Drought

Water meters in front of the River of Life Christian Church in Santa Clara. (CBS)

Vehicle Description Released In Santa Clara Water Meter Thefts

Police are looking for a vehicle linked to more than a dozen thefts of water meters or back-flow regulators in Santa Clara.

08/18/2015

Farm Machinery

California Drought Causes Estimated $1.84 Billion Agricultural Losses

Researchers from the University of California at Davis looked Tuesday at the likely farm costs of the drought in 2015.

08/18/2015

Trees and brush burn as firefighters light backfires while battling the Wragg fire nears Winters, California on July 23, 2015. The fire has grown to over 6,000 acres and is 15 percent contained. AFP PHOTO / JOSH EDELSON        (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

8,000-Acre Wragg Fire Sparked By Vehicle Exhaust

Vehicle exhaust contacting dry grass caused the 8,000-acre Wragg fire near Lake Berryessa in Napa County last month, Cal Fire said Friday.

08/14/2015

A marijauna grower is shown with some of his plants.  (Getty Images)

NorCal Water Board Adopts Nation’s First Rules On Pot Growers’ Water Use

A first of its kind regulatory plan approved by North Coast water quality officials Thursday now requires marijuana growers to register their operations and prove they are practicing environmentally responsible farming methods.

08/14/2015

Homeowners in drought-stricken California are coming up against neighborhood rules requiring green grass. (CBS)

You Can Let The Lawn Go Without Killing The Trees

Bay Area residents are turning brown into the new chic by cutting off the lawn sprinklers, but in the process, they may be endangering something much harder to replace than turf: trees.

08/14/2015

Black Bear

Man Fights Off Black Bear Attack On His Porch In Mariposa County

A 67-year-old man fought off a black bear that attacked him on his porch Thursday as the state sees an uptick in encounters, likely a result of California’s relentless drought that’s sending bears into populated areas to forage for food, officials said.

08/13/2015

El Nino in 1997 and 2015 - areas in red and white represent the warmest sea-surface temperatures above the average. (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

Forecasters Warn ‘Godzilla El Nino’ Could Shatter Weather Records

Federal meteorologists are warning California and other parts of the U.S. could be hit by the strongest El Nino of the past 65 years later this year.

08/13/2015

A boater on Lake Shasta in the summer of 2015. (CBS)

Despite Higher Water Levels At Lake Shasta, Perception Of Dry Lake Keeps Tourists Away

Despite the drought, California’s largest reservoir is actually in better shape than last year. But that additional water hasn’t exactly flooded Lake Shasta with more business.

08/12/2015

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Don’t Count On El Niño, Rain Could Miss Northern California Altogether

Northern Californians shouldn’t stop conserving because they keep hearing El Niño is coming to the rescue.

08/12/2015

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)

San Jose Offering To Convert Your Thirsty Lawn Into A Drought-Tolerant Paradise For $500

As the drought continues to diminish California’s bodies of water, including San Jose’s iconic Guadalupe River, the City of San Jose announced that it is introducing another incentive to help conserve water.

08/12/2015

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