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  • Satellite image shows green across California

    Satellite image shows green across California

    Thursday, March 2 2017 4:47 PM EST2017-03-02 21:47:15 GMT
    Thursday, March 2 2017 5:36 PM EST2017-03-02 22:36:29 GMT

    How much did the recent series of rain storms in California contribute to lessening the state's drought conditions?

     

    How much did the recent series of rain storms in California contribute to lessening the state's drought conditions?

     
  • Drought-easing California snow heaviest in 22 years

    Drought-easing California snow heaviest in 22 years

    Thursday, February 2 2017 6:56 PM EST2017-02-02 23:56:48 GMT
    Thursday, February 2 2017 7:00 PM EST2017-02-03 00:00:02 GMT

    Clambering through a snowy meadow with drifts up to the tree branches, California's water managers measured the state's vital Sierra Nevada snowpack Thursday at a drought-busting and welcome 173 percent of average.

     

    Clambering through a snowy meadow with drifts up to the tree branches, California's water managers measured the state's vital Sierra Nevada snowpack Thursday at a drought-busting and welcome 173 percent of average.

     
  • Water Authority: Drought over for San Diego region

    Water Authority: Drought over for San Diego region

    Thursday, January 26 2017 6:53 PM EST2017-01-26 23:53:49 GMT
    Friday, January 27 2017 9:12 AM EST2017-01-27 14:12:02 GMT

    The San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors Thursday declared an end to drought conditions in the region, citing heavy local rainfall and snow in western mountain areas.

     

    The San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors Thursday declared an end to drought conditions in the region, citing heavy local rainfall and snow in western mountain areas.

     
  • How full are San Diego reservoirs and what about the drought?

    How full are San Diego reservoirs and what about the drought?

    Wednesday, January 25 2017 9:12 PM EST2017-01-26 02:12:36 GMT
    Wednesday, January 25 2017 9:12 PM EST2017-01-26 02:12:35 GMT

    A series of winter storms brought some much needed rain to San Diego, but after years of drought, what has the wet weather done for local reservoirs?

     

    A series of winter storms brought some much needed rain to San Diego, but after years of drought, what has the wet weather done for local reservoirs?

     
  • Officials: More than 40 percent of California out of drought

    Officials: More than 40 percent of California out of drought

    Thursday, January 12 2017 6:05 PM EST2017-01-12 23:05:02 GMT
    Thursday, January 12 2017 6:05 PM EST2017-01-12 23:05:02 GMT

    More than 40 percent of California is out of drought, federal drought-watchers said Thursday at the tail end of powerful storms that sent thousands of people fleeing from flooding rivers in the north, unleashed burbling waterfalls in southern deserts, and doubled the vital snowpack in the Sierra Nevada in little more than a week.

     

    More than 40 percent of California is out of drought, federal drought-watchers said Thursday at the tail end of powerful storms that sent thousands of people fleeing from flooding rivers in the north, unleashed burbling waterfalls in southern deserts, and doubled the vital snowpack in the Sierra Nevada in little more than a week.

     
  • California officials: Mountain snowpack low, but it's early

    California officials: Mountain snowpack low, but it's early

    Tuesday, December 27 2016 8:24 PM EST2016-12-28 01:24:59 GMT
    Tuesday, December 27 2016 8:24 PM EST2016-12-28 01:24:59 GMT

    Officials say it's too soon to declare an end to California's drought despite heavy rain falling early in the wet season.

     

    Officials say it's too soon to declare an end to California's drought despite heavy rain falling early in the wet season.

     
  • Officials: Drought kills 102 million trees in California

    Officials: Drought kills 102 million trees in California

    Friday, November 18 2016 6:02 PM EST2016-11-18 23:02:01 GMT
    Friday, November 18 2016 6:02 PM EST2016-11-18 23:02:00 GMT

    The California drought has killed more than 102 million trees in a die-off of forests that increases the risk of catastrophic wildfires and other threats to humans, officials said Friday.

     

    The California drought has killed more than 102 million trees in a die-off of forests that increases the risk of catastrophic wildfires and other threats to humans, officials said Friday.

     
  • Monitor: Drought ends in nearly one-fourth of California

    Monitor: Drought ends in nearly one-fourth of California

    Thursday, November 3 2016 6:56 PM EDT2016-11-03 22:56:44 GMT
    Thursday, November 3 2016 7:40 PM EDT2016-11-03 23:40:52 GMT

    The U.S. Drought Monitor showed nearly one-fourth of California out of drought on Thursday, the best such showing for the parched state in more than three years.

     

    The U.S. Drought Monitor showed nearly one-fourth of California out of drought on Thursday, the best such showing for the parched state in more than three years.

     
  • Planting drought-tolerant gardens is on the rise

    Planting drought-tolerant gardens is on the rise

    Thursday, October 20 2016 4:33 PM EDT2016-10-20 20:33:11 GMT
    Tuesday, October 25 2016 3:38 PM EDT2016-10-25 19:38:52 GMT

    More people are planting drought-tolerant gardens and the number growing their own food is also rising. 

     

    More people are planting drought-tolerant gardens and the number growing their own food is also rising. 

     
  • San Diegans invited to sample recycled water

    San Diegans invited to sample recycled water

    Saturday, October 22 2016 9:50 PM EDT2016-10-23 01:50:00 GMT
    Sunday, October 23 2016 2:12 PM EDT2016-10-23 18:12:31 GMT

    The City of San Diego gave residents a chance to take a sip of recycled water at a treatment plant.

     

    The City of San Diego gave residents a chance to take a sip of recycled water at a treatment plant.

     
  • California water board fears water-saving has been abandoned

    California water board fears water-saving has been abandoned

    Thursday, October 6 2016 12:31 AM EDT2016-10-06 04:31:01 GMT
    Thursday, October 6 2016 12:31 AM EDT2016-10-06 04:31:00 GMT

    Californians conserved about a third less water in August than a year earlier, state regulators announced Wednesday, evidence that the decision to ease up on conservation mandates caused some to revert to old habits.

     

    Californians conserved about a third less water in August than a year earlier, state regulators announced Wednesday, evidence that the decision to ease up on conservation mandates caused some to revert to old habits.

     
  • San Diego County Water Authority: Water use down 18-percent

    San Diego County Water Authority: Water use down 18-percent

    Friday, September 30 2016 9:20 PM EDT2016-10-01 01:20:00 GMT
    Friday, September 30 2016 9:19 PM EDT2016-10-01 01:19:59 GMT

    The San Diego County Water Authority reiterated Friday that the region has sufficient supply to meet expected demand next year and beyond, but efficient water use by customers remains essential.

     

    The San Diego County Water Authority reiterated Friday that the region has sufficient supply to meet expected demand next year and beyond, but efficient water use by customers remains essential.

     
  • In drought, drones help California farmers save every drop

    In drought, drones help California farmers save every drop

    Monday, August 29 2016 12:02 PM EDT2016-08-29 16:02:20 GMT
    Monday, August 29 2016 12:02 PM EDT2016-08-29 16:02:19 GMT

    A drone whirred to life in a cloud of dust, then shot hundreds of feet skyward for a bird's-eye view of a vast tomato field in California's Central Valley, the nation's most productive farming region.

     

    A drone whirred to life in a cloud of dust, then shot hundreds of feet skyward for a bird's-eye view of a vast tomato field in California's Central Valley, the nation's most productive farming region.

     
  • Officials unveil new plan to conserve water

    Officials unveil new plan to conserve water

    Tuesday, July 26 2016 2:25 PM EDT2016-07-26 18:25:58 GMT
    Tuesday, July 26 2016 2:25 PM EDT2016-07-26 18:25:58 GMT

    The San Diego County Water Authority has big plans to help us deal with drought conditions. 

     

    The San Diego County Water Authority has big plans to help us deal with drought conditions. 

     
  • Drought Alert: Water-saving technology

    Drought Alert: Water-saving technology

    Wednesday, July 6 2016 4:34 PM EDT2016-07-06 20:34:16 GMT
    Wednesday, July 6 2016 5:03 PM EDT2016-07-06 21:03:25 GMT

    San Diegans, and California residents in general, stepped up water conservation efforts in May, state water officials reported Wednesday.

     

    San Diegans, and California residents in general, stepped up water conservation efforts in May, state water officials reported Wednesday.

     
  • Plans to make San Diego water restrictions voluntary to be reviewed

    Plans to make San Diego water restrictions voluntary to be reviewed

    Thursday, June 23 2016 1:39 PM EDT2016-06-23 17:39:31 GMT
    Thursday, June 23 2016 3:29 PM EDT2016-06-23 19:29:44 GMT

    San Diego officials are considering ratcheting back water use restrictions and are scheduled to present their plans this afternoon to the City Council's Environment Committee.

     

    San Diego officials are considering ratcheting back water use restrictions and are scheduled to present their plans this afternoon to the City Council's Environment Committee.

     
  • San Diego water consumption down 26%

    San Diego water consumption down 26%

    Thursday, June 16 2016 4:37 PM EDT2016-06-16 20:37:24 GMT
    Thursday, June 16 2016 4:37 PM EDT2016-06-16 20:37:24 GMT

    San Diegans reduced water consumption by 26 percent last month, the second straight month of strong conservation throughout the region, the County Water Authority reported Thursday. 

     

    San Diegans reduced water consumption by 26 percent last month, the second straight month of strong conservation throughout the region, the County Water Authority reported Thursday. 

     
  • San Diego region has enough water for the next 3-years

    San Diego region has enough water for the next 3-years

    Thursday, June 9 2016 7:26 PM EDT2016-06-09 23:26:57 GMT
    Thursday, June 9 2016 7:26 PM EDT2016-06-09 23:26:57 GMT

    You still shouldn't water the lawn too much, but the San Diego region will have enough water supply to meet demand for the next three years even if they're dry, the County Water Authority reported Thursday.

     

    You still shouldn't water the lawn too much, but the San Diego region will have enough water supply to meet demand for the next three years even if they're dry, the County Water Authority reported Thursday.

     
  • San Diegans met state-mandated water conservation goals

    San Diegans met state-mandated water conservation goals

    Tuesday, June 7 2016 12:53 AM EDT2016-06-07 04:53:46 GMT
    Tuesday, June 7 2016 12:53 AM EDT2016-06-07 04:53:46 GMT

    Nearly all of the 24 water agencies in San Diego County easily met their state-mandated conservation goals in April, state water officials reported Monday.

     

    Nearly all of the 24 water agencies in San Diego County easily met their state-mandated conservation goals in April, state water officials reported Monday.

     
  • Low water quality reported at nine San Diego watersheds

    Low water quality reported at nine San Diego watersheds

    Tuesday, May 10 2016 7:25 PM EDT2016-05-10 23:25:45 GMT
    Tuesday, May 10 2016 7:25 PM EDT2016-05-10 23:25:45 GMT

    The nine major watersheds in San Diego County had unusually low water quality in 2015 for the second year in a row, according to a report released Tuesday by an environmental organization.

     

    The nine major watersheds in San Diego County had unusually low water quality in 2015 for the second year in a row, according to a report released Tuesday by an environmental organization.

