Wildfires, countless acres of decimated farmland, at least a dozen communities running out of water within days, and massive fish kills are just the beginning, as the short-term climate shows no signs of a return of moisture.
The finishing touches are being put on a plan to give Bay Area residents rebates on their water bills.
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation to prohibit homeowners associations from banning drought-resistant landscaping to save water.
With severe drought covering 95 percent of California, ‘pop-up wetlands’ are one of the few tools that conservationists have to help stave off possible bird die-offs this fall.
Customers will pay a 100 percent surcharge for water use over 90 percent of last year’s usage.
Supervisor Dave Cortese said local government departments are not doing enough to restrict water use during the drought.
Every Monday night in, dozens of Santa Cruz residents who violated their strict rations take a seat at Water School, hoping to get hundreds of thousands of dollars in distressing penalties waived.
The transit agency says its washing the exteriors of its trains less frequently in an effort to save water.
The current drought is covering all of California in extreme ways. It’s the third driest year in 106 years of record keeping according to Jay Lund of the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences, our guest for this week’s In Depth.
Santa Cruz residents have already racked up more than $500,000 in fines for excessive water use.