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Stories with place: Santa Barbara
  • Scientist: Oil slick likely from natural seafloor seepage story has photos
    Updated: Jul-30-15 10:13 pm

    LOS ANGELES - Coast Guard officials say it will likely be a couple more days before they can definitively say what caused a miles-long oil slick to materialize off the Santa Barbara County coast this week, but an expert said Thursday it was more than likely the result of ocean-floor seepage.

  • California drought conservation: Hall of Fame and Shame 
    Updated: Jul-30-15 4:59 pm

    SACRAMENTO, California - California cities have mostly succeeded in the first month of mandatory conservation during the drought, according to June water use data released Thursday. The State Water Resources Control Board gave communities nine months to hit water use reduction targets as high as 36 percent compared to 2013 levels.

  • Santa Barbara to restart desalination plant amid drought 
    Updated: Jul-22-15 9:50 am

    SANTA BARBARA, California - The Santa Barbara City Council has unanimously voted to spend $55 million to reactivate the city's desalination plant and tap the ocean to turn salty seawater to fresh water amid an historic drought.

  • Final California beach fouled by oil spill is reopened story has photos
    Updated: Jul-17-15 7:23 pm

    SANTA BARBARA, California - The last of several Southern California beaches soiled by last spring's massive oil spill reopened Friday to enthusiastic crowds that quickly jammed its campgrounds to capacity.

  • California water rates rise as cities lose money in drought 
    Updated: Jul-05-15 11:16 am

    ROSEVILLE, California - Saving water doesn't always mean saving money in parched California.