Conservation

Winner of San Francisco's Ugliest Yard gets a makeover. (CBS)

Weed-Infested Winner Of SF’s ‘Ugliest Yard Contest’ Wins Drought-Friendly Makeover

Pageants and prizes aren’t always for the ‘loveliest of them all.’ San Francisco has awarded a prize to a home in the city’s Sunset neighborhood for having the ‘Ugliest Yard,’ and threw a block party on Saturday to celebrate.

07/18/2015

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Drought Surcharge, Rate Increase Takes Effect For EBMUD Customers

East Bay customers will pay more for their water now that a drought surcharge and rate increase has taken effect.

07/01/2015

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

Hamburgers

DJ, Musician Moby Tells Drought-Shamed Californians To Skip Showers So They Can Eat Beef ‘Responsibly’

Grammy Award-winning DJ, musician and very vegan artist Moby is the face of a new campaign that let’s folks ‘have their steak and eat it, too,’ even in these drought-shaming times.

06/15/2015

Benicia Martinez Bridge (Wikimedia Commons)

Benicia Water Board Reduces Conservation Target In Response To Residents’ Exemplary Efforts

“Benicians deserve to be congratulated for their hard work… our conservation rate in April was among the highest in the state, ” City Manager Brad Kilger said in a statement.

06/15/2015

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CA Attorney General Defends Water Rate Penalties To Encourage Conservation

California Attorney General Kamala Harris is asking the state’s Supreme Court to strictly limit a lower court’s ruling that local water rates designed to encourage conservation are unconstitutional.

06/11/2015

The O'Shaughnessy Dam at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite National Park. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Despite Record Drought, Hetch Hetchy Reservoir Levels At 92 Percent

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which supplies drinking water to 2.6 million Bay Area customers, says the supply looks good heading into summer, but conservation remains a top priority.

06/09/2015

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Californians Decrease Water Use By 13.5% In Month Of April As Drought Continues

Californians responded to the worst snowpack measurement on record and unprecedented drought restrictions by decreasing their water use 13.5 percent in April.

06/02/2015

Backyard swimming pool. (CBS)

$5 Billion Swimming Pool Industry Sinking With California Drought

The backyard swimming pool is becoming the latest victim of the lingering California drought.

06/01/2015

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East Bay MUD Ahead Of The Game In Water-Saving Strategies As New Conservation Rules Take Effect

The new state-mandated water conservation rules are now in effect as of June 1st, but East Bay Municipal Utilities District is among the agencies in the Bay Area that have already implemented water-saving strategies.

06/01/2015

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