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Californians Decrease Water Use By 13.5% In Month Of April As Drought Continues

Californians responded to the worst snowpack measurement on record and unprecedented drought restrictions by decreasing their water use 13.5 percent in April.

06/02/2015

A Caltrans truck is seen on Interstate 80 near Donner Summit, May 7, 2015. (CBS)

Spring Storm Dumps Snow In Bone-Dry Sierra

An unseasonably cold spring storm pushed south through California and Nevada on Thursday, bringing snow to Sierra Nevada peaks that have largely been free of snowpack after another dry year.

05/07/2015

El Capitan and Half Dome (Credit, Randy Yagi)

Half Dome Opens Early Because Of No Snow In Yosemite

The cables to the summit of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park are opening Saturday — three weeks ahead of schedule because of the low snowpack

04/29/2015

Snow surveyor. (CBS)

Snow Survey Canceled For 1st Time Due To California’s Drought

For the first time in history, the May snow survey has been canceled due to California’s severe drought.

04/22/2015

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)

Gov. Jerry Brown Issues Calls For Mandatory 25 Percent Water Reduction With No End In Sight For Drought

He has ordered officials to impose mandatory water restrictions for the first time.

04/01/2015

California Department of Water Resources Chief of Cooperative Snow Survey Frank Gehrke (L) weighs a snow sample while assisted by Kasey Schimke on Jan. 29, 2010 near Meyers, California.   (Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

Drought-Stricken California Set To Measure Final & Most Likely Disappointing Snowpack

Drought-stricken California will conduct its final manual snow survey on Wednesday in the Sierra Nevada — and the outlook isn’t good.

04/01/2015

California Department of Water Resources Chief of Cooperative Snow Survey Frank Gehrke (L) weighs a snow sample while assisted by Kasey Schimke on Jan. 29, 2010 near Meyers, California.   (Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

Rainfall Vs. Snowpack: California’s Confusing Drought

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — Not all droughts are created equal.  In fact, not all dry years are created equal.  This is especially true this winter, where the disparity between our rainfall deficit (not that […]

03/24/2015

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)

California Urban Water Use Increases Month-Over-Month, Despite Dwindling Snowpack, Lingering Drought

Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board Felicia Marcus said residents are falling far short of the twenty percent year over year conservation goal set by Governor Jerry Brown.

03/03/2015

California Department of Water Resources Chief of Cooperative Snow Survey Frank Gehrke (L) weighs a snow sample while assisted by Kasey Schimke on Jan. 29, 2010 near Meyers, California.   (Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

California’s 3rd Snowpack Measure This Winter Far Below Normal

California’s third snow survey this winter found the Sierra Nevada snowpack is far below normal and leaning toward being the lowest on record in more than two decades.

03/03/2015

California Department of Water Resources Chief of Cooperative Snow Survey Frank Gehrke (L) weighs a snow sample while assisted by Kasey Schimke on Jan. 29, 2010 near Meyers, California.   (Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

Sierra Snowpack Far Below Normal After Warm, Dry January

California’s second snow survey this winter found the Sierra Nevada snowpack is far below normal after a dry, unusually warm January.

01/29/2015

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