California Drought

Fire hydrant on Marsh Creek Road.

Drought Turns East Bay City Into Wild, Wild West With Thieves Stealing Precious Water

Clayton is a city remains true to its western roots. In this town, water has become as precious as gold, and thieves are resorting to stealing it.

11/08/2014

Sprinklers water the lawns of a new housing development July 28, 2005 in Hesperia, California. California's demand for water will jump by 40 percent over the next 25 years according to a study released this week by the Public Policy Institute of California. Half of all the water used by inland homeowners, where growth is booming, goes to irrigating yards, compared to one third or less in the cooler coastal regions. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

State Water Board Report Show Cities’ Water-Saving Efforts Vary Widely Amid Drought

While all Bay Area residents are being used to conserve water during the drought, a new report shows some cities in the Bay Area are using three times as much water as others.

11/05/2014

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

Report Says Bay Area Uses The Least Amount Of Water Compared To Rest Of State

The state of California has released figures that say Bay Area residents are conserving the most water during this drought tan any other part of the state. People also happen to be getting rid of the turf on their lawns.

11/04/2014

Sierra Snow

Sierra Resorts Rejoice As 1st Significant Storm Of Season Drops Snow In High Country

A significant storm that moved across northern California Friday and Saturday gave hope that the coming winter will bring relief to a parched state.

11/01/2014

(Photo by Max Whittaker/Prime for The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Drought Sucking California’s $5 Billion Rice Harvest Dry

California’s deepening drought is shrinking its rice harvest, and that’s bad news for farmers, migratory birds and sushi lovers.

10/29/2014

California Gov. Jerry Brown (Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

Stanford Water Policy Forum Draws Facebook COO; Keynote Speech From Gov. Brown

California’s water shortages are drawing the attention of Silicon Valley and Governor Jerry Brown who gave a keynote speech at Stanford’s New Directions For U.S. Water Policy forum.

10/20/2014

west nile virus

West Nile Virus Cases Grow; State’s Record Drought Likely A Factor

This year is shaping up to be one of the worst for West Nile virus since 2005, both here in the Bay Area and across the state. Public health officials are attempting to figure out why but climate change and drought are likely factors.

10/20/2014

Iron Gate Dam on the Klamath River. (CBS)

Hydroelectric Power Cut In Half During California’s Drought, State Using More Natural Gas

For decades now, California has been trying to draw more of its energy from renewable resources. But this year, that green ambition is taking a hit and the drought is to blame.

10/15/2014

Wild Salmon.

State Installs $1 Million Chillers To Cool Waters For Salmon Due To Drought

At the American River Hatchery near Sacramento, water chillers are being installed at the cost of nearly $1 million with the goal of making sure that the water stays cool enough for salmon that are hatched and raised there.

10/03/2014

There will be fewer big pumpkins like the one on the left this year, and more like the little ones to the right

Drought: Water Shortages Mean Smaller Pumpkins This Halloween

The drought in California is even impacting Halloween. Local pumpkin patches are going dry, and that means the Great Pumpkin may not be so great this year.

10/02/2014

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