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California Drought

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 Residents Can’t Be Fined For Allowing Lawns To Turn Brown During Drought

The bill signed by Governor Jerry Brown this week prohibits homeowner associations from penalizing residents who fail to water their lawns during the drought.

4 hours ago

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Santa Clara Water District Approves Hiring ‘Water Cops’ To Issue Warnings

In a unanimous vote, the Santa Clara Valley Water District approved hiring up to 10 people to respond to complaints about people wasting water in the county.

14 hours ago

Crews with Green Canary painting the lawn at the Almaden Valley Athletic Club. (CBS)

Bay Area Club Uses Paint To Keep Grass Green During Drought

Lawns all over the Bay Area and across California are turning brown during the state’s record drought. A South Bay athletic club has found a way to keep their grass looking lush, without any water at all.

07/21/2014

California Drought Dries Up Bay Area Reservoirs

California Asked To Cut Back Water Use, But East Bay MUD Claims To Be In Better Shape

Last week California mandated fines of up to $500 for water wasters prompting Bay Area water agencies to urge usage cutbacks of up to 20 percent. In the East Bay, one water agency says they’re in much better shape.

07/21/2014

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San Jose’s New Water Recycling Plant Producing 8-Million Gallons Of Purified Water

A new recycled water plant in San Jose that is designed to help the region weather the current drought and provide a more stable water supply is now open.

07/20/2014

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Santa Cruz Sets Up Water Conservation Classes To Let Residents Avoid Penalties

Santa Cruz has set up something of a traffic school to help water wasters avoid penalties from the state during the severe drought.

07/20/2014

A man spray-paints a lawn in Southern California during a severe drought. (CBS)

SoCal Homeowners Spray-Painting Lawns Green To Avoid Water Fees During Drought

Homeowners in Los Angeles are facing tough choices in keeping their lawns green during a devastating drought, pushing some far enough to spray paint them.

07/20/2014

An artificial lawn installed by First Impressions of San Ramon. (CBS)

Drought Boosts Business For Bay Area Artificial Lawn Installers, Water Companies Resist

Bay Area companies that install artificial grass are seeing an uptick in business during California’s record drought. But certain water companies are discouraging their customers from installing turf.

07/18/2014

Dried and cracked earth is visible on an unplanted field at a farm on April 29, 2014 near Mendota, California.(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Feds Stepping In To Help Rural California Communities Suffering In Drought

The federal government is stepping in to help California communities, particularly in rural areas, in danger of drying out during the drought.

07/17/2014

Lady Gaga Sets Twitter Record

Lady Gaga Releases PSA Urging Californians To Save Water During Drought

Back in March, Lady Gaga took some flack from water conservationists when she filmed in Hearst Castle’s famed swimming pool, which required it to be drained after. Gaga responded by pledging to participate in a PSA for California Department of Water Resources.

07/16/2014

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