California Drought

Dry rice field in Yuba County. (CBS)

Some Northern California Farmers Not Planting This Year, Sell Water To Los Angeles At $700 Per Acre Foot

The rice industry in the Sacramento Valley is taking a hard hit with the drought. Some farmers are skipping out on their fields this year, because they are cashing in on their water rights.

03/17/2015

FOLSOM, CA - JULY 20:  In this before-and-after composite image, (Top) Full water levels are visible behind the Folsom Dam at Folsom Lake on July 20, 2011 in El Folsom, California. (Photo by Paul Hames/California Department of Water Resources via Getty Images) FOLSOM, CA - AUGUST 19:  (Bottom) Low water levels are visible behind the Folsom Dam at Folsom Lake on August 19, 2014 in El Folsom, California. As the severe drought in California continues for a third straight year, water levels in the State's lakes and reservoirs is reaching historic lows. Folsom Lake is currently at 40 percent of its total capacity of 977,000 acre feet.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Tougher Water Restrictions Would Affect California’s Hotel, Restaurant Industry Amid Severe Drought

Californians could see even tougher water restrictions after a key meeting gets underway Tuesday in Sacramento. Aside from limiting lawn watering to two days a week, there would be changes for the hotel and restaurant industry.

03/17/2015

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Water Wasters Go Unpunished As Devastating Drought Deepens

California water regulators are likely to increase water restrictions, yet most local water departments have been reluctant to crack down on violators.

03/14/2015

Drought

NASA Scientist Says Epic Drought Leaving California With Only 1 Year Of Water Left

A NASA scientist is saying California only has about one year of water left in its reservoirs, after years of record drought.

03/13/2015

Workers wash a van at a car wash on January 29, 2014.  (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Is There Really An Eco-Friendly Way To Wash Your Car During California’s Drought?

Water rationing or water conservation, has been a priority in my household (and probably yours) for the past 3 years. In fact, water conservation has become “a game” for me! Every month, I am anxious to tear open my water bill and see just how much more I saved over the previous month!

03/13/2015

A home with a dead lawn stands in front of hills that are browned with dried grass on July 18, 2014 in Fremont, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

California May Impose Stricter Water Rules, $500 Fines For Watering Plants More Than 2 Days A Week

After another historically dry winter, California is set to really clamp down on water wasters. For those who don’t go along, the state could put a big drain on your wallet.

03/12/2015

(Tim Ryan/CBS)

Was That It? Is Winter Really Already Over?

It’s official. Winter has been cancelled and we are catapulting over Spring and entering Summer. I must admit, for the first time this “Winter” season, my hopes are dashed. I am putting away my coats, storing my sweaters and packing up my rain boots. My “cold weather running gear” was never used this Winter.

03/10/2015

The dismantling of the old canitlever portion of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge continued.

Fish Species Endangered By State’s Drought Complicates Bay Bridge’s Old Eastern Span Demolition

A tiny threatened fish could complicate the state’s plans to blow up one of the piers of the old east span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge.

03/10/2015

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Drought Forcing Water Price Hikes As Much As 33 Percent For Bay Area Residents

Three of the area’s largest water agencies have rate hikes of up to a third on their agendas.

03/08/2015

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First El Niño Weather Pattern Since 2010 Arrives, But Far Too Weak To Help With California Drought

The NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center describes this as a “weak, weird and late” version of El Niño, and not many places are expected to feel its effects.

03/05/2015