Running Dry

Running Dry

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

Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 at 12:20 AM PDT

California Water Restrictions: Dos and Don'ts

California Water Restrictions: Dos and Don'ts

New rules took effect in July that restrict outdoor water use across California. Rule breakers could be fined $500. Fritz Coleman has the dos and don’ts for the NBC4 News on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014.

Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 at 12:10 AM PDT

SoCal Homeowners Replace Lawns With Drought-Friendly Gardens

SoCal Homeowners Replace Lawns With Drought-Friendly Gardens

Southern Californians are replacing their lush lawns with efficient desert gardens to help conserve water during the historic state drought. Tony Shin reports for the NBC4 News on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014.

Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 at 12:10 AM PDT

Californians to Vote on $7.5B Water Plan

Californians to Vote on $7.5B Water Plan

As the crippling drought continues to grip California, a $7.5 billion bond measure designed to help build reservoirs to store water in good years, clean up contaminated ground water below the San Fernando...

Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 at 12:10 AM PDT

SoCal Resident Shames Water-Wasters During Drought

SoCal Resident Shames Water-Wasters During Drought

A Southern California man is one of many concerned Californians who are using the Internet to bring attention to examples of water waste during the state’s historic drought. Hetty Change reports for the...

Friday, Aug 29, 2014 at 08:35 PM PDT

Fear of Prolonged Drought Looms Over Napa Wineries

Fear of Prolonged Drought Looms Over Napa Wineries

The damage taken by Napa's famed vineyards during the recent earthquake is a mere scratch compared to the losses inflicted by the ongoing drought. Chuck Henry reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m.

Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 at 06:09 PM PDT

Turf Replacement Rebates Available Across California

Turf Replacement Rebates Available Across California

Here are some of the turf replacement programs available in California

Tuesday, Sep 2, 2014 at 04:17 PM PDT

California Drought Spurs New Look at "Cash for Grass" Programs

California Drought Spurs New Look at "Cash for Grass" Programs

Daniel and Joanne Azarnoff had the quintessential, grassy green lawn outside their house in the San Francisco Bay area -- until this bone-dry summer. With water regulators' help, they ripped up turf and replaced...

Friday, Aug 29, 2014 at 06:40 AM PDT

Menlo Park Residents Asked to Cut Water Use by 30 Percent

Menlo Park Residents Asked to Cut Water Use by 30 Percent

Menlo Park is responding to the state's call to conserve more water during the severe drought by implementing an urgency ordinance.

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 at 06:07 PM PDT

Tune in to NBC4 Drought Special

Tune in to NBC4 Drought Special

Tune in to NBC4 on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 7 p.m. to watch “Running Dry: California’s Historic Drought,” a 30-minute NBC4 News special which takes an in-depth look at the record drought, its impact on all...

Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 at 01:21 PM PDT

Record Drought Saps Honeybee Production

Record Drought Saps Honeybee Production

California's record drought hasn't been sweet to honeybees, and it's creating a sticky situation for beekeepers and honey buyers.

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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.

 

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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