California Drought

An East Bay construction crew uses water from a fire hydrant. Crews use a portable meter provided by the water department. (CBS)

Bay Area Construction Crews Using Fire Hydrants Not Stealing Water, Officials Say

Construction sites use water to control dust, but then Terry Devore of Newark saw where the water was coming from.

07/14/2015

Delta Water

Court Blocks Water Cutbacks For Some California Farmers

A judge ruled Friday that California regulators violated some farmers’ rights by telling them to stop diverting from rivers and streams, but the state says it can still punish those who illegally take water during the drought.

07/10/2015

Santa Cruz

Drought Prompts Shutdown Of Showers At California State Beaches

The outdoor showers at beaches across drought-stricken California will be shut off to save water, so surfers and sunbathers will have to get creative this summer when it comes time to shake off the sand.

07/10/2015

trout trapped in Gilroy creek. South Bay. California drought. Water drying up.

West Coast Drought Producing ‘Unprecedented’ Lethal Conditions For Salmon, Trout

In California, inland fisheries managers are considering emergency closures on several rivers so that fish weakened by the warm water do not die, even if they are released by anglers.

07/08/2015

Tom Selleck arrives at a screening and panel discussion of CBS's "Blue Bloods" at Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre on June 5, 2012 in North Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Actor Tom Selleck Accused Of Stealing Water For California Ranch

A lawsuit accuses actor Tom Selleck of stealing truckloads of water from a public hydrant and bringing it to his ranch in drought-stricken Southern California.

07/08/2015

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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.

07/05/2015

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.

07/04/2015

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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