Running Dry

Running Dry

Drought-stricken California communities face a third-consecutive dry year with no relief in sight

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014 at 07:00 AM PDT
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By Jeanne Kuang

PHOTOS: SoCal Drought Shaming

NBC4 viewers sent in these photos of water going to waste in Southern California.... See Full Gallery

Wednesday, Nov 12, 2014 at 01:18 PM PST

LA Rolls Out the Rain Barrels

LA Rolls Out the Rain Barrels

The free barrels distributed to residents registered for the pilot program will collect rainwater, which has been scarce during one of California's most severe droughts on record.

Thursday, Nov 6, 2014 at 08:14 AM PST

Minor Drought Improvement After Season's First Rainfall

Minor Drought Improvement After Season's First Rainfall

A brief break in California's dry spell did little to improve drought conditions.

Wednesday, Nov 5, 2014 at 07:43 AM PST

SF Uses Least Water of Any City in State

SF Uses Least Water of Any City in State

The drought's gold star award for least water required goes to San Francisco, where residents use on average 45.7 gallons of water per day.

Wednesday, Nov 5, 2014 at 10:10 AM PST

"Save Money, Save Water": CA Voters Pass Fiscal Props

"Save Money, Save Water": CA Voters Pass Fiscal Props

California voters passed a pair of ballot propositions that were touted by Gov. Jerry Brown as essential to the state's fiscal future.

Wednesday, Oct 29, 2014 at 07:26 PM PDT

California's Historic Drought Takes Bite Out of Rice Harvest

California's Historic Drought Takes Bite Out of Rice Harvest

California's deepening drought is shrinking its rice harvest, and that's bad news for farmers, migratory birds and sushi lovers.

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Drought Impacts Map: Use this interactive map to see how the drought has affected agriculture, energy, plants and wildlife, water supply, industry and fire hazard.

 

How Much Rain Do We Need?: This tool calculates how much precipitation is required to end current drought conditions.

 

California Drought Monitor: A weekly update on drought severity in California, including a drought monitor map and short- and long-term outlooks.

 

Water Use Calculator: Use this tool to calculate how much water is saved by following some common conservation methods. 

 

Drought Effects Over Time: California has faced several dry spells throughout its history. View photos of drought effects over time.

 

 

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