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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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Governor’s Budget Plan Getting High Marks from Environmentalists

KQED Science | January 9, 2014 | 2 Comments

Governor’s Budget Plan Getting High Marks from Environmentalists

Environmental groups are generally lauding Governor Jerry Brown's new budget, which includes an outline for spending revenue from the state's carbon auctions.

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California’s ‘Big Dry’

KQED Science | January 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

California’s ‘Big Dry’

For many parts of California, 2013 was the driest year on the books.

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With California’s Water Future at Stake, Delta Plan Inches Ahead

KQED Science | December 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

With California’s Water Future at Stake, Delta Plan Inches Ahead

California's $25 billion fix for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta depends on making wildlife groups and water users happy. With the latest release of the state's plan, it's looking harder to do both.

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Mad About Mud: Debate Heats up Over Waste From Oil & Gas Wells

KQED Science | December 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

Mad About Mud: Debate Heats up Over Waste From Oil & Gas Wells

Drilling mud is the slick concoction used to cool and lubricate a drill bit, and it’s used for all kinds of wells, including oil and gas. Environmental groups are turning their attention to drilling mud, which is currently exempted from water monitoring.

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Suisun Bay ‘Ghost Fleet’ a Shadow of its Former Self

KQED Science | November 25, 2013 | 3 Comments

Suisun Bay ‘Ghost Fleet’ a Shadow of its Former Self

Managers of Suisun Bay's legendary "mothball fleet" have winnowed it down to about a dozen ships, from the more than 70 that aroused controversy a few years ago.

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Short Version: Yes, We Need More Rain

KQED Science | November 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

Short Version: Yes, We Need More Rain

The "wet season" is off to a slow start in California, but the most critical two months are still ahead.

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Sunken Tugboat Gets a Lift in Oakland Estuary Cleanup

KQED Science | November 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Sunken Tugboat Gets a Lift in Oakland Estuary Cleanup

The tug, nicknamed “Captain Al,” had been totally submerged in the waters between Oakland and Alameda for at least fifteen years. But it was leaching lead paint into the water, so it had to come out.

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