     
  • California looks at easing drought cuts after wet winter

    California looks at easing drought cuts after wet winter

    Monday, May 9 2016 3:52 PM EDT2016-05-09 19:52:24 GMT
    Monday, May 9 2016 5:40 PM EDT2016-05-09 21:40:08 GMT

    California will consider lifting a mandatory statewide water conservation order for cities and towns after a rainy, snowy winter eased the state's five-year drought, water officials said Monday.

     

    California will consider lifting a mandatory statewide water conservation order for cities and towns after a rainy, snowy winter eased the state's five-year drought, water officials said Monday.

     
  • San Diego water use down 17% for March

    San Diego water use down 17% for March

    Monday, April 25 2016 4:41 PM EDT2016-04-25 20:41:15 GMT
    Monday, April 25 2016 8:31 PM EDT2016-04-26 00:31:03 GMT

    San Diegans used 17 percent less water last month than in March 2013, beating the state-mandated goal of a 13 percent reduction, the San Diego County Water Authority announced Monday.

     

    San Diegans used 17 percent less water last month than in March 2013, beating the state-mandated goal of a 13 percent reduction, the San Diego County Water Authority announced Monday.

     
  • California loosens water cutbacks in drought

    California loosens water cutbacks in drought

    Thursday, April 21 2016 10:42 PM EDT2016-04-22 02:42:49 GMT
    Friday, April 22 2016 9:05 AM EDT2016-04-22 13:05:43 GMT

    California water managers say they're easing cutbacks as spring storms boost reservoirs in the state's five-year drought.

     

    California water managers say they're easing cutbacks as spring storms boost reservoirs in the state's five-year drought.

     
  • Amid drought, HOA threatens fines over dry lawns in Bay Area community

    Amid drought, HOA threatens fines over dry lawns in Bay Area community

    Tuesday, April 19 2016 3:56 PM EDT2016-04-19 19:56:57 GMT
    Tuesday, April 19 2016 3:56 PM EDT2016-04-19 19:56:57 GMT

    A homeowners association for an upscale, gated community in the San Francisco Bay Area has threatened to fine homeowners for brown lawns and landscaping despite California's continuing drought emergency.

     

    A homeowners association for an upscale, gated community in the San Francisco Bay Area has threatened to fine homeowners for brown lawns and landscaping despite California's continuing drought emergency.

     
  • El Nino weakens, here comes La Nina, meteorologists say

    El Nino weakens, here comes La Nina, meteorologists say

    Thursday, April 14 2016 6:53 PM EDT2016-04-14 22:53:09 GMT
    Thursday, April 14 2016 6:53 PM EDT2016-04-14 22:53:09 GMT

    In the midst of a major El Nino, federal meteorologists say its flip side, La Nina, is around the corner.

     

    In the midst of a major El Nino, federal meteorologists say its flip side, La Nina, is around the corner.

     
  • SD Water Authority files lawsuit against L.A.'s water wholesaler

    SD Water Authority files lawsuit against L.A.'s water wholesaler

    Wednesday, April 13 2016 8:47 PM EDT2016-04-14 00:47:07 GMT
    Wednesday, April 13 2016 8:47 PM EDT2016-04-14 00:47:06 GMT

    The San Diego County Water Authority Wednesday announced the filing of another lawsuit over rates charged by the Metropolitan Water District, a Los Angeles-based water wholesaler.

     

    The San Diego County Water Authority Wednesday announced the filing of another lawsuit over rates charged by the Metropolitan Water District, a Los Angeles-based water wholesaler.

     
  • California reservoir too full, but not enough to quench drought

    California reservoir too full, but not enough to quench drought

    Saturday, April 9 2016 12:38 AM EDT2016-04-09 04:38:14 GMT
    Sunday, April 10 2016 3:13 PM EDT2016-04-10 19:13:41 GMT

    San Diego is expected to get doused with heavy downpours over the weekend, but Northern California has already received plenty in recent weeks. 

     

    San Diego is expected to get doused with heavy downpours over the weekend, but Northern California has already received plenty in recent weeks. 

     
  • Drought-stricken California ponders future of conservation

    Drought-stricken California ponders future of conservation

    Monday, April 4 2016 2:08 PM EDT2016-04-04 18:08:11 GMT
    Monday, April 4 2016 2:08 PM EDT2016-04-04 18:08:11 GMT

    State regulators say water conservation orders calling for shorter showers and brown lawns could be lifted for some Californians even as drought lingers for a fifth year.

     

    State regulators say water conservation orders calling for shorter showers and brown lawns could be lifted for some Californians even as drought lingers for a fifth year.

     
  • Average snowpack could prolong California water conservation

    Average snowpack could prolong California water conservation

    Thursday, March 31 2016 2:01 AM EDT2016-03-31 06:01:07 GMT
    Thursday, March 31 2016 2:01 AM EDT2016-03-31 06:01:07 GMT

    A nearly average spring snowpack in the Sierra Nevada will likely prolong tough water conservation measures in drought-stricken California — although the restrictions could be loosened in some areas after an El Nino storm system drenched the northern half of the state this winter, officials said Wednesday.

     

    A nearly average spring snowpack in the Sierra Nevada will likely prolong tough water conservation measures in drought-stricken California — although the restrictions could be loosened in some areas after an El Nino storm system drenched the northern half of the state this winter, officials said Wednesday.

     
  • Storms replenish key reservoirs amid California drought

    Storms replenish key reservoirs amid California drought

    Monday, March 14 2016 3:58 PM EDT2016-03-14 19:58:34 GMT
    Monday, March 14 2016 3:58 PM EDT2016-03-14 19:58:33 GMT

    Four straight days of rain have replenished several key reservoirs in drought-stricken California, but the El Nino-related storms also led to the death of a highway patrol officer who was struck while directing traffic on a snowy Sierra Nevada freeway.

     

    Four straight days of rain have replenished several key reservoirs in drought-stricken California, but the El Nino-related storms also led to the death of a highway patrol officer who was struck while directing traffic on a snowy Sierra Nevada freeway.

     
  • El Niño: Is San Diego ready for the upcoming storms?

    El Niño: Is San Diego ready for the upcoming storms?

    Wednesday, March 2 2016 8:30 PM EST2016-03-03 01:30:12 GMT
    Thursday, March 3 2016 2:43 PM EST2016-03-03 19:43:59 GMT

    February was one of the driest in San Diego history, but the outlook for March looks very wet.

     

    February was one of the driest in San Diego history, but the outlook for March looks very wet.

     
  • Preparing for more El Niño storms in Ocean Beach

    Preparing for more El Niño storms in Ocean Beach

    Thursday, February 25 2016 2:26 AM EST2016-02-25 07:26:17 GMT
    Thursday, February 25 2016 9:01 AM EST2016-02-25 14:01:09 GMT

    Ocean Beach residents were hit hard by flooding when the last El Niño storms hit the area, and Wednesday night they came together to become better prepared to avoid repeating history.

     

    Ocean Beach residents were hit hard by flooding when the last El Niño storms hit the area, and Wednesday night they came together to become better prepared to avoid repeating history.

     
  • Water officials: California misses water conservation target

    Water officials: California misses water conservation target

    Tuesday, February 2 2016 4:08 PM EST2016-02-02 21:08:29 GMT
    Tuesday, February 2 2016 4:08 PM EST2016-02-02 21:08:29 GMT

    Residents of drought-stricken California used 18 percent less water in December and for a third straight month fell short of the 25 percent conservation mandate set by Gov. Jerry Brown, state officials said Tuesday.

     

    Residents of drought-stricken California used 18 percent less water in December and for a third straight month fell short of the 25 percent conservation mandate set by Gov. Jerry Brown, state officials said Tuesday.

     
  • San Diego women giving El Nino the boot

    San Diego women giving El Nino the boot

    Wednesday, January 13 2016 7:09 PM EST2016-01-14 00:09:05 GMT
    Wednesday, January 13 2016 8:55 PM EST2016-01-14 01:55:46 GMT

    Not only are rain boots practical footwear, they can also be fashionable and with the recent El Nino weather, they're getting a lot of wear. 

     

    Not only are rain boots practical footwear, they can also be fashionable and with the recent El Nino weather, they're getting a lot of wear. 

     
  • Being prepared for the next round of El Niño storms

    Being prepared for the next round of El Niño storms

    Tuesday, January 12 2016 11:37 AM EST2016-01-12 16:37:38 GMT
    Tuesday, January 12 2016 11:49 AM EST2016-01-12 16:49:36 GMT

    City and county leaders have an urgent message for San Diegans Tuesday morning -- Be prepared!

     

    City and county leaders have an urgent message for San Diegans Tuesday morning -- Be prepared!

     
  • As rain pummels California, some see a way to fight drought

    As rain pummels California, some see a way to fight drought

    Friday, January 8 2016 3:57 PM EST2016-01-08 20:57:53 GMT
    Friday, January 8 2016 4:09 PM EST2016-01-08 21:09:47 GMT

    Much of the torrential rain that fell on Southern California this week flowed right into the ocean, just like it did before the state's epic drought.

     

    Much of the torrential rain that fell on Southern California this week flowed right into the ocean, just like it did before the state's epic drought.

     
  • Carlsbad desalination plant set to open

    Carlsbad desalination plant set to open

    Monday, December 14 2015 9:53 AM EST2015-12-14 14:53:42 GMT
    Monday, December 14 2015 7:13 PM EST2015-12-15 00:13:38 GMT
    A $1 billion desalination plant in Carlsbad that could provide a significant boost to the region's supply of potable water was dedicated today in the name of the late longtime Mayor Claude "Bud" Lewis. 

    A $1 billion desalination plant in Carlsbad that could provide a significant boost to the region's supply of potable water was dedicated today in the name of the late longtime Mayor Claude "Bud" Lewis.

     
  • San Diego water districts miss water conservation targets

    San Diego water districts miss water conservation targets

    Tuesday, December 1 2015 7:43 PM EST2015-12-02 00:43:16 GMT
    Wednesday, December 2 2015 1:17 PM EST2015-12-02 18:17:54 GMT
    For the first time since state-mandated water conservation targets were introduced earlier this year, customers of a large number of San Diego-area water districts missed their monthly goals in October, according to figures released Tuesday by the State Water Resources Control Board. 

    For the first time since state-mandated water conservation targets were introduced earlier this year, customers of a large number of San Diego-area water districts missed their monthly goals in October, according to figures released Tuesday by the State Water Resources Control Board.

     
  • Gov. Brown reappoints two locals to the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board

    Gov. Brown reappoints two locals to the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board

    Wednesday, November 25 2015 6:48 PM EST2015-11-25 23:48:34 GMT
    Wednesday, November 25 2015 6:48 PM EST2015-11-25 23:48:34 GMT
    Two area residents were reappointed by Gov. Jerry Brown Wednesday to the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board. 

    Two area residents were reappointed by Gov. Jerry Brown Wednesday to the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board.

