.
Californians continue to conserve water, again hitting the statewide conservation mandates.
During a time of drought, when most urban dwellers are making do with less, nothing sticks in the craw quite like the cad in Bel-Air who reportedly is using 90 times as much water as the average household.
Gov. Jerry Brown has been getting quite cranky lately when anyone belittles a pet project, especially his proposed water tunnels.
"You've been to the Grand Canyon, right?" Craig Elmore asks as he pulls his Chevrolet Tahoe to the edge of a field plowed into tidy, straight-as-an-arrow furrows, a section of the 6,000 acres that he farms—land his father and grandfather farmed before him.
As the worst drought in California history threatens to enter a fifth straight year, officials are advocating a variety of water reuse projects they say will reduce Southern California's unquenchable thirst for imported water.
Unfazed by the taint of "toilet-to-tap," the Water Replenishment District of Southern California unveiled another in a series of water recycling projects Tuesday that will help end its reliance on imported water and provide drought-insurance for its customers.
Australia has become a crossroads for California policymakers seeking clues to coping with long, arduous droughts.
Californians will act on a ballot measure next year that would require voter approval for many large public-works projects, including Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to dig giant tunnels to divert water from Northern California to the south.
Southern California's largest urban water supplier may decide next week whether to purchase four huge Delta islands.
There's far more riding on the Americas' largest seawater desalination plant than the 50 million gallons of drinking water it will produce for the San Diego area each day.
The City Council voted not to raise a drought charge it levied on residents earlier this year because the new fee helped cover declining revenues, according to the city's top utility official.
Over the last four months, the residents and businesses of the Indian Wells Valley Water District have cut their water consumption by about 25%, and General Manager Don Zdeba thinks that's "pretty darn good."
To the editor: I have a suggestion for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power regarding its intention to raise rates because so many have done more than their share to conserve water and, as a result, the DWP is losing revenue.
A Wednesday state Senate hearing dove into a topic on the mind of many Californians, examining how an anticipated El Niño surge of wetness could affect residents and force a pivot from drought preparedness to flood response.
For the second straight year, huge numbers of juvenile winter-run Chinook salmon appear to have baked to death in the Sacramento River because of California's drought-stretched water supplies, bringing the endangered species a step closer to extinction.
The Coachella Valley Water District's board of directors decided not to raise penalty fees for water wasters Monday night, postponing a decision for at least two weeks even as the agency edges closer to missing Gov. Jerry Brown's mandatory conservation target.
Just a year ago, the Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club — which bills itself as having an "exquisitely manicured, visually breathtaking" golf course — featured the same traditional rolling hills of grass found at golf clubs around the country.
Some California farmers will flood their field after this upcoming winter's storm to try to replenish the state's groundwater supply.
Decades before someone coined the Twitter hashtag #droughtshaming and people began posting YouTube videos of their neighbors' drowning lawns, California water suppliers encouraged conservation by releasing the names of their biggest water hogs.
In an effort to accommodate the California drought, one brewery is creating an innovative way to conserve California water by using recycled water.
Los Angeles may soon be flush with a new water supply – and it's not what you may think.
Nothing brings the Internet together like a good video. A cat dressed as a pirate? Yes, please.
Global temperatures are running far above last year's record-setting level, all but guaranteeing that 2015 will be the hottest year in the historical record — and undermining political claims that global warming had somehow stopped.
California water regulators on Tuesday lifted restrictions for the holders of hundreds of senior water rights who were ordered to stop pumping this summer.
Biologist Greg Asner first heard the numbers in April, but they did little to prepare him for what he saw.
Enjoying those lower water bills from 3-minute showers and your new drought-tolerant landscaping? Well, prepare to pay a little more to make up for your conservation.
While the rest of us hope for a strong El Niño this winter, California lawmakers are looking to farther-flung locales for solutions to the state's historic drought, now deep into its fourth year.
The sea may be (nearly) endless, but California cannot hope to solve its water problems just by converting salty seawater into something drinkable.
In the coming weeks, the Southern Nevada Water Authority will prepare its livestock for the harsh winter in the Great Basin.
In emergencies, most of us rise to the occasion. Unfortunately, some always need to be nudged.
Apple Valley residents were among the millions of Californians who cut back on water use during the state-mandated water restrictions this spring.
The National Weather Service now expects El Niño to bring greater-than-average rainfall to virtually all of California, forecasters said for the first time Thursday.
