Running Dry

Running Dry

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

Friday, Aug 14, 2015 at 09:00 AM PDT

El Niño Forecast Reaches 'Very Strong' Category

El Niño Forecast Reaches 'Very Strong' Category

The most recent forecasts show El Niño reaching the "very strong" category this winter.

Tuesday, Aug 11, 2015 at 01:37 PM PDT

Pastry Makeover: Fighting the Drought With Doughnuts

Pastry Makeover: Fighting the Drought With Doughnuts

A changed iconic donut sign at Randy's Donuts was unveiled Tuesday morning, as part of a Metropolitan Water District campaign to raise awareness for conserving water.

Tuesday, Aug 4, 2015 at 01:20 PM PDT

SoCal City May Ban Construction of New Pools

SoCal City May Ban Construction of New Pools

Laguna Beach may prohibit the construction of new pools, given the state's extreme drought conditions, according to a new city ordinance.

Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 at 10:24 AM PDT

Most Californians: Global Warming Is Threat to Quality of Life

Most Californians: Global Warming Is Threat to Quality of Life

Nearly two-thirds of Californians believe global warming is having an impact on the state's persistent drought.

Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 at 09:15 PM PDT

California Water Use Falls By 27 Percent in June

California Water Use Falls By 27 Percent in June

California water use dropped by 27 percent in June, the first month of mandatory cutbacks during the drought.

Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 at 05:27 AM PDT

Drought Sparks New Concerns of Falling Trees

Drought Sparks New Concerns of Falling Trees

As conservation efforts continue to take effect during the California drought, many trees in parks and city streets are succumbing to the dry conditions, raising concerns among area residents.

Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 at 01:40 PM PDT

Shower Curtain Lets Bathers Know It's Time to Get Out

Shower Curtain Lets Bathers Know It's Time to Get Out

A London-based artist may have the solution for those who enjoy long showers even in the midst of a drought.

Wednesday, Jul 22, 2015 at 08:04 AM PDT

Santa Barbara OKs Funds to Tap Ocean for Fresh Water

Santa Barbara OKs Funds to Tap Ocean for Fresh Water

The Santa Barbara City Council has unanimously voted to spend $55 million to reactivate the city's desalination plant.

Tuesday, Jul 21, 2015 at 03:16 PM PDT

Lawn Watering Restrictions on the Table

Lawn Watering Restrictions on the Table

A city panel called Tuesday for outdoor watering to be restricted to two days per week if Los Angeles fails to meet monthly goals for slashing water use amid the statewide drought.

Saturday, Jul 11, 2015 at 10:02 AM PDT

State Parks and Beaches to Turn Off Rinse Showers

State Parks and Beaches to Turn Off Rinse Showers

Starting July 15, the rinse stations at state parks and beaches statewide will be turned off in an effort to meet Gov. Jerry Brown's 25 percent water use reduction mandate.

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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.

 

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