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California Drought

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KCBS Cover Story: Santa Cruz Residents Already Fined Thousands For Excessive Water Use

Santa Cruz residents have already racked up more than $500,000 in fines for excessive water use.

16 hours ago

A dead Crayfish in left in the Los Gatos Creek after the flow of water was cut due to the drought. (CBS)

Los Gatos Creek Drying Up After Water District Cuts Off Flow, Leaving Wildlife

The impact of California’s drought is readily apparent in Bay Area creeks, and the picture isn’t very pretty for the wildlife depending on them.

07/28/2014

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Deepening Drought Takes Toll On Boating As Lake Tahoe Level Drops To Natural Rim

Lake Tahoe’s water level stood at 6,224 feet above sea level as of Tuesday, just above its natural rim of 6,223 feet.

07/27/2014

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.

07/23/2014

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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.

07/22/2014

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

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