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Record Drought Could Hurt Water Quality

KQED Science | February 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

Record Drought Could Hurt Water Quality

With low water levels in rivers, water quality could suffer, creating toxic algae blooms and causing concerns for water districts.

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Megadroughts: Four Points to Put California’s Dry Times in Perspective

KQED Science | February 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Megadroughts: Four Points to Put California’s Dry Times in Perspective

California has had its share of "megadroughts." This isn't one of them...yet.

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Drought Forces Tough Decisions on Farmers and Ranchers

KQED Science | February 7, 2014 | 1 Comment

Drought Forces Tough Decisions on Farmers and Ranchers

Among the first and hardest-hit by the drought are ranchers and farmers who are now faced with some tough choices. The decisions they'll soon be making will have a ripple effect from the farm to the table.

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California Drought: Town North of L.A. Could Run Out of Water

KQED Science | February 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

California Drought: Town North of L.A. Could Run Out of Water

Even with some recent rain, California’s drought grinds on, and health officials say 17 communities could run out of water within the next four months – or sooner. One of those, an hour north of Los Angeles, is the town of Lake of the Woods, perched above the Tejon Pass.

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L.A. Ducks Drought by Saving up Water for a Dry Day

KQED Science | February 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

L.A. Ducks Drought by Saving up Water for a Dry Day

In Southern California there’s no imminent threat of water rationing. In fact, the region may be in a position to help other water-starved parts of the state.

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California Drought Could Take a Toll on Electricity Supply

KQED Science | February 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

California Drought Could Take a Toll on Electricity Supply

California's deepening drought could have an effect on the electricity supply. Hydropower usually accounts for about 14 percent of the state's power, but with low reservoir levels, officials are preparing for it to be less.

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Using Art to Imagine a Restored Bay Delta Watershed

KQED Science | February 3, 2014 | 1 Comment

Using Art to Imagine a Restored Bay Delta Watershed

The San Francisco Bay Delta watershed is enormous. It has also been enormously altered. Volunteer, non-profit and government efforts have all done a great deal to restore the watershed. But according to Derek Hitchcock, an ecologist with The Watershed Project, “Cultural healing is needed before watershed healing.”

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Sierra Snow Survey Offers Little Hope as Drought Lingers

KQED Science | January 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Sierra Snow Survey Offers Little Hope as Drought Lingers

And the clock is ticking toward April 1, when snow accumulation usually peaks.

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California Drought: 17 Communities on the Critical List

KQED Science | January 29, 2014 | 1 Comment

California Drought: 17 Communities on the Critical List

It finally rained and snowed in parts of Northern California, but we are still deep in a drought. Now, 17 communities in California are at risk of running out of water within 60 to 100 days.

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California Winemakers Brace for Drought Impacts

KQED Science | January 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

California Winemakers Brace for Drought Impacts

The silver lining: droughts can produce some very memorable wines -- just not as much of them.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/01/28/san-francisco-seeks-10-percent-voluntary-cut-in-water-consumption target=_blank >San Francisco Asks for 10 Percent Cut in Water Use by City and Peninsula Residents</a>

News Fix | January 28, 2014

San Francisco Asks for 10 Percent Cut in Water Use by City and Peninsula Residents

The voluntary cut comes as East Bay district considers tapping the Sacramento River for the first time. ...Read More

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/lowdown/2014/01/23/how-much-water-do-californians-use-each-day-and-what-does-a-20-reduction-look-like/ target=_blank >How Much Water Do Californians Use?</a>

The Lowdown | January 28, 2014

How Much Water Do Californians Use?

During the drought, the state is urging Californians to reduce their water use by 20 percent. So how much water does the average Californian actually consume and what would a 20 percent reduction look like?

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/01/27/draft-forecasters-say-it-might-rain-really-it-might/ target=_blank >News Flash: Forecasters Say It Might Rain; Really — It Might</a>

News Fix | January 27, 2014

News Flash: Forecasters Say It Might Rain; Really — It Might

Keep your fingers crossed: We've got a decent shot at some actual moisture falling out of the sky. ...Read More

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<a href=http://science.kqed.org/quest/audio/during-drought-pop-up-wetlands-give-birds-a-break/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=during-drought-pop-up-wetlands-give-birds-a-break target=_blank >During Drought, Pop-Up Wetlands Give Birds a Break</a>

QUEST | January 27, 2014

During Drought, Pop-Up Wetlands Give Birds a Break

As California's drought gets worse, farmers and conservationists are teaming up to create temporary wetlands for birds migrating on the Pacific Flyway.

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<a href=http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201401230850/c target=_blank >Boehner Wades Into Fight Over California Water</a>

The California Report | January 23, 2014

Boehner Wades Into Fight Over California Water

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner joined a trio of Central Valley Republican Congressmen in a dusty cotton field near Bakersfield on Wednesday to throw his support behind emergency legislation to ease the impact of the state's drought on farmers. But the proposed bill is not without its critics, since it ...Read More

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California Drought Loosens Some Environmental Rules

KQED Science | January 20, 2014 | 4 Comments

California Drought Loosens Some Environmental Rules

Governor Jerry Brown's emergency drought declaration allows regulators to relax some water quality standards, as the state tries to balance the needs of wildlife and people.

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<a href=http://blogs.kqed.org/newsfix/2014/01/20/123932/eight-simple-ways-to-conserve-water/ target=_blank >Eight Simple Ways to Conserve Water</a>

News Fix | January 20, 2014

Eight Simple Ways to Conserve Water

Make these simple, water-saving behavioral changes to help California deal with a drought. ...Read More

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<a href=http://www.californiareport.org/archive/R201401200850/a target=_blank >Eased Water Regulations Trouble Environmentalists</a>

The California Report | January 20, 2014

Eased Water Regulations Trouble Environmentalists

Governor Jerry Brown's emergency drought declaration allows for easing some environmental rules in the face of low water supplies. That makes environmentalists, and fishing groups, nervous about water being held upstream. ...Read More

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Icebergs and Green Paint: Lessons from California’s Big Droughts

KQED Science | January 16, 2014 | 1 Comment

Icebergs and Green Paint: Lessons from California’s Big Droughts

Importing an Arctic iceberg for freshwater? Painting brown lawns green? California has had some creative ideas for droughts in the past.

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Want to Save Water? Try Some Neighborly Competition

KQED Science | January 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Want to Save Water? Try Some Neighborly Competition

Utilities find that nothing drives water savings quite like giving you a peek at your neighbors' habits.

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