Running Dry

Running Dry

Drought-stricken California communities face a third-consecutive dry year with no relief in sight

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.

Tuesday, Oct 7, 2014 at 08:15 AM PDT

Investigation: California's Water Hogs

Investigation: California's Water Hogs

Those who make and carry out water conservation policy are not doing so well when it comes to their own policies.

Wednesday, Oct 8, 2014 at 06:41 AM PDT

"Water Hog" to Curb His Water-Wasting Habits

"Water Hog" to Curb His Water-Wasting Habits

A city leader who was the biggest "Water Hog" in an NBC4 investigation, says he’ll start watering his lawn only four days a week, after being exposed by the I-Team.

Thursday, Oct 9, 2014 at 06:19 PM PDT

Water Officials Aren't Following Own Call for Conservation

Water Officials Aren't Following Own Call for Conservation

Water bills obtained via the state's Public Records Act show that in 2013, nearly half of the officials who supervise the state's biggest water agencies used more water than the typical California household.

Monday, Oct 6, 2014 at 07:38 PM PDT

California Drought Worries Pool Industry

California Drought Worries Pool Industry

California swimming pool companies just regaining their financial footing after the recession are now facing a new challenge: a devastating drought that has put the state's ubiquitous backyard pools under...

Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 at 11:16 AM PDT

Drought Blamed for Dead Fish Found at Los Gatos Lake

Drought Blamed for Dead Fish Found at Los Gatos Lake

Piles of dead fish found in the Vasona Lake Park neighborhood in Los Gatos are the latest victims of California's severe drought.

Friday, Oct 3, 2014 at 06:34 PM PDT

NASA Images Show Severity of CA Water Loss

NASA Images Show Severity of CA Water Loss

NASA images released this week show the severity of drought-stricken California's declining water shortage.

Monday, Sep 29, 2014 at 07:43 PM PDT

Drought Linked to Climate Change, Greenhouse Gases: Stanford

Drought Linked to Climate Change, Greenhouse Gases: Stanford

The dry earth, the raging wildfires and the other symptoms of California's drought are "very likely" linked to human-caused climate change because of the abundance of greenhouse gases created by burning...

Monday, Sep 29, 2014 at 11:40 AM PDT

California's Water Agencies Look to Budget Water

California's Water Agencies Look to Budget Water

As California's severe drought continues, state and local agencies are looking at budgeting water use by creating a daily water allocation for each household. The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that...

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