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Tuesday, Nov 1, 2016 at 03:32 PM PDT

California's Declining Water Conservation Leveling Off

California's Declining Water Conservation Leveling Off

Urban Californians still are saving less water since mandatory conservation measures were lifted earlier this year in the state's drought, but monthly figures released Tuesday show the conservation backslide is...

Monday, Oct 10, 2016 at 06:26 PM PDT

Rain Was a Drought-Buster in NorCal

Rain Was a Drought-Buster in NorCal

Water regulators say that conservation will have to become the "New normal" in California. Gordon Tokumatsu reports for the NBC4 News on Monday, Oct. 10, 2016.

Wednesday, Sep 7, 2016 at 03:23 PM PDT

Californians Still Saving Water in Drought But Not as Much

Californians Still Saving Water in Drought But Not as Much

Californians are still saving water despite the recent lifting of mandatory statewide conservation, but not as much as they were last year at the peak of the drought, water officials said Wednesday.

Monday, Aug 29, 2016 at 11:14 AM PDT

Drones Meet Drought in Skies of Storied California Farmland

Drones Meet Drought in Skies of Storied California Farmland

In the drought-prone West, where every drop of water counts, California farmers are in a constant search for ways to efficiently use the increasingly scarce resource.

Wednesday, Aug 17, 2016 at 10:10 AM PDT

Most California Water Districts Can Ease Conservation

Most California Water Districts Can Ease Conservation

The drought is not over, but state officials will not force most California water districts to reduce water use this year.

Tuesday, Aug 2, 2016 at 12:05 PM PDT

Californians Conserved Less Water in June

Californians Conserved Less Water in June

Californians conserved less water in June, the first month after statewide mandates were eased and control over drought restrictions returned to local water agencies, officials said Tuesday.

Thursday, Jun 23, 2016 at 05:32 PM PDT

Drought Kills 66 Million Trees in California's Sierra

Drought Kills 66 Million Trees in California's Sierra

The number of trees in California's Sierra Nevada forests killed by drought, a bark beetle epidemic and warmer temperatures has dramatically increased since last year, raising fears they will fuel catastrophic...

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2016 at 03:40 PM PDT

California is Years Away From Drought Recovery

California is Years Away From Drought Recovery

It could take California four years to recover from the most severe drought on record, even if the next several winters bring above-normal snowfall to the Sierra Nevada, researchers said Tuesday releasing a...

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.

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