Running Dry

Running Dry

Coverage of California's historic dry spell, one of the most severe droughts on record

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 11:07 AM PDT

California Falls Short of Water-Saving Goal

California Falls Short of Water-Saving Goal

Californians conserved little water in March and local officials were not aggressive in cracking down on waste, according to state water regulators.

Monday, May 4, 2015 at 10:01 AM PDT

Drought a Factor in Abandoned Kittens

Drought a Factor in Abandoned Kittens

A rise in kittens surrendered to animal shelters this spring - in part because of the drought - has Oakland Animal Services officials asking residents to help foster the abandoned felines.

Thursday, Apr 30, 2015 at 02:22 PM PDT

California Cuts Habitat Fix for Delta Project

California Cuts Habitat Fix for Delta Project

California officials have dramatically scaled back the habitat restoration planned during construction of two massive tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to send water to farms and millions...

Tuesday, Apr 28, 2015 at 03:13 PM PDT

Gov Proposes $10,000 Fine for Worst Water Wasters

Gov Proposes $10,000 Fine for Worst Water Wasters

Gov. Brown calls for $10,000 fines for residents and businesses that waste the most water

Tuesday, Apr 28, 2015 at 11:30 AM PDT

Mayors Drink Toilet Water to Tout $612M Plan

Mayors Drink Toilet Water to Tout $612M Plan

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and local government officials on Monday drank recycled toilet water to dramatize a $612 million project to produce a "drought-proof" supply of drinking water through purification.

Tuesday, Apr 28, 2015 at 07:23 AM PDT

QUIZ: Who Can Save Us From the Drought Now?

QUIZ: Who Can Save Us From the Drought Now?

If you think you know it all about California's drought, then water you waiting for? Test your knowledge of the shower-shortening dry spell!

Friday, Apr 24, 2015 at 02:22 PM PDT

Project Scientist Explains SMAP Mission

Project Scientist Explains SMAP Mission

Eni G. Njoku, PhD, has served as Project Scientist for the SMAP Mission and is supervisor of the Water and Carbon Cycles Group at NASA JPL. Wednesday, he briefed NBC4’s Patrick Healy on the progress of...

Thursday, Apr 23, 2015 at 08:42 PM PDT

DWP Approves Stricter Outdoor Watering Law

DWP Approves Stricter Outdoor Watering Law

The Los Angeles Board of Water and Power Commissioners approved new water conservation rules Thursday that include giving city leaders the right to lower the number of lawn-watering days from three to two...

Thursday, Apr 23, 2015 at 12:52 PM PDT

Water Surplus

Water Surplus

One drought-stricken California town will soon have a water surplus, which could cause problems of its own.

Friday, Apr 24, 2015 at 12:48 PM PDT

"Exceptional" Drought Expands in Sierras

"Exceptional" Drought Expands in Sierras

The most severe category of drought expanded during the past week in California's northern Sierra Nevada Mountain range after a winter of little snowfall in the region.

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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.

 

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