California Drought

Sea Temperatures

Long-Awaited El Nino May Bring Drought-Busting Rain To Northern California By 2016

If 2015 was the year El Nino conditions never came, 2016 may be the year California’s long-awaited wet weather pattern finally arrives.

04/16/2015

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Bay Area ‘Entopreneurs’ Feed Growing Appetite For Edible Insects

They hop. They crawl. They squirm. And they could be coming to a dinner plate near you.

04/15/2015

A small pool of water is surrounded by dried and cracked earth that was the bottom of the Almaden Reservoir. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

East Bay Water Utility Votes To Impose 20-Percent Mandatory Reduction In Use As ‘Stage 4 Critical Drought’ Declared

The East Bay Municipal Utility District board of directors voted Tuesday to declare a stage four critical drought and impose a districtwide 20 percent mandatory reduction in water use.

04/14/2015

Crews remove walnut trees from farmer Paul Wenger's orchard due to the drought. (CBS)

Some California Farmers Destroy Orchards To Save Other Crops In Drought

Last summer, Paul Wenger thought his grove was strong enough to handle another drought. Instead, a reduction in water allocations this year has him forced to take down the old trees in order to give his new trees a chance at surviving the drought.

04/14/2015

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How Much Water Are You Really Using?

INFOGRAPHIC: Consider this: For the amount of water used for just 1 pound of beef could you could: Take 37 showers or baths, wash 45 loads of laundry, or leave the garden hose running for a week…

04/14/2015

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)

Free Lawn Removal, Rebates For Homeowners Who Want A More Drought-Friendly Landscape

California’s drought is driving more and more homeowners to give up their lush, green, water-guzzling lawns. Now, landscape companies are offering to rip them out for free, and water districts across the state are giving rebates as incentive.

04/13/2015

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East Bay MUD Considers Excessive Water Use Penalty For Customers

Water wasters in the East Bay are looking at new outdoor water restrictions as well as penalties because of California’s exceptional drought.

04/13/2015

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Report: Gov. Brown May Drop Part Of Delta Water Tunnels Project

Gov. Jerry Brown is rethinking a major component of the state’s proposed $25 billion twin-tunnel water project.

04/12/2015

Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

California Farmers Clash As Huge Amount Of Water Pumped From Delta Despite Drought

Huge amounts of water are mysteriously vanishing from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta — and the prime suspects are farmers whose families have tilled fertile soil there for generations.

04/11/2015

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‘Blob’ Off Pacific Coast May Be Making California’s Drought Worse

A large pool of warm water off the Pacific Coast may be exacerbating California’s already severe drought. Climate scientist Nick Bond of the University of Washington said the pool of water, which he calls “the blob,” is about 2-7 degrees warmer than normal.

04/10/2015