Bakersfield Democrat Rudy Salas has introduced a bill in the Assembly that would establish a statewide tax credit for residents who swap real grass for "more drought-resistant landscaping," according to his office.
As California's drought drags on, officials are cracking down on thieves who wrench open fire hydrants and ignore or tamper with meters to access one of the state's precious commodities — water.
"Unprecedented drought conditions" — the worst in more than 1,000 years — are likely to come to the Southwest and Central Plains after 2050 and stick around because of global warming, according to a new study in the journal Science Advances on Thursday.
Officials are considering new water restrictions as California's drought drags on, possibly forcing residents to ask for water at restaurants and for fresh towels and sheets at hotels.
Officials with the Bakersfield Recreation and Parks Department are brainstorming options for keeping their spray parks open as much as possible amid the state's drought.
Staff began evaluating options to retrofit the city spray parks so they can be used with the current state water restrictions. Costs to upgrade the spray parks are estimated to be $200,000 to $300,000 each.
December's rains enabled Californians to finally meet Gov. Jerry Brown's call for a 20-percent reduction in monthly water consumption, but more restrictions loom as the state adapts to long-term drought conditions.
California's second snow survey this winter found the Sierra Nevada snowpack is far below normal after a dry, unusually warm January.
Recent storms will allow California to provide more water to local agencies and farms even as drought conditions stretch into a fourth year, officials announced Thursday.
Federal agencies released a pair of forecasts Thursday showing dry conditions will persist in parts of the drought-stricken West, suggesting there won't be enough snow to boost water supplies.
The city of Bakersfield Water Board met Wednesday afternoon to discuss several reports and brainstorm ideas for water conservation.
In a rare piece of good news about Bakersfield's water supply, a recent state report showed that the area used considerably less water in November than it during the same time period last year.
Californians did slightly better in November on conserving water during the drought, figures released Tuesday show.
The winter's first survey of the Sierra Nevada snowpack on Tuesday found more snow than last year at this time, but officials said much more is needed to end the California drought.
The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat reports that lands parched by a three-year drought just a few months ago are now seeing an explosion of both poisonous and edible mushrooms after about 2 feet of rain saturated grassy hillsides and swelled streams in Sonoma County.