Drought Stories

Landlords Making Tenants Pay Water Bill

The rising cost of water is making it easier for landlords and property managers to…

Water Rates Going Up in Santa Maria

Keith Carls photo

City Council approves three year, 15% increase amid historic drought.

Fawns Struggle During Drought

Fawns struggling in drought

A fawn rescued in Ojai after its mother was struck and killed by a car last week is…

Oceano Community Services District Board Approves Water Rate Increase

Its a drought dilemma for water districts and purveyors on the Central Coast.

Santa Maria Air Attack Base Gets Sikorsky

Keith Carls photo

Central Coast ramps up resources for expected busy fire season.

The Sikorsky 64 "…

Cachuma Lake Recreation, Camping, Fishing Derby Still On Even During Drought Conditions


Cachuma Lake is going down, but hopes of catching a big fish are coming to the…

Firefighters Train For Interagency Firefighting, Rescues

Firefighters work together to be prepared

It's training week at the California Air National Guard in Port Hueneme next to…

Arroyo Grande Steps Up Water Conservation

Nataly Tavidian photo

Local cities are stepping up their campaigning, and people in the 5-cities are…

"Flying Wish Paper" And Lighter Found On Local Peak

Flying Wish Paper found by hikers could pose problem

The National Association of State Fire Marshals has been trying to ban flying paper…

Santa Barbara Prepares To Raise Drought Stage

Santa Barbara Prepares For Stage Three Drought Restrictions

Santa Barbara City Council members had hoped the so-called rainy season would bring…

Cambria Leads State in Water Conservation

The Cambria Community Services District announced today that its customers’ have…

Santa Barbara Residents Turn to Synthetic Grass During Drought

Residents Turn to Synthetic Grass

Some Santa Barbara homeowners are thinking green...fake green if you will, to save…

Drought Slideshows

Slideshow: Montecito Union School Gets Mulch Makeover

There's a crunchy new addition in the Montecito Union School's front yard.

Slideshow: 100-Foot Tall Landmark Tree Cut Down

A landmark tree in Santa Barbara is being cut down after 115 years.

Slideshow: Oak Park Pool Water Pumping

Since it's the end of the swimming season, the pool needed to be emptied. But…

Slideshow: Drought-Tolerant Landscape Cuts Back On Water Use

Up to 50 percent of all water use in Santa Barbara is used on landscaping. If…

Slideshow: Ventura Riverbed Fire Stopped at 20 Acres

Crews on scene have gained control of a fire in Ventura county that's burned at…

Slideshow: Goleta Home Fully Engulfed in Flames

Santa Barbara County and City fire crews are working to put out a house fire in…

Drought Videos

Fawns struggling in drought

Fawns struggling in drought

The Animal Rescue Team caring for two fawns

Santa Barbara Prepares For Stage Three Drought Restrictions

Santa Barbara Prepares For Stage Three Drought Restrictions

water woes continue as weather brings heat , not rain

State Water Usage in Decline

The State Water Board says California just met Gov. Jerry Brown's challenge to cut…

Desalination Plant Permit Approved

permit dating back to 1991 to operate Santa Barbara's desalination plant was…

Desalination Plan Going Through Strict Review as Santa Barbara Stresses Urgency

Santa Barbara says it's going to the ocean to get new water for the city, unless…

State Chips In Funding For Cachuma Lake's Emergency Pumping

It's hard not to boast about high 70s and beach weather in January.

3 areas are now under advisories, watches or severe weather warnings.

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