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Running Dry

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

Sunday, Jun 19, 2016 at 10:48 AM PDT

Calif. Drought Continues to Raise Fears

Calif. Drought Continues to Raise Fears

California's drought and a bark beetle epidemic have caused the largest die-off of Sierra Nevada forests in modern history, raising fears that trees could come crashing down on people or fuel deadly wildfires...

Thursday, Jun 9, 2016 at 08:15 PM PDT

El Nino Update: 'Stick a Fork in It'

El Nino Update: 'Stick a Fork in It'

This year's monstrous El Niño is done, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday in its monthly update.

Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 04:08 AM PDT

Congress Wades Into California's Water War

Congress Wades Into California's Water War

Wading into a longstanding California water war, the House of Representatives Wednesday endorsed a Republican plan to shift more water to San Joaquin Valley farmers and cut the flow for threatened fish and...

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 09:44 PM PDT

Water Limits Relaxed Amid Continued Conservation

Water Limits Relaxed Amid Continued Conservation

With statewide supplies improving, the board of directors of the Metropolitan Water District, the water wholesaler for Southern California, voted Tuesday to end a mandatory use-reduction program it imposed on...

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 12:26 AM PDT

Governor Orders Longer-Term Drought Measures

Governor Orders Longer-Term Drought Measures

Gov. Jerry Brown ordered California on Monday to permanently follow some conservation measures taken during the state's drought.

Thursday, Apr 21, 2016 at 01:13 PM PDT

California Drought Update: April 2016

California Drought Update: April 2016

There are signs of significant improvement for parts of California. Crystal Egger has a drought update for Thursday April 21, 2016.

Thursday, Apr 21, 2016 at 04:23 PM PDT

Water Providers Rethink Drought Conservation Plan

Water Providers Rethink Drought Conservation Plan

Water providers throughout California said Wednesday they want to decide how much water their customers need to conserve during the ongoing drought rather than take orders from the state.

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2016 at 10:29 AM PDT

Heavy Snowpack Brings Gushing Waterfalls at Yosemite National Park

Heavy Snowpack Brings Gushing Waterfalls at Yosemite National Park

Waterfalls in Yosemite National Park will likely reach peak flows between now and May. The San Francisco Chronicle reports Monday that thunderstorms, showers and intense periods of rain on top of snow have...

Monday, Apr 4, 2016 at 03:07 PM PDT

CA Looks to Future of Water Rules After Wet Winter

CA Looks to Future of Water Rules After Wet Winter

Taking a regional approach to saving water in California's drought, state regulators suggest relaxing or dropping conservation orders for winter storm-soaked Northern Californians, while keeping in place strict...

Thursday, Mar 31, 2016 at 05:20 AM PDT

With Deeper Snowpack, CA Prepares to Ease Goals

With Deeper Snowpack, CA Prepares to Ease Goals

The supposed rainy season once again was drier than normal for southern California, but wetter conditions to the north have re-filled reservoirs and built a snowpack that is 87percent of normal, enough that...

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