Donate

RSSWater

In California, Technology Makes Droughtshaming Easier Than Ever

KQED Science | May 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

In California, Technology Makes Droughtshaming Easier Than Ever

As California's drought continues, social media and smart phone apps let just about anyone call out water waste, often very publicly.

Continue Reading

Californians Worried About Drought, But Uneasy About Conservation

KQED Science | May 19, 2015 | 2 Comments

Californians Worried About Drought, But Uneasy About Conservation

Nearly nine in ten Californians believe the drought is serious, according to a new California Field Poll. But only about half say they could easily use less water.

Continue Reading

As Delta Smelt Nears Extinction, New Concerns Emerge Over Dredging

KQED Science | May 13, 2015 | 2 Comments

As Delta Smelt Nears Extinction, New Concerns Emerge Over Dredging

The tiny Delta smelt is famous for being a target in California's water wars, but it's dangerously close to extinction. That's bringing attention to anything that could harm the fish, including something rarely discussed: dredging Delta waterways for big cargo ships.

Continue Reading

Will California Drought Force Changes In Historic Water Rights?

KQED Science | May 11, 2015 | 18 Comments

Will California Drought Force Changes In Historic Water Rights?

Here’s the thing: Water rights in California are based on who got there first. It’s as if you had to line up with all your coworkers to get a cup of coffee at work, and maybe the pot’s empty when the new guy gets to the front. Some are asking, in a drought like the one we’ve been having, is that really fair?

Continue Reading

‘Aggressive’ New Drought Rules for California: Now Comes the Hard Part

KQED Science | May 6, 2015 | 6 Comments

‘Aggressive’ New Drought Rules for California: Now Comes the Hard Part

State officials officially hand the ball to local water agencies to squeeze 25 percent more water savings out of their customers. And ultimately, it is up to those customers to respond -- or not.

Continue Reading

State Passes Historic Water Conservation Rules

KQED Science | May 4, 2015 | 5 Comments

State Passes Historic Water Conservation Rules

The state-mandated water conservation "tiers" assigned to local water agencies don't tell the whole story. Some cities are already there, some have a lot more work to do.

Continue Reading

<a href=http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R201505010900?pid=RD19 target=_blank >Tips for Using Less Water at Home</a>

Forum | May 1, 2015

Tips for Using Less Water at Home

More than two-thirds of California remains in an extreme drought. Gov. Jerry Brown recently announced the state's first-ever mandatory water restrictions. Many of us in the state want to cut back on our water use, but simply aren't sure how. As part of our Drought Watch series, a panel of ...Read More

Continue Reading

Governor Brown’s New Climate Offensive in Five Jerryesque Quotes

KQED Science | April 30, 2015 | 1 Comment

Governor Brown’s New Climate Offensive in Five Jerryesque Quotes

In promoting his new greenhouse gas reduction targets, the governor invokes World War II, climate-change deniers in Washington, and the recycled toilet water in our future.

Continue Reading

Environmentalists Urge Changes to Protect Whales From Crab Lines

KQED Science | April 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

Environmentalists Urge Changes to Protect Whales From Crab Lines

A rising number of whales are getting entangled off the coast of California in the lines fishermen use to pull up crab pots. Environmental groups are calling on state officials to protect the cetaceans.

Continue Reading

State Mostly Standing Its Ground on Tough New Water Rules

KQED Science | April 28, 2015 | 3 Comments

State Mostly Standing Its Ground on Tough New Water Rules

The governor offers help with enforcement but no easing of conservation targets for local water suppliers.

Continue Reading

Amid California’s Drought, Should Cemeteries Stay Green?

KQED Science | April 27, 2015 | 1 Comment

Amid California’s Drought, Should Cemeteries Stay Green?

New drought restrictions are prompting cemetery managers to look at the water they use to keep lawns green. Some worry that for family members who visit this summer, parched grass might feel like insult on top of loss.

Continue Reading

When City Codes Clash With State Water Rules, Confusion Reigns

KQED Science | April 22, 2015 | 4 Comments

When City Codes Clash With State Water Rules, Confusion Reigns

Esthetics and water conservation clash as California cities find their own laws at odds with the governor's water reduction mandates.

Continue Reading

Regulators Float New Drought Rules After Feedback Frenzy

KQED Science | April 18, 2015 | 7 Comments

Regulators Float New Drought Rules After Feedback Frenzy

Water agencies win some relief valves in the latest version of draft water regulations designed to achieve the governor's 25 percent statewide savings.

Continue Reading

A Last-Ditch Drought Strategy for the Delta: Rock Barriers

KQED Science | April 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

A Last-Ditch Drought Strategy for the Delta: Rock Barriers

Meager river flows may not be enough to stem the tide of salt water that threatens freshwater supplies.

Continue Reading

The Next Crime Wave in Farm Country: Stealing Water

KQED Science | April 9, 2015

The Next Crime Wave in Farm Country: Stealing Water

Madera County's DA tries to get out in front of an expected wave of water-related thefts.

Continue Reading

Water Conservation Ebbs as Governor Calls for Greater Effort

KQED Science | April 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Water Conservation Ebbs as Governor Calls for Greater Effort

The latest figures on water conservation in California would seem to bear out the need for more strict, mandatory measures, such as the governor recently announced.

Continue Reading

Confusion Over Drought Rules on Lawns for New Homes

KQED Science | April 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Confusion Over Drought Rules on Lawns for New Homes

Builders and developers are pondering the governor's new water mandates -- and scratching their heads.

Continue Reading

Governor Orders Water Cuts Amid Record Low Snowpack

KQED Science | March 31, 2015 | 18 Comments

Governor Orders Water Cuts Amid Record Low Snowpack

Governor Jerry Brown orders the state Water Resources Control Board to implement mandatory reductions to cut water use by 25 percent.

Continue Reading

Why Isn’t Desalination the Answer to All California’s Water Problems?

KQED Science | March 30, 2015 | 179 Comments

Why Isn’t Desalination the Answer to All California’s Water Problems?

After four years of nowhere near enough rain, Californians are wondering where else to look for water, and many are talking about the ocean -- desalination. The problem is, it’s really expensive to turn salt water into drinking water. And it’s hard to do it in a way that’s friendly to sea life. But a group of mayors around Monterey Bay say they don't have any other options.

Continue Reading

A Candid Conversation With California’s ‘Water Czar’

KQED Science | March 23, 2015 | 21 Comments

A Candid Conversation With California’s ‘Water Czar’

The State Water Resources Control Board is California's top arbiter of water supply conflicts. Lately it's been caught in a tug of war between those who would have it tread lightly with local water agencies and those calling for aggressive statewide rationing.

Continue Reading