California Drought

Drip irrigation waters a field of grape vines on February 25, 2014 in Firebaugh, California.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

California Proposes Historic $1.5M Fine Aimed At Farms For Taking Water

The California water board has proposed the first-of-its-kind, $1.5 million fine for water-taking during the drought.

07/20/2015

Ed Pereira

California Drought Leads To Neighborhood Turf Battles

Strict neighborhood rules requiring green lawns are being challenged as California’s drought prompts homeowners to embrace alternate landscaping.

07/18/2015

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)

Tom Selleck Settles Lawsuit Accusing Him Of Stealing Water For SoCal Ranch

A Southern California water district voted Wednesday night to accept TomSelleck’s offer of more than $21,000 to settle a lawsuit accusing the “Magnum, P.I.” and “Blue Bloods” star of taking water he wasn’t entitled to for his 60-acre ranch.

07/16/2015

A dry canal near Bakersfield, CA on February 6, 2014. (David McNew.Getty Images)

California Orders Irrigation District To Stop Pumping Water Or Pay $10K A Day

California has issued its first cease and desist order telling an irrigation district to stop pumping water under this year’s tightened drought regulations.

07/16/2015

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)

End To Grassy Lawns Ordered By California Officials Due To Drought

California officials are ordering an end to traditional grassy lawns for new homes and businesses as they continue targeting ornamental landscapes as a waste of water.

07/15/2015

water generic, faucet, spout, valve

California Beaches, Parks Turning Off Showers, Foot-Faucets To Save Water During Drought

California state beaches and parks are turning off the taps starting Wednesday.

07/15/2015

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

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