California Drought Stories

Drought Depleting Bay Area Reservoirs, Driving Urgent Need For ConservationThe state's severe drought is transforming the landscape of our streams, lakes and reservoirs as the supply of water is depleted day by day.
Sunnyvale City Council Could Declare Water Shortage EmergencyThe Sunnyvale City Council plans to consider joining a long list of local governments this week in declaring a water shortage emergency.
Fire Whirls, 'Pyro' Clouds, Smoky Skies: Extreme Fire Behavior a Preview of What's to ComeAs scientists examine how much of this summer's wildfire behavior can be attributed to human-caused climate change, they say extreme fire events seen recently may only be a preview of what's to come in the coming decades.
As Drought Deepens, Mendocino Runs Low on WaterThe village of Mendocino on California's North Coast is running low on water after two years of little rainfall during the drought, forcing residents and business owners to truck in water from elsewhere.
Drought Emergency: California Could Cut Off Water To Thousands Of Farmers In AugustCalifornia regulators are planning to stop thousands of farmers from taking water out of the state's major rivers and streams because of a worsening drought.
Drought Emergency: Santa Clara Valley Water District Customers Falling Short Of Conservation GoalsIn the nearly month and a half since the Santa Clara Valley Water District declared a drought emergency and urged everyone to start saving water, conservation efforts have been somewhat lackluster.
Megadrought Poses 'Existential' Crisis in California and the WestA scorching "thousand-year" drought made worse by climate change is draining reservoirs at an alarming pace, fueling massive wildfires and withering California's crucial Central Valley agriculture economy.
California Drought: Santa Clara Unveils Aggressive New Water Conservation PlanThe city of Santa Clara has unveiled a detailed and aggressive blueprint for conserving water during the state's extreme drought, laying out rules for everyday activities like watering landscaping and washing cars.
Drought Emergency: Tri-Valley Water Agencies Ask For 2nd Cutback In 6 WeeksSix weeks after Tri-Valley water agencies asked residents to voluntarily cut their water consumption by 10 percent, they are now asking for a further voluntary cut of 15 percent.
Beckwourth Complex Fires North of Tahoe Advance as Heat Wave Blankets the WestThe Beckwourth Complex -- two lightning-caused fires burning 45 miles north of Lake Tahoe -- showed no sign of slowing its rush northeast from the Sierra Nevada forest region after doubling in size between Friday and Saturday.
Drought-Plagued Western U.S. Stuck in Vicious Climate Feedback LoopMore than 30 million people are under heat warnings and advisories with more than 93 percent of the West in drought this week. Scientists say heat and drought are inextricably linked in a vicious feedback loop that climate change makes even harder to break.

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