Rebates received by homeowners for replacing their lawns with drought-tolerant landscaping will not be counted as income, according to a bill authored by a Los Angeles lawmaker and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday.
As officials crack down on homeowners who waste water, more drought-conscious Californians are using social media to broadcast video of what appear to be government agencies breaking their own water-use rules: sprinklers running at city parks in the middle of the day, public workers hosing grass until it becomes a muddy mess.
California’s top water official told a key gathering of south state water representatives that “hard-earned progress” is being made on the Brown administration’s controversial plan to build twin tunnels through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.
The stubborn high-pressure systems that block California rains are linked to the abundance of human-caused greenhouse gases that heat the oceans, according to a major paper released Monday by Stanford scientists. But two other new studies disagree — saying there’s no evidence that warming ocean waters are to blame for our drought.
Scientists looking at 16 cases of wild weather around the world last year see the fingerprints of man-made global warming on more than half of them. … The California drought, though, comes with an asterisk.
Crews working on behalf of the Santa Cruz Seaside Co. cut a 10-foot wide channel on the beach at the mouth of the San Lorenzo River on Friday to let river water drain into Monterey Bay rather than continue flooding the basement of the historic Beach Boardwalk.
In 1944, the US Forest Service began one of the longest running advertising campaigns in American history, with the deep iconic voice of Smokey Bear teaching us that “only you can prevent forest fires.” But times have changed.
Gusty northeast winds, high heat and low humidity will create “critical fire weather conditions” in the mountains, forests and valley areas of Los Angeles and Ventura counties from Wednesday night through Friday night, according to the National Weather Service.
As reported in our new paper, published Monday in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, the drought now encompasses the driest consecutive 12-month period in California’s recorded history.