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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

A section of Lake Oroville is seen nearly dry on August 19, 2014 in Oroville, California. Lake Oroville is currently at less than a third of its total 3,537,577 acre feet. A combination of record high temperatures and sparse rainfall during California's four-year drought have produced the worst conditions in 1,200 years, according to a study accepted for publication by the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

Glass Half Full: 13 Ways California’s Historic Drought Is Totally Awesome

From dirt skiing, more beaches for lakefront real estate, new businesses popping up where wildflowers aren’t, and amazing new tourist attractions, there is always a silver lining to the non-existent rain cloud.

04/10/2015

In this before-and-after composite image, (Top) The Enterprise Bridge passes over full water levels at a section of Lake Oroville on July 20, 2011 in Oroville, California.

Prepare For ‘Australian-Type’ Drought, California Officials Warn

A panel of top state and local officials that met in Sacramento Thursday warned that residents should prepare for what could be a decade-long drought much like that experienced in Australia recently.

04/09/2015

Concrete damage in Oakland's Glen Echo Creek. (CBS SF)

Part Of East Bay Creek ‘Pretty Much Destroyed’ By Concrete Spill

What used to be a waterway filled with plants and fish in Oakland’s Rockridge neighborhood is now essentially solid concrete.

04/09/2015

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California Imposes Tough New Rules For Efficient Toilets, Faucets

State officials took emergency action on the drought Wednesday, imposing tough new standards for toilets, urinals and faucets sold in California starting January 1st.

04/08/2015

Debbie Mendelson of Woodside shows off the wood chips that replaced her lawn at her Woodside home. (CBS)

Woodside Woman Struggles To Convince Neighbors To Conserve Water

While Gov. Jerry Brown is calling for fields to get ripped up statewide, KPIX 5 found fresh sod seemingly ready to roll out in Woodside.

04/07/2015

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 May Urge Residents To Rat Out Water Wasters As Conservation Drops

California officials say residents aren’t doing enough to conserve water, and now state officials want residents to report their neighbors and business owners who waste water.

04/07/2015

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Rainwater Collection Sees Boom As California’s Drought Worsens

California’s emergency drought measures are turning into a boom for businesses that help homeowners save rainwater, including the rain from Tuesday’s storm.

04/07/2015

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Lake Tahoe Clarity Best Since 2002, Less Pollutant Runoff Due To Drought

Ongoing restoration efforts to reduce pollution along with California’s record drought have contributed to the best clarity in Lake Tahoe since the early 2000s.

04/07/2015

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Phil Matier: San Francisco Supervisor Proposes City’s New Big Buildings Use Gray Water

San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener is proposing legislation that would require large new buildings in the city to use gray water in toilets and for irrigation.

04/07/2015

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