Water hogs, beware.
Even as Sacramento waits for the soaking El Niño forecast to hit this fall, Folsom Lake continues to lose water and will almost certainly fall Thursday to its lowest level in more than 20 years, government data show.
Four years of drought have forced most Californians to shoulder some inconvenience. Homeowners have had to watch their lawns go brown, city halls have turned off their ornamental fountains and hotels have had to implore their guests to use their towels twice.
Gov. Jerry Brown is picking a fight over a two-decade-old law that can make it difficult to increase water rates, raising the possibility of a new battle over the issue at the ballot box next year.
With California mired in the worst drought in state history, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed into law a measure aimed at reducing the billions of gallons of water lost every year across the state from leaks in aging and cracked water pipes in hundreds of city water systems.
A panel of scientists from across the Colorado River region wants more study of the possible effects of climate change before policy decisions are made about the future of the river.
After four years of relentless drought, more Californians are worried about water shortages than ever, despite El Niño conditions in the Pacific Ocean that are boosting hopes for a wet winter.
California's punishing drought has taken a firm grip on the electorate's conscience, with more than 3 in 4 voters describing the state’s water shortage as extremely serious, according to a new poll.
Californians dutifully have put buckets in showers, cut back on watering lawns, and replaced grass with pebbles and drought-tolerant plants.
California’s punishing drought has taken a firm grip on the electorate’s conscience, with more than 3 in 4 voters describing the state’s water shortage as extremely serious, according to a new poll.
Californians sharply cut water use this summer, prompting state officials to credit their new conservation policies and the sting of thousands of warnings and penalties that they had issued to people for overuse.
The water-hogging champ of California, a Bel-Air resident who has managed to suck 1,300 gallons of H2O an hour from the state's scant drought-limited supply, may soon find that there's no ice bucket for the champagne, no green in the polo turf and nothing but dust in the Versailles fountain.
An El Niño that is among the strongest on record is gaining strength in the Pacific Ocean, and climate scientists say California is likely to face a wet winter.
When Joe Benson tore out his dying grass in August of last year, he was one of the first in his San Fernando Valley neighborhood to collect a rebate for doing so, he recalls.
This much we know, California's champion water hog lives somewhere in Bel-Air, guzzling more gallons per year - 11.8 million - than any other homeowner in the state. Who is the culprit? This we do now know.
Federal land managers have dealt a blow to the controversial Cadiz Inc. project that would draw water from ancient aquifers in the Mojave Desert and pipe it to cities across California.
As California continues to battle one of its worst droughts on record, some water districts have resorted to fines to get the attention of water wasters.
Things are bad everywhere in California, but the big dry has gotten so severe in the coastal city of Fort Bragg that fancy restaurants are now being ordered to plop their filet mignons on disposable plates and pour wine into plastic cups to avoid washing dishes.
Cadiz Inc.'s plans to sell Mojave Desert groundwater to Southern California communities have hit a major federal roadblock.
Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther, Jimmy Carter, Rahm Emanuel: All of them were quoted at the Southern California Energy and Water Summit in Palm Springs on Thursday.
In recent weeks, conditions have gelled for what forecasters say could be one of the strongest El Niño weather patterns in recorded history. Will it substantially ease California’s historic drought? If the storms center on Southern California, the answer is probably not.
In recent weeks, conditions have gelled for what forecasters say could be one of the strongest El Niño weather patterns in recorded history.
The last thing on Sacramento's mind in the midst of the state's epic drought may be the distant Salton Sea and the prospect of spending money or water to prevent the briny lake from going dry.
The water conservation rate dropped four percent in August - to 27 percent - compared to the amount saved in July.
Most Orange County cities are on track to meet state water conservation mandates by cutting water use anywhere from 8 to 36 percent, depending on the city.
Lakewood was among one of California's top water-saving cities in August, reducing its water use by a whopping 30 percent in August, and the city of El Monte was not far behind, reducing its water use by 22.9 percent.
Californians cut water use by 27 percent in August, marking the third consecutive month that residents and businesses surpassed the 25 percent conservation goal set by Gov. Jerry Brown to deal with the relentless drought, officials said Thursday.
The year of the brown lawn and shortened showers concludes Wednesday, with water officials citing bleak statistics and expressing hope that the next few months will bring the heavy rains California so desperately needs.
This probably comes as no surprise: California’s 2015 water year, which ends Wednesday, Sept. 30, was one of the warmest and driest on record.
