The warning was stern and unequivocal: The days of unkempt, browning lawns in the gated community of Blackhawk were officially over.
California water districts large and small are expected to urge regulators on Wednesday to toss out or significantly relax emergency drought orders requiring
To the editor: The Times has published an interesting juxtaposition of articles in the last few days. One speaks of the need for more housing to keep rents and
It was a rainy weekend in Southern California, but there have been too few such storms in what had been expected to be a rain-soaked El Niño season. This fifth
One year ago Friday, Frank Gehrke hiked out to Phillips Station and stuck a tube onto a tuft of brownish-green grass. There was no snow, but Gehrke had quite an audience.
For years scientists have warned that climate change will cause melting ice caps, rising sea levels and severe droughts and floods. But global warming's effects can also be far more personal, seriously harming human health.
The California drought has created many oddities over the last few years but none as bizarre as a scene that unfolds regularly on a tributary of the Santa Ana
People in cities and towns across California reduced their water consumption by just 17.1% during the first month of the year, as compared to the same month in 2013, state regulators said Thursday.
Southern Californians can expect dry conditions and above-average heat this week as a stubborn high-pressure system continues to block the heavily anticipated
As water utilities and their customers increasingly look to gray water and runoff from storms to supplement their supply amid drought, more guidelines and
Four years of drought and unusually warm weather have exhausted the patience and the resources of many local farmers, and the result is empty farm stands at
California's efforts to manage its drought have produced mixed results, according to a report card issued by the Natural Resources Defense Council.
A coalition of cities, counties and water agencies filed a proposed ballot measure Monday that would allow water providers to re-establish so-called tiered pricing as a means of encouraging conservation.
Volleys over a plan to address California¿s drought continued Friday as the Republicans in state's delegation held a news conference blaming Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) for not supporting their bid to insert the plan into a must-pass spending bill.
It might have been a sneaky, underhanded maneuver, or it might have been a simple miscommunication. Either way, California's GOP House delegation took a foolish
California Republicans will continue trying to include language addressing the state's drought in a must-pass bill to fund the federal government, over
California Democrats are fuming over an attempt by the state's Republican House members to insert language addressing the state's drought into a must-pass bill
Under the cover of darkness, a group of vandals this spring slashed an inflatable dam in the Bay Area, sending millions of gallons of water into San Francisco
Los Angeles' turf rebate program saved less water per dollar spent than other Department of Water and Power conservation programs, an audit released by the city
One of the most powerful El Niños on record continues gathering strength and is looking increasingly likely to bring heavy rains to key Northern California
Grab billions from Gov. Jerry Brown's bullet train project and spend it on generating more water. Build some dams. Many Californians have been shouting for
We don't know for sure whether the El Niño we face this winter will be a drought buster or a bust. But we had better prepare for a lot of rain and the potential
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
Ventura and Santa Barbara officials say a mix of community and business outreach helped cities far exceed water-saving goals.
Groundwater banks are being established to slowly soak up rain and floodwater for future use. It's a cheaper option than dams and reservoirs.
An early-season storm that blanketed mountains from Northern California to the Central Valley with snow showed tangible results on the state's historic drought,
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
A day of heavy snow may have turned swaths of the Sierra Nevada into a winter landscape, but it's too early to tell if it will have a lasting effect on the
The city of Beverly Hills and three other water suppliers face financial penalties for falling short of state water conservation mandates, officials said
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
Even if unconsciously, the homeless people who loll on the south lawn of Los Angeles City Hall are making a sacrifice to conserve water during the drought.
Decades before someone coined the Twitter hashtag #droughtshaming and people began posting YouTube videos of their neighbors' drowning lawns, California water
In a very dry state, turning to the sea as a source of water for drinking, bathing and irrigation has its attractions. Desalination is drought-proof -- the
Bob Lombardi, 70, went ahead and planted two acres of baby bear pumpkins in a corner of his shut-down ranch this year, just to say he had farmed for 50 years.
A new forecast says El Nino rains will likely reach far into Northern California, important because rain and snow need to fall there to provide the state with water.
