California Drought

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Governor Brown Signals Support For ‘Toilet-To-Tap’ Water Amid State’s Historic Drought

Governor Jerry Brown signaled his support for more aggressive water-saving measures Thursday in the face of the state’s historic drought, including a controversial plan to use recycled wastewater to replenish the drinking water supply.

05/21/2015

Yosemite Falls flows in December. (CBS SF)

Forecasters Predict Stormy Sierra Memorial Day Weekend

It could be a stormy Memorial Day holiday, if your travels take you to Lake Tahoe, Yosemite or the High Sierra this weekend.

05/21/2015

Image of El Nino conditions in the Pacific Ocean in December 1997.The white and red areas indicate warmer waters. (NASA)

Scientists Now Predicting Near 100% Chance Of Strong El Nino, But Rainfall Isn’t Always Guaranteed

Climate experts say El Nino is growing stronger and could bring drought-busting wet weather to California this year.

05/21/2015

Common wasp yellow jacket, vespula vulgaris, feeding from eating apple on tree in English countryside, UK  (Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)

East Bay Yellow Jacket Attacks May Be Drought-Related

The record drought could be making this year’s yellow jacket nesting season even worse than normal with recent reports of a string of attacks in an East Bay park.

05/21/2015

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California Farmers Ordered To Stop Pumping From San Joaquin River Watershed

Regulators are ordering farmers with California’s oldest water rights to stop pumping from the San Joaquin River watershed for the first time in memory.

05/20/2015

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Amid Record Drought, Group Of California Farmers Offer To Give Up 25 Percent Of Their Water

A group of California farmers, in a surprising turnaround, is volunteering to give up a fourth of its available water this year, sharing a resource all but guaranteed to them for more than a century.

05/20/2015

Fire crews work to cap a broken water hydrant in Berkeley. (photo courtesy George Sloan)

Busted Fire Hydrant Spouts 30-Foot Water Plume, Drenching Berkeley Pipeline Replacement Project

Fire crews were busy repairing a broken fire hydrant near the Claremont Hotel, in Berkeley Wednesday afternoon.

05/20/2015

Sea surface temperature in the equatorial Pacific Ocean. El Niño is characterized by unusually warm temperatures and La Niña by unusually cool temperatures in the equatorial Pacific. Anomalies represent deviations from normal temperature values, with unusually warm temperatures shown in red and unusually cold anomalies shown in blue. (NOAA)

Strengthening El Nino Brings Drought-Drenching Rain To Texas, California May Be Next

There’s a strong chance the rain that’s drenching Texas and the Southern Plains will be heading to California if the current El Nino pattern continues to strengthen.

05/19/2015

A man spray-paints a lawn in Southern California during a severe drought. (CBS)

The New Eco-Friendly Way Of Combating Drought: Spray Painted Lawns

A Pleasant Hill resident is the first on his block to have a golf-course green lawn thanks to spray paint, but don’t worry, it’s eco-friendly.

05/19/2015

A crew from ZLC Corporation removes a pool from a Bay Area home. (CBS)

Drought Leading Growing Number Of Bay Area Homeowners To Ditch Backyard Swimming Pools

The built-in backyard swimming pool was once the epitome of suburban luxury. But now because of the drought and other factors, they are quickly becoming a thing of the past.

05/18/2015