     
  • San Diego County water use down 19 percent

    San Diego County water use down 19 percent

    Wednesday, November 18 2015 6:39 PM EST2015-11-18 23:39:08 GMT
    Thursday, November 19 2015 2:40 PM EST2015-11-19 19:40:26 GMT
    Water consumption by San Diego County residents dropped by 19 percent last month compared to the same period in 2013, despite record-breaking heat, the San Diego County Water Authority reported Wednesday. 

    Water consumption by San Diego County residents dropped by 19 percent last month compared to the same period in 2013, despite record-breaking heat, the San Diego County Water Authority reported Wednesday.

     
  • Water rates in San Diego to increase nearly 40 percent

    Water rates in San Diego to increase nearly 40 percent

    Tuesday, November 17 2015 8:19 PM EST2015-11-18 01:19:40 GMT
    Wednesday, November 18 2015 1:46 PM EST2015-11-18 18:46:16 GMT
    Water rates in San Diego will rise by around 16 percent next year under action taken Tuesday by the City Council. 

    Water rates in San Diego will rise by around 16 percent next year under action taken Tuesday by the City Council.

     
  • New plan to save the dying Salton Sea

    New plan to save the dying Salton Sea

    Thursday, November 12 2015 3:33 PM EST2015-11-12 20:33:41 GMT
    Sunday, November 15 2015 2:35 PM EST2015-11-15 19:35:34 GMT
    The Salton Sea is drying up and San Diego County’s thirst for water is partially to blame. Now, there’s a new plan to start restoring the state's largest lake. 
    The Salton Sea is drying up and San Diego County’s thirst for water is partially to blame. Now, there’s a new plan to start restoring the state's largest lake. 
  • Drought report: monthly state-mandated conservation target mostly met in San Diego

    Drought report: monthly state-mandated conservation target mostly met in San Diego

    Friday, October 30 2015 5:36 PM EDT2015-10-30 21:36:22 GMT
    Friday, October 30 2015 5:46 PM EDT2015-10-30 21:46:44 GMT
    Most water districts in San Diego County met their state-mandated conservation targets last month, according to figures released Friday by the State Water Resources Board. 
    Most water districts in San Diego County met their state-mandated conservation targets last month, according to figures released Friday by the State Water Resources Board. 
  • San Diego City water rates could increase over 16 percent by 2016

    San Diego City water rates could increase over 16 percent by 2016

    Wednesday, October 28 2015 6:42 PM EDT2015-10-28 22:42:56 GMT
    Thursday, October 29 2015 5:38 PM EDT2015-10-29 21:38:40 GMT
    The San Diego County Taxpayers Association gave its blessing Wednesday to the city of San Diego's plan to raise water rates by 9.8 percent in January, and an additional 6.9 percent next July 1. 
    The San Diego County Taxpayers Association gave its blessing Wednesday to the city of San Diego's plan to raise water rates by 9.8 percent in January, and an additional 6.9 percent next July 1. 
  • Monarchs get help from unlikely source: California's drought

    Monarchs get help from unlikely source: California's drought

    Tuesday, October 20 2015 2:34 PM EDT2015-10-20 18:34:47 GMT
    Tuesday, October 20 2015 2:34 PM EDT2015-10-20 18:34:46 GMT
    In California's drought, the struggling monarch butterfly may have found a sprinkling of hope. 
    In California's drought, the struggling monarch butterfly may have found a sprinkling of hope. 
  • San Diego County prepares for El Nino

    San Diego County prepares for El Nino

    Tuesday, October 13 2015 9:32 PM EDT2015-10-14 01:32:56 GMT
    Wednesday, October 14 2015 10:28 AM EDT2015-10-14 14:28:20 GMT
    The county of San Diego announced Tuesday that it has placed storm preparation information on its ReadySanDiego.org website and its Spanish-language counterpart, ListoSanDiego.org. 
    The county of San Diego announced Tuesday that it has placed storm preparation information on its ReadySanDiego.org website and its Spanish-language counterpart, ListoSanDiego.org. 
  • San Diego County water use continues to fall

    San Diego County water use continues to fall

    Tuesday, October 13 2015 9:38 PM EDT2015-10-14 01:38:17 GMT
    Tuesday, October 13 2015 9:38 PM EDT2015-10-14 01:38:17 GMT
    The region's water customers reduced consumption 26 percent in September, compared with the same month two years ago, the San Diego County Water Authority reported Tuesday. 
    The region's water customers reduced consumption 26 percent in September, compared with the same month two years ago, the San Diego County Water Authority reported Tuesday. 
  • Evidence mounts for El Nino that could ease Calif. drought

    Evidence mounts for El Nino that could ease Calif. drought

    Monday, October 12 2015 7:00 PM EDT2015-10-12 23:00:33 GMT
    Monday, October 12 2015 7:00 PM EDT2015-10-12 23:00:33 GMT
    Evidence is mounting that the El Nino ocean-warming phenomenon in the Pacific will spawn a rainy winter in California, potentially easing the state's punishing drought but also bringing the risk of chaotic storms like those that battered the region in the late 1990s. 
    Evidence is mounting that the El Nino ocean-warming phenomenon in the Pacific will spawn a rainy winter in California, potentially easing the state's punishing drought but also bringing the risk of chaotic storms like those that battered the region in the late 1990s. 
  • San Diego meets water savings target for August

    San Diego meets water savings target for August

    Thursday, October 1 2015 5:37 PM EDT2015-10-01 21:37:55 GMT
    Thursday, October 1 2015 7:08 PM EDT2015-10-01 23:08:22 GMT
    Customers of most San Diego-area water agencies again met state-mandated conservation targets in August, according to figures released Thursday.  
    Customers of most San Diego-area water agencies again met state-mandated conservation targets in August, according to figures 
    released Thursday. 
     
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    California meets water savings target for third month

    California meets water savings target for third month

    Thursday, October 1 2015 5:39 PM EDT2015-10-01 21:39:34 GMT
    Thursday, October 1 2015 5:39 PM EDT2015-10-01 21:39:34 GMT
    Californians cut water use by 27 percent in August, marking the third consecutive month that residents and businesses surpassed the 25 percent conservation goal set by Gov. Jerry Brown to deal with the relentless drought, officials said Thursday. 
    Californians cut water use by 27 percent in August, marking the third consecutive month that residents and businesses surpassed the 25 percent conservation goal set by Gov. Jerry Brown to deal with the relentless drought, officials said Thursday. 
  • Ground broken on desalination plant expansion

    Ground broken on desalination plant expansion

    Tuesday, September 29 2015 8:41 PM EDT2015-09-30 00:41:06 GMT
    Tuesday, September 29 2015 9:01 PM EDT2015-09-30 01:01:03 GMT
    The Sweetwater Authority is expanding its groundwater desalination plant in Chula Vista.  
    The Sweetwater Authority is expanding its groundwater desalination plant in Chula Vista.  
  • California eases water restrictions for some farmers, others

    California eases water restrictions for some farmers, others

    Friday, September 18 2015 7:00 PM EDT2015-09-18 23:00:37 GMT
    Friday, September 18 2015 7:00 PM EDT2015-09-18 23:00:37 GMT
    The state on Friday cleared some farmers, water agencies and others to resume pumping from three Northern California waterways, easing one of the toughest restrictions stemming from the state's four-year drought. 
    The state on Friday cleared some farmers, water agencies and others to resume pumping from three Northern California waterways, easing one of the toughest restrictions stemming from the state's four-year drought. 
  • Surprising news about how much water SD really has

    Surprising news about how much water SD really has

    Wednesday, September 9 2015 9:06 PM EDT2015-09-10 01:06:01 GMT
    Thursday, September 10 2015 10:12 AM EDT2015-09-10 14:12:37 GMT
    Most San Diegans have done a great job of conserving water in the face of the ongoing drought.  
    Most San Diegans have done a great job of conserving water in the face of the ongoing drought.  
  • HOA cannot ban installation of artificial turf

    HOA cannot ban installation of artificial turf

    Friday, September 4 2015 6:49 PM EDT2015-09-04 22:49:30 GMT
    Saturday, September 5 2015 2:19 PM EDT2015-09-05 18:19:44 GMT
    A San Diego assemblywoman's drought-driven bill to prevent homeowners' associations in California from banning the installation of artificial turf was signed into law Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown. 
    A San Diego assemblywoman's drought-driven bill to prevent homeowners' associations in California from banning the installation of artificial turf was signed into law Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown. 
  • Global water experts meeting in San Diego

    Global water experts meeting in San Diego

    Sunday, August 30 2015 7:38 PM EDT2015-08-30 23:38:32 GMT
    Monday, August 31 2015 10:39 AM EDT2015-08-31 14:39:15 GMT
    Water experts from around the world are in San Diego for a six day conference aimed at easing water shortages. Attendees will have a chance to tour the nearly complete desalination plant in Carlsbad that is set to start supplying fresh drinking water later this year using water from the Pacific Ocean.  
    Water experts from around the world are in San Diego for a six day conference aimed at easing water shortages. Attendees will have a chance to tour the nearly complete desalination plant in Carlsbad that is set to start supplying fresh drinking water later this year using water from the Pacific Ocean.  
  • When the wells run dry: California neighbors cope in drought

    When the wells run dry: California neighbors cope in drought

    Sunday, August 30 2015 3:17 PM EDT2015-08-30 19:17:59 GMT
    Sunday, August 30 2015 7:01 PM EDT2015-08-30 23:01:48 GMT
    Looking for water to flush his toilet, Tino Lozano pointed a garden hose at some buckets on the bare dirt of his yard. It's his daily ritual now, in a community built by refugees from Oklahoma's epic Dust Bowl drought. But only a trickle came out; then a drip, then nothing more. 
    Looking for water to flush his toilet, Tino Lozano pointed a garden hose at some buckets on the bare dirt of his yard. It's his daily ritual now, in a community built by refugees from Oklahoma's epic Dust Bowl drought. But only a trickle came out; then a drip, then nothing more. 
  • Global warming carving changes into Alaska in fire and ice

    Global warming carving changes into Alaska in fire and ice

    Sunday, August 30 2015 3:29 PM EDT2015-08-30 19:29:05 GMT
    Sunday, August 30 2015 3:29 PM EDT2015-08-30 19:29:04 GMT
    Global warming is carving measurable changes into Alaska, and President Barack Obama is about to see it. 
    Global warming is carving measurable changes into Alaska, and President Barack Obama is about to see it. 
  • Californians cut water without state imposing fines

    Californians cut water without state imposing fines

    Thursday, August 27 2015 1:51 PM EDT2015-08-27 17:51:32 GMT
    Thursday, August 27 2015 9:18 PM EDT2015-08-28 01:18:47 GMT
    For the second straight month, Californians exceeded hefty water conservation mandates during the relentless drought without the state imposing fines, officials said Thursday. 
    For the second straight month, Californians exceeded hefty water conservation mandates during the relentless drought without the state imposing fines, officials said Thursday. 
  • Drought-plagued California readies for El Nino storms

    Drought-plagued California readies for El Nino storms

    Wednesday, August 26 2015 7:49 PM EDT2015-08-26 23:49:35 GMT
    Thursday, August 27 2015 12:00 PM EDT2015-08-27 16:00:53 GMT
    While drought-plagued California is eager for rain, the forecast of a potentially Godzilla-like El Nino event has communities clearing out debris basins, urging residents to stock up on emergency supplies and even talking about how a deluge could affect the 50th Super Bowl. 
    While drought-plagued California is eager for rain, the forecast of a potentially Godzilla-like El Nino event has communities clearing out debris basins, urging residents to stock up on emergency supplies and even talking about how a deluge could affect the 50th Super Bowl. 
  • 6 local districts miss state water mandated targets in new report

    6 local districts miss state water mandated targets in new report

    Thursday, July 30 2015 4:09 PM EDT2015-07-30 20:09:59 GMT
    Thursday, August 13 2015 4:53 PM EDT2015-08-13 20:53:21 GMT
    San Diegans generally saved large amounts of water last month, but six local districts missed their state-mandated targets, according to data released today by the State Water Resources Control Board. 
    San Diegans generally saved large amounts of water last month, but six local districts missed their state-mandated targets, 
    according to data released today by the State Water Resources Control Board.
     
