“We have been waiting for a wet season like this for years,” a water official said, but is it enough to end the drought?
California’s greywater recycling systems owe a debt to rogue Berkeley activists
Reusing water from washing machines and showers can help homeowners save water and money. An illegal system built at Berkeley’s EcoHouse helped bring increased acceptance for the drought-friendly irrigation method.
Berkeley native is back home after 240-mile trek to East Bay’s water source
Nina Gordon-Kirsch spent more than a month walking from her home in Oakland to the headwaters of the Mokelumne River.
Hungry deer, shrinking ponds, speeding golf balls: the drought’s toll around Berkeley
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.
With water and time running out, is California prepared for 2021’s drought?
The past two years have been the second driest on record in Northern California.
East Bay water officials declare drought, ask residents to conserve water
The Bay Area is experiencing the second-driest year in the water district’s history.
New ‘green stormwater spine’ in West Berkeley aims to clean water traveling to the bay
The green infrastructure project is part of a $4 million effort across the East Bay to clean dirty rainwater.
EBMUD works to rid Berkeley water of compounds that can raise risk of cancer
The drought has led to an increase of THMs, which can cause cancer, in the East Bay’s drinking water.
East Bay residents could soon be paying more for 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.
How the California-wide drought is affecting Berkeley
Camphor trees line many streets in Berkeley, including Sonoma Avenue, here. Planted decades ago, many of the camphors are nearing the end of their natural lifespan, but the drought is dispatching them even more quickly. A camphor at the end of the right row here was removed this summer, as well as two more around […]
Tilden Park exceeds goals in cutting its water usage
The lawns outside the Environmental Education Center, near Tilden Park’s LIttle Farm, have been left to turn brown to save water. Photo: Mary Flaherty The lawns outside the Environmental Education Center, near Tilden Park’s LIttle Farm, have been left to turn brown to save water. Photo: Mary Flaherty Berkeley’s Tilden Park reports that it reduced […]
Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates, State Senator Loni Hancock, challenge us to save as much water as them
A challenge by Mayor Tom Bates and his wife, State Senator Loni Hancock, aims to raise awareness about California’s drought. Photo: Steve Johnson A challenge by Mayor Tom Bates and his wife, State Senator Loni Hancock, aims to raise awareness about California’s drought. Photo: Steve Johnson Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates has announced a city-wide water-conservation challenge with […]