Running Dry

Running Dry

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

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...

Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 at 02:05 PM PDT

Drought May Take Bite Out of SoCal Strawberries

Drought May Take Bite Out of SoCal Strawberries

Planting season for the spring strawberry crop is just around the corner. But growers in Ventura County face new restrictions on the amount of groundwater available for irrigation, and the possibility of...

Friday, Sep 26, 2014 at 07:15 AM PDT

Drought Spoils Apple-Picking Season

Drought Spoils Apple-Picking Season

California’s ongoing drought is impacting one of San Diego’s most popular fall traditions: apple picking at the many orchards in Julian.

Thursday, Sep 25, 2014 at 10:00 AM PDT

Late-Summer Heat "Exacerbated Drought Conditions"

Late-Summer Heat "Exacerbated Drought Conditions"

A few tenths of an inch of rain during the past week in parts of California did little to improve drought conditions as a dry, hot summer drew to a close with record heat, according to the latest

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