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The dying Salton Sea and the plan to save it

Posted October 15, 2015 by | 3 Comments | ]
Floyd Hollinger as the Salton Sea Santa. “Santa Ski-In” started by Helen Burns, property owner at Salton Sea Beach, about 1960. (Photo courtesy of the Salton Sea History Museum)

The Salton Sea was once an oasis for the Hollywood elite. Today, California’s largest lake is not only an environmental hazard, it is also drying up.
“It was a playground for the rich and the famous, the Hollywood crowd used to go out there and cavort and water ski and fish,” said Tony Perry, San Diego bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times, who has …

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Where’s El Niño? Dry January doesn’t fit the forecast

Posted January 22, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Have you noticed that the last few weeks have been rather dry in Southern California?
El Niño hasn’t delivered yet, but that doesn’t mean it’s not coming.
Mark Jackson of the National Weather Service says that January has delivered less rain than most meteorologists expected, but he says the months ahead should have plenty of wet weather in store.

Jackson says Jan. 6 and 7 provided a preview …

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Meet at the market: Singing the Goleta drought blues

Posted January 22, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Certified Farmers’ Market.
This week, she spoke with Jack Motter, who started Ellwood Canyon Farms in Goleta in 2009. The drought has hit his farm hard, and the recent decision by the Goleta Water District to raise agricultural water rates has left Motter questioning the …

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My El Niño plan

Posted January 5, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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No one knows exactly what impact this winter’s El Niño forecast will have on Southern California. But, despite the uncertainty, many people in Santa Barbara are getting ready. They may be lugging sandbags, fixing roofs or prepping crops. We spoke with different people with different plans for the wet skies, heavy winds and strong seas that may be coming our way. (Reporting by  Linda …

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Growing grapes, four years into the drought

Posted October 28, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Santa Barbara County’s wine harvest is complete. Local winemakers are fermenting their last grapes, cleaning the presses and scrubbing down their gear after months of hard work.
“There are four words that describe the harvest,” says Lompoc winemaker Peter Work about this year’s yield. “It was early, short, light and the quality was amazing,”
That’s been a common occurrence throughout the county. Compared to last year’s bumper …

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How does one house use 11.8 million gallons of water?

Posted October 2, 2015 by | 2 Comments | ]
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It’s time for a little drought shaming, but anonymous drought shaming.
Now it stands to reason that the wealthiest among us would use more water – they have bigger properties, swimming pools and lots of cars to wash.
But a new report by the Web site Reveal, part of the Center for Investigative Reporting, shows that some of the most affluent residents of the state are …

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The drought is killing off Lake Balboa’s cherry trees

Posted October 1, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Lake Balboa – in the middle of San Fernando Valley – once featured more than 900 cherry trees, delighting park-goers with their annual pink and white blossoms.
But more than half of those trees have died in the past five years, according to the L.A. Daily News, falling victim to too little rain, warm winters and drainage issues in the Sepulveda Basin. Most of the …

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Meet at the market: the state of our soil

Posted September 18, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Certified Farmers’ Market.
This week, donned in her Fermentation Festival pickle suit, she spoke with Alison Hensley of Los Olivos Roots Organic Farm about the state of our soil.

Alison’s tips for nutrient rich soil:

Cover your crops. Bare soil dries up and loses nutrients. For home gardeners, Alison recommends …

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U.S., Chinese leaders take on climate at L.A. summit

Posted September 15, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Can local government leaders in the U.S. and China take the lead on fighting climate change?
We could find out over the next couple of days.
Gov. Jerry Brown will be delivering the keynote speech and Vice President Joe Biden will also be in attendance as officials from the U.S. and China open a two-day climate summit in Los Angeles today.
The goal of the summit is …

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Giant sequoias in the path of fast-moving wildfire

Posted September 11, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The largest wildfire of the year in California is now threatening one of the state’s natural treasures.
Flames from the stubborn Rough Fire have reversed course and are now closing in on Grant Grove in Kings Canyon National Park, The now-evacuated grove is named for the towering General Grant tree, which stands more than 260 feet tall and is the second largest tree in the …

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Subsidence is giving Gov. Brown that sinking feeling

Posted August 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Gov. Jerry Brown says California plans to get tougher with farmers who have been pumping record amounts of groundwater during the drought.
Appearing yesterday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Brown responded to a new NASA report that shows vast areas of the Central Valley sinking rapidly in a process known as subsidence because huge amounts of groundwater are being siphoned from underground aquifers.
Brown recently signed …

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What’s to come in California if the drought persists?