  • San Diego gets high praise from Governor Brown for conserving water

    San Diego gets high praise from Governor Brown for conserving water

    Tuesday, August 11 2015 10:42 AM EDT2015-08-11 14:42:37 GMT
    Wednesday, August 12 2015 11:02 AM EDT2015-08-12 15:02:50 GMT
    The drought was the focus of Governor Jerry Brown's meeting Tuesday to discuss conservation efforts with city and business leaders. 
    The drought was the focus of Governor Jerry Brown's meeting Tuesday to discuss conservation efforts with city and business leaders. 
  • San Diego emergency officials prepare for strong El Nino

    San Diego emergency officials prepare for strong El Nino

    Monday, August 10 2015 8:46 PM EDT2015-08-11 00:46:51 GMT
    Tuesday, August 11 2015 11:09 AM EDT2015-08-11 15:09:48 GMT
    Meteorologists are forecasting a strong El Nino weather pattern that will bring heavy rainfall this winter, and San Diego City leaders are starting to prepare. 
    Meteorologists are forecasting a strong El Nino weather pattern that will bring heavy rainfall this winter, and San Diego City leaders are starting to prepare. 
  • City council considers 17-percent water rate hikes

    City council considers 17-percent water rate hikes

    Wednesday, August 5 2015 3:24 PM EDT2015-08-05 19:24:23 GMT
    Thursday, August 6 2015 10:09 AM EDT2015-08-06 14:09:53 GMT
    A proposal to raise water rates in San Diego by nearly 17 percent next year is scheduled to go before the City Council's Environment Committee Wednesday.  
    A proposal to raise water rates in San Diego by nearly 17 percent next year is scheduled to go before the City Council's Environment Committee Wednesday.  
  • No showers? No problem! New gadget for the beach

    No showers? No problem! New gadget for the beach

    Thursday, July 30 2015 7:34 PM EDT2015-07-30 23:34:06 GMT
    Friday, July 31 2015 10:00 AM EDT2015-07-31 14:00:08 GMT
    California's drought has people across the state conserving water and now a Carlsbad surfer has invented a way for a little bit of water to go a long way. 
    California's drought has people across the state conserving water and now a Carlsbad surfer has invented a way for a little bit of water to go a long way. 
  • Property tax reassessment for land owners with property damaged by storm

    Property tax reassessment for land owners with property damaged by storm

    Monday, July 27 2015 7:13 PM EDT2015-07-27 23:13:59 GMT
    Tuesday, July 28 2015 10:37 AM EDT2015-07-28 14:37:24 GMT
    Land owners whose property was damaged by heavy rain earlier this month can receive a property tax reassessment to reflect the new condition, San Diego County Assessor/Recorder/Clerk Ernest Dronenburg Jr. announced Monday. 
    Land owners whose property was damaged by heavy rain earlier this month can receive a property tax reassessment to reflect the new condition, San Diego County Assessor/Recorder/Clerk Ernest Dronenburg Jr. announced Monday. 
  • Drought alert: New way to save both money and your lawn

    Drought alert: New way to save both money and your lawn

    Friday, July 24 2015 6:41 PM EDT2015-07-24 22:41:30 GMT
    Saturday, July 25 2015 2:01 PM EDT2015-07-25 18:01:42 GMT
    The California drought has homeowners looking for ways to keep their lawns green with less water.One product that's been around for decades is now becoming more popular. 
    The California drought has homeowners looking for ways to keep their lawns green with less water.One product that's been around for decades is now becoming more popular. 
  • Landscaping business booming in drought

    Landscaping business booming in drought

    Thursday, July 23 2015 9:28 PM EDT2015-07-24 01:28:37 GMT
    Friday, July 24 2015 11:59 AM EDT2015-07-24 15:59:55 GMT
    Brown has become the new gold for San Diego landscapers replacing water-guzzling lawns with drought tolerant vegetation.  
    Brown has become the new gold for San Diego landscapers replacing water-guzzling lawns with drought tolerant vegetation.  
  • Storm makes small impact on San Diego's reservoirs

    Storm makes small impact on San Diego's reservoirs

    Tuesday, July 21 2015 8:36 PM EDT2015-07-22 00:36:17 GMT
    Wednesday, July 22 2015 10:27 AM EDT2015-07-22 14:27:00 GMT
    Despite all the damage the storm caused, the rain was a welcome sight for drought-stricken Southern California. Rainfall totals shattered records for July, but did the storm help boost water levels at San Diego Reservoirs? 
    Despite all the damage the storm caused, the rain was a welcome sight for drought-stricken Southern California. Rainfall totals shattered records for July, but did the storm help boost water levels at San Diego Reservoirs? 
  • Brown approves legislation preventing fines for brown lawns

    Brown approves legislation preventing fines for brown lawns

    Tuesday, July 14 2015 7:02 PM EDT2015-07-14 23:02:40 GMT
    Wednesday, July 15 2015 10:39 AM EDT2015-07-15 14:39:26 GMT
    Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation to protect California residents who let their lawns go brown during the drought. 
    Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation to protect California residents who let their lawns go brown during the drought. 
  • City of San Diego reduced water use by 26 percent in May

    City of San Diego reduced water use by 26 percent in May

    Wednesday, July 1 2015 7:40 PM EDT2015-07-01 23:40:17 GMT
    Thursday, July 2 2015 11:19 AM EDT2015-07-02 15:19:51 GMT
    The city of San Diego reduced its water consumption by 26 percent in unusually rainy May, one of the best performances by a large urban area in the state, the State Water Resources Control Board reported Wednesday. 
    The city of San Diego reduced its water consumption by 26 percent in unusually rainy May, one of the best performances by a large urban area in the state, the State Water Resources Control Board reported Wednesday. 
  • Cash for Grass

    Cash for Grass

    Wednesday, July 1 2015 9:46 PM EDT2015-07-02 01:46:30 GMT
    Thursday, July 2 2015 11:00 AM EDT2015-07-02 15:00:41 GMT
    The city of San Diego's turf replacement rebate program resumed Wednesday with the beginning of the new fiscal year, with $1.2 million available for residents who remove their lawn and install native or drought-tolerant landscaping. 
    The city of San Diego's turf replacement rebate program resumed Wednesday with the beginning of the new fiscal year, with $1.2 million available for residents who remove their lawn and install native or drought-tolerant landscaping. 
  • City Council approves water restrictions for parks and other facilities

    City Council approves water restrictions for parks and other facilities

    Monday, June 29 2015 10:49 AM EDT2015-06-29 14:49:22 GMT
    Tuesday, June 30 2015 9:38 AM EDT2015-06-30 13:38:40 GMT
    The City Council Monday will consider municipal code amendments to align San Diego's restrictions on water use during the drought with state and County Water Authority regulations. 
    The City Council Monday will consider municipal code amendments to align San Diego's restrictions on water use during the drought with state and County Water Authority regulations. 
  • Homes built with recycling water capabilities

    Homes built with recycling water capabilities

    Monday, June 22 2015 2:04 PM EDT2015-06-22 18:04:00 GMT
    Monday, June 29 2015 7:26 PM EDT2015-06-29 23:26:31 GMT
    They can save a family of four up to 100,000 gallons of water a year. 
    They can save a family of four up to 100,000 gallons of water a year. 
  • SDCWA: Increase rates for treated and untreated water

    SDCWA: Increase rates for treated and untreated water

    Friday, June 26 2015 1:19 AM EDT2015-06-26 05:19:03 GMT
    Friday, June 26 2015 1:19 AM EDT2015-06-26 05:19:03 GMT
    The San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors Thursday approved a $1.5 billion budget to cover the next two fiscal years, which includes rate increases for member agencies. 
    The San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors Thursday approved a $1.5 billion budget to cover the next two fiscal years, which includes rate increases for member agencies. 
  • Mandated water cutbacks in Santa Fe District

    Mandated water cutbacks in Santa Fe District

    Tuesday, June 23 2015 10:09 PM EDT2015-06-24 02:09:17 GMT
    Wednesday, June 24 2015 4:24 PM EDT2015-06-24 20:24:14 GMT
    California's historic drought is not easing up, and new water restrictions go into effect in just days. Residents who do not comply could be hit with steep fines. 
    California's historic drought is not easing up, and new water restrictions go into effect in just days. Residents who do not comply could be hit with steep fines.  
  • California community close to running out of water

    California community close to running out of water

    Wednesday, June 17 2015 10:57 AM EDT2015-06-17 14:57:17 GMT
    Wednesday, June 17 2015 11:33 AM EDT2015-06-17 15:33:58 GMT
    A community in northern California is just days away from running out of water, after the state cut off its main source. Mountain House has been ordered by the state to stop pumping from streams and rivers. 
    A community in northern California is just days away from running out of water, after the state cut off its main source. Mountain House has been ordered by the state to stop pumping from streams and rivers. 
  • Drought Day, No Shower Day

    Drought Day, No Shower Day

    Tuesday, June 16 2015 10:16 PM EDT2015-06-17 02:16:18 GMT
    Tuesday, June 16 2015 10:16 PM EDT2015-06-17 02:16:18 GMT
    In an effort to continue saving water and fighting the drought, people are being asked to skip the shower on Wednesday as part of the first-ever Drought Day. 
    In an effort to continue saving water and fighting the drought, people are being asked to skip the shower on Wednesday as part of the first-ever Drought Day. 
  • California orders large water cuts for farmers

    California orders large water cuts for farmers

    Friday, June 12 2015 7:40 PM EDT2015-06-12 23:40:32 GMT
    Saturday, June 13 2015 2:17 PM EDT2015-06-13 18:17:54 GMT
    As California grapples with a relentless drought, state regulators on Friday ordered farmers and others who hold some of the strongest water rights in the state to stop all pumping from three major waterways in one of country's prime farm regions. 
    As California grapples with a relentless drought, state regulators on Friday ordered farmers and others who hold some of the strongest water rights in the state to stop all pumping from three major waterways in one of country's prime farm regions. 
  • Drought relief? The odds of an El Nino

