Running Dry

Running Dry

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

Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 at 08:10 PM PST

LA Banks 1.8 Billion Gallons of Water in Storm

LA Banks 1.8 Billion Gallons of Water in Storm

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works tweeted Saturday that it captured 1.8 billion gallons of stormwater, enough to supply 44,000 people for a year.

Tuesday, Dec 9, 2014 at 12:28 PM PST

Republicans Push For California Drought Relief Bill

Republicans Push For California Drought Relief Bill

House Republicans are using the final days of the current Congress to push through another drought relief bill for California's farm belt and other water users to the south.

Friday, Dec 5, 2014 at 03:53 PM PST

El Nino Chance Increases to 65 Percent

El Nino Chance Increases to 65 Percent

The chance of El Niño weather conditions developing this winter for the Northern Hemisphere increased to 65 percent, but any hope for drought relief in California should be tempered due to the severity of the...

Thursday, Dec 4, 2014 at 09:37 AM PST

Skies Clear, But CA Drought Outlook Remains Gloomy

Skies Clear, But CA Drought Outlook Remains Gloomy

Nearly all of California remains in moderate or worse drought, according to a weekly report that does not take into account all of this week's rainfall.

Wednesday, Dec 3, 2014 at 01:29 PM PST

CA Loses Ground in Drought Water-Saving

CA Loses Ground in Drought Water-Saving

Californians managed to reduce their daily water use by only 6.7 percent in October compared to the same period last year, far short of Gov. Jerry Brown's goal.

Wednesday, Dec 3, 2014 at 12:57 PM PST

Glendora Remains on Alert

Glendora Remains on Alert

Glendora residents awoke to sunshine after a day of pounding rain, but homeowners remained concerned about the possiblity of mudslides in a burn area. Toni Guinyard reports for the NBC4 News at Noon on Wednesday...

Wednesday, Dec 3, 2014 at 12:53 PM PST

"The Hill Is Stable"

"The Hill Is Stable"

Evacuation orders were lifted in Camarillo Springs, where residents were on alert Tuesday because of steady rains that soaked a burn area. Gordon Tokumatsu reports for the NBC4 News at Noon on Wednesday Dec. 3...

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.

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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.
 

Drought Timeline

 

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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