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

Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 at 09:42 AM PDT

Tahoe Level at 5-Year Low

Tahoe Level at 5-Year Low

Lingering drought has helped push Lake Tahoe's water level below its natural rim for the first time in five years, cutting off flows into the Truckee River, which has been reduced to a shallow stream as...

Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 at 02:58 PM PDT

CA Drought Might "Persist or Intensify" During Winter

CA Drought Might "Persist or Intensify" During Winter

Recovery from California's record drought seems unlikely during what is expected to be a warm winter.

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2014 at 07:53 PM PDT

Garcetti Hopes to Slash Fresh Water Use by 20%

Garcetti Hopes to Slash Fresh Water Use by 20%

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed an executive directive Tuesday calling for a 20 percent reduction in the city's fresh water use by 2017.

Monday, Oct 13, 2014 at 11:44 PM PDT

Runoff Water Could Help Drought Concerns

Runoff Water Could Help Drought Concerns

Maybe you've seen the streams of water, flowing through LA’s storm channels and flood drains - all that water headed to the ocean, despite the historic drought. Now, city and state officials are looking for ways...

Friday, Oct 10, 2014 at 03:35 PM PDT

Gun Recovered 22 Years Later From Drought-Stricken SoCal Lake

Gun Recovered 22 Years Later From Drought-Stricken SoCal Lake

Water in Los Angeles County's Castaic Lake is so low amid California's drought that a fisherman has recovered a handgun and a badge that a federal agent lost in the water decades ago.

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