    Drought relief? The odds of an El Nino

    Friday, June 12 2015 2:19 AM EDT2015-06-12 06:19:49 GMT
    Friday, June 12 2015 11:27 PM EDT2015-06-13 03:27:08 GMT
    It could be exactly what drought-stricken California needs, and some experts have said there is a strong chance California could see an El Nino this winter. 
    It could be exactly what drought-stricken California needs, and some experts have said there is a strong chance California could see an El Nino this winter. 
  • A year later, California drought-relief money is unspent

    A year later, California drought-relief money is unspent

    Wednesday, June 10 2015 12:46 AM EDT2015-06-10 04:46:05 GMT
    Wednesday, June 10 2015 12:46 AM EDT2015-06-10 04:46:05 GMT
    More than $320 million that was supposed to be rushed to drought-stricken California communities sits unspent in government bank accounts more than a year after lawmakers voted to use the money to provide water, protect wells from contamination and upgrade outdated water systems. 
    More than $320 million that was supposed to be rushed to drought-stricken California communities sits unspent in government bank accounts more than a year after lawmakers voted to use the money to provide water, protect wells from contamination and upgrade outdated water systems. 
  • California water use fell 13.5 percent in April amid drought

    California water use fell 13.5 percent in April amid drought

    Tuesday, June 2 2015 3:36 PM EDT2015-06-02 19:36:54 GMT
    Tuesday, June 2 2015 3:51 PM EDT2015-06-02 19:51:04 GMT
    Ordered to use a fourth less water during this record drought, Californians managed to get about halfway to their goal in April, regulators announced Tuesday. 
    Ordered to use a fourth less water during this record drought, Californians managed to get about halfway to their goal in April, regulators announced Tuesday. 
  • Cutting back as tough water use restrictions begin

    Cutting back as tough water use restrictions begin

    Monday, June 1 2015 9:40 AM EDT2015-06-01 13:40:56 GMT
    Tuesday, June 2 2015 10:26 AM EDT2015-06-02 14:26:13 GMT
    Mayor Faulconer is meeting with six other mayors at the Water Conservation Garden in El Cajon Monday morning where they are scheduled to highlight the need for residents to conserve water during California's historic drought. 
    Mayor Faulconer is meeting with six other mayors at the Water Conservation Garden in El Cajon Monday morning where they are scheduled to highlight the need for residents to conserve water during California's historic drought. 
  • Fake grass, real problems if done on the cheap

    Fake grass, real problems if done on the cheap

    Wednesday, May 27 2015 12:25 AM EDT2015-05-27 04:25:42 GMT
    Thursday, May 28 2015 2:25 AM EDT2015-05-28 06:25:43 GMT
    Many San Diegans have begun to replace their water guzzling grass with synthetic turf in an effort to fight the drought. 
    Many San Diegans have begun to replace their water guzzling grass with synthetic turf in an effort to fight the drought. 
  • Popular cash-for-grass program expands during drought

    Popular cash-for-grass program expands during drought

    Tuesday, May 26 2015 7:49 PM EDT2015-05-26 23:49:46 GMT
    Tuesday, May 26 2015 7:49 PM EDT2015-05-26 23:49:46 GMT
    A major water wholesaler on Tuesday added $350 million to its budget to replenish a cash-for-grass program that has gained popularity during the California droughtwith homeowners, landlords and businesses looking to replace water-draining lawns. 
    A major water wholesaler on Tuesday added $350 million to its budget to replenish a cash-for-grass program that has gained popularity during the California droughtwith homeowners, landlords and businesses looking to replace water-draining lawns. 
  • San Diego water rate hikes proposed

    San Diego water rate hikes proposed

    Thursday, May 21 2015 6:48 PM EDT2015-05-21 22:48:12 GMT
    Thursday, May 21 2015 6:48 PM EDT2015-05-21 22:48:12 GMT
    The San Diego County Water Authority Thursday proposed rate hikes on the water it provides to local water districts, citing higher expenses and state-mandated cutbacks. 
    The San Diego County Water Authority Thursday proposed rate hikes on the water it provides to local water districts, citing higher expenses and state-mandated cutbacks. 
  • Water Wise: Saving your lawn

    Water Wise: Saving your lawn

    Friday, May 15 2015 9:37 AM EDT2015-05-15 13:37:20 GMT
    Friday, May 15 2015 10:09 AM EDT2015-05-15 14:09:53 GMT
    In our week long series of Water-Wise reports, we are helping you conserve water. 
    In our week long series of Water-Wise reports, we are helping you conserve water. 
  • Debating new ways for us to cut back on water

    Debating new ways for us to cut back on water

    Friday, May 15 2015 9:17 AM EDT2015-05-15 13:17:57 GMT
    Friday, May 15 2015 9:17 AM EDT2015-05-15 13:17:57 GMT
    With rain from the latest storm beginning to fall on Southern California, the San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors approved a series of actions in response to a recent conservation order by state water officials and a planned cutback in deliveries by the Metropolitan Water District. 
    With rain from the latest storm beginning to fall on Southern California, the San Diego County Water Authority Board of Directors approved a series of actions in response to a recent conservation order by state water officials and a planned cutback in deliveries by the Metropolitan Water District. 
  • California golf courses tee up water-saving measures

    California golf courses tee up water-saving measures

    Wednesday, May 13 2015 1:28 PM EDT2015-05-13 17:28:30 GMT
    Wednesday, May 13 2015 1:28 PM EDT2015-05-13 17:28:31 GMT
    At first glance, nothing seems amiss at this lush, members-only golf club in one of the priciest communities in Orange County. A bubbling fountain gurgles out of an artificial lake. Emerald-green fairways stretch into the distance. Golf carts zoom across the grass like white ants. 
    At first glance, nothing seems amiss at this lush, members-only golf club in one of the priciest communities in Orange County. A bubbling fountain gurgles out of an artificial lake. Emerald-green fairways stretch into the distance. Golf carts zoom across the grass like white ants. 
  • Water Wise: Easy ways to conserve water at home

    Water Wise: Easy ways to conserve water at home

    Wednesday, May 13 2015 12:35 PM EDT2015-05-13 16:35:56 GMT
    Wednesday, May 13 2015 12:42 PM EDT2015-05-13 16:42:52 GMT
    Water usage has taken center stage as California faces one of the worst droughts in history. 
    Water usage has taken center stage as California faces one of the worst droughts in history. 
  • Water Wise: Keeping your garden green while saving water

    Water Wise: Keeping your garden green while saving water

    Tuesday, May 12 2015 9:02 AM EDT2015-05-12 13:02:05 GMT
    Wednesday, May 13 2015 11:03 AM EDT2015-05-13 15:03:41 GMT
    In Tuesday's Water Wise report, Armstrong Garden Centers has some advice on how you can have the garden you love while reducing your water use. 
    In Tuesday's Water Wise report, Armstrong Garden Centers has some advice on how you can have the garden you love while reducing your water use. 
  • Vallecitos Water District introduces water patrols

    Vallecitos Water District introduces water patrols

    Monday, May 11 2015 9:05 PM EDT2015-05-12 01:05:22 GMT
    Tuesday, May 12 2015 9:21 AM EDT2015-05-12 13:21:24 GMT
    California residents have been asked to conserve water in the on going drought fight, but on Monday, one North County water district took steps to make sure everyone complies with water restrictions. 
    California residents have been asked to conserve water in the on going drought fight, but on Monday, one North County water district took steps to make sure everyone complies with water restrictions. 
  • Water saving technologies for your home

    Water saving technologies for your home

    Monday, May 11 2015 9:16 AM EDT2015-05-11 13:16:31 GMT
    Monday, May 11 2015 9:25 AM EDT2015-05-11 13:25:07 GMT
    CBS News 8 is kicking off a week long series of reports called Water Wise which focuses on ideas and technologies aimed at helping Californian's save water. 
    CBS News 8 is kicking off a week long series of reports called Water Wise which focuses on ideas and technologies aimed at helping Californian's save water. 
  • San Diego family begins conservation movement to fight the drought

    San Diego family begins conservation movement to fight the drought

    Thursday, May 7 2015 2:24 AM EDT2015-05-07 06:24:04 GMT
    Thursday, May 7 2015 11:07 AM EDT2015-05-07 15:07:42 GMT
    As San Diegans face unprecedented water restrictions, one local grassroots effort is not interested in fighting the drought with water-shaming, but have made it their mission to teach people how to transition into a lifestyle of conservation. 
    As San Diegans face unprecedented water restrictions, one local grassroots effort is not interested in fighting the drought with water-shaming, but have made it their mission to teach people how to transition into a lifestyle of conservation. 
  • Unprecedented water cutbacks approved by California regulators

    Unprecedented water cutbacks approved by California regulators

    Wednesday, May 6 2015 9:32 AM EDT2015-05-06 13:32:29 GMT
    Wednesday, May 6 2015 9:44 AM EDT2015-05-06 13:44:24 GMT
    California water regulators adopted sweeping, unprecedented restrictions on how people, governments and businesses can use water amid the state's ongoing drought, hoping to push reluctant residents to deeper conservation. 
    California water regulators adopted sweeping, unprecedented restrictions on how people, governments and businesses can use water amid the state's ongoing drought, hoping to push reluctant residents to deeper conservation. 
  • California regulators approve unprecedented water cutbacks

    California regulators approve unprecedented water cutbacks

    Wednesday, May 6 2015 2:19 AM EDT2015-05-06 06:19:45 GMT
    Wednesday, May 6 2015 2:19 AM EDT2015-05-06 06:19:46 GMT
    California water regulators have adopted sweeping, unprecedented restrictions on how people and businesses can use water amid the state's ongoing drought. 
    California water regulators have adopted sweeping, unprecedented restrictions on how people and businesses can use water amid the state's ongoing drought. 
  • New report says local industries could be affected by strict water cuts

    New report says local industries could be affected by strict water cuts

    Tuesday, May 5 2015 4:01 PM EDT2015-05-05 20:01:01 GMT
    Tuesday, May 5 2015 4:01 PM EDT2015-05-05 20:01:48 GMT
    Several industries in the San Diego region could be seriously affected by water use cutbacks being mandated in response to the drought, the National University System Institute for Policy Research reported Tuesday. 
    Several industries in the San Diego region could be seriously affected by water use cutbacks being mandated in response to the drought, the National University System Institute for Policy Research reported Tuesday. 
  • Olivenhain Municipal Water District going green

    Olivenhain Municipal Water District going green

    Thursday, April 30 2015 3:50 PM EDT2015-04-30 19:50:47 GMT
    Thursday, April 30 2015 3:53 PM EDT2015-04-30 19:53:53 GMT
    With drastic state-mandated water use cutbacks looming, The Farms Golf Club Thursday switched over to a recycled water system to irrigate its greens and fairways, which is expected to save millions of gallons of drinking water. 
    With drastic state-mandated water use cutbacks looming, The Farms Golf Club Thursday switched over to a recycled water system to irrigate its greens and fairways, which is expected to save millions of gallons of drinking water. 
  • Gov. Brown promises to speed up water projects for San Diego

