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Sprinklers water the lawns of a new housing development July 28, 2005 in Hesperia, California. California's demand for water will jump by 40 percent over the next 25 years according to a study released this week by the Public Policy Institute of California. Half of all the water used by inland homeowners, where growth is booming, goes to irrigating yards, compared to one third or less in the cooler coastal regions. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Free Lawn Removal, Rebates For Homeowners Who Want A More Drought-Friendly Landscape

California’s drought is driving more and more homeowners to give up their lush, green, water-guzzling lawns. Now, landscape companies are offering to rip them out for free, and water districts across the state are giving rebates as incentive.

04/13/2015

Pinot Noir grapes (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Grapevine-Killing Pest Turns Up In Sonoma County

Sonoma County agriculture inspectors are on high alert after discovering a pest that has been the scourge of the wine grape industry in tree shipments from Southern California.

04/13/2015

Glassy-winged sharpshooter

Vineyard-Killing Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter Found In Marin County

A destructive insect that could have serious adverse impacts for wineries and agricultural water use was discovered in Marin County last week, county officials said.

03/05/2015

The Japanese Dodder plant takes over an oak tree in Oakland. (CBS)

Killer Alien Weed Invades Bay Area, Sucking Life Out Of Trees, Other Plants

An invasive, parasitic plant which grows lengthy vines and overwhelms native plants to the point of sucking the life out of them is invading the Bay Area, according to county officials.

11/03/2014

(CBS)

9 Arrested In Dublin Grow House Operation

Dublin police conducted a three-week investigation and surveillance operation on a residence in the 5400 block of Aspen Street that led to the discovery and seizure of 1,000 plants, 82 pounds of processed marijuana and more than $10,000, police said.

08/07/2014

Marijuana cultivation, pot growing indoor, hydroponic

Richmond Firefighters Find Marijuana Grow Operation During House Fire

Firefighters responding to a house fire in Richmond early Tuesday morning found a marijuana grow operation there.

07/01/2014

Marijuana

Nearly 28,000 Marijuana Plants Removed From Los Padres National Forest

Almost 28,000 marijuana plants were removed last week from illegal cultivation sites in the Los Padres National Forest in Monterey County by federal, state and local authorities, the sheriff’s office reported Tuesday.

06/17/2014

CHOMP! Pitcher Plant (credit: R. Del Rosario/CBS Local)

Man-Eating Plants Take Over Golden Gate Park’s Conservatory of Flowers

Don’t expect “Audrey II” to greet you at this popular exhibit in Golden Gate Park…

04/10/2014

Marijuana plants found growing in Henry Coe State Park. (Source: Santa Clara County Sheriff)

10,000 Marijuana Plants Found Growing In State Park Near Gilroy

Authorities say they’ve found 10,000 marijuana plants growing in a California state park.

07/11/2013

A 3-alarm fire tore through a warehouse on Oakland's Auto Row, exposing a marijuana grow operation.

Police To Search Oakland Warehouse Where Pot Plants Found During Fire

Oakland police plan on searching a commercial building where firefighters responding to a blaze found at least 100 marijuana plants.

05/20/2012

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