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1 hr ago | Chico Enterprise-Record

Native plant gardeners share drought practices, ideas

Barbara Hammer has picked out a native plant to put in her yard and talks to Cheryl Cozad about how to care for the plant while Herb Hammer listens during the Succeed with Native Plants a Horticultural Symposium at the Chico Women's Club September 14, 2014. CHICO >> Nearly 90 people gathered Sunday at the Chico Women's Club for a symposium on low-water gardening from the Mount Lassen Chapter of the California Native Plant Society.


Related Topix: Weather, Natural Disasters, Chico, CA, Home Gardening, Home

Sun Sep 14, 2014

Chico Enterprise-Record

Moratorium on new wells? Glenn County Supervisor broaches the subject

He's asking other supervisors to consider new rules before the 2015 irrigation season, including a moratorium on new well permits for areas in Stage II and Stage III groundwater alerts until a groundwater management plan is put into place. Already this year, the county has issued more well permits than it ever has in history, county officials said during the most recent Drought Task Force meeting.


Related Topix: Glenn County, CA, Weather, Natural Disasters, Willows, CA

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

New Mexico's green chile harvest in full swing

The sweet aroma of roasted peppers is wafting throughout New Mexico, signaling that fall is around the corner and the green chile harvest is in full swing. The annual ritual has everyone from Gov. Susana Martinez to farmers, chefs and hot pepper aficionados professing their love for all things green chile.


Related Topix: Susana Martinez, US Governors, Agriculture, Science, Weather, Natural Disasters, Mesilla, NM, Hatch, NM, Life, Food, Vegetables

WTHR-TV Indianapolis

California nudist camp accused of stealing water

Officials in Northern California are accusing a nudist resort of stealing water during the state's historic drought. The San Jose Mercury News reports that rangers with the Midpeninsula Open Space District descended on Lupin Lodge near Los Gatos on Thursday, saying the clothing-optional resort was illegally taking water from a nearby upstream waterfall.


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Drought Bites as Amazon's 'Flying Rivers' Dry Up

The unprecedented drought now affecting Sao Paulo, South America's giant metropolis, is believed to be caused by the absence of the "flying rivers" - the vapour clouds from the Amazon that normally bring rain to the centre and south of Brazil. Some Brazilian scientists say the absence of rain that has dried up rivers and reservoirs in central and southeast Brazil is not just a quirk of nature, but a change brought about by a combination of the continuing deforestation of the Amazon and global warming.


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Bangkok Post

Flood-zone locals say no to new dams

Northern people living in river basins oppose large-scale dams and want more say in government efforts to stop flood and drought problems, a series of public meetings have been told. Suwattana Jittaladakorn, an adviser to the Water Management and Policy Committee , said the comments were made at consultation seminars held from Monday to Friday last week.


Related Topix: Natural Disasters, Flood, Weather

Arkansas Online

5 myths about the California drought

California is experiencing its third-worst drought in 106 years, resulting in idled cropland and soaring water prices.


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Sat Sep 13, 2014

The Sand Trap

Possibility of More Drought in CA Disastrous for Golf Courses

The El Nino weather pattern that was expected to bring vast amounts of rain to the state this fall and winter has been downgraded by the Climate Prediction Center, a National Weather Service agency, The CPC report said there's still a 60 to 65 percent likelihood that an El Nino will develop, but that "a majority of models and the multi-model averages favor a weak El Nino." "If we have another drought year, I think the implication will really be disastrous," Vaughn Kezirian, executive director of the Northern California Golf Association, said on Friday.


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California Drought Sparks Water War Between Nudist Colony, Open Space District

Tensions are high near a Los Gatos nudist resort after a neighboring open space district accused the nudists of stealing water from the district and using it to keep the resort open amid California's devastating drought. On Thursday, rangers from the Midpeninsula Open Space District removed an upstream water line used by the Lupin Lodge nudist community that they claim is situated on the district's property, according to the San Jose Mercury News .