As California’s new water year begins Thursday, water managers are looking back on a fourth year of drought and record warm temperatures.
California’s four-year drought has the whole state in a water crisis, but no area has been harder hit than the state’s Central Valley, where the wells have run dry.
Drought or no drought, and with or without the "Godzilla El Niño" predicted for the coming rainy season, it is increasingly obvious that from now on California must better manage its water, using it more carefully and then using it again. That makes the giant Metropolitan Water District's plan to join the crowd of agencies investing in recycling, as The Times reported Wednesday, welcome news.
For more than 80 years, the Metropolitan Water District has paved the way for Southern California's epic growth by securing water from hundreds of miles away.
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is in talks with Los Angeles County sanitation districts about developing what could be one of the largest recycled water programs in the world.
In 2005, I moved to the United States from Belgium to study the influence of climate on wildfires in the Sierra Nevada over the last five centuries. As part of this work, I traveled for three months all around the mountain range to collect samples of trees and tree stumps.
The current buzz in cafes across California is that snow from this year’s big El Niño will bring the best skiing in years. What fortunate skiers don’t realize is that the same periodic ocean-atmosphere interaction in the Pacific Ocean is one of the most devastating natural forces on Earth, endangering the wellbeing of over three billion people across the tropics.
Problems as daunting as the California drought tend to breed scapegoats.
Southern California’s water wholesaler is considering building a water recycling plant modeled after Orange County’s world-acclaimed facility to replenish groundwater supplies in Los Angeles and Orange counties.
Two of California’s largest and most aggressive water agencies have discussed buying four islands in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, prompting accusations by environmentalists and Delta farmers that the land purchases could be used to engineer a south state water grab.
Much of the recent media coverage of California’s drought has focused on green lawns and agriculture. But with the legal mandate requiring Californians to cut water usage across the board, everyone has a role to play, including renters.
As wildfires rage, crops are abandoned, wells run dry and cities work to meet mandatory water cuts, drought-weary Californians are counting on a savior in the tropical ocean: El Niño.
The Las Vegas Valley has enough water to support 1 million more residents, and it should be able to weather at least the next 20 years before any permanent new supplies are needed, according to the Southern Nevada Water Authority's revised 2015 resource plan.
With demand for turf removal rebates far outstripping the money available, Riverside may pump another $1.5 million into the program that pays people to tear out their grass.
Anaheim residents and businesses have surprised city officials, saving 1.7 billion gallons of water since mandated restrictions went into affect June 1.
The fires that have scorched large stretches of California continue to burn on Thursday, but with lower wind, cooler temperatures and even a little rain, they are no longer spreading fast, and they pose less of a threat than they did early in the week.
Water managers in Los Angeles and Las Vegas are poised to adopt a drought-driven deal to send enough water to serve about 300,000 homes annually from the Lake Mead reservoir to Southern California.
The Southern Nevada Water Authority would dip into its reserves to lease water to drought-stricken California under a plan slated for a vote by the agency's board Thursday.
When California Gov. Jerry Brown stood in a snowless Sierra Nevada meadow on April 1 and ordered unprecedented drought restrictions, it was the first time in 75 years that the area had lacked any sign of spring snow.
El Niño is on track to become one of the most powerful on record, strongly suggesting California could face heavy rainfall this winter, climate scientists say.
With California in the fourth year of a drought, a state lawmaker has introduced a last-minute bill that would require half of treated wastewater to be used for beneficial purposes, including landscape watering, by 2026 and 100% usage by 2036.
Among all the apocalyptic disasters that Californians routinely prepare for -- earthquake, drought, wildfire, carmageddon -- the most welcome is rain, even though giant El Niño events like the one currently massing in the Pacific can bring their own set of calamities: flooding, mudslides, carmageddon with hydroplaning.
In a new move to battle the drought, Burbank residents will get access to free recycled water starting this month and running through the end of October.
With California in the midst of a severe drought, the state imposed mandatory water restrictions earlier this year.
In a testament to the willingness of Orange Countians to do their part during the drought, water agencies across the county reported good news last week.
Gov. Jerry Brown's emergency water restrictions expire in February. In coming weeks, working groups of water officials are expected to begin meeting to shape proposals on what should come next if expected winter El Niño storms don't save California from a fifth year of drought.
Santa Monica moved closer to eliminating its dependence on imported water by 2020 after the City Council last week approved a nearly $2 million contract to hire a groundwater geologist for up to five years.
