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KPBS Special Coverage: Drought 2014

San Diego County is in the grips of one of the most extreme droughts on record, with three-year rainfall deficits at more than a foot below average. Temperatures from January through August 2014 in San Diego County were the warmest ever recorded for that time period. Across the state, water reserves are drying up and hillsides are parched and primed for an anticipated above-average fire season.

Tease photo: Forecast: California Drought To Continue Or Worsen

Forecast: California Drought To Continue Or Worsen

Some improvement expected in California's drought but not until December or January.

10/17/14Read more

Tease photo: City Council Members Propose Mandatory Water Use Restrictions In San Diego

City Council Members Propose Mandatory Water Use Restrictions In San Diego

Two City Council members proposed Monday that San Diego's voluntary water use restrictions — like cutting back on watering the lawn — be made mandatory.

9/29/14Read more

Tease photo: Drought Hurts Julian's Apple Crop

Drought Hurts Julian's Apple Crop

It’s that time of year when San Diegans flock to Julian for apple picking, apple pie, and apple cider. But this year, the star of the show has been hit in the core by drought.

9/29/14Read more

Tease photo: San Diego Nearing 1,000 Days of Drought

San Diego Nearing 1,000 Days of Drought

Despite Tuesday's thunderstorms, San Diego is nearing a grim milestone of 1,000 days of drought. The conditions are taking a toll across the state.

9/17/14Read more

Tease photo: Game Tests California Residents' Water Knowledge

Game Tests California Residents' Water Knowledge

The California Watergame lets residents decide how the state will deal with a looming water shortage.

9/10/14Read more

Tease photo: Growers Donate Produce To San Diego Agricultural Families Struggling In Drought

Growers Donate Produce To San Diego Agricultural Families Struggling In Drought

A coalition of Central Valley farmers on Thursday donated thousands of pounds of fresh produce to San Diego’s food banks. It's part of a statewide effort to help families affected by the drought and bring awareness to the link between food and water.

9/5/14Read more

Tease photo: 63 Trillion Gallons Of Water Lost In Drought-Ridden West, Study Finds

63 Trillion Gallons Of Water Lost In Drought-Ridden West, Study Finds

Trillions of gallons of water across the western United States have been lost due to the severe drought, according to a new study. The shrinking water supply has caused the earth to rise.

8/22/14Read more

Tease photo: San Diego Water Authority Dedicates Raised San Vicente Dam

San Diego Water Authority Dedicates Raised San Vicente Dam

A massive expansion of the San Vincente Dam and Reservoir will provide more water reserves in time of drought, like now. San Diego water officials and city leaders on Wednesday dedicated the $416 million project.

7/16/14Read more

Tease photo: What Mandatory Water Conservation Means For San Diegans

What Mandatory Water Conservation Means For San Diegans

Spurred by the State Water Board for mandatory water conservation, the San Diego County Water Authority is recommending adoption of a "Level 2 Drought Alert." On KPBS Midday Edition we'll talk about what that means for San Diego County.

7/17/14Read more

Tease photo: Brown Pastures Force Some San Diego Ranchers To Sell Off Cattle

Brown Pastures Force Some San Diego Ranchers To Sell Off Cattle

Severe drought conditions are hitting San Diego County's agricultural industry — from avocado growers to cattle ranchers.

7/15/14Read more

Tease photo: California's Deepening Drought Shrinking Reservoirs

California's Deepening Drought Shrinking Reservoirs

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which serves 19 million people from Ventura to the Mexico border, is anticipating drawing down 40 percent of its water storage this year to meet demand.

7/11/14Read more

Tease photo: Water Conservation Efforts Fall Short; California Considers Mandatory Restrictions

Water Conservation Efforts Fall Short; California Considers Mandatory Restrictions

San Diego County has seen a double-digit increase in water use during the past six months, far shy of Gov. Jerry Brown's goal of a 20 percent reduction.

7/9/14Read more

Tease photo: Drought May Lead More Cities To Turn Wastewater Into Drinking Water

Drought May Lead More Cities To Turn Wastewater Into Drinking Water

Using recycled water to irrigate parks, golf courses and agriculture is one thing, turning it into drinking water is quite another. But Orange County has built the largest potable recycled water project in the world.

7/1/14Read more

Tease photo: San Diego's Rain Year Ends As One Of Driest On Record

San Diego's Rain Year Ends As One Of Driest On Record

San Diego closes the books Monday on its rainy season, or lack of one. The region is set to record its third year in a row of below normal precipitation.

6/30/14Read more

Tease photo: SDG&E: Record Power Use Predicted This Summer In San Diego

SDG&E: Record Power Use Predicted This Summer In San Diego

San Diego utility officials say they expect to set power usage records this summer, but they say there will be enough electricity to meet demand.

6/26/14Read more

Tease photo: Unusual Fish Catches Off San Diego Signal Large-Scale El Niño, Researcher Says

Unusual Fish Catches Off San Diego Signal Large-Scale El Niño, Researcher Says

One telltale sign that this year's coming El Niño could be a big one is what’s been reeled in off San Diego's coast.

6/11/14Read more

Tease photo: San Diego's Hot, Dry Weather Puts Cal Fire On High Alert

San Diego's Hot, Dry Weather Puts Cal Fire On High Alert

Near triple-digit temperatures in inland San Diego County and the ongoing drought have prompted the state fire agency to beef up its firefighting personnel and resources.

4/29/14Read more

Tease photo: San Diego Water Managers Call For Conservation

San Diego Water Managers Call For Conservation

San Diego water managers reach out for help in reducing water use in the county.

4/29/14Read more

Tease photo: San Diego Had One Of Its Warmest, Driest Winters On Record

San Diego Had One Of Its Warmest, Driest Winters On Record

Drought Conditions Expected To Continue Into Spring

California as a whole had its warmest December through February since record keeping began in the late 1800s. Individually, San Diego experienced its 7th warmest and 7th driest winter on record.

3/18/14Read more

Tease photo: San Diego Diversifies Water Supplies, But Increases Reliance On Colorado River

San Diego Diversifies Water Supplies, But Increases Reliance On Colorado River

The Colorado River provides majority of San Diego County’s water supply. But just like the record-dry Sierra, from where San Diego used to get 20 percent of its supply, the Colorado River is also under sustained pressure from drought and demand.

3/11/14Read more

Tease photo: Lake Morena Reservoir Is 4 Percent Full And Will Stay That Way

Lake Morena Reservoir Is 4 Percent Full And Will Stay That Way

Between December and January, the city of San Diego drew down about 40 percent of the water in Lake Morena reservoir in East County, despite residents' protests.

3/6/14Read more

Tease photo: Drought Could Take Toll On San Diego Bird Populations

Drought Could Take Toll On San Diego Bird Populations

The lack of rain in San Diego County could cause dozens of bird species to skip breeding and nesting this spring.

2/10/14Read more

Tease photo: Drought Impacts Air Quality Across California

Drought Impacts Air Quality Across California

Warm, dry weather is to blame for poor air quality in some areas of California, in San Diego County, air quality remains fair.

1/27/14Read more

Tease photo: City, County Politicians Squabbling Over Lake Morena Reservoir

City, County Politicians Squabbling Over Lake Morena Reservoir

The city and county of San Diego are battling a war of words over Lake Morena reservoir, a city-owned water source in East County.

1/21/14Read more

Tease photo: Ski Resorts Race To Produce Artificial Snow During California Dry Spell

Ski Resorts Race To Produce Artificial Snow Amid Drought

December usually delivers Southern California a few good winter storms, but a persistent ridge of high pressure has kept the region warm and dry.

12/30/13Read more