Drought Stories

Santa Maria Woman Describes Carjacking Ordeal

Off-duty deputy had just pulled up into the Pappy's back parking lot and approached…

Santa Barbara Leads Southern California in Water Savings

SANTA BARBARA WATER CONSERVATION

Drought dry Santa Barbara is leading Southern California on a list of larger cities…

Water Pipeline to Nipomo Nears Completion

First shipment of water in the $14 million dollar pipeline from Santa Maria will…

Strawberry Production in Santa Maria is Ahead of Last Year

Nataly Tavidian photo

The warm weather has been strawberry farmers' best friend as the season has been…

Water Well Issues Brings New Controversy to the Surface

WATER WELL RESTRICTIONS

Santa Barbara County Supervisors have been asked to toughen policies on new water…

Water Restrictions Could Get Tighter In California

Water Restrictions Could Get Tighter In California

The State Water Resources Control Board will vote Tuesday to renew and increase…

Palm Fire Burns Through 23 Acres in Ventura; Now 100% Contained

Ventura river bed fire

Michelle Carter and Josh Mead photo

Firefighters are making major progress on the ‘Palm Fire.’  It is burning near…

Santa Ynez Riverbed Flowing with Illegal Activity

Dry conditions in the Santa Ynez Riverbed have opened the floodgates to litter,…

Emergency Pump At Cachuma Lake Tested As Online Date Nears

Emergency Pump Tested in Cachuma Lake

Cachuma Lake was socked in with fog Monday morning, making it easy to mistake the…

Drought Impacts Expected to Worsen Even as Cachuma Lake Levels Hold For Now

CACHUMA LAKE SUPPLY STABLE

Spring flowers and green lawns after a splash of rain might have some residents…

Hundreds Of Boy Scouts Hit The Slopes In Big Bear

More than 800 boy scouts from troops around Southern California gathered in Big Bear…

New Water Well Project in Downtown Santa Barbara Park Rapidly Underway

SANTA BARBARA WATER RATES

Santa Barbara water officials knew its downtown  well in Alameda Park was old and no…

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

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.

SB WATER RATE HIKE

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EVEN IF WE GET MORE RAIN THAN NORMAL....THE DROUGHT IS FAR FROM OVER AND
WATER RATES…

'Sneaker' Storm May Help in a Backhanded Way

The weekend 'sneaker' storm that came in earlier and stayed longer than we expected…

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

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