Running Dry

Running Dry

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

Monday, Apr 4, 2016 at 03:07 PM PDT

CA Looks to Future of Water Rules After Wet Winter

CA Looks to Future of Water Rules After Wet Winter

Taking a regional approach to saving water in California's drought, state regulators suggest relaxing or dropping conservation orders for winter storm-soaked Northern Californians, while keeping in place strict...

Thursday, Mar 31, 2016 at 05:20 AM PDT

With Deeper Snowpack, CA Prepares to Ease Goals

With Deeper Snowpack, CA Prepares to Ease Goals

The supposed rainy season once again was drier than normal for southern California, but wetter conditions to the north have re-filled reservoirs and built a snowpack that is 87percent of normal, enough...

Wednesday, Mar 30, 2016 at 10:42 PM PDT

Snowpack Improves, But No 'One-Shot Wonder'

Snowpack Improves, But No 'One-Shot Wonder'

State drought surveyors trudged through deep snow Wednesday to manually measure what turned out to be close to a normal Sierra Nevada snowpack for this time of year.

Thursday, Mar 17, 2016 at 10:27 AM PDT

Drought Conditions Improve in Northern, Central California

Drought Conditions Improve in Northern, Central California

Drought conditions improved this week for some parts of California as the state nears the end of its rainy season.

Wednesday, Mar 16, 2016 at 11:28 PM PDT

LA Targets "Mega Users" of Water in Plan for Increased Conservation

LA Targets "Mega Users" of Water in Plan for Increased Conservation

Nearing the end of another winter of below-average rainfall in Los Angeles, a plan to create "water budgets" for "mega users" of water, and to impose fines in the thousands of dollars on customers who refuse to...

Monday, Mar 14, 2016 at 11:23 PM PDT

Key California Reservoirs Plump With Water

Key California Reservoirs Plump With Water

Four straight days of stormy weather have replenished several key reservoirs in Northern California to historical averages -- including Lake Shasta, which hasn't been this full since May 2013.

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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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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.

 

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