California is launching a website that lets residents tattle on water wasters, from neighbors with leaky sprinklers to waiters who serve water without asking.
The drive on Highway 178 east of Bakersfield is getting smoother, with the new interchange at Morning Drive. But, neighbors wonder why trees are being planted when the state's in the middle of a drought.
As Californians and the communities they live in cut back water use and let lawns turn brown, arborists and state officials are worrying about a potentially dangerous ripple effect: City trees going neglected and becoming diseased or even collapsing.
California's demand for lower agricultural water use during the drought will likely survive a legal challenge, a judge indicated Thursday.
Water use fell by 27 percent in June, passing the conservation target set by Gov. Jerry Brown during the drought, regulators said Thursday.
California's largest cities said water conservation goals ordered by Gov. Jerry Brown were met or exceeded in June — the first month of mandatory cutbacks during the drought.
Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California introduced a new drought relief bill Wednesday that emphasizes long-term investments in desalination, recycling and new or expanded reservoirs.
California's vast network of reservoirs, canals and rivers is among the world's most engineered water systems, but it is tough to prove when water is illegally siphoned because of sparse metering, infrequent reporting and a complex web of tens of thousands of water rights.
California regulators on Monday proposed a first-of-its-kind, $1.5 million fine for a group of Central Valley farmers accused of illegally taking water during the drought.
The House passed the bill by a vote of 245-176. Opponents said that diverting more water to farms will take water from other California communities and harm the state's salmon fishing industry. Only five Democrats voted for the bill.
California extended its drought-inspired purge of idyllic emerald lawns from new developments, with state officials voting Wednesday to adopt more stringent water limits on landscapes for new homes and businesses.
Mayor Harvey Hall said Bakersfield is the eighth-fastest growing city in California.
The temporary restraining order by Sacramento Superior Court Shelleyanne Chang blocks the state from punishing farmers who ignored a state notice issued earlier this year to immediately stop diverting water. The ruling only applies to dozens of farmers in the Central Valley and the irrigation districts serving them.
Water from a public hydrant that Tom Selleck has been accused of stealing from in dry California was legally purchased, an official said.
The outdoor showers at beaches across drought-stricken California will be shut off to save water, so surfers and sunbathers will have to get creative this summer when it comes time to shake off the sand.