Running Dry

Running Dry

Drought-stricken California communities face a third-consecutive dry year with no relief in sight

Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 at 08:35 AM PDT

Above-Average Rain, But No Drought Relief for California

Above-Average Rain, But No Drought Relief for California

Above-average rainfall in late summer did little to improve drought conditions in California during a third-consecutive dry year, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report.

Friday, Aug 22, 2014 at 07:31 AM PDT

Drought Ordinance Targets Swimming Pools in OC

Drought Ordinance Targets Swimming Pools in OC

Some Orange County pool owners may not be able to fill their pools if a water-saving ordinance goes into effect.

Monday, Aug 18, 2014 at 08:00 AM PDT

Cemeteries Work to Cope with Drought

Cemeteries Work to Cope with Drought

Cemeteries with thirsty lawns are figuring out new ways to conserve water amid California's drought.

Sunday, Aug 17, 2014 at 09:59 AM PDT

California Water Bond Won't Be a Drought-Buster

California Water Bond Won't Be a Drought-Buster

Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers are expected to use the backdrop of California's most severe drought in nearly four decades to sell voters on the $7.5 billion water plan they put on the ballot this week.

Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 09:11 PM PDT

Tumbleweed Tinder Danger in Sherman Oaks

Tumbleweed Tinder Danger in Sherman Oaks

The giant bushels of tumbleweed seen rolling in old westerns are a unrecognizable green sprout, but come winter, they turn into a serious fire hazard.

Friday, Aug 15, 2014 at 07:24 PM PDT

$7.5B Water Bond Would Cleanse Ground Reserves

$7.5B Water Bond Would Cleanse Ground Reserves

More than 100 San Fernando residents joined a California assemblyman Friday afternoon to hear about a proposed $7.5 billion bond aimed to improve the state's water supply.

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 at 06:01 PM PDT

LA City Agencies Should be "Showcases of Sustainability": Councilmen

LA City Agencies Should be "Showcases of Sustainability": Councilmen

Two Los Angeles city councilmen have called on the city's utility agencies to cut water usage to be "showcases of sustainability" for drought-stricken residents.

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 at 06:30 AM PDT

Southern California Drought Shaming

Southern California Drought Shaming

NBC4 viewer photos of water waste.

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 at 07:47 AM PDT

Anaheim Approves Mandatory Water Restrictions

Anaheim Approves Mandatory Water Restrictions

In an effort to conserve water during the severe California drought, the city of Anaheim will impose mandatory water restrictions.

Tuesday, Aug 12, 2014 at 01:19 PM PDT

Petition Seeks to Stop Water Slide Event

Petition Seeks to Stop Water Slide Event

Online petitioners are calling on organizers to halt plans for an upcoming event that would bring a 1,000-foot-long water slide to downtown Los Angeles during one of the worst droughts in state history.

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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.

 

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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