Running Dry

Running Dry

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

Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 at 08:49 AM PDT

Wildfires Create Opportunity for More Water in CA: Professor

Wildfires Create Opportunity for More Water in CA: Professor

An environmental expert said the wildfires ravaging California are creating a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the state to increase its water supply.

Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 at 02:53 PM PDT

Gov. Brown Orders Help for Dry Wells

Gov. Brown Orders Help for Dry Wells

Residents in drought-stricken California whose wells have gone dry will soon get help from key state agencies under an order Gov. Jerry Brown signed Friday.

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 at 08:00 AM PDT

Groundwater Levels Plummet in Crucial LA County Basins

Groundwater Levels Plummet in Crucial LA County Basins

Apart from reporting requirements, the overseers of major local groundwater basins are exempt from the provisions of the package of bills groundwater bills signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Brown. But the existing...

Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 at 10:26 PM PDT

New Tool Predicts Wildfires

New Tool Predicts Wildfires

The hot, dry Santa Ana winds have the potential to turn small brush fires into raging infernos, and that keeps firefighters on their toes during heat waves. On Wednesday, however, a new online tool that could...

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 03:03 PM PDT

Historic CA Groundwater Act Signed Into Law

Historic CA Groundwater Act Signed Into Law

California will no longer be the only western state with a pump-as-you-please approach to groundwater.

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 11:53 AM PDT

Pot Farmer Says He Has Solved California Drought

Pot Farmer Says He Has Solved California Drought

Water, water, nowhere -- and yet green, green gardens abound. A Marin County marijuana farmer says he has figured out a water-saving gardening technique.

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 03:49 AM PDT

SoCal Heat Wave Has Power Officials on High Alert

SoCal Heat Wave Has Power Officials on High Alert

As a sweltering heat wave has gripped Southern California for days, managers of the state's power grid said on Monday they had plenty of electricity available to handle anticipated peaks in power usage, but fear...

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 08:03 AM PDT

Drought Forces Closure of Water Wells

Drought Forces Closure of Water Wells

The severe California drought has led to a water crisis so critical that three wells in one Southern California city have recently shut down.

Wednesday, Sep 10, 2014 at 06:08 PM PDT

Rainwater Capture Seen as Benefit of Greening Alleys

Rainwater Capture Seen as Benefit of Greening Alleys

The Los Angeles City Council gave the green light to "greening" alleys to improve neighborhood environments, and not incidentally during this drought, capture rainwater runoff.

Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014 at 10:08 AM PDT

Drought Impacts Bay Area Nudist Colony

Drought Impacts Bay Area Nudist Colony

The California drought is taking a toll on the serene surroundings of Lupin Lodge, the "clothing optional" retreat in the hills near Los Gatos, according to reports. The San Jose Mercury News reports that...

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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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