Drought Vigilantes Take Matters Into Their Own Hands To Identify the "Wet Prince of Bel Air"

Last month, the Center for Investigative Reporting named a single property owner in Los Angeles as the top water guzzler in California: This person used an astonishing 11.8 million gallons in one year. This person was also given the best nickname ever: “The Wet Prince of Bel Air.” »11/10/15 3:00pm11/10/15 3:00pm

Rainwater Tanks and Green Roofs Could Be the Best Way to Avoid More of Last Week's LA Mudslides

Water management experts say decentralized techniques like rainwater collection tanks, green rooftops, and even absorbent pavement could be the best way to manage water from storms and prevent the kind of runoff that caused flash floods and mudslides in southern California last week. »10/18/15 8:40pm10/18/15 8:40pm

200 Cars Trapped in a California Mudslide Are a Preview for This Winter's El Niño

Hundreds of cars were stranded when a mudslide swamped a Southern California freeway last night in what felt like a chilling dress rehearsal for the El Niño on the way. The mudslide is a reminder that it’s not just heavy rain we need to worry about—heavy rain falling on the state’s parched ground will bring disaster. »10/16/15 5:00pm10/16/15 5:00pm

How Growing More Weed Can Help California Fix Its Water Problems

Last Tuesday, the Humboldt County Courthouse in Eureka, California was swarming with potheads. A pro-cannabis rally had been organized by State Assemblymember Jim Wood, who knows how to grab headlines: In July, Wood walked onto the State Capitol floor carrying a live marijuana plant and asked his colleagues to… »10/12/15 1:40pm10/12/15 1:40pm

California's Sweeping New Marijuana Industry Laws Are a Win For the Environment

A comprehensive suite of marijuana regulations were passed by California Governor Jerry Brown yesterday, creating much-needed government oversight over the state’s billion-dollar industry. The bill specifically addresses the environmental impact of growing marijuana, including water use during the drought.
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A Not-So-Fantastical Plan To Save California From Drought With Cacti

Imagine the Central Valley of California not as a patchwork of drought-vulnerable crops but as a network of farms that use almost no water. Not only that, these farms can also filter existing water while providing acres of food for Californians. Imagine that thirsty alfalfa no longer reigns: Cactus is king.
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3 Ways That California Needs to Learn From Saudi Arabia Before It's Too Late

It’s the drought but it’s not just the drought: California is currently facing unprecedented environmental challenges. It might not seem like they have a lot in common, but Saudi Arabia can teach California how to deal with its current water, energy, and transportation crises. Because, in a way, looking at Saudi… »9/15/15 7:50pm9/15/15 7:50pm

California's Drought Is Officially The Worst the State Has Seen in 500 Years

After four years of drought, California’s snowpack levels have already been declared the lowest since records began about a century ago. Now with new information gleaned from tree-ring data, scientists think that California’s snowpack is the lowest it’s been in over 500 years—and maybe even 1000. »9/14/15 4:00pm9/14/15 4:00pm