It’s been done for two decades but after the release of a new report, controversy is building. Should farmers irrigate crops with waste water from oil extraction? Even with recent rains, the demand for water sources is high. About 80 percent of the water used by Californians goes to agriculture. Stephen Stock investigates as scientists call for a halt to the practice until more is known about the chemicals in that water. Senior Investigative Reporter Stephen Stock reports in a video that first aired on Feb. 17, 2017.
Scattered rain will linger Saturday morning with expected drying by the afternoon and evening. Breezy conditions with mild temperatures in the mid 50’s and lower 60’s across the Bay Area. Partly cloudy skies will dominate for the afternoon before rain chances move in overnight into Sunday morning. Another round of on and off rain is expected Sunday but the heaviest of rain will likely hold off until 11 p.m. as a new storm approaches. As the system arrives early Monday, it will likely bring rain all day and winds could gust up to 15 to 40 mph with 1 to 2 inches of rain potential for lower elevations and 3 inches potential for higher elevations. Beyond this, a weak system by Wednesday and then finally some drying next Thursday and Friday. Download the NBC Bay Area app for weather alerts, live radar and forecast updates.