drought

Placer Water customers hit state conservation target

Placer County Water Agency customers are meeting the state’s 32 percent water-saving benchmark – barely. The Auburn-based agency released figures this week for June th ...

Reader Input: How a drought saved Sacramento

The year was 1985 and it was a dry year. It had been only 10 years since the last major drought and farmers were beginning to worry again. Snowfall in the Sierra was well below n ...

Our View: Conservation or better management?

As California enters the fourth year of one of the worst droughts in its history, the topic of water, the lack thereof and what lies ahead is of great concern. We can all save wa ...

Placer Water concerned about Folsom releases

While rain fell in Auburn and the Placer County region through much of Wednesday, Placer County Water Agency’s concern over a projected drawdown of water levels at Folsom Lak ...

Reader Input: Make weed abatement a priority

We are inundated daily about the drought. We hear what lawmakers are doing and not doing on the radio, TV and Internet. It seems so simple to me. If we make fire prevention first ...

Saving Water: From the basics to a cell phone app

Looking for ways to cut back on irrigation in the drought? Consider recycling water, making more efficient use of sprinklers or even removing most or all of the lawn. Xeriscaping ...

Reader Input: How to better address drought

A couple of suggestions to the Placer County Water Agency for better addressing our current water shortage: 1) Stop all new residential and commercial construction inside the cou ...

Bear nearly enters Colfax home

Bears are one of nature’s more curious creatures - especially where there is food involved. If your meal catches their attention, they’re sure to investigate, which is ...

Nevada Irrigation District seeks 36% drop in treated-water use

Nevada Irrigation District is now calling for a 36 percent reduction in residential water use but admitting that it will be hard for customers to reach that goal. Directors of the ...

Auburn school’s timer system fails weekend drought conservation test

Placer High School’s efforts to conserve water didn’t pass the test over the weekend. And a faulty timer is being blamed for the high-profile waste of water. Sprinkle ...

No real start or end to fire season

RANCHO CORDOVA – With a sea of parched wildlands as their backdrop, area fire officials took the opportunity to address “fire season” as it exists in the fourth c ...

California drought drying up more than waterways

As California suffers through yet another year of drought conditions, plant-centric businesses are fighting to keep their profits from drying up with the reservoirs. We’ve a ...

Conversation on conservation: No easy drought answers

Deep into a prolonged drought, foothills water suppliers are sharing a message of conservation. For a second year, the Nevada Irrigation District is set to hold a community drough ...

State drops Placer water saving goal to 32 percent

Placer County Water Agency is now facing a lower conservation standard than the one the state Water Board originally ladled out. The board announced a revised proposal late Tuesda ...

Drought won’t dry up Placer County’s West Nile disease

The Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District is marking the official start of the season by designating  this week as West Nile virus and Mosquito and Vector Control Awaren ...