    Gov. Brown promises to speed up water projects for San Diego

    Wednesday, April 29 2015 1:15 AM EDT2015-04-29 05:15:13 GMT
    Wednesday, April 29 2015 1:15 AM EDT2015-04-29 05:15:14 GMT
    Gov. Jerry Brown has promised to speed up the approval process for projects that increase the water supply in San Diego and around the state, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said Tuesday. 
    Gov. Jerry Brown has promised to speed up the approval process for projects that increase the water supply in San Diego and around the state, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said Tuesday. 
  • California court ruling could limit drought fighting tools

    California court ruling could limit drought fighting tools

    Tuesday, April 21 2015 2:09 PM EDT2015-04-21 18:09:34 GMT
    Tuesday, April 21 2015 3:12 PM EDT2015-04-21 19:12:04 GMT
    In a ruling that Gov. Jerry Brown says puts a "straitjacket" on local governments trying to fight the severe statewide drought, an appeals court has found that an Orange County city's tiered water rates are unconstitutional. 
    In a ruling that Gov. Jerry Brown says puts a "straitjacket" on local governments trying to fight the severe statewide drought, an appeals court has found that an Orange County city's tiered water rates are unconstitutional. 
  • New water saving technology

    New water saving technology

    Monday, April 20 2015 10:08 AM EDT2015-04-20 14:08:20 GMT
    Monday, April 20 2015 10:21 AM EDT2015-04-20 14:21:07 GMT
    As the drought continues in our state, we are all looking for ways to cut back on water use. 
    As the drought continues in our state, we are all looking for ways to cut back on water use. 
  • New revised water cuts for San Diego

    New revised water cuts for San Diego

    Saturday, April 18 2015 7:18 PM EDT2015-04-18 23:18:48 GMT
    Sunday, April 19 2015 2:54 PM EDT2015-04-19 18:54:14 GMT
    California regulators are offering a new plan for mandatory water reductions that would require some cities to conserve even more while reducing conservation targets for others. 
    California regulators are offering a new plan for mandatory water reductions that would require some cities to conserve even more while reducing conservation targets for others. 
  • USD students present in-home desalination research findings at conference

    USD students present in-home desalination research findings at conference

    Thursday, April 16 2015 9:27 PM EDT2015-04-17 01:27:19 GMT
    Friday, April 17 2015 5:14 PM EDT2015-04-17 21:14:20 GMT
    Students at USD are coming up with solutions to turn sea water into drinking water for individual family use, and they are doing it in an energy efficient way. 
    Students at USD are coming up with solutions to turn sea water into drinking water for individual family use, and they are doing it in an energy efficient way. 
  • California's largest water supplier slashes summer deliveries

    California's largest water supplier slashes summer deliveries

    Tuesday, April 14 2015 8:52 PM EDT2015-04-15 00:52:57 GMT
    Wednesday, April 15 2015 10:37 AM EDT2015-04-15 14:37:17 GMT
    Cities and water districts serving 19 million people in Southern California face smaller water deliveries this summer under a plan approved by the region's water wholesaler in response to ongoing dry conditions. 
    Cities and water districts serving 19 million people in Southern California face smaller water deliveries this summer under a plan approved by the region's water wholesaler in response to ongoing dry conditions. 
  • Mayor Faulconer reveals steps San Diego is taking to cut water

    Mayor Faulconer reveals steps San Diego is taking to cut water

    Wednesday, April 8 2015 3:00 PM EDT2015-04-08 19:00:40 GMT
    Thursday, April 9 2015 12:44 PM EDT2015-04-09 16:44:03 GMT
    The city of San Diego will heighten enforcement of water use restrictions amid a worsening drought and a call by Gov. Jerry Brown for further conservation, Mayor Kevin Faulconer said Wednesday. 
    The city of San Diego will heighten enforcement of water use restrictions amid a worsening drought and a call by Gov. Jerry Brown for further conservation, Mayor Kevin Faulconer said Wednesday. 
  • California Drought: Creative ways to save water

    California Drought: Creative ways to save water

    Thursday, April 2 2015 8:30 PM EDT2015-04-03 00:30:55 GMT
    Thursday, April 2 2015 8:34 PM EDT2015-04-03 00:34:43 GMT
    In the face of a fourth year of a statewide drought, Governor Jerry Brown announced unprecedented, mandatory water-use restrictions. 
    In the face of a fourth year of a statewide drought, Governor Jerry Brown announced unprecedented, mandatory water-use restrictions. 
  • Gov. Jerry Brown orders mandatory water restrictions

    Gov. Jerry Brown orders mandatory water restrictions

    Wednesday, April 1 2015 2:46 PM EDT2015-04-01 18:46:00 GMT
    Wednesday, April 1 2015 8:44 PM EDT2015-04-02 00:44:23 GMT
    California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered state officials Wednesday to impose mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history as the state grapples with a serious drought. 
    California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered state officials Wednesday to impose mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history as the state grapples with a serious drought. 
  • San Diego support for Gov. Brown's water restriction mandate

    San Diego support for Gov. Brown's water restriction mandate

    Wednesday, April 1 2015 8:02 PM EDT2015-04-02 00:02:02 GMT
    Wednesday, April 1 2015 8:04 PM EDT2015-04-02 00:04:38 GMT
    Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, and the San Diego County Water Authority said Wednesday they stand behind Gov. Jerry Brown's order that cities and towns across California implement mandatory restrictions to reduce water use by 25 percent. 
    Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, and the San Diego County Water Authority said Wednesday they stand behind Gov. Jerry Brown's order that cities and towns across California implement mandatory restrictions to reduce water use by 25 percent. 
  • California governor proposes $1 billion in drought spending

    California governor proposes $1 billion in drought spending

    Thursday, March 19 2015 11:35 AM EDT2015-03-19 15:35:17 GMT
    Friday, March 20 2015 2:49 PM EDT2015-03-20 18:49:46 GMT
    In the face of a continuing drought, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders including Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, introduced emergency drought legislation Thursday aimed at expediting $1 billion in water-related projects. 
    In the face of a continuing drought, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders including Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, introduced emergency drought legislation Thursday aimed at expediting $1 billion in water-related projects. 
  • Drought-stricken California ramps up water restrictions

    Drought-stricken California ramps up water restrictions

    Tuesday, March 17 2015 6:56 PM EDT2015-03-17 22:56:54 GMT
    Tuesday, March 17 2015 6:56 PM EDT2015-03-17 22:56:57 GMT
    California residents have to turn off their sprinklers, and restaurants won't give customers water unless they ask under new drought regulations approved Tuesday. 
    California residents have to turn off their sprinklers, and restaurants won't give customers water unless they ask under new drought regulations approved Tuesday. 
  • Study sees even bigger longer droughts for much of US West

    Study sees even bigger longer droughts for much of US West

    Friday, February 13 2015 1:46 PM EST2015-02-13 18:46:39 GMT
    Friday, February 13 2015 1:46 PM EST2015-02-13 18:46:40 GMT
    As bad as recent droughts in California, the Southwest and the Midwest have been, scientists say far worse "megadroughts" are coming — and they're bound to last for decades. 
    As bad as recent droughts in California, the Southwest and the Midwest have been, scientists say far worse "megadroughts" are coming — and they're bound to last for decades. 
  • Tougher water restrictions could be imposed soon

    Tougher water restrictions could be imposed soon

    Tuesday, February 10 2015 2:26 PM EST2015-02-10 19:26:47 GMT
    Tuesday, February 10 2015 3:28 PM EST2015-02-10 20:28:29 GMT
    San Diego County residents have been conserving water, and now we could be asked to cut back even more. Tougher water restrictions could be coming this summer. 
    San Diego County residents have been conserving water, and now we could be asked to cut back even more. Tougher water restrictions could be coming this summer. 
  • Californians use 22 percent less water, but more cuts loom

    Californians use 22 percent less water, but more cuts loom

    Tuesday, February 3 2015 6:58 PM EST2015-02-03 23:58:32 GMT
    Tuesday, February 3 2015 6:58 PM EST2015-02-03 23:58:33 GMT
    December's rains enabled Californians to finally meet Gov. Jerry Brown's call for a 20 percent reduction in monthly water consumption, but more restrictions loom as the state adapts to long-term drought conditions. 
    December's rains enabled Californians to finally meet Gov. Jerry Brown's call for a 20 percent reduction in monthly water consumption, but more restrictions loom as the state adapts to long-term drought conditions. 
  • San Diego water use drops 29 percent in December

    San Diego water use drops 29 percent in December

    Thursday, January 15 2015 9:47 PM EST2015-01-16 02:47:05 GMT
    Thursday, January 15 2015 11:06 PM EST2015-01-16 04:06:54 GMT
    Water use in the San Diego region plummeted by 29 percent last month, compared to December 2013, the County Water Authority announced Thursday. 
    Water use in the San Diego region plummeted by 29 percent last month, compared to December 2013, the County Water Authority announced Thursday. 
  • Saving precious rainwater for a sunny day

    Saving precious rainwater for a sunny day

    Thursday, January 8 2015 9:33 PM EST2015-01-09 02:33:33 GMT
    Friday, January 9 2015 2:38 PM EST2015-01-09 19:38:03 GMT
    In recent weeks, San Diego has seen a generous amount of rain, and even a bit of snow. 
    In recent weeks, San Diego has seen a generous amount of rain, and even a bit of snow. 
  • City Council OKs plan to recycle wastewater for drinking

    City Council OKs plan to recycle wastewater for drinking

    Tuesday, November 18 2014 10:13 AM EST2014-11-18 15:13:19 GMT
    Tuesday, November 18 2014 10:23 PM EST2014-11-19 03:23:50 GMT
    The San Diego City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to advance a $2.5-billion plan to reuse wastewater for drinking, the latest example of how California cities are looking for new supplies amid a severe drought. 
    The San Diego City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to advance a $2.5-billion plan to reuse wastewater for drinking, the latest example of how California cities are looking for new supplies amid a severe drought. 
  • New drought maps point the way to real trouble

    New drought maps point the way to real trouble

    Monday, November 17 2014 10:02 PM EST2014-11-18 03:02:07 GMT
    Monday, November 17 2014 10:02 PM EST2014-11-18 03:02:07 GMT
    California continues to run dry, and things don't figure to be getting better any time soon. A new map is showing just how bad the state's drought has gotten in recent years. 
    California continues to run dry, and things don't figure to be getting better any time soon. A new map is showing just how bad the state's drought has gotten in recent years. 
  • SeaWorld adding new bathroom system to save water

    SeaWorld adding new bathroom system to save water

    Friday, November 14 2014 4:56 PM EST2014-11-14 21:56:46 GMT
    Sunday, November 16 2014 5:54 PM EST2014-11-16 22:54:34 GMT
    SeaWorld is doing its part to conserve water during California's drought with a concept you may have never seen or heard of -- saltwater restrooms. 
    SeaWorld is doing its part to conserve water during California's drought with a concept you may have never seen or heard of -- saltwater restrooms. 
  • Mayor backs plan to increase use of recycled water

