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Drought

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Ventura Developers May Face Water Fee For New Construction Projects

Drought conditions in Southern California could lead to a water fee for new construction projects in the city of Ventura.

06/16/2014

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9 In 10 Californians Alarmed By Drought

The recent USC Dornsife-Los Angeles Times poll says 89 percent of voters surveyed view the drought as a “crisis or major problem.” Yet only 16 percent say it’s affected them.

06/06/2014

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Study Finds Medical Pot Farms Draining Streams Dry

State fish and wildlife officials say much of the marijuana being grown in northern counties under the state’s medical pot law is not being used for legal, personal use, but for sale both in California and states where pot is still illegal.

06/01/2014

Giant wooden murals of farmworkers are seen at 'The Farm' February 9, 2005 in Salinas, California. Artist, John Cerney, created his giant life-like murals of farmworkers based on actual people who have worked in the Salinas Valley agriculture community. (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Record Drought Expected To Leave Thousands Jobless, Cost $1.7 Billion In Agriculture

Researchers say California’s drought could cost the state’s agricultural economy $1.7 billion this year and leave more than 14,000 farmworkers without work.

05/19/2014

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Drought Conditions Force Closure Of Castaic Lake Swim Beaches

Castaic Lake will not be open for swimming this summer due to low water levels, Los Angeles County officials said.

CBS2 / KCAL9–05/16/2014

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Customers Urged To Cut Water Use After Treatment Plant Shutdown

Residents and businesses across the Southland are being asked to cut back on their water use over the next several days while a regional water treatment plant is shut down for drought-related upgrades.

05/08/2014

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Santa Barbara Looks To Sea For Water In Drought

With California in a drought, the coastal city of Santa Barbara is thinking about firing up a desalination plant that has been in storage for more than two decades.

05/04/2014

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DWP Controversy As LA Fountains Continue Running During Drought

DWP Director of Water Operations Martin Adams says the agency has taken a leading role for consolidation in the state.

CBS2 / KCAL9–05/01/2014

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Drought Prompts Likely Limits On Tapping Rivers

The State Water Resources Control Board projected the curtailment letters would be sent out later this month for users on 10 different rivers and their watersheds.

05/01/2014

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A Few California Cities Start Water-Waste Patrols

Los Angeles, which kept water restrictions from the last drought, plans to have four people patrolling its city.

04/27/2014

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Gov. Brown Issues Order To Increase State’s Drought Actions

Gov. Jerry Brown Friday issued an executive order to increase California’s drought actions.

CBS Los Angeles–04/25/2014

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Farmers To Get More Water As Officials Ease Drought-Related Cutbacks

Drought-stricken California farmers and cities are set to get more water as state and federal officials ease water cutbacks due to recent rain and snow, officials announced on Friday.

04/18/2014

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Water Deliveries To Farms, Thirsty Cities Remain At 0 Pending Further Study

Water managers are determining if recent storms helped California’s dwindling water supplies enough to warrant increases in water deliveries to farms and thirsty cities.

CBS2 / KCAL9–04/09/2014

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Calif. Lawmakers OK Bill To Protect Homeowners From HOAs During Drought

A Southern California lawmaker wants to protect homeowners who cut back on watering during the statewide drought against retaliation from homeowner associations (HOAs).

04/04/2014

Tracks lead across a fallow field under which a crude oil pipeline passes near an oil field over the Monterey Shale formation where gas and oil extraction using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is on the verge of a boom on March 23, 2014 near Lost Hills, California. Critics of fracking in California cite concerns over water usage and possible chemical pollution of ground water sources as California farmers are forced to leave unprecedented expanses of fields fallow in one of the worst droughts in California history. Concerns also include the possibility of earthquakes triggered by the fracking process which injects water, sand and various chemicals under high pressure into the ground to break the rock to release oil and gas for extraction though a well. The 800-mile-long San Andreas Fault runs north and south on the western side of the Monterey Formation in the Central Valley and is thought to be the most dangerous fault in the nation. Proponents of the fracking boom saying that the expansion of petroleum extraction is good for the economy and security by developing more domestic energy sources and increasing gas and oil exports. (credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

Rain Hitting California To Be Stored For Drought Relief

Authorities say they are capturing rain falling in the storm lashing California to be used later in what’s expected to be a very dry year.

04/01/2014

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