Running Dry

Running Dry

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

Thursday, Jan 21, 2016 at 08:59 AM PST

Drought Update: Winter Storms Bring Minor Improvement

Drought Update: Winter Storms Bring Minor Improvement

Waves of precipitation brought slight drought relief this week to Northern California.

Saturday, Jan 16, 2016 at 12:54 AM PST

CA Considers Easing Some Water Restrictions

CA Considers Easing Some Water Restrictions

California cities that are hot, dry or crowded, or have managed to come up with new sources of water, might be able to get a slight break in the state's drought-time water-conservation targets, state officials...

Thursday, Jan 14, 2016 at 08:24 AM PST

Drought Update: Slight Improvement

Drought Update: Slight Improvement

This week's U.S. Drought Monitor report shows only slight improvement after a week of storms in California.

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...

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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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