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Cybercast News Service

In drought, 'pop-up' wetlands provide bird habitat

For the swirling flock of migrating shorebirds banking to a landing in California's Central Valley, a recently flooded rice field is providing a new kind of triage station during a drought that's drastically reducing places where they can rest on their long journeys. The new arrivals to the field - hundreds of them - are dowichers, says conservationist Greg Gulot, standing on a dirt berm and focusing his binoculars to identify a wading bird that is one of the first to fly south in an annual migration that brings 350 species to California's Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys.


Related Topix: Weather, Natural Disasters, California, Nature Conservancy, Charitable Organizations, Flood, Los Banos, CA


In drought, "pop-up" wetlands provide bird habitat

9, 2014, a Least Sandpiper forages for food in a rice field near Knights Landing, Calif. . In this photo taken Tuesday, Sept.


Related Topix: Weather, Natural Disasters, Knights Landing, CA, Yuba City, CA, Nature Conservancy, Charitable Organizations, Flood

Science Daily

How evolutionary principles could help save our world

The age of the Anthropocene -- the scientific name given to our current geologic age -- is dominated by human impacts on our environment. A warming climate.


Related Topix: MRSA, Health, Davis, CA, UC Davis, Weather, Natural Disasters, Agriculture, Science

The Fresno Bee

Survey finds almond growers deeply impacted by drought

Bob Weimer, who grows almonds on 150 acres, checks an almond tree for salt damage. He said farms dependent solely on groundwater are suffering most.


Related Topix: Weather, Natural Disasters, Agriculture, Science, Fresno County, CA

Fri Sep 12, 2014

Science Daily

Environmental costs, health risks, and benefits of fracking examined

Rising supplies of natural gas could benefit the environment by replacing coal as a fuel for electricity, but hydraulic fracturing poses dangers for people living near the wells, a new analysis finds. A strange thing happened on the way to dealing with climate change: Advances in hydraulic fracturing put trillions of dollars' worth of previously unreachable oil and natural gas within humanity's grasp.


Related Topix: Environment, Weather, Natural Disasters, Alternative Energy, Energy, Wind Power, Renewable Energy (Green Energy)


Los Angeles Issues 'Heat Alert' As Temperatures Soar

Los Angeles health officials on Friday issued a special "heat alert" for this weekend, urging residents to take special precautions with temperatures expected to soar into triple digits across the region. With California already baking under a record drought that has brought acute water shortages, forecasts called for temperatures to reach more than 100 degrees in downtown Los Angeles and even higher in some surrounding communities.


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Silver City Sun-News

Farmers near Mimbres River threaten lawsuit over water meters

ALBUQUERQUE >> Farmers from a narrow strip of fertile land in southwestern New Mexico are accusing the state's top water management agency of violating their constitutional rights. The group is threatening to sue the state engineer's office over a mandate that calls for metering devices to be installed along the Mimbres River.


Related Topix: Mimbres, NM, Albuquerque, NM, Weather, Natural Disasters, Santa Fe, NM

KCBD-TV Lubbock

Drought pushes Abilene to find new water source

City officials in Abilene who are contending with dwindling water supplies want to broaden their access to available water through an agreement with the Brazos River Authority. The authority in a statement Friday said Abilene officials previously approached the agency about obtaining additional water from its reserves.


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Triple Pundit

Drought, California Agriculture and Water Efficiency: Why Farmers Must Adapt

The entire state of California is in a drought . A big part of the state, including the fertile Central Valley, is experiencing the worst category of drought, exceptional.


Related Topix: California, Agriculture, Science, California Government, Weather, Natural Disasters, Life, Food, Vegetables, Easton, CA


Napa Quake Brings Water Bounty During Drought

Shaking that caused this kind of damage in Napa on August 24 also pushed groundwater to the surface in parts of drought-plagued California. California's 6.0 magnitude Napa quake on Aug. 24 forced large amounts of groundwater to the surface, filling dry creek beds and formerly trickling streams.


Related Topix: Weather, Natural Disasters, Geology, Science

Thu Sep 11, 2014


Drought tip: Get kids hooked on the water-saving game

If you're older than 43 you may have some water use habits you picked up during the drought of the 1970s. Younger generations have never needed to worry about frugal toilet flushing or shut-off nozzles at the end of the hose.


Related Topix: Family, Kids, Weather, Natural Disasters, Oroville, CA