Running Dry

Running Dry

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

Thursday, Jan 14, 2016 at 11:44 AM PST

'Exceptional' Drought Improves Only 2 Percent

'Exceptional' Drought Improves Only 2 Percent

More than 42 percent of California remains under exceptional drought after last week's storms.

Tuesday, Jan 5, 2016 at 01:01 PM PST

Californians Miss Water Conservation Target

Californians Miss Water Conservation Target

Drought-stricken California used 20 percent less water in November, once again missing the 25 percent conservation mandate

Wednesday, Dec 30, 2015 at 03:34 PM PST

'It's a Start': California Snowpack Higher Than Normal

'It's a Start': California Snowpack Higher Than Normal

The water content of the statewide snowpack in drought-stricken California was 105 percent of normal Wednesday when officials took the winter's first manual survey -- an encouraging result after nearly no...

Monday, Dec 28, 2015 at 12:48 PM PST

Sierra Nevada Snowpack Above Average

Sierra Nevada Snowpack Above Average

The Sierra Nevada snowpack measured above average for this time of year, but it's not enough to make a dent in California's stubborn four-year drought, state water managers said Wednesday.

Friday, Dec 25, 2015 at 03:46 PM PST

Christmas Eve Storm Blankets Sierra with Snow

Christmas Eve Storm Blankets Sierra with Snow

The first big storm of the winter is blanketing the greater Lake Tahoe with snow and hail that is causing traffic headaches for holiday travelers. The National Weather Service in Reno says Thursday's storm was...

Monday, Dec 21, 2015 at 08:49 PM PST

State Regulators Propose Relaxing Water Savings

State Regulators Propose Relaxing Water Savings

State regulators say they're considering relaxing conservation targets that have required some California communities to cut use by 25 percent during historic drought.

Thursday, Dec 10, 2015 at 07:12 PM PST

Posey, Yamaguchi, Mötley Crüe Singer on Water Waster List

Posey, Yamaguchi, Mötley Crüe Singer on Water Waster List

EBMUD’s latest list of water guzzlers in the East Bay include some big names, including San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, rapper E-40, former Olympic figure Kristi Yamaguchi, Mötley Crüe singer...

Thursday, Dec 10, 2015 at 01:09 PM PST

El Niño Update: Odds Favor Significant Winter Storms

El Niño Update: Odds Favor Significant Winter Storms

This year's El Niño is staying unusually strong and still expected to bring a wet winter to drought-stricken California.

Tuesday, Dec 1, 2015 at 02:37 AM PST

Drought-Dry Island Looks to Ocean

Drought-Dry Island Looks to Ocean

During a previous drought more than two decades ago, Catalina Island moved to the vanguard of desalination in California with a plant to make seawater drinkable by removing its salts.

Monday, Nov 16, 2015 at 08:53 AM PST

Ontario School Accused of Wasting Water

Ontario School Accused of Wasting Water

As many residents across the state of California work to conserve water during a deep drought, one school in Ontario is being accused of wasting it.

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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.

 

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