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3 Years Of Drought Has State Debating Unregulated Water Pumping

AP | By ELLEN KNICKMEYER | Posted 08.21.2014 | Green

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Three years of drought have Californians debating an end to the state's status as one of the last in the West with a pump-...

California Can't Say If It's Meeting Drought Goal

AP | By JUSTIN PRITCHARD and MATT HAMILTON | Posted 07.26.2014 | Green

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The sprinklers outside the California's state Capitol are off and the lawn is withering, the lemon- and cucumber-infused "water s...

California's Clean Energy Goals In Danger

AP | Posted 08.28.2014 | Green

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Already locked in its third dry year, an ongoing drought could complicate California's battle against global warming and make i...

Fracking Waste Affecting Water Supply In Dry California

ProPublica | Abrahm Lustgarten | Posted 07.19.2014 | Green

This article originally appeared on ProPublica. California officials have ordered an emergency shut-down of 11 oil and gas waste injection sites an...

California Residents Face Historic Fines For Failing To Take Drought Seriously

AP | DON THOMPSON | Posted 07.15.2014 | Green

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California water regulators voted Tuesday to approve fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water on lawns, landsc...

Huge Swaths Of Farmland Idle In California As Drought Lingers

AP | SCOTT SMITH | Posted 07.16.2014 | Green

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of acres of rich California farmland has gone unplanted this year because of drought, and researchers sa...

Proposal Would Fine California Water-Wasters

AP | By DON THOMPSON | Posted 07.15.2014 | Green

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California water regulators voted Tuesday to approve fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water on lawns, landsc...

California Lawmakers Pledge To Work On A Drought Plan

Reuters | Posted 07.04.2014 | Politics

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 3 (Reuters) - California lawmakers on Thursday pledged to work over the summer recess to ...

California Officials To Vote On Ambitious Water Plan

Reuters | Posted 08.18.2014 | Green

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 17 (Reuters) - After months of bickering, California lawmakers could vote as early as thi...

Environmentalists Urge Conservation As Drought Continues To Plague California

Reuters | Posted 08.11.2014 | Green

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 10 (Reuters) - Drought-stricken California could increase its water supply by a third by ...

Solving California's Water Problems

Peter H. Gleick | Posted 08.10.2014 | Green
Peter H. Gleick

Now, halfway through the second decade of the 21st century, we've hit the wall. California is in a drought -- some call it the third year of a drought, but it could also be called the 10th dry year out of the last 13. Even if next year brings some relief, our water problems will remain.

California Drought Spawns Well Drilling Boom

AP | SCOTT SMITH | Posted 06.13.2014 | Green

CHOWCHILLA, Calif. (AP) — The scarcity of irrigation water in drought-stricken California has created such a demand for well drilling services that ...

California To Ease Water Restrictions In Move To Help Farmers

Reuters | Posted 05.19.2014 | Green

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 18 (Reuters) - Drought-plagued California will ease some protection for fish in the frag...

Whose Water? Ours! How to End California's Water Crisis

Mary Manning Cleveland | Posted 05.17.2014 | Green
Mary Manning Cleveland

California is basically a dry state, subject to periodic severe droughts. So, how come the largest water user is cow pasture, watered with giant sprinklers sending great sprays into the atmosphere?

California Farmers Hire 'Water Witches' As Drought Persists

AP | JASON DEAREN | Posted 05.02.2014 | Green

ST. HELENA, Calif. (AP) — With California in the grips of drought, farmers throughout the state are using a mysterious and some say foolhardy tool f...

California Farmers Brace For Little To No Water

AP | By SCOTT SMITH | Posted 04.23.2014 | Green

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Without a lot more rain and snow, many California farmers caught in the state's drought can expect to receive no irrigation wa...

California Officials Limit Water For Millions Amid Severe Drought

AP | JASON DEAREN and JULIET WILLIAMS | Posted 01.31.2014 | Green

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Amid severe drought conditions, California officials announced Friday they won't send any water from the state's vast rese...

Alissa Scheller

If You Like To Eat, You Should Really Be Worried About California's Drought

HuffingtonPost.com | Alissa Scheller | Posted 01.31.2014 | Green

California had record low rainfall in 2013. It was potentially the driest year in the last 500 years, according to tree rings, and dry weather is expe...

California Communities Running Out Of Water

AP | Posted 01.30.2014 | Green

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Seventeen rural communities in drought-stricken California are in danger of a severe water shortage within four months, acco...

Photos Show What Happens When It Rains Just 4 Inches In 13 Months

Robin Wilkey | Posted 01.24.2014 | Green

California has seen its share of droughts, but -- at least in recent years -- it hasn't seen something like this. Governor Jerry Brown declared a d...

West Coast Drought Has Bears Ditching Hibernation

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

UPDATE: According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, there is insufficient evidence to support the claim that the warmer weather is ca...

Robin Wilkey

California Governor Declares Drought Emergency

HuffingtonPost.com | Robin Wilkey | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green

SAN FRANCISCO -- California Gov. Jerry Brown spoke to reporters on Friday morning to declare a drought emergency for the state, which had its driest y...

State Has Driest Year Ever -- And It May Get Worse

The Huffington Post | Robin Wilkey | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green

SAN FRANCISCO -- The shore of California’s Lake Oroville hasn’t looked this way in modern history. Cracked dry mud shatters the canyon floor, and ...

California Coastal Commission Does Its Job; Poseidon Water Withdraws Application For HB Desalination Plant

Garry Brown | Posted 01.27.2014 | Green
Garry Brown

Conservation measures such as reducing the amount of potable water wasted on turf grass is a great start. Stormwater capture is another viable supply option we can explore that has positive environmental effects.

Is The Sacramento Delta Beyond Saving?

The Record, Stockton, Calif. | Alex Breitler | Posted 06.27.2013 | San Francisco

Five members of Congress called this week for the governor's point man on Delta issues to resign, after two environmental advocates said he commented ...