| Nov 10, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Heat and extreme drought have worsened smog in California over the last year, stalling decades of progress toward cleaner air and increasing health risks.
The state's prolonged dry spells have brought more temperature inversions, with a layer of...
| Nov 11, 2014
| 2:00 PM
How bad is California’s drought?
“Imagine a disaster movie in which 22 million people are told that they have only 12 to 18 months of water left. Unless Southern Californians pull together, we will be making that movie,” water...
| Nov 11, 2014
| 2:15 PM
Re: “Residents ask officials to water down restrictions, Nov. 8. At the Nov. 4 council meeting, all the council members except Mayor Gordon voted to confirm the BWP’s one-day-per-week “winter” landscape-watering plan. Watering...
| Oct 16, 2014
| 7:45 PM
Southern California could see above-average rainfall this winter, but it won't be enough to shake the drought that is likely to persist or intensify in large swaths of the state, federal forecasters said Thursday.
"The drought has been so severe and...
| Oct 17, 2014
| 7:29 AM
For months now California leaders have been telling people to conserve water, let their lawns go brown and switch to drought-tolerant yards. But Los Angeles rules have, in some cases, made it hard to be water wise.
Take, for example, the Los Angeles...
| Oct 15, 2014
| 2:24 PM
Our lives are sprinkled with new years. Most popular is the calendar year. Most exciting is the school year. Most regular is the astronomical year. Most political is the fiscal year. Most invisible is the water year, which begins and ends on Oct. 1....
| Oct 14, 2014
| 12:38 PM
Burbank’s McCambridge Pool is closed for winter, as it usually is when the summer swim season ends. As usual, the water’s been drained away to make way for maintenance work and painting, but this year something’s different.
| Oct 7, 2014
| 10:05 PM
Gov. Jerry Brown will hit the airwaves Wednesday morning with three TV ads, but instead of promoting his reelection bid for a historic fourth term, he will plug the $7.5-billion water bond measure and the state rainy-day fund on the November ballot.
| Oct 3, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Dust whips across the toasted soil where Tom Barcellos usually plants corn for his 800 dairy cows. This season, there was no water to plant the crop.
The third-generation dairy farmer was forced to idle a quarter of his 1,200 acres in Tulare County,...
| Oct 4, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Biologists strode along the cracked, dry mud surrounding this evaporating north Los Angeles County lake last week, pausing periodically to pick up an emaciated turtle and wash alkaline dust off its head and carapace.
"A lot of these animals are severely...
| Oct 5, 2014
| 4:15 PM
A few years ago a group of researchers used computer modeling to put California through a nightmare scenario: Seven decades of unrelenting mega-drought similar to those that dried out the state in past millennia.
"The results were surprising," said...