Running Dry

Running Dry

Coverage of California's historic dry spell, one of the most severe droughts on record

Friday, Apr 24, 2015 at 12:27 PM PDT

Soil Moisture Observatory Sends Back First Images

Soil Moisture Observatory Sends Back First Images

The SMAP observatory is designed to help scientists better understand, predict and monitor natural hazards like droughts and floods

Monday, Apr 20, 2015 at 09:32 PM PDT

New Tiered Water System Tentatively Approved

New Tiered Water System Tentatively Approved

A new tiered water system has been tentatively approved as the drought worsens. Lolita Lopez reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on April 20, 2015.

Monday, Apr 20, 2015 at 04:39 PM PDT

MAP: California Water Use Tiers

MAP: California Water Use Tiers

This map shows how communities are listed in California's nine-tier system that penalizes the state's biggest water users. Water suppliers are assigned to a tier of water reduction based on three months...

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2015 at 07:28 AM PDT

William Shatner Wants $30B to Save California

William Shatner Wants $30B to Save California

Actor William Shatner is launching a $30 billion fundraising campaign to aid in California's drought relief efforts.

Sunday, Apr 19, 2015 at 05:38 PM PDT

California Delta Smelt Survey Turns Up Only 1 Fish

California Delta Smelt Survey Turns Up Only 1 Fish

California's drought appears to be taking a toll on a threatened fish species.

Sunday, Apr 19, 2015 at 09:18 AM PDT

Waning Water Supplies Spawn Tidal Wave of Challenges

Waning Water Supplies Spawn Tidal Wave of Challenges

California’s virtual perma-drought crisis is being called "the new normal" for life going forward in the Golden State.

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Coverage of California's water crisis and updates on what might be the state's worst drought on record. Visit this page for video, galleries and reports on what's being done to address the problem.
 

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Resources

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.

 

Report Water Waste: Become a water watcher today. Find out how to report wasteful water use.

 

 

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