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, Dec 19, 2014 at 03:03 PM PST

Storms Provide "Foothold for Drought Recovery" in California

Storms Provide "Foothold for Drought Recovery" in California

A string of storms that marched across California this month provided enough rain to boost reservoir levels and slightly improve drought conditions after three consecutive dry years. The state still likely needs

Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 at 06:07 PM PST

Storms Provide "Foothold for Drought Recovery"

Storms Provide "Foothold for Drought Recovery"

Reservoir levels improved slightly in drought-stricken California after a series of storms brought reason for "cautious" optimism during a three-year dry spell.

Monday, Dec 15, 2014 at 10:22 PM PST

Water Officials Optimistic About Rain Season

Water Officials Optimistic About Rain Season

California water officials are optimistic that the state’s rain season is on the right track after last week’s record rainfall.

Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 at 08:10 PM PST

LA Banks 1.8 Billion Gallons of Water in Storm

LA Banks 1.8 Billion Gallons of Water in Storm

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works tweeted Saturday that it captured 1.8 billion gallons of stormwater, enough to supply 44,000 people for a year.

Tuesday, Dec 9, 2014 at 12:28 PM PST

Republicans Push For California Drought Relief Bill

Republicans Push For California Drought Relief Bill

House Republicans are using the final days of the current Congress to push through another drought relief bill for California's farm belt and other water users to the south.

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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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