In Berkeley and Oakland, there’s a burger on just about every corner. Here are nine of the best.
It’s still too early to tell just how much the magnitude-6.0 quake will cost the region, but it comes after a drought had already made things difficult for wineries.
Thousands of Chinook salmon are struggling to survive in the Klamath River, where waters are running dangerously low and warm. Cold reservoir water is instead going to farms in the Central Valley.
As California faces a historic drought, many farmers are relying on groundwater reserves to carry them through the dry season. Pumping groundwater is currently unregulated in California (that could soon change), and drawing on reserves now could cause shortages in the future. Sustainability-minded farmers are looking ahead and using an arsenal of methods to conserve water. Here are just a few.
Water is scarce in California, and prices are all over the map. Some farmers are paying almost 100 times more than others. Should water flow to the highest bidder?
California produces most of America’s vegetables and nuts. Yet there’s little sign the drought there is creating food shortages in the U.S., because farmers are rationing water and draining aquifers.
The Asian citrus psyllid is a tiny bug that spreads a devastating tree disease. Pesticides can’t always control it, so California farmers have turned to a different solution: another bug.
California usually delivers the nation’s early season cherries, but with yields down around a third of what they usually are, you can expect to pay a whole lot more at the market.
For the first time in six years, many California farmers have been told they’ll get little or no federal irrigation water. And as farms run dry, workers are deciding to pack up and move away.
California’s severe drought has left rivers so dry that young salmon can’t make their usual migration. To save the fish and the industry, the state is giving millions of salmon a lift.
Severe drought has left northern Nevada’s farmers scrambling to find enough feed for the cows they already have. It comes as farmers are under pressure to expand to provide powdered milk to China.
Several brewers near Petaluma make beer with Russian River water, which officials say could run out by summer. That could force some to use well water heavy in minerals that might affect beer flavor.
Finally there’s some good news out of drought-ravaged California. The state’s reporting the largest wine grape harvest on record.
Across the state, towns and cities now see waste in the the full water glasses left on diners’ tables. Santa Cruz is one of the first California towns to bar restaurants from serving drinking water unless diners request it.