Running Dry

Running Dry

Coverage of California's three-year dry spell, one of the most severe droughts on record

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

Friday, Feb 6, 2015 at 01:31 PM PST

Federal Government Offers $50M for Drought Relief

Federal Government Offers $50M for Drought Relief

The money would be used for projects to help reduce water use and develop response plans as the state enters its fourth dry year.

Thursday, Feb 5, 2015 at 02:58 PM PST

Where Is Water Use Decreasing in California?

Where Is Water Use Decreasing in California?

Use this tool to compare water-use figures across California.

Thursday, Feb 5, 2015 at 07:27 AM PST

Drought Update: Lack of Snow "the Consistent Issue"

Drought Update: Lack of Snow "the Consistent Issue"

A lack of snowfall during what are typically the wettest months of the year in California continues to dampen hopes for drought recovery, according to this week's U.S. Drought Monitor Report.

Wednesday, Feb 4, 2015 at 05:13 PM PST

California Meets Water-Use Goal for First Time

California Meets Water-Use Goal for First Time

The state's monthly water-use report card released Tuesday shows that Californians have met the state's 20-percent water-use reduction goal for the first time.

Sunday, Feb 1, 2015 at 06:45 PM PST

Quake on San Andreas Fault Could Threaten Water Supply

Quake on San Andreas Fault Could Threaten Water Supply

When an earthquake hits, there's more to worry about than meets the eye - especially in a drought.

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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.

 

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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