California has had its share of "megadroughts." This isn't one of them...yet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
And the clock is ticking toward April 1, when snow accumulation usually peaks.
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.
The voluntary cut comes as East Bay district considers tapping the Sacramento River for the first time. ...Read More
Keep your fingers crossed: We've got a decent shot at some actual moisture falling out of the sky. ...Read More
As California's drought gets worse, farmers and conservationists are teaming up to create temporary wetlands for birds migrating on the Pacific Flyway.
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
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.
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
Importing an Arctic iceberg for freshwater? Painting brown lawns green? California has had some creative ideas for droughts in the past.
Utilities find that nothing drives water savings quite like giving you a peek at your neighbors' habits.