Category Archives: Drought

Respecting the force of Mother Nature

Commentary: When the rains come Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, January 26, 2017 Risk is a fact of life for outdoors enthusiasts, and smart people know they should always weigh the pros and cons when they venture … Continue reading

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Don’t blame the smelt: The salmon too reflects the dire state of the California Delta

Farmers say concern about one tiny fish costs them water. But there’s salmon too. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, May 6, 2016 By Robin Abcarian, Contact Reporter The delta smelt is: 1) A nearly extinct species that … Continue reading

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Prime parcel to become a forestry lab

Sierra Nevada parcel will test ways to reduce mega fires and increase snowpack Source of this article, the Los Angeles Times, August 15, 2015 Forest ecologists finally got their wish: an entire private landscape on which to test methods of … Continue reading

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Drought kills 12 million trees in California’s national forests

Millions of trees continue to die in California due to drought and bark beetle invasion Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, May 6, 2015 Rangers in the San Bernardino National Forest call them “red trees.” Instead of the … Continue reading

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California Drying: Households, industries and farmers wrestle over water

What to do when a resource is scarce? Jerry Brown takes command and issues conservation orders. He could do much more with free-market pricing of water. Source of this article: Barron’s, April 13, 2015 CALIFORNIA IS HAVING ANOTHER BAD drought, … Continue reading

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In California, rights to water exceed the supply

Water rights exceed average natural runoff on 16 major rivers, UC Davis researchers found Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, April 13, 2015 It’s arguable whether California has enough water to meet its actual needs. But it clearly … Continue reading

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From steak to mangoes, California’s most water-hogging foods

How much water is needed to produce certain foods? Source of this article: The Los Angeles Time, April 4, 2015, and online April 6, 2015 California’s crippling drought has prompted conservation efforts, from replacing lawns to minding how long you … Continue reading

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In store for visitors to Yosemite: a drier, browner park

Park’s famous falls will be less of a draw this year Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, March 28, 2015 Yosemite National Park is bracing for its driest year on record, with visitor bureaus downplaying the allure of … Continue reading

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Storm drenches California, but it’s only a drop in state’s drought

California’s heavy rains bring some evacuations but have little effect on the state’s continuing drought Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, December 2, 2014 The first major Pacific storm of the season drenched much of California on Tuesday, … Continue reading

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No end to Southland drought seen in winter rain forecast

Southern California could see above-average rainfall this winter, but it won’t be enough to shake drought Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, October 17, 2014 Southern California could see above-average rainfall this winter, but it won’t be enough … Continue reading

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