    Mayor backs plan to increase use of recycled water

    Thursday, November 13 2014 3:55 PM EST2014-11-13 20:55:59 GMT
    Thursday, November 13 2014 4:10 PM EST2014-11-13 21:10:05 GMT
    Local officials are pushing for alternatives as San Diego continues to struggle under a historic drought. 
    Local officials are pushing for alternatives as San Diego continues to struggle under a historic drought.  
  • The drought is killing trees at Torrey Pines

    The drought is killing trees at Torrey Pines

    Monday, November 10 2014 10:16 PM EST2014-11-11 03:16:53 GMT
    Monday, November 10 2014 10:26 PM EST2014-11-11 03:26:09 GMT
    California's prolonged drought is taking a toll on the state's natural landscape, and here in San Diego, it's been especially tough on Torrey pine trees. 
    California's prolonged drought is taking a toll on the state's natural landscape, and here in San Diego, it's been especially tough on Torrey pine trees. 
  • City's mandatory water restrictions start Saturday

    City's mandatory water restrictions start Saturday

    Friday, October 31 2014 11:34 PM EDT2014-11-01 03:34:26 GMT
    Saturday, November 1 2014 8:04 PM EDT2014-11-02 00:04:46 GMT
    Mandatory water-use cutbacks took effect in San Diego Saturday, and city residents have new rules restricting users to watering lawns for limited amounts of time on assigned days, and only three times per week. 
    Mandatory water-use cutbacks took effect in San Diego Saturday, and city residents have new rules restricting users to watering lawns for limited amounts of time on assigned days, and only three times per week. 
  • California eyes $500 billion in water spending

    California eyes $500 billion in water spending

    Thursday, October 30 2014 7:43 PM EDT2014-10-30 23:43:10 GMT
    Thursday, October 30 2014 7:43 PM EDT2014-10-30 23:43:10 GMT
    California's growing population and dwindling water require up to $500 billion in additional investment in water in coming decades, and new state fees for water users could be one way pay for it, a water plan released Thursday by the state's top water officials said. 
    California's growing population and dwindling water require up to $500 billion in additional investment in water in coming decades, and new state fees for water users could be one way pay for it, a water plan released Thursday by the state's top water officials said. 
  • Council approves mandatory water restrictions

    Council approves mandatory water restrictions

    Monday, October 20 2014 10:18 PM EDT2014-10-21 02:18:53 GMT
    Tuesday, October 21 2014 5:43 PM EDT2014-10-21 21:43:44 GMT
    Mayor Kevin Faulconer asked Tuesday for the public's help in implementing new mandatory restrictions on water use in San Diego, which were enacted by the City Council on Monday night. 
    Mayor Kevin Faulconer asked Tuesday for the public's help in implementing new mandatory restrictions on water use in San Diego, which were enacted by the City Council on Monday night. 
  • Council committee approves mandatory water restrictions

    Council committee approves mandatory water restrictions

    Wednesday, October 8 2014 9:59 PM EDT2014-10-09 01:59:15 GMT
    Wednesday, October 8 2014 9:59 PM EDT2014-10-09 01:59:16 GMT
    A proposal to make currently voluntary restrictions on water use in San Diego mandatory by Nov. 1 was approved Wednesday by the City Council's Environment Committee. 
    A proposal to make currently voluntary restrictions on water use in San Diego mandatory by Nov. 1 was approved Wednesday by the City Council's Environment Committee. 
  • How the City of San Diego is responding to the drought

    How the City of San Diego is responding to the drought

    Tuesday, October 7 2014 8:51 PM EDT2014-10-08 00:51:19 GMT
    Wednesday, October 8 2014 1:02 PM EDT2014-10-08 17:02:44 GMT
    A proposal to make the current voluntary restrictions on water use in San Diego mandatory by Nov. 1 is scheduled to be vetted Wednesday afternoon by the City Council's Environment Committee. 
    A proposal to make the current voluntary restrictions on water use in San Diego mandatory by Nov. 1 is scheduled to be vetted Wednesday afternoon by the City Council's Environment Committee. 
  • California drought worries pool industry

    California drought worries pool industry

    Sunday, October 5 2014 2:29 PM EDT2014-10-05 18:29:43 GMT
    Sunday, October 5 2014 2:29 PM EDT2014-10-05 18:29:44 GMT
    California swimming pool companies just regaining their financial footing after the recession are now facing a new challenge: a devastating drought that has put the state's ubiquitous backyard pools under the microscope. 
    California swimming pool companies just regaining their financial footing after the recession are now facing a new challenge: a devastating drought that has put the state's ubiquitous backyard pools under the microscope. 
  • State drought takes toll on local golf courses

    State drought takes toll on local golf courses

    Thursday, October 2 2014 8:34 PM EDT2014-10-03 00:34:31 GMT
    Friday, October 3 2014 12:57 PM EDT2014-10-03 16:57:05 GMT
    With California entering its fourth year of drought, the lack of water is taking a toll on golf courses in San Diego County. 
    With California entering its fourth year of drought, the lack of water is taking a toll on golf courses in San Diego County. 
  • County supervisor fights drought with fake grass

    County supervisor fights drought with fake grass

    Monday, September 15 2014 5:21 PM EDT2014-09-15 21:21:21 GMT
    Monday, September 15 2014 11:12 PM EDT2014-09-16 03:12:02 GMT
    County Supervisor Dave Roberts is doing what he can to save water during the historic drought by replacing his lawn with artificial turf. 
    County Supervisor Dave Roberts is doing what he can to save water during the historic drought by replacing his lawn with artificial turf. 
  • Severe drought conditions affecting San Diego Food Bank

    Severe drought conditions affecting San Diego Food Bank

    Thursday, September 4 2014 9:20 PM EDT2014-09-05 01:20:18 GMT
    Thursday, September 4 2014 9:20 PM EDT2014-09-05 01:20:18 GMT
    A huge donation of fresh produce was delivered to the San Diego Food Bank Thursday. 
    A huge donation of fresh produce was delivered to the San Diego Food Bank Thursday. 
  • Rare frogs stressed by drought

    Rare frogs stressed by drought

    Thursday, September 4 2014 4:59 PM EDT2014-09-04 20:59:44 GMT
    Thursday, September 4 2014 8:30 PM EDT2014-09-05 00:30:23 GMT
    The current drought is affecting more than humans. 
    The current drought is affecting more than humans.  
  • Record drought saps California honey production

    Record drought saps California honey production

    Thursday, August 21 2014 10:48 AM EDT2014-08-21 14:48:43 GMT
    Thursday, August 21 2014 10:48 AM EDT2014-08-21 14:48:44 GMT
    California's record drought hasn't been sweet to honeybees, and it's creating a sticky situation for beekeepers and honey buyers. 
    California's record drought hasn't been sweet to honeybees, and it's creating a sticky situation for beekeepers and honey buyers. 
  • California water bond won't be a drought-buster

    California water bond won't be a drought-buster

    Saturday, August 16 2014 3:34 PM EDT2014-08-16 19:34:15 GMT
    Saturday, August 16 2014 3:34 PM EDT2014-08-16 19:34:17 GMT
    Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers are expected to use the backdrop of California's most severe drought in nearly four decades to sell voters on the $7.5 billion water plan they put on the ballot this week. 
    Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers are expected to use the backdrop of California's most severe drought in nearly four decades to sell voters on the $7.5 billion water plan they put on the ballot this week. 
  • Drought lessons: Water wasters attend Water School

    Drought lessons: Water wasters attend Water School

    Saturday, August 9 2014 2:38 PM EDT2014-08-09 18:38:49 GMT
    Saturday, August 9 2014 9:41 PM EDT2014-08-10 01:41:08 GMT
    Some overindulged their zucchini patch. Others didn't bother with that dripping kitchen sink. But now every Monday night in this drought-stricken beach town, dozens of residents who violated their strict rations take a seat at Water School, hoping to get hundreds of thousands of dollars in distressing penalties waived. 
    Some overindulged their zucchini patch. Others didn't bother with that dripping kitchen sink. But now every Monday night in this drought-stricken beach town, dozens of residents who violated their strict rations take a seat at Water School, hoping to get hundreds of thousands of dollars in distressing penalties waived. 
  • How California's drought could trigger earthquakes

    How California's drought could trigger earthquakes

    Wednesday, August 6 2014 10:15 AM EDT2014-08-06 14:15:11 GMT
    Wednesday, August 6 2014 11:22 PM EDT2014-08-07 03:22:17 GMT
    California's severe drought has been causing all kinds of problems, and now you may be able to add a new one to the list. 
    California's severe drought has been causing all kinds of problems, and now you may be able to add a new one to the list. 
  • Researchers: Rare frogs survive in wild amid drought conditions

    Researchers: Rare frogs survive in wild amid drought conditions

    Monday, August 4 2014 9:53 PM EDT2014-08-05 01:53:27 GMT
    Monday, August 4 2014 9:53 PM EDT2014-08-05 01:53:27 GMT
    About 25 percent of mountain yellow-legged frogs released into the wild last year by San Diego Zoo Global wildlife conservationists have survived so far, zoo officials announced Monday. 
    About 25 percent of mountain yellow-legged frogs released into the wild last year by San Diego Zoo Global wildlife conservationists have survived so far, zoo officials announced Monday. 
  • Ways to save water & money during a drought

    Ways to save water & money during a drought

    Monday, August 4 2014 11:04 AM EDT2014-08-04 15:04:05 GMT
    Monday, August 4 2014 11:07 AM EDT2014-08-04 15:07:23 GMT
    We're all having to deal with the drought. 
    We're all having to deal with the drought. 
  • Keeping your yard intact during the drought

    Keeping your yard intact during the drought

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:50 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:50:30 GMT
    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:53 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:53:54 GMT
    Is your lawn turning brown? Is your water bill too high? No doubt, you're like many Californians contending with the drought. 
    Is your lawn turning brown? Is your water bill too high? No doubt, you're like many Californians contending with the drought. 
  • Salmon migrate by truck during California drought

    Salmon migrate by truck during California drought

    Monday, June 16 2014 10:29 AM EDT2014-06-16 14:29:56 GMT
    Monday, June 16 2014 10:29 AM EDT2014-06-16 14:29:56 GMT
    In drought-stricken California, young Chinook salmon are hitting the road, not the river, to get to the Pacific Ocean. 
    In drought-stricken California, young Chinook salmon are hitting the road, not the river, to get to the Pacific Ocean. 
  • California city looks to sea for water in drought

    California city looks to sea for water in drought

    Sunday, May 4 2014 4:17 PM EDT2014-05-04 20:17:45 GMT
    Sunday, May 4 2014 4:17 PM EDT2014-05-04 20:17:45 GMT
    This seaside city thought it had the perfect solution the last time California withered in a severe drought more than two decades ago: Tap the ocean to turn salty seawater to fresh water. 
    This seaside city thought it had the perfect solution the last time California withered in a severe drought more than two decades ago: Tap the ocean to turn salty seawater to fresh water. 
  • California Drought: Concerns in San Diego County

    California Drought: Concerns in San Diego County

    Wednesday, April 30 2014 3:30 AM EDT2014-04-30 07:30:28 GMT
    Wednesday, April 30 2014 3:30 AM EDT2014-04-30 07:30:28 GMT
    California’s drought is coming at a cost not only to the environment but to local residents and businesses as water rates increase. 
    California’s drought is coming at a cost not only to the environment but to local residents and businesses as water rates increase. 
  • City Council weighs voluntary drought restrictions

    City Council weighs voluntary drought restrictions

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:22 PM EDT2014-04-24 01:22:33 GMT
    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:22 PM EDT2014-04-24 01:22:33 GMT
    The San Diego City Council will consider implementing voluntary restrictions on water usage following a record-dry winter in California. 
    The San Diego City Council will consider implementing voluntary restrictions on water usage following a record-dry winter in California. 
  • Proposal would put San Diego on drought watch

    Proposal would put San Diego on drought watch

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:36 AM EDT2014-04-23 15:36:52 GMT
    Wednesday, April 23 2014 11:36 AM EDT2014-04-23 15:36:52 GMT

    The City Council is scheduled Wednesday to take the first step in calling for residents to conserve water on a voluntary basis following the third straight winter with below-average rainfall.