If weather forecasters are right, drought-plagued California may at last get a much-needed soaking this winter from El Niño.
A solar project that would produce enough renewable energy to power more than 145,000 homes in California is officially coming to the area.
Sixty feet from the top of a giant sequoia named Kong, biologist Anthony Ambrose studied the foliage around him. Dense clusters of green leaves grew like shaving brushes from the branches, cones clustered like Indian clubs.
California's growers enjoyed near-record revenue for their crops last year, despite dropping their harvest by 640,000 acres in 2014, a new study suggests.
This is the soundtrack of our dry-weather lives in Southern California: TLC's "Waterfalls," Blind Melon's "No Rain," Bruce Springsteen's "The River" and about 100 more H2O-themed ditties playing on an endless loop. That should remind us to take shorter showers and stop washing the cars at home. Or just make us very, very thirsty.
If you haven't been living under an extremely dry rock, you know that California state regulators are doing everything they can to get the word out about the drought.
More than 21,000 people are out of work this year from California's drought, according to a study from the University of California, Davis. The majority are in agriculture. Those farmworkers lucky enough to have a job are often working harder for less money.
As the latest phase of the historic California drought rears its ugly head, regulators have desperately scrambled to engage the millennial water waster in any way possible, most recently via the music station Pandora.
Singing in the shower may pierce people's eardrums, but listening to music in the shower could help conserve water.
Last summer, a narrow, rock-rimmed stretch of the Sacramento River near here turned into a mass graveyard for baby salmon.
In California, they're not getting much. If the state's severe drought continues the way it has for another two years, its salmon, steelhead and smelt are in danger of going away forever. Bettina Boxall has a compelling story in Monday's Los Angeles Times, "The drought's hidden victims: California's native fish."
CLAREMONT >> Scripps College has long been known for its sprawling lush green spaces, flowers, and trees.
Los Angeles residents cut their water use by 21% in July, surpassing the mandatory conservation standard set by state regulators to combat the drought, Mayor Eric Garcetti said.
Reports of California's demise are as predictable as they are exaggerated whenever the Golden State endures one of its regular disasters.
The Delta Protection Commission has spent about $400,000 with advertising and public relations agencies to explore ways to promote business in the California Delta with a basic question still unanswered: how -- or even should -- the watery region be promoted.
L.A.'s shade balls go viral — but the Internet has mixed opinions
Reports of California’s demise are as predictable as they are exaggerated whenever the Golden State endures one of its regular disasters.
There's nothing like blasting Adele's "Set Fire to the Rain" to encourage water conservation -- at least that's the hope of one Southern California water supplier..
A growing number of scientists have made the claim that climate change is at least partly responsible for California's crippling drought. Now researchers have estimated the extent to which humans are to blame: between 8% and 27%.
For all the pain this miserable drought has caused, perhaps some good could come of it.
If you're a teacher, a garden is a gift that can generate endless assignments and lesson plans. .
A growing number of scientists have made the claim that climate change is at least partly responsible for California's crippling drought. Now researchers have estimated the extent to which humans are to blame: between 8% and 27%..
Farmland near Corcoran in the southern San Joaquin Valley sank 13 inches in just eight months last year. To the north, near El Nido, the land surface dropped about 10 inches.
In a Sunday Review article last weekend, "How California Is Winning the Drought," Charles Fishman, author of "The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water," argued that despite the severe ongoing drought conditions, California's economy, job market and population are finding ways to thrive.
If the latest predictions are correct, there’s a good chance that one of the wettest, most powerful El Niños on record is headed straight for California. When – or, we should say, if – that rain does arrive, it will be a welcome reprieve from four years of drought.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — State contractors have readied plans to acquire as many as 300 farms in the California delta by eminent domain to make room for a pair of massive, still-unapproved water tunnels proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown, according to documents obtained by opponents of the tunnels.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Wet weather in May and June brought good news Monday from federal water managers keeping close tabs on the Colorado River water supply for about 40 million residents in seven Southwest U.S. states.
California in the Great Drought is a living diorama of how the future is going to look across much of the United States as climate change sets in. Like hippies and "dude," wine bars and hot tubs, mega-churches and gay rights, what gets big in California goes national soon enough. Now, the large dark bruise spreading across the state on the U.S. Drought Monitor map is a preview of a bone-dry world to come..
