| Jan 15, 2014
| 4:50 PM
Officials of the small Mendocino County town of Willits looked at their two municipal reservoirs last week, did some calculating and realized they had enough water to last only 100 days. It was time to adopt the toughest rationing measures they could....
| Jan 15, 2014
| 2:45 PM
WASHINGTON — Last year was marked by extremes in precipitation around the country, with unusually wet weather east of the Rockies and drought worsening in the West, particularly California, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 4:51 PM
The signs aren’t good when the chief of California’s snow survey has to walk over bare ground to take a snowpack measurement in the Sierra Nevada, as Frank Gehrke did Friday near Echo Summit.
Manual and electronic readings up and down the...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 4:48 PM
FRESNO -- Gov. Jerry Brown said Monday his administration would soon declare that California is officially in the midst of a drought.
“It’s coming,” Brown said of a formal proclamation when asked during a press conference at Fresno...
| Nov 28, 2013
| 9:00 AM
Dry conditions are likely to persist this winter across the Southland and most of California, according to a seasonal forecast prepared for the state Department of Water Resources.
But long-term forecasts always come with a big dose of uncertainty,...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 2:07 PM
In recent years, California’s Agassiz’s desert tortoise population has been decimated by shootings, residential and commercial development, vehicle traffic, respiratory disease and predation by ravens, dogs and coyotes.
| Jul 15, 2013
| 2:41 PM
Persistent drought in the West has prompted federal agencies to begin hauling water to wild horse herds in Nevada and restricting public lands grazing across the region.
In one part of Lincoln County, Nev., the Bureau of Land Management said it is...
| Aug 5, 2013
| 7:32 PM
The American west is experiencing a devastating drought but no state is more parched than New Mexico. The entire state is officially in drought and scientists, farmers and ranchers are trying to figure out how to cope with this new dry reality. But...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 6:00 AM
For 200 years, the earthen water canal has nourished the land where Peggy Boney's farm now sits. It sustains the alfalfa pastures for her cattle and the corn and pumpkins she puts on her kitchen table for supper.
Much of her life has revolved around...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 3:43 PM
The price of extreme weather events continues to rise. Superstorm Sandy and the ongoing drought made 2012 the second costliest weather and climate disaster year since 1980, racking up more than $110 billion in damage.
According to the National...
| Jan 23, 2013
| 10:35 AM
Do you have any suggestions for drought-tolerant, kid-friendly ground cover? We've read that dymondia works well to fill in space between pavers but haven't found any talk of how well this plant works as a grass substitute, spread across a yard.