Nina Gordon-Kirsch spent more than a month walking from her home in Oakland to the headwaters of the Mokelumne River.
Strawberry Creek and the city’s trees are doing OK, but Lake Anza is unswimmable, turtles are getting run over by cars and wild pigs may be moving in.
The past two years have been the second driest on record in Northern California.
The Bay Area is experiencing the second-driest year in the water district’s history.
The green infrastructure project is part of a $4 million effort across the East Bay to clean dirty rainwater.
The drought has led to an increase of THMs, which can cause cancer, in the East Bay’s drinking water.
In an ironic twist of drought economics, EBMUD is considering charging its customers more for water starting July 12 in part because they are consuming less.
The brown lawns are the least of it. The effects of the current California-wide drought go deeper than the roots of the grass and will continue several years after lawns turn green again. Many of the impacts are very evident in Berkeley and the surrounding area. Trees are dying at a higher rate. The creeks are low […]
Berkeley’s Tilden Park reports that it reduced water usage in May — the most recent bill available — by 40% compared to the same period in 2013. The regional park in the Berkeley Hills has been watering its lawns less and less over the past several years, said Park Supervisor Sergio Huerta. “I’m really proud […]
Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates has announced a city-wide water-conservation challenge with the chance for Berkeley residents to win “fame, appreciation, and a free lunch,” the latter with him and his wife, State Senator Loni Hancock. Bates and Hancock issued the “Bates-Hancock Water Conservation Challenge,” on June 29. The contest pits Berkeleyan against Berkeleyan in a race to see […]
Berkeley officials approved a five-year sewer fee rate hike Tuesday night, and now it’s up to property owners to determine whether it will stick. One thousand gallons of water currently costs about $4 to use in Berkeley for the average single family home. Beginning July 1, that same amount of water would cost about $6, an increase of 46%. By […]
Don’t expect lush green parks in Berkeley this summer, unless the watering is a surprise from the skies. Already slashing its water use 26% last year, the city is taking steps to cut even more, it announced last week. Many of the cutbacks are required by Berkeley’s water supplier, the East Bay Municipal Water District (EBMUD), and/or […]