California Drought Stories

California Drought: South Bay Water Officials Vote For Rate Hike To Pay For Infrastructure, Conservation ProjectsWater officials voted unanimously to greenlight a series of rate hikes to pay for water projects in the South Bay and begin preliminary studies on the contentious Pacheco Dam Project.
California Drought: Recycled Water Investment Paying Off For North Marin Water DistrictThis is shaping up to be a long, dry summer and water managers across the state are looking for new sources to meet their demand.  But one small district in Marin County placed a bet on a drought-proof supply of water that may pay off big this year. 
UPDATE: Lighter Winds Lead To Early End of Red Flag Warning in North and East Bay HillsWeather officials in the Bay Area announced the Red Flag Warning in place for the North and East Bay hills since Friday evening has expired early Tuesday afternoon.
Rate Hikes Loom After Newsom Expands Drought Declaration To Include Third of CaliforniaGov. Gavin Newsom on Monday expanded a drought emergency declaration to almost a third of California as the continues to anticipate a megadrought situation.
Drought By The Numbers: Energy Release Component Is Already At Dangerous Late September LevelsOne of the earliest Red Flag Warnings ever issued remained in effect for parts of the San Francisco Bay Area Sunday night as bone-dry winds continued to drain moisture out of local hillsides heightening the dangers of a wildfire.
North Bay Homeowners Scramble to Prepare Properties for Long Fire SeasonThe North Bay is one of the hot spots dealing with extreme fire danger and residents are busy clearing space around their homes in preparation for a drought-driven wildfire season.
Early Season Red Flag Warning Sends Residents Scrambling To Protect HomesOne of the earliest Red Flag Warnings in years has East Bay homeowners scrambling to take measures to protect their homes from a potential wildfire.
Near Hurricane Force Winds Howl At Mount Saint Helena; Temperatures Soar; Red Flag Wildfire WarningA strong high pressure system descended onto the San Francisco Bay Area Saturday, triggering powerful upper elevation winds, a Red Flag warning for the North and East Bay hills and sweltering temperatures for Mother's Day weekend.
Napa Valley Grape Growers Say Dry Year Survivable But Fear Prolonged DroughtMost farmers are worried about their crops as they head into the second straight dry year. Vineyard owners say they may be the lucky ones -- at least so far.
Proposed New Dam in South Bay Spurs Battle Over Water RatesDrought conditions are contributing to a battle brewing in the South Bay over a proposed water storage project that has the Santa Clara Valley Water District pushing for a series rate hikes to fund a new dam near Highway 152.
FIRE DANGER: First Red Flag Warning of Season Issued for North and East Bay Hills This WeekendThe Bay Area office of the National Weather Service on Friday morning issued a Red Flag Warning for parts of the North and East Bay hills with offshore winds and lowering humidity expected through Monday morning.

Drought 2021 Video Reports

Drought Emergency Declaration Covers 4 Bay Area CountiesFour Bay Area counties were under a drought emergency including Alameda and Contra Costa. Andrea Nakano tells us East Bay water officials were contemplating a rate hike.
Dry Conditions, High Winds, As Crews Brace For Early Fire Season In San JoseThere is a red flag warning in the East Bay with high winds and super dry conditions. Maria Medina is in San Jose where crews were battling a vegetation fires along Interstate 680.
North Bay Homeowners Scramble to Prepare Properties for Early Fire SeasonThe North Bay is one of the hot spots dealing with extreme fire danger and residents are busy clearing space around their homes in preparation for a drought-driven wildfire season. Da Lin reports. (5-9-21)
Napa Valley Grape Growers Say Dry Year Survivable But Fear Prolonged DroughtMost farmers are worried about their crops as they head into the second straight dry year. Vineyard owners say they may be the lucky ones -- at least so far. Andrea Nakano reports. (5-7-21)
Red Flag Warning Now in Effect for East Bay Hills Through WeekendThe weather service issued Red Flag Warnings for the North and East Bay hills and the East Bay valleys from Friday night through Monday morning due to weather conditions that pose a risk of wildfires. Andria Borba reports. (5-7-21)
North and East Bay Hills Under Red Flag Warning Starting Friday NightTeam coverage of the Red Flag Warning issued for the North and East Bay Hills as well as the Central Valley (5-7-2021)