In the desert of California, where the Colorado River for decades has turned barren ground into an agricultural bounty, farmers are being paid not to grow crops on a portion of their land so that water can be shipped to thirsty cities on the coast..
There's El Nino, and then there's "the blob."
Both are phenomena associated with warm water in the Pacific that can separately impact weather. Now, the two combined are building hopes for a wet winter that could help pull the West out of protracted drought.
Oakmont Country Club's $2.3 million turf removal incentive was the largest the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California paid through mid-June, but it wasn't just its size that was unusual.
one measure, the rebate program that paid Southern California homeowners to
tear out their lawns amid the drought was a quick success: It motivated people
in the area with the state’s highest per capita water use to take out some
truly prodigious lawns.
The flow of water from shower heads and bathroom faucets in California will be sharply reduced under strict new limits approved Wednesday by the state Energy Commission..
When you think of eating delicious donuts you think of saving water, right? No? Well, you will now.
Too much fire and not enough rain is not a new combination in California and the West. But it is as ever a deadly one, and the extent to which the blazes are in the north of our state is a bad omen for us all.
San Diego County and other parts of the state may get some flexibility in complying with California's rigorous water conservation mandate, Gov. Jerry Brown hinted Tuesday.
California is in the midst of its worst drought in 1200 years. As politicians impose statewide water restrictions and the agricultural sector comes under intense public scrutiny for growing water-intensive crops — such as alfalfa and almonds — farmers are pointing to what they say is the true villain of the drought: a fish called the Delta smelt.
The Metropolitan Water District will boost visibility of the agency's summer advertising and outreach campaign with a symbolic "turn" of the iconic Randy's Donuts sign into a giant rooftop call for conservation. The centerpiece red knob of the district's $5.5 million multi-media, multi-lingual outreach campaign will be supersized to cloak the king-sized donut on the roof of the landmark bakery.
Grape and pistachio farmer Mike Stearns is something of a big deal in California water circles, leader of a regional agency that operates a critical piece of the state’s man-made plumbing system.
Heeding the call to conserve water, tens of thousands of Southern California residents and businesses replaced their lawns with drought-tolerant landscaping with the help of $340 million in grants from the Metropolitan Water District..
Californians are thirsty for answers, but with more than $15 billion on the line and pressure to find a statewide water solution, The Sacramento Bee's editorial praising the repackaged twin-tunnel plan and implying that "anything is better than nothing" is concerning in light of growing statewide opposition.
It's not rocket science: Cut your water usage and your bill will go down. But what if you could get money back on top of it?
The California water wars are being fought on multiple fronts: thirsty cities against farmers, north against south, farmers against environmentalists, conservatives against liberals, some homeowners against Governor Jerry Brown's plan to fix the problems, and farmers and cities against the tiny delta smelt, the salmon, and the environmentalists who stick up for them.
The last few weeks have been hot and dry in our area. Still depending on what indicators you use, most of Texas - including Harris County - is no longer experiencing drought.
We looked up at the green road sign for Tamarack, population 9.
It felt like paying homage to the snow gods. Tamarack holds the U.S. record for the deepest snow (454 inches in 1911) and the most Sierra snow in one season (884 inches in the winter of 1906-07).
It's a modest Irvine tract house, ensconced in a modest amount of greenery. Nona Demetre considers her water use modest as well – but her monthly bill shot up 34 percent over the course of a single year nonetheless.
The drought currently shriveling the West Coast comes with an irony that the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge would recognize. There 's water, water, everywhere out there—literally an ocean's worth—but you can't drink it or irrigate with it for the salt.
Pinhole leaks in copper pipes have plagued thousands of South County homes in recent years, and now a judge's ruling may force many homeowners to pay the bills.
Last fall, farmers working the flat land along the Colorado River outside Blythe, Calif., harvested a lucrative crop of oranges, lettuce and alfalfa from fields irrigated with river water. But that wasn't their only source of income. They made almost as much per acre from the seemingly dead squares of dry earth abutting those orchards and row crops, fields left barren for the season..
In last Sunday's Conversation, University of Pacific economist Jeffrey Michael pointed out that the cost to build twin tunnels through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta did not make economic sense. The value derived from the benefit of the tunnels did not justify the $15 billion cost.
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Jeffrey Kightlinger, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, issues the following statement regarding the draft State Water Action Plan released today by the California Natural Resources Agency, California Department of Food and Agriculture and California Environmental Protection Agency.