Looming La Niña May Push Western Drought From Bad to WorseThe unrelenting multiyear drought that has exacerbated wildfire behavior, drained reservoirs and triggered water shortage across the West may be about to get worse with La Niña on the horizon.
State-of-the-Art Water Purification Plant Helps Silicon Valley Battle DroughtSanta Clara Valley Water District, the wholesale provider for the South Bay, is embarking on an effort to revamp the image of purified wastewater and lay the groundwork for replenishing local aquifers.
Judge Rules Siskiyou County Can't Ban Water Delivery to Hmong Marijuana GrowersA federal judge has ruled Siskiyou County officials can’t stop trucks from delivering water to Hmong farmers who are illegally growing marijuana, saying the practice raises “serious questions” about racial discrimination.
North Bay Counties Join Forces to Distribute Water-Saving Tools, Promote ConservationThe drought is severely impacting communities along the Russian River watershed in the North Bay and, on Saturday, Marin, Sonoma and Mendocino Counties joined together to offer tools to save water and spread the message of conservation.
Power Plant at Oroville Dam Reservoir Shut Down for First Time Due to Lack of WaterThe six-turbine Edward Hyatt power plant was taken offline Thursday after the water level in the Oroville Dam reservoir that feeds it sank to an historic low.
California Drought: Cotati Farm Rescuing Livestock Abandoned Due to Water ShortagesThe drought is affecting every part of Bay Area life in ways residents never could have imagined. But in rural Sonoma County, it's having a devastating impact on the region's farm animals.
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.
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.
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.
Warming Climate, Low Sierra Snowpack, Evaporating Runoff Extend California DroughtThe West's historic drought is the result of many factors, one of which scientists have recently begun to analyze with more scrutiny: snow drought.
Lake Oroville Level Likely to Fall So Low Hydro-Power Plant Will Shut for First TimeWater at Lake Oroville, the state's second largest reservoir, is expected to fall so low this summer that its hydroelectric power plant will likely be forced to shut down for the first time since it opened in 1967.
Park Service Installs Water Troughs at Point Reyes to Help Tule Elk Survive DroughtCreeks and springs at Point Reyes National Seashore are parched enough that park staff set up three large troughs last week to ensure tule elk herds get enough water to make it through what could be an unprecedented drought.
San Jose Officials Redouble Efforts to Reduce Illegal FireworksSan Jose is stepping up efforts to prevent illegal fireworks from sparking any more fires in the midst of extreme drought conditions.
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.