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California Drought Drawing Rodents Into Homes During Breeding Season

Spring is already a busy time of the year for rats and mice since it’s breeding season, but dry conditions are forcing rodents to look for spaces as small as the width of a thumb to get inside homes.


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California Lawmaker Calls For End Of Nearly All Group Homes In State

Assemblyman Mark Stone’s legislation would do away with nearly all group homes, a step he says child welfare officials believe is the best approach.


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How Does California’s New Water Restriction Plan Affect Your District?

As it did before, the board is basing the restrictions on Residential Gallons Per Capita Day, a formula for finding how much water residential customers use each day.


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Low Yuba County Water Levels Have Cal Fire Preparing For Worst In California Drought

The lake that feeds into the Yuba River is 16 feet lower than it was last year, meaning fire crews will likely have to go further to get the water they need.


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Water Districts Provide Free Advice, Help Finding Water Leaks During California Drought

Just about every water district in the area does this service. Not all experts will actually go inside the home to assess things, but they do that in Carmichael.


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California Governor Meets With Business Leaders Ahead Of Water Control Board Cuts

Business leaders are concerned the emergency water cuts meant to have the state meet Brown’s mandatory 25 percent reduction could hurt their bottom line.



California Water Board Doesn’t Track How Much Water Bottling Plants Use

One of the largest water bottling and snack producers in the country is under fire again in California as Nestle Waters using an expired permit to pump water for its water bottles.


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West Coast Sardine Season Called Off As Fish Population Continues Decline

The council next will decide whether overfishing has been a factor in the latest collapse, which could trigger an emergency shutdown of the current season, which runs through June. It votes Wednesday.



Sacramento Utility Warns Water Wasters Could Be Cut Off If They Don’t Cut Back

American Water serves more than 180,000 people and businesses in Sacramento and Placer counties. But as the drought drags on, and if customers begin to waste water, the utility company says it may be forced to take drastic measures.


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Poor Statewide Conservation Prompts California To Develop Water-Waste Snitching System

Plans include a statewide system where people can report neighbors or business owners who waste water. That system is expected to be up and running in the next few weeks.


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Gov. Brown Signs Bill Authorizing $1 Billion In Drought-Related Spending

Gov. Jerry Brown has approved a plan injecting $1 billion of water spending into California as it grapples with a historic drought.



Farmers May Sell Water Meant For Growing Crops During California’s Drought

Canals are currently dry, but Central Valley farmers will start pumping in water soon. But not everyone will need it, as some annual crops can survive a year without water. Others, including almond orchards and vineyards can’t.