California Drought

The Aug. 1, 2014 photo shows Mayor Carol Russell showing homes of residents who have plowed up their lawns because of local mandatory water rationing in Cloverdale, Calif. California’s drought has the state Legislature considering state regulation of groundwater use for the first time. (AP Photo/Ellen Knickmeyer)

Drought has state debating its unregulated pumping

  SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Three years of drought have Californians debating an end to the state’s status as one of the last in the West with a pump-as-you-please policy for the vital underground sources […]

08/20/2014

A structure burns along Highway 41 in Oakhurst, Calif., Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. One of several wildfires burning across California prompted the evacuation of hundreds of people in a central California foothill community near Yosemite National Park, authorities said. (AP Photo/The Fresno Bee, Eric Paul Zamora)

Wildfire near Yosemite threatens 500 structures

  OAKHURST, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters from throughout California were being dispatched Tuesday to protect homes threatened by an out-of-control wildfire burning in the foothills near Yosemite National Park, the second fire around the park […]

08/19/2014

A structure burns along Highway 41 in Oakhurst, Calif., Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. One of several wildfires burning across California prompted the evacuation of hundreds of people in a central California foothill community near Yosemite National Park, authorities said. (AP Photo/The Fresno Bee, Eric Paul Zamora)

Southern California wildfire burns out of control

  KERNVILLE, Calif. (AP) — An out-of-control wildfire in Southern California’s Kern County has scorched about 5 square miles of dry brush and prompted evacuations in several neighborhoods. U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Cindy Thill said […]

08/19/2014

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Probe sought into possible water diversion

  SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State and federal water agencies are seeking an investigation into whether some California farmers are taking water released from upstream dams intended for consumers in other regions of the state. […]

08/18/2014

With the Los Angeles skyline in the background, the Los Angeles River flows Friday, Feb. 28, 2014.  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Lawmakers plan vote on new California water bond

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Pressed by a deadline and California’s severe drought, state lawmakers are scheduled to vote Wednesday on a measure that would swap out an existing water bond on the November ballot and […]

08/13/2014

This map from the U.S. Drought Monitor report shows that 58% of California is considered to be experiencing an "exceptional" drought. (U.S. Drought Monitor)

California drought hits new record high

More than half of California is now under the most severe level of drought for the first time since the federal government began issuing regular drought reports in the late 1990s, according to new data […]

07/31/2014

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Hot summer weather means high risk of wildfires

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The Southland once again will be gripped by high heat today, and forecasters warned it would last until the middle of next week, along with an elevated risk of wildfire. Today’s […]

07/25/2014

Morning traffic makes it's way toward downtown Los Angeles along the Hollywood Freeway past an electronic sign warning of severe drought. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

LA County adopts emergency water conservation regulations

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted today to limit outdoor watering and require water suppliers to closely monitor use. Supervisor Don Knabe recommended the county adopt emergency regulations set […]

07/22/2014

Sprinklers water a lawn Tuesday morning,  July 15, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Law blocks some brown lawn fees during droughts

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Homeowner associations can no longer slap fines on residents with dry, brown lawns during droughts under legislation that took effect Monday. Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB2100 following an April emergency order […]

07/22/2014

Sprinklers water a lawn Tuesday morning,  July 15, 2014, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

List of biggest water saving, guzzling districts in California

Despite the governor’s call for conservation amid a historic drought, California water agencies across the state collectively reported a 1 percent increase in water use in May 2014 compared to the same month over the […]

07/17/2014

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