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Despite Drought, Laws to Track California’s Biggest Water Users Ignored

KQED Science | May 28, 2014 | 1 Comment

Despite Drought, Laws to Track California’s Biggest Water Users Ignored

Some farm water districts are flouting requirements to measure and report water deliveries to customers.

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Drought Tech: How Solar Desalination Could Help Parched Farms

KQED Science | May 9, 2014 | 4 Comments

Drought Tech: How Solar Desalination Could Help Parched Farms

While coastal communities debate the merits of desalting seawater as a drought solution, a new approach to desalination could be a boon to farmers far inland.

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California Drought: Hopes Rising for El Niño

KQED Science | May 8, 2014 | 1 Comment

California Drought: Hopes Rising for El Niño

A strong summer El Niño could set the stage for a wet winter -- or not. Forecasters say it's still early in the game.

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Auburn Dam: The Water Project That Won’t Die

KQED Science | April 30, 2014 | 3 Comments

Auburn Dam: The Water Project That Won’t Die

The giant dam and reservoir remains on the radar, whether or not it has a future.

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True Water Restrictions Rare, Even in California’s Record-Breaking Drought

KQED Science | April 28, 2014 | 12 Comments

True Water Restrictions Rare, Even in California’s Record-Breaking Drought

With California deep in a drought, communities are cracking down on water wasters, right? Demanding that residents take shorter showers and stop watering their lawns? Not exactly.

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In California Drought, Desperation May Make Water Flow Uphill

KQED Science | April 22, 2014 | 4 Comments

In California Drought, Desperation May Make Water Flow Uphill

A 47-mile section of the California Aqueduct, the main artery of the state's water system, could be engineered to flow backward this summer.

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California Edging Closer to Regulating Groundwater for the First Time

KQED Science | April 22, 2014 | 11 Comments

California Edging Closer to Regulating Groundwater for the First Time

Power players in California water policy seem to agree for once: It's time to get serious about groundwater.

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Drones: The Newest Water-Saving Tool for Parched Farms

KQED Science | April 21, 2014 | 1 Comment

Drones: The Newest Water-Saving Tool for Parched Farms

Farmers are looking to the sky for the latest water-saving tool. But will aviation authorities allow it?

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During Long, Dry Summer of Drought, Nobody Wins

KQED Science | April 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

During Long, Dry Summer of Drought, Nobody Wins

Water managers are walking a tightrope this year, balancing three competing needs: how much water to deliver to people and agriculture, how much to provide for wildlife and how much to save for next year, in case it’s just as dry.

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Cold, Then Dry: Dealing California Citrus Farmers a Double Punch

KQED Science | April 8, 2014 | 2 Comments

Cold, Then Dry: Dealing California Citrus Farmers a Double Punch

First the freeze, now a crippling water shortage confront citrus growers in the Central Valley.

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California Farmers Look to Oil Industry for Water

KQED Science | April 7, 2014 | 6 Comments

California Farmers Look to Oil Industry for Water

As water supplies tighten for California farmers, some are looking to an unlikely new source: a water recycling project in one of the state's oldest oil fields.

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Sierra Snowpack: Better But Far From What’s Needed for Drought

KQED Science | April 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Sierra Snowpack: Better But Far From What’s Needed for Drought

A key indicator of California's water prospects is likely to peak out at about one-third of normal.

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How Water and Oil Mix in California

KQED Science | March 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

How Water and Oil Mix in California

California is the third-largest oil producing state in the country. To produce oil, companies deal with massive amounts of water. They need it for hydraulic fracturing, and they produce a lot from underground.

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With Drought, New Scrutiny Over Fracking’s Water Use

KQED Science | March 31, 2014 | 5 Comments

With Drought, New Scrutiny Over Fracking’s Water Use

The drought is putting a spotlight on water use around California, including for hydraulic fracturing. How much water does fracking use and will it increase as companies tap into the Monterey Shale, estimated to be the largest oil resource in country?

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California Communities That Pay a Flat Rate for Water Use More of It

KQED Science | March 10, 2014 | 1 Comment

California Communities That Pay a Flat Rate for Water Use More of It

Less consumption in places with water meters, which will be required in all homes and businesses by 2025.

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Why Distant Dust Storms Matter to California Rainfall

KQED Science | March 10, 2014 | 1 Comment

Why Distant Dust Storms Matter to California Rainfall

Scientists are finding that dust storms in Asia and Africa influence how much snow falls in the Sierra Nevada. The research could help make weather forecasting more accurate and improve how California manages its water supply.

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What We Know — And Don’t Know — About the Sea Star Die-Off

KQED Science | March 7, 2014 | 1 Comment

What We Know — And Don’t Know — About the Sea Star Die-Off

Starfish on the West Coast have been dying in startling numbers. Some observers have documented sea star bodies turning to mush, others described the creatures disintegrating. It's "sea star wasting disease," and scientists don't know what causes it.

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Bay Area: Do You Know Where Your Water Comes From?

KQED Science | February 28, 2014 | 3 Comments

Bay Area: Do You Know Where Your Water Comes From?

No matter where you live in the Bay Area, the answer might surprise you.

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California Drought One More Setback for River That Runs Dry

KQED Science | February 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

California Drought One More Setback for River That Runs Dry

Just as salmon are being returned to the San Joaquin River, the extreme drought is bringing political heat to one of the most ambitious environmental restoration efforts in the state.

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Why the Next Rainstorm Might Make a Bigger Dent in the Drought

KQED Science | February 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Why the Next Rainstorm Might Make a Bigger Dent in the Drought

Soils may be better primed for the next big downpour.

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