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Coverage of California's looming water problem

Thursday, Mar 2, 2017

More than 90 Percent of California is Out of Drought

More than 90 Percent of California is Out of Drought

This week's U.S. Drought Monitor report shows more improvement in California, where winter rainstorms and heavy snowfall have washed away drought in more of the state after a five-year dry spell.

Thursday, Feb 2, 2017

Sierra Snowpack 'Way Above Average' After Storms

Sierra Snowpack 'Way Above Average' After Storms

A snowpack survey Thursday provided even more reasons for optimism for drought recovery in California, where January storms brought almost a year's worth of snow and rain in a single month.

Thursday, Jan 26, 2017

Winter Storms Knock Out Worst of California Drought

Winter Storms Knock Out Worst of California Drought

The worst of California's drought has been wiped out by a series of powerful winter storms that included last weekend's relentless downpours. Last week, 2 percent of the state -- a region northwest of...

Thursday, Jan 19, 2017

Worst of Drought Diminishes to 2 Percent in California

Worst of Drought Diminishes to 2 Percent in California

What a difference one of California's wettest winters in years makes.

Thursday, Jan 12, 2017

Parade of Storms Pulls Northern California Out of Drought

Parade of Storms Pulls Northern California Out of Drought

A conveyor belt of strong Pacific storms brought enough rain and snow to California early this winter to knock out drought conditions in the northern part of the state, according to this week's U.S.

Tuesday, Aug 2, 2016

Californians Conserved Less Water in June

Californians Conserved Less Water in June

Californians conserved less water in June, the first month after statewide mandates were eased and control over drought restrictions returned to local water agencies, officials said Tuesday.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Governor Orders Permanent Drought Measures

Governor Orders Permanent Drought Measures

Gov. Jerry Brown ordered California to permanently follow some conservation measures taken during the state's drought.

Monday, Apr 4, 2016

CA Looks to Future of Water Rules After Wet Winter

CA Looks to Future of Water Rules After Wet Winter

Taking a regional approach to saving water in California's drought, state regulators suggest relaxing or dropping conservation orders for winter storm-soaked Northern Californians, while keeping in place strict...

Wednesday, Mar 30, 2016

Snowpack Improves, But No 'One-Shot Wonder'

Snowpack Improves, But No 'One-Shot Wonder'

State drought surveyors trudged through deep snow Wednesday to manually measure what turned out to be close to a normal Sierra Nevada snowpack for this time of year.

Tuesday, Mar 1, 2016

Warm February Melts Hopes for Drought Relief

Warm February Melts Hopes for Drought Relief

California will need another "March Miracle" for significant drought relief after a statewide survey shows snowpack at only 83 percent of the March 1 average.

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In January of 2014, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency for the state of California, in what could be the driest year on record in the history of the state.

 

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