Posted August 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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What would California look like if the drought lasts another two years? Three years?
A new study says the state’s economy would probably hold up pretty well, including agriculture. But it finds that continued dry winters could prove devastating for small, rural communities that depend on well water, for the state’s wetlands and for wildlife in general.
The study by the Public Policy Institute of California …

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Mixer: El Niño to the rescue?

Posted July 31, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Scattered thunderstorms have been battering the mountain and high desert areas this week with flooding rain, fierce lightning and even hail.
Monsoonal moisture continues across Southern California, and where it’s not raining, there’s plenty of moisture in the air.
Forecasters say the added moisture is part of a warming of Pacific Ocean waters that could continue to have a big effect on California weather in the next …

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“Smokejumper” finds satisfaction in heated job

Posted July 21, 2015 by and | 0 Comments | ]
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It’s a big jump from fighting peer pressure among young friends in Los Angeles and Riverside Counties, to fighting fires.
In Jason Ramos’s own words: “I had no plans after high school. College wasn’t an option; my grades sucked. Law enforcement was out since, in my world, ‘cop’ meant ‘narc’.”
Ramos jumped from looking for purpose and a cure for boredom and jumped into taking risks every …

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Which local beaches are turning off their showers?

Posted July 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Starting Wednesday showers at many California State beaches and parks will be shut off to save water during the drought. Santa Monica and LA County beaches are not yet turning off the faucets.
“There are other opportunities to rinse the sand off,” says Brain Ketterer, Southern operations chief for the State Department of Parks and Recreation. You can bring a big bottle of water or use a …

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Be cool, save water

Posted July 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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You’ve probably talked about it with your friends and loved ones. Have you shortened your showers and let your lawn go brown? As the drought drags on, state and city agencies are doing all they can to raise awareness and get more people to conserve water. They’ve designed campaigns that range from cute to sexy to try to make YOU to change your water wasting behavior. Is it working?
Two …

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Chance for an El Nino winter growing in California

Posted July 10, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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There’s no longer any doubt, according to federal scientists – California is on El Nino watch.
A new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says Pacific Ocean surface temperatures continue to warm near the equator – setting up what could be one of the most powerful El Nino’s on record. There is now a 90 percent chance that El Nino conditions will last …

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Drought stricken trees are posing a huge fire risk

Posted June 24, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Millions of trees have died during California’s four-year drought and millions more are in distress because of a lack of water. And all those dead and dying trees are increasing the state’s fire risk.
Now the state Board of Forestry and Fire Protection has taken the unprecedented step of recommending that landowners be able to cut and remove dead and dying trees of any size …

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State isn’t sure who’s on board with new water rules

Posted June 23, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Californians continue to show a lack of urgency when it comes to new water restrictions.
Individually, we’ve repeatedly fallen short of the 25 percent reductions sought by Gov. Brown and state water officials.
And now, there’s word that more than two-thirds of the most senior water rights holders in the state haven’t even reported if they are complying with new restrictions on diverting water from river …

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Meet at the market: let it rain!

Posted June 12, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Farmers’ Market.
This week, she couldn’t contain her excitement about the weather. On Tuesday, downtown Santa Barbara embraced over a half inch of rain. It was nowhere near enough to stock Lake Cachuma or end the drought, but it was cause for celebration among water-deprived farmers.

Rain revelry:

Robert “BD” Dautch …

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