Drought

A skunk is trapped by a snap trap. (Wildlife Emergency Services)

Wildlife Services Rescue Skunks Caught In Rat Traps In Monterey, Santa Cruz Counties

Wildlife Emergency Services crews responded to three rescues of skunks caught in rat traps in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties in four days, which the group said Monday is an unusually high number.

07/20/2015

Pipes pass through the chiller plant at the Google Inc. data center in Changhua, Taiwan, on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. Google, owner of the worlds most-popular search engine, doubled its spending plan for a new data center in Taiwan to $600 million amid surging demand from Asia for its Gmail and YouTube services. Photographer: Ashley Pon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Just How Much Water Are Silicon Valley Data Centers Guzzling?

As the California drought lingers on and the threat of rising water rates becomes reality, Silicon Valley companies are looking for alternative methods to keep its computer farms cool.

07/20/2015

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

The Colorado River flows though Marble Canyon downstream from Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

As Californians Hope For Rain, Drought Is Over In Colorado, For Now

Rains since last fall have brought Colorado out of a drought and returned the state to a condition that the National Weather Service says it hasn’t seen since August 2009.

07/17/2015

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

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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

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