Running Dry

Running Dry

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

Wednesday, Dec 3, 2014 at 12:13 PM PST

Rain Runoff Represents Missed Opportunity

Rain Runoff Represents Missed Opportunity

California has made progress reducing the amount of trash that
rain runoff carries out to the Pacific Ocean. Capturing and recycling more of the runoff itself remains a tougher challenge.

Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014 at 03:58 PM PST

Brown Lawn Lands Homeowner in Court

Brown Lawn Lands Homeowner in Court

Fernand Bogman thinks of himself as a responsible citizen by conserving water during California's dry spell. But city officials say his lawn is a

Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 at 09:04 AM PST

"Abysmal Start" to Water Year in California

"Abysmal Start" to Water Year in California

California's water year is off to a poor start with only light to moderate precipitation.

Friday, Nov 14, 2014 at 01:47 PM PST

CA Officials Say State Can Afford Twin Tunnel Project

CA Officials Say State Can Afford Twin Tunnel Project

The contentious 35-mile-long tunnels are part of a plan designed to make it easier to pump water from the Sacramento River to Central Valley farms and Southern California cities.

Friday, Nov 14, 2014 at 09:03 AM PST

California Drought Drives Wildlife Into Backyards

California Drought Drives Wildlife Into Backyards

The chapped landscapes of California are forcing wildlife into backyards as animals expand their hunt for water to drink. As reports of sightings rise in the parched state's fourth consecutive dry year...

Thursday, Nov 13, 2014 at 08:21 AM PST

LADWP Tests Earthquake Resistant Water Pipes

LADWP Tests Earthquake Resistant Water Pipes

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is testing water pipes that have been very successful in Japan, even following major earthquakes.

Wednesday, Nov 12, 2014 at 01:18 PM PST

LA Rolls Out the Rain Barrels

LA Rolls Out the Rain Barrels

The free barrels distributed to residents registered for the pilot program will collect rainwater, which has been scarce during one of California's most severe droughts on record.

Thursday, Nov 6, 2014 at 08:14 AM PST

Minor Drought Improvement After Season's First Rainfall

Minor Drought Improvement After Season's First Rainfall

A brief break in California's dry spell did little to improve drought conditions.

Wednesday, Nov 5, 2014 at 07:43 AM PST

SF Uses Least Water of Any City in State

SF Uses Least Water of Any City in State

The drought's gold star award for least water required goes to San Francisco, where residents use on average 45.7 gallons of water per day.

Wednesday, Nov 5, 2014 at 10:10 AM PST

"Save Money, Save Water": CA Voters Pass Fiscal Props

"Save Money, Save Water": CA Voters Pass Fiscal Props

California voters passed a pair of ballot propositions that were touted by Gov. Jerry Brown as essential to the state's fiscal future.

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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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