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Thomas Fire on track to become largest fire in state's history

The monstrous Thomas Fire north of Los Angeles is leaving its place in the state's record books as it is now officially the second largest fire in California history, consuming 272,000 acres (110,075 hectares).

California turns water conservation over to communities

Sacramento - Though the drought still goes on, regulators in California have dropped the mandatory 25 percent water savings rules, turning control of water conservation over to communities.

California drought may leave migratory birds high and dry

The Pacific Flyway is a major north-south flyway for migrating birds, extending from Alaska down to Patagonia. California is part of the flight path, and the state's extended drought in now threatening the health of these travelers.

San Diego posts huge cuts in water consumption

Latest figures released by the State Water Resources Control Board Wednesday show the City of San Diego reduced water consumption by 26 percent in May.

California's drought resulting in water-related innovation

California's severe drought is forcing state officials to levy big fines against heavy users of water in the Golden State.

California to be under revised mandates to restrict water usage

Sacramento - California's State Water Resources Control Board on Saturday released a revised plan for the state's first-ever mandatory water cuts. The plan will entail putting the state's water agencies in a nine-tier bracket, based on consumption in 2014.

Op-Ed: Poo Power—DiY waste-to-energy and water conservation

Home biogas reactors, used throughout China and India, turn human waste into energy, conserve water, and stop fresh water pollution. Why don’t we have these systems in the U.S.?

Op-Ed: Crunch time — Governor orders 25% cut in California water use

Los Angeles - California’s big drought has been a big issue for years, but the big cut in water usage ordered by California Governor Jerry Brown is an obvious, essential move. The state’s growth has added to the water woes.

Green building trends to look out for in 2015

It's a fact: green building is not a craze or a fad, but the future of construction. And this is true for both new construction and renovation/retrofitting.

Tree rings: California's drought history is not a happy story

Meteorologists were pleased with the heavy rains that pummeled California last week, but had to admit that it wasn't enough to improve the state's drought picture, calling the amount a "drop in the bucket." Actually, we have to get used to the drought.

Water skyrockets to record prices in California

With droughts reaching record levels this year, the state of California is stepping aside as water prices on the open market reaches very high bidding levels.

Op-Ed: California wants to pump aqueduct water uphill to save farmers

Los Angeles - California is getting serious about managing the water problem. A new option is to send water up the state aqueduct to help out irrigation for the state’s farms. What’s really unusual about this is that it’s an economically very good idea.

Water witches used in California to find water

Some California farmers have turned to water witches, or dowsers, in desperation to locate underground water throughout the state.

California Governor Jerry Brown announces drought relieve package

California Governor Jerry Brown announced the state's proposition to aid drought victims via a proposal worth nearly $700 million.

California shuts biggest reservoir as drought worsens

Sacramento - California has announced the biggest supply of water to many of their residents is to be closed until further notice because of the drought hitting the state.
 

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Effect of the California drought on Laguna Lake
Effect of the California drought on Laguna Lake
Flickr user docentjoyce
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USDA
The image on the left shows the 31-year average snow water equivalent in the Sierra Nevada mountains...
The image on the left shows the 31-year average snow water equivalent in the Sierra Nevada mountains compared with the snow water equivalent in 2015.
Steve Margulis/UCLA
Los Angeles dumps 96 million plastic balls into a reservoir to protect  the city’s water supply.
Los Angeles dumps 96 million plastic balls into a reservoir to protect the city’s water supply.
Screengrab via YouTube
Wal-Mart s Great Value bottled water is sourced from the Sacramento  California municipal water supp...
Wal-Mart's Great Value bottled water is sourced from the Sacramento, California municipal water supply.
YouTube
Near Santa Barbara  the so-called Sherpa Fire in the Los Padres National Forest has expanded from tw...
Near Santa Barbara, the so-called Sherpa Fire in the Los Padres National Forest has expanded from two to six square miles (fifteen square kilometers), prompting authorities to declare a state of emergency and intermittently shut highways.
David McNew, AFP
Sandhill Crane with Chick looking for food.
Sandhill Crane with Chick looking for food.
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map showing drought area increase 2013-2014
map showing drought area increase 2013-2014
Drought Monitor
WalMart is being criticized for sourcing bottled water in drought-hit California. — Photo shows Wa...
WalMart is being criticized for sourcing bottled water in drought-hit California. — Photo shows WalMart's 35 bottle Value packs of purified drinking water, 16.9 fl oz, 35 count.
Digital Journal
Aside from being a vice president for his family s winery  Charles Krug Winery  Marc Mondavi is a wa...
Aside from being a vice president for his family's winery, Charles Krug Winery, Marc Mondavi is a water witch. He talks about his water witching and demonstrates his abilities.
Photo: The Chronicle