California Drought Recovery - NBC Southern California

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

Thursday, Nov 12, 2015 at 02:09 PM PST

In Good Sign for CA Drought, Snowpack Improves

In Good Sign for CA Drought, Snowpack Improves

Snowpack in the Sierra Nevada is well ahead of last year, indicating California might see improved drought conditions after a record dry spell.

Monday, Nov 2, 2015 at 06:52 PM PST

Gov. Brown Declares Emergency From Tree-Die Off

Gov. Brown Declares Emergency From Tree-Die Off

As California continues to endure a four-year drought, Gov. Jerry Brown is addressing the massive tree die-off, largely caused by a beetle infestation.

Friday, Oct 30, 2015 at 03:55 PM PDT

Calif. Imposes First Drought Fines to Suppliers Overusing Water

Calif. Imposes First Drought Fines to Suppliers Overusing Water

State officials for the first time are fining California water suppliers for failing to meet a mandated 25 percent reduction in water use in the state's battle against a widespread drought. The $61,000 fines are...

Wednesday, Oct 28, 2015 at 06:19 AM PDT

LA Aqueduct Flows After Drought Dam is Dismantled

LA Aqueduct Flows After Drought Dam is Dismantled

Workers removed an earthen and concrete dam that blocked flow to Los Angeles and diverted runoff to the parched Owens Valley

Monday, Oct 26, 2015 at 10:13 PM PDT

Drought Leaves Residents Worrying Over Safety of Trees

Drought Leaves Residents Worrying Over Safety of Trees

An added drought concern is popping up across Los Angeles, a byproduct of the great conservation strides many residents have made in recent years.

Thursday, Oct 22, 2015 at 06:30 AM PDT

Trail to Giant Sequoias Closes

Trail to Giant Sequoias Closes

The Trail of 100 Giants is a major feature of the Giant Sequoia National Monument.

Wednesday, Oct 21, 2015 at 07:31 PM PDT

LADWP Rate Hike Coming to Residents' Monthly Bills

LADWP Rate Hike Coming to Residents' Monthly Bills

Despite water use going down, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will raise water costs for consumers by 4 percent, the department said Wednesday.

Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015 at 04:37 PM PDT

Monarch Butterflies Find Sprinkle of Hope in Drought

Monarch Butterflies Find Sprinkle of Hope in Drought

The struggling monarch butterfly may have found a sprinkling of hope during California's historic dry spell.

Thursday, Oct 15, 2015 at 12:40 PM PDT

El Nino's 'Strong Influence' Might Ease CA Drought

El Nino's 'Strong Influence' Might Ease CA Drought

Weather systems influenced by El Nino will bring above-average rainfall, but not necessarily the much-needed snowfall that parched California needs to improve long-term drought conditions, according to the...

Thursday, Oct 8, 2015 at 07:10 AM PDT

Pumpkin Farmer Drastically Cuts Water Usage

Pumpkin Farmer Drastically Cuts Water Usage

A pumpkin farmer in Utah used to use 1,500 gallons of water a minute for 19 hours each week. With smart irrigation techniques, he cut his water usage by two-thirds.

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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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