California Drought

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Punished For Conserving, Californians See Water Rates Rise As Cities Lose Money In Drought

In parched California, water departments are increasing rates and adding fees because they’re losing money as their customers conserve.

2 hours ago

Napa Valley Vineyard

California’s Historic Drought Sprouts Success For Napa Vineyards

In Napa Valley, home to some of California’s prized vineyards, the vines are looking healthy, despite the state’s historic drought, reports CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy.

22 hours ago

A rat in a trap. (CBS)

Drought, Hot Weather Causing Rodent Infestations In East Bay Homes

Business is booming for pest eradication companies as the drought and the hot weather hitting the Bay Area has forced rats to come out of the woodwork in search of water.

07/02/2015

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Contra Costa County looking To Expand Water Reservoir With Supply Stretched Thin By Drought

With the region’s water supply already stretched thin by drought conditions, the Contra Costa Water District, along with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, is looking at further expanding the Los Vaqueros Reservoir in Contra Costa County.

07/01/2015

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Activist Begins Signature Campaign For Tax On California Bottled Water

A political activist says companies that take water from California’s ground should pay a fair amount for it – and he’s collecting signatures for an initiative to go on the 2016 ballot that would tax bottled water.

06/30/2015

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California Drought Taking Serious Toll On Aging Sewer System In San Francisco

California’s severe drought is taking a serious toll on San Francisco’s aging sewer system.

06/29/2015

A home in El Nido, Merced County, that is sinking into the ground. (CBS)

Drought Conditions Cause Central Valley Homes To Sink Into The Ground

Homes in a Central Valley neighborhood are the latest casualty of California’s historic drought. The parched, dry weather is causing them to literally sink into the ground.

06/29/2015

A lawn sprinkler sends water runoff onto the sidewalk in violation of restrictions during an early morning patrol by the City of Sacramento Water Conservation Office in Sacramento. (Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Neighbor Wasting Water? Here’s How To Get Them Conserving Without #DroughtShaming

In an environmental era marked by passive aggressive #DroughtShaming social media posts, a Bay Area nonprofit is giving tips for (nicely) reminding neighbors to turn off those lawn sprinklers and garden hoses.

06/29/2015

Sea surface temperature anomaly off the coast of Washington and Oregon for April 2014, compared to 1981-2010. (NOAA)

Private Computers Needed To Determine If Mysterious ‘Blob’ Of Warm Water In Pacific Is Causing CA Drought

The Blob is a mass of warm water lurking in the Pacific, and scientists need volunteers to help them determine if it’s causing California’s historic drought.

06/29/2015

A CropX sensor, aimed at sending soil readings to the cloud, which farmers can use to determine how much water a certain part of the field needs.  (CropX Ltd.)

Bay Area Company CropX Uses Sensors And App To Maximize Water Use For Crops

CropX allows farmers to use wireless sensors that send soil readings to the cloud and the startup’s software determines how much water different areas of the field need.

06/25/2015

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