California Drought Recovery - NBC Southern California

Coverage of one of California's most severe dry spells on record and its dramatic turnaround

Thursday, Feb 9, 2017 at 10:22 AM PST

Severe Drought Down to 11 Percent in California

Severe Drought Down to 11 Percent in California

A weekly report issued Thursday showed the state's two largest reservoirs, Northern California's Oroville and Shasta, at 126 and 124 percent -- more good news for drought recovery.

Wednesday, Feb 8, 2017 at 04:55 PM PST

California Retains Drought Measures

California Retains Drought Measures

California has retained largely symbolic measures guiding water conservation during drought.

Friday, Apr 7, 2017 at 12:29 PM PDT
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By Jonathan Lloyd

California's History of Dry Spells in Photos

Dry spells come and go in California, where the difference between a wet and dry...View gallery

  • September 1976: Shasta Lake
  • December 1976: Bidwell Canyon
  • December 1976: Marin County
Tuesday, Feb 7, 2017 at 07:58 AM PST

California's Drought Restrictions Continue Despite Rainfall

California's Drought Restrictions Continue Despite Rainfall

At least one water district in Orange County is on record Monday saying the state's drought emergency declaration should end.

Friday, Feb 3, 2017 at 05:52 PM PST

'State of Extremes': What to Make of California's Weather

'State of Extremes': What to Make of California's Weather

California is a state of extremes when it comes to precipitation, which has alternated between drought and excessive rain throughout recorded history.

Thursday, Feb 2, 2017 at 02:03 PM PST

Sierra Snowpack Update: February 2017

Sierra Snowpack Update: February 2017

The Feb. 2, 2017 Sierra snowpack survey pointed to some promising signs for drought recovering in California.

Thursday, Feb 2, 2017 at 04:16 PM PST

Sierra Snowpack 'Way Above Average' After Storms

Sierra Snowpack 'Way Above Average' After Storms

A snowpack survey Thursday provided even more reasons for optimism for drought recovery in California, where January storms brought almost a year's worth of snow and rain in a single month.

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2017 at 05:55 PM PST

Central California Water District's Misspending 'Shocking'

Central California Water District's Misspending 'Shocking'

An irrigation district in Central California's prime farming region gave its employees free housing, interest-free loans and credit cards that the workers used to buy tickets for concerts and professional sports...

Thursday, Jan 26, 2017 at 08:44 AM PST

Winter Storms Knock Out Worst of California Drought

Winter Storms Knock Out Worst of California Drought

The worst of California's drought has been wiped out by a series of powerful winter storms that included last weekend's relentless downpours.

Wednesday, Jan 25, 2017 at 08:05 AM PST

When Will Soggy California Drop Water Restrictions?

When Will Soggy California Drop Water Restrictions?

Officials will decide Feb. 7 whether to extend measures requiring local water districts to enforce conservation rules.

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