     

    The City Council is scheduled Wednesday to take the first step in calling for residents to conserve water on a voluntary basis following the third straight winter with below-average rainfall.


     
  • Bill aims to protect your yard during drought

    Bill aims to protect your yard during drought

    Friday, April 4 2014 11:19 PM EDT2014-04-05 03:19:52 GMT
    Friday, April 4 2014 11:19 PM EDT2014-04-05 03:19:52 GMT
    If you live in a homeowner's association and want to either install drought-tolerant landscaping or water your lawn less, a new proposed state law would prohibit the HOA from fining you. 
    If you live in a homeowner's association and want to either install drought-tolerant landscaping or water your lawn less, a new proposed state law would prohibit the HOA from fining you. 
  • Drought Alert: The picture tells the story at local reservoirs

    Drought Alert: The picture tells the story at local reservoirs

    Monday, March 10 2014 10:13 PM EDT2014-03-11 02:13:26 GMT
    Monday, March 10 2014 10:13 PM EDT2014-03-11 02:13:26 GMT
    The rain has come and gone, but California is still in a drought. Now we're getting a look at the effects it's having on local reservoir levels. 
    The rain has come and gone, but California is still in a drought. Now we're getting a look at the effects it's having on local reservoir levels. 
  • Storm lashes California, but not a drought buster

    Storm lashes California, but not a drought buster

    Friday, February 28 2014 11:00 PM EST2014-03-01 04:00:20 GMT
    Friday, February 28 2014 11:00 PM EST2014-03-01 04:00:20 GMT
    California was lashed Friday by heavy rains that the parched state so desperately needs, though with the soaking came familiar problems: traffic snarls, power outages and the threat of mudslides. 
    California was lashed Friday by heavy rains that the parched state so desperately needs, though with the soaking came familiar problems: traffic snarls, power outages and the threat of mudslides. 
  • Governor plans $687 million for California drought

    Governor plans $687 million for California drought

    Wednesday, February 19 2014 11:23 PM EST2014-02-20 04:23:41 GMT
    Wednesday, February 19 2014 11:23 PM EST2014-02-20 04:23:41 GMT
    Gov. Jerry Brown and the top Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday announced a $687 million plan to provide immediate help to drought-stricken communities throughout California
     
    Gov. Jerry Brown and the top Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday announced a $687 million plan to provide immediate help to drought-stricken communities throughout California, including $15 million for those with dangerously low drinking water supplies. 
  • Could 'Wolf' mark end of DiCaprio's Oscar drought?

    Could 'Wolf' mark end of DiCaprio's Oscar drought?

    Wednesday, February 19 2014 11:23 PM EST2014-02-20 04:23:04 GMT
    Wednesday, February 19 2014 11:23 PM EST2014-02-20 04:23:04 GMT
    Leonardo DiCaprio is poking his head out of a poolside room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. 
    Leonardo DiCaprio is poking his head out of a poolside room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. 
  • Obama turns attention to California drought

    Obama turns attention to California drought

    Friday, February 14 2014 11:24 AM EST2014-02-14 16:24:23 GMT
    Friday, February 14 2014 11:24 AM EST2014-02-14 16:24:23 GMT
    Opening a weekend trip to California, President Barack Obama on Friday will offer millions in federal aid for the drought-stricken state, then hold an unusual West Coast meeting with  
    Opening a weekend trip to California, President Barack Obama on Friday will offer millions in federal aid for the drought-stricken state, then hold an unusual West Coast meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah II, a key U.S. partner in the Middle East. 
  • California governor: Drought requires compromise

    California governor: Drought requires compromise

    Wednesday, February 12 2014 7:11 PM EST2014-02-13 00:11:21 GMT
    Wednesday, February 12 2014 7:11 PM EST2014-02-13 00:11:21 GMT
    Gov. Jerry Brown visited California's drought-stricken agricultural heartland on Wednesday and called on Republicans and Democrats in Congress to strike a compromise that will benefit the region and nation. 
    Gov. Jerry Brown visited California's drought-stricken agricultural heartland on Wednesday and called on Republicans and Democrats in Congress to strike a compromise that will benefit the region and nation. 
  • Drought-rattled California welcomes weekend storm

    Drought-rattled California welcomes weekend storm

    Saturday, February 8 2014 7:27 PM EST2014-02-09 00:27:16 GMT
    Saturday, February 8 2014 7:27 PM EST2014-02-09 00:27:16 GMT
    Californians accustomed to complaining about the slightest change in the weather welcomed a robust weekend storm that soaked the northern half of the drought-stricken state Saturday  
    Californians accustomed to complaining about the slightest change in the weather welcomed a robust weekend storm that soaked the northern half of the drought-stricken state Saturday even as rain and snow brought the threat of avalanches, flooding and rock slides. 
  • California storms are no match for the drought

    California storms are no match for the drought

    Friday, February 7 2014 2:20 AM EST2014-02-07 07:20:37 GMT
    Friday, February 7 2014 8:44 AM EST2014-02-07 13:44:08 GMT
    San Diego is being hit with some badly needed rain. Showers are on the way across the county as strong wind gusts hit the mountains and deserts. 
    San Diego is being hit with some badly needed rain. Showers are on the way across the county as strong wind gusts hit the mountains and deserts. 
  • Feds announce another $14M for California drought

    Feds announce another $14M for California drought

    Wednesday, February 5 2014 7:31 PM EST2014-02-06 00:31:57 GMT
    Wednesday, February 5 2014 11:16 PM EST2014-02-06 04:16:29 GMT
    Federal officials on Wednesday pledged more money to help California cope with its severe drought as state fishing regulators shut down recreational angling on portions of two water-starved rivers
     
    Federal officials on Wednesday pledged more money to help California cope with its severe drought as state fishing regulators shut down recreational angling on portions of two water-starved rivers because of concerns about the survival of salmon and steelhead trout. 
  • San Diegans conserve water during drought

    San Diegans conserve water during drought

    Monday, February 3 2014 9:43 AM EST2014-02-03 14:43:59 GMT
    Monday, February 3 2014 12:36 PM EST2014-02-03 17:36:56 GMT
    This morning's rain could not come at a better time -- the drought here in California has the governor asking residents to cut down on water use. 
    This morning's rain could not come at a better time -- the drought here in California has the governor asking residents to cut down on water use. 
  • California farmers brace for drought, unemployment

    California farmers brace for drought, unemployment

    Sunday, February 2 2014 2:49 PM EST2014-02-02 19:49:50 GMT
    Sunday, February 2 2014 2:49 PM EST2014-02-02 19:49:50 GMT
    Amid California's driest year on record, the nation's leading agricultural region is locked in drought and bracing for unemployment to soar, sending farm workers to food lines in a place famous for its abundance. 
    Amid California's driest year on record, the nation's leading agricultural region is locked in drought and bracing for unemployment to soar, sending farm workers to food lines in a place famous for its abundance. 
  • Brown: Calif. comes back but challenged by drought

    Brown: Calif. comes back but challenged by drought

    Wednesday, January 22 2014 5:28 PM EST2014-01-22 22:28:54 GMT
    Wednesday, January 22 2014 10:44 PM EST2014-01-23 03:44:45 GMT
    Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday delivered dual messages in his annual address to the Legislature: California's resurgence is well underway but is threatened by economic and environmental uncertainties. 
    Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday delivered dual messages in his annual address to the Legislature: California's resurgence is well underway but is threatened by economic and environmental uncertainties. 
  • Statewide drought emergency prompts call for local mandatory conservation

    Statewide drought emergency prompts call for local mandatory conservation

    Friday, January 17 2014 6:23 PM EST2014-01-17 23:23:29 GMT
    Friday, January 17 2014 11:21 PM EST2014-01-18 04:21:40 GMT
    Gov. Jerry Brown Friday declared a drought emergency in California, prompting an environmental group to call on the San Diego County Water Authority to impose conservation measures. 
    Gov. Jerry Brown Friday declared a drought emergency in California, prompting an environmental group to call on the San Diego County Water Authority to impose conservation measures. 
  • Signs of the drought drying out San Diego

    Signs of the drought drying out San Diego

    Friday, January 17 2014 10:59 PM EST2014-01-18 03:59:24 GMT
    Friday, January 17 2014 10:59 PM EST2014-01-18 03:59:24 GMT
    Here in San Diego County, we have had below average rainfall since 2011, many saying we've already been experiencing our own drought. 
    Governor Jerry Brown has proclaimed a drought emergency, allowing California to seek financial aid from the federal government during a third dry year. Here in San Diego County, we have had below average rainfall since 2011, many saying we've already been experiencing our own drought. 
  • California governor proclaims state in a drought

    California governor proclaims state in a drought

    Friday, January 17 2014 12:38 PM EST2014-01-17 17:38:26 GMT
    Friday, January 17 2014 6:36 PM EST2014-01-17 23:36:03 GMT
    California is nearly as dry as it's ever been. High water marks rim half-full reservoirs. Cities are rationing water. Clerics are praying for rain. Ranchers are selling cattle, and farmers are fallowing fields. 
    California is nearly as dry as it's ever been. High water marks rim half-full reservoirs. Cities are rationing water. Clerics are praying for rain. Ranchers are selling cattle, and farmers are fallowing fields. 
  • Program designed to help prepare for droughts

    Program designed to help prepare for droughts

    Friday, November 15 2013 11:32 AM EST2013-11-15 16:32:04 GMT
    Friday, November 15 2013 11:32 AM EST2013-11-15 16:32:04 GMT
    Federal agencies will provide better and more accessible information about matters such as long-term weather prospects and soil moisture levels under a program designed to help  
    Federal agencies will provide better and more accessible information about matters such as long-term weather prospects and soil moisture levels under a program designed to help communities prepare for future droughts and respond more effectively when they happen, Obama administration officials said Thursday. 
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