CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2014 |
Lady Gaga has a new message for all of her “little monsters”: Save water. The five-time Grammy Award winner will soon be on the air with a public service announcement urging Californians to do their part to help with the state's drought. So how did Lady Gaga become the new face of drought awareness? It started when the “Poker Face” singer wanted to use Hearst Castle for what the Hearst Castle Foundation is calling "a special creative project. " The San Simeon estate, which is now a state park, is doing its part to help with the water crunch.
February 7, 2014 |
Californians used to call it earthquake weather, the unseasonably warm, dry, blue-sky days that pushed deep into this year's rainy season. Now we just call it drought. Unfortunately, the state's water resources are at critically low levels (12% of normal Sierra Nevada snowpack for this time of year) and the crisis is unlikely to go away soon or for long. A report by the U.S. Geological Survey predicts that with changing patterns of rain and snow we will see more frequent and intense droughts and flash flooding in California's future.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO - So it's official: We are in a serious drought. That means this: Next comes serious flooding. But we'll still be in a declared drought. That's just the nature of California weather patterns - and water politics. A drought proclamation, as issued by Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday, changes the political climate. It focuses public attention on the need for costly new waterworks. Therefore governors and water officials are always reluctant to declare a drought over, even when rivers again leap their banks, fill reservoirs and send torrents of muddy snowmelt, uprooted trees and drowned livestock cascading into the Pacific.
January 17, 2014 |
California is officially in a drought. This is state's driest year on record, and the National Weather said this week that the dry conditions will persist or get worse through April - meaning the rainy season won't be rainy. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency Friday, saying "We ought to be ready for a long, continued, persistent effort to restrain our water use. " But, he added, conservation efforts would be "voluntary. " Voluntary? It's true that Californians are good at cutting water use during drought periods.
October 31, 2013 |
State officials Thursday released the draft of a new California Water Action Plan that doesn't include much action. The 17-page document covers little new ground, outlining familiar water policy goals with few details of how they will be achieved. "We are not reinventing the wheel here," said state Natural Resources Secretary John Laird. "We are coordinating what's in place in one location with clear goals as targets for the different agencies.... We have to focus on the whole picture.
September 2, 2013 |
While the world clamors for more Paso Robles wine, rural residents like Denise Smith yearn for something far more precious: local water. The retired teacher is one of dozens of homeowners in parched northern San Luis Obispo County whose wells have run dry. Unable to afford a deeper well at a cost of $30,000, she trucks in water every few weeks. Meals are eaten on paper plates. Showers last 45 seconds. Toilets are seldom flushed. Where did the water go? Smith and other residents say it's flowing freely into the area's signature industry -- wine.