Last week, amid all the excitement (if that's the right word) over Gov. Jerry Brown's signing of a right-to-die bill for California, a smaller, quieter -- and
Apple Valley residents were among the millions of Californians who cut back on water use during the state-mandated water restrictions this spring.
Amid criticism from local business owners and residents, the Fort Bragg, Calif., City Council on Tuesday lifted a requirement that had forced restaurants to
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
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,
San Fernando Valley residents have been among the most aggressive in L.A. County in claiming rebate money for lawn replacement.
Conservation numbers for California come out Thursday. Residents have been seriously saving water in the last few months, spurred by severe drought conditions.
In this farming valley, often known as "America's salad bowl," the climate is cool and consistent, the soil is fertile, and an abundance of water has allowed a
These days, the redwood-shaded creek by Laura and Ray Waldbaum's house is a bone-dry path of rocks and gravel, its occasional stagnant pools a somber reminder
Across California this summer, residents have been racking up water conservation numbers that defy expectations -- a 27% reduction in June, followed by 31.3% in
California homeowners who replace their water-gulping grass lawns with artificial turf in response to the drought would be protected from sanctions by homeowner
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.
The state fined 30 oil companies on Thursday for failing to meet a deadline to report information about the source, volume and disposal of water used in oil and
Under orders to slash water use amid a historic drought, cities and towns across the state saved about 75 billion gallons in July, eclipsing Gov. Jerry Brown's
A drought can make a hot day hotter, while a heat wave can make dry conditions even drier. Now scientists are making the case that heat waves and droughts have
There are a lot of people whose lives have been adversely affected by the unrestricted flow of urine on the streets of San Francisco. On a hot summer day, the
After Gov. ordered a 25% reduction in urban water use statewide, regulators spent much of the spring chastising water districts for not conserving enough
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.
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
Should the current drought extend for another two or three years, most California cities and much of the state's agriculture would be able to manage, but the
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
It seems as though the resources for drought gardening are endless. Look for tips online and you'll see what we mean. But sometimes firsthand experience can be
The deaths of two children at Yosemite National Park after a tree limb fell on their tent while they were sleeping is again focusing attention on the toll the
Hospitals are among the highest water users in communities, but have a lot of potential to help California fight its ongoing drought, according to the U.S.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein filed her long-awaited legislative response to California's water crisis on Wednesday, hoping to broker a compromise that has eluded
Two children who were critically injured when a 75-foot tree toppled onto a group of campers at a children's museum in Pasadena remained hospitalized Wednesday.
When it came down to it, the number crunchers at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California knew they saved a lot more water for every dollar spent
Concern over California's is "extremely high and intensifying," as a majority of state residents now believe global warming has contributed to the crisis,
It's the middle of the summer, but it felt a bit like winter in the Sierra this week as a storm dumped four inches of hail on Interstate 80 around Donner
Santa Barbara City Council members on Tuesday unanimously approved spending $55 million to reactivate a mothballed desalination plant that could provide the
During four years of drought, Los Angeles residents have conserved water so diligently that even the most skeptical experts have been taken by surprise.
A swath of eastern California offered a dramatic view in recent days of the powerful climate forces buffeting the state.
A washed-out bridge on Interstate 10 that cut off a vital shipping route with Arizona, mudslides in Moreno Valley and snarled Southern California freeway
With the Chatsworth Reservoir on life support from the drought, a vigorous debate is underway over whether the so-called ecology pond at Los Angeles' only
Regulators proposed a record $1.5-million fine Monday against a Northern California irrigation district after it allegedly diverted more than 670 million
When Gov. Jerry Brown visits the Vatican this week for an international conference, he'll be carrying a resolution from state lawmakers supporting Pope Francis'
The Colorado River begins as snowmelt in the Rocky Mountains and ends 1,450 miles south in Mexico after making a final sacrifice to the United States: water for
It was touted as the bill "where everybody wins" -- a common-sense approach to providing badly needed drought relief to California growers, and a measure that
State regulators Thursday took another step in the escalating battle over drought-related curtailments of thousands of California water rights.
The sprawling suburban lawn -- a symbol of the good life in postwar California -- moved a step closer Wednesday to being consigned to the history books.