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Drought: Running Dry In California

California is in the midst of one of the most severe droughts on record. Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought state of emergency in January 2014. The world experienced the warmest year on record in 2014. Across the state, water reserves are drying up and hillsides are parched.

Tease photo: California Cuts Water Use By 29 Percent

California Cuts Water Use By 29 Percent

The data released Wednesday by the State Water Resources Control Board comes as communities are ordered to save water in case the four year dry spell persists.

7/1/15Read more

Tease photo: California Drought Changes What Farmers Grow

California Drought Changes What Farmers Grow

Citrus and avocados have been the two leading crops in North San Diego County. But, several thousand acres of citrus and about 10,000 acres of avocados have been taken out of production because farmers can’t afford to irrigate.

6/22/15Read more

Tease photo: Encinitas Could Be Poster City For Saving Water

Encinitas Could Be Poster City For Saving Water

Wealthy beach community has almost cut its use to state-mandated levels

While most cities in the region are struggling to cut anywhere near the amount of water mandated by the state, Encinitas is almost where it needs to be.

6/22/15Read more

Tease photo: California Water Use Fell 13.5 Percent In April Amid Drought

California Water Use Fell 13.5 Percent In April Amid Drought

San Diego cut its water use by 3.5 percent, far from required 16 percent

The 13.5 percent reduction is the second-best conservation achievement since state officials started closely tracking water use more than a year ago, but it falls short of the 25 percent in cuts Gov. Jerry Brown has ordered.

6/2/15Read more

Tease photo: Long Way To Go For Many San Diego County Water Districts To Meet State Demands

Long Way To Go For Many San Diego County Water Districts To Meet State Demands

Monday started the clock for every urban California water district to meet its state-mandated water cuts. Many local cities have a long way to go to meet those mandates.

6/1/15Read more

Tease photo: Not All Housing Development Is Bad In A Drought

Not All Housing Development Is Bad In A Drought

A report by Circulate San Diego says denser new home developments can be water-wise

In the midst of California's drought, concern is growing that adding more housing for a growing population will use even more water. But a new report from Circulate San Diego says not all development will suck up water resources.

6/1/15Read more

Tease photo: Six Lessons For California From A Drought Halfway Around The World

Six Lessons For California From A Drought Halfway Around The World

A new study outlines how Melbourne, Australia, cut its water consumption in half during a recent drought. Here's what California could learn.

5/26/15Read more

Tease photo: California Builds Emergency Barrier In Drought To Protect Water Supplies

California Builds Emergency Barrier In Drought To Protect Water Supplies

Constructing the 750-foot wide temporary rock barrier across a channel in the Delta will prevent salt water contamination, according to a state water official.

5/26/15Read more

Tease photo: San Diegans Reduced Water Use By 3.5% In April

San Diegans Reduced Water Use By 3.5% In April

The city's Public Utilities Department said she was troubled by the mild response to demands to use less water, especially now that state officials have ordered the city to cut back water deliveries by 16 percent.

5/20/15Read more

Tease photo: San Diego County Supervisors Pass Drought Measures

San Diego County Supervisors Pass Drought Measures

The supervisors voted unanimously to continue retrofitting water systems at county facilities, installing artificial turf at county-run playing fields and reducing the operating hours of the fountains at the downtown Waterfront Park.

5/12/15Read more

Tease photo: Roundtable Talks Drought (In The Rain)

Roundtable Talks Drought (In The Rain)

Ah, the irony. A Roundtable on the effects of our severe drought broadcasts as we take cover from a drenching rainstorm. Wildfires and more severe water rationing may be postponed a bit, but they're coming to this semi-arid corner of the Golden State. And that will mean changes in priorities, lifestyle, and growth and development, for starters.

5/15/15Read more

Tease photo: Drought Drives Some San Diegans To Go Grass-Free

Drought Drives Some San Diegans To Go Grass-Free

City not able to rebate everyone who wants to remove their lawns

If you drive through any local residential neighborhood you’d see the same green grass you'd find in the rest of the country. But the drought means homeowners are not only letting their lawns go brown, they’re changing them to entirely different kinds of landscape.

5/7/15Read more

Tease photo: California Regulators Approve Unprecedented Water Cutbacks

California Regulators Approve Unprecedented Water Cutbacks

The State Water Resources Control Board approved rules Tuesday that force cities to limit watering on public property, encourage homeowners to let their lawns die and impose mandatory water-savings targets for the hundreds of local agencies and cities that supply water to California customers.

5/6/15Read more

Tease photo: Regulators: California Fell Far Short Of Water-Saving Target

Regulators: California Fell Far Short Of Water-Saving Target

A survey of local water departments released at the start of the two-day meeting shows water use fell less than 4 percent in March compared with the same month in 2013.

5/5/15Read more

Tease photo: An Alternative To The Water Police In San Diego's Mid-City

An Alternative To The Water Police In San Diego's Mid-City

A group of mid-city residents has found a new strategy for coping with drought. They've formed a support group of sorts for neighbors interested in conservation.

5/4/15Read more

Tease photo: California Drought Killed 12 Million Forest Trees Since Last Year

California Drought Killed 12 Million Forest Trees Since Last Year

In San Diego County, 82,528 trees, mostly Jeffrey pines across Mount Laguna, have succumbed to a lack of rainfall, with many more struggling to survive.

5/4/15Read more

Tease photo: San Diego County's Water Use Soars Amid Drought

San Diego County's Water Use Soars Amid Drought

Despite long-standing calls for cutbacks, San Diego County’s overall water use in February soared 13 percent higher than for the same period in 2013.

4/9/15Read more

Tease photo: Mayor Faulconer: San Diego Will Beef Up Water Enforcement Amid Drought

Mayor Faulconer: San Diego Will Beef Up Water Enforcement Amid Drought

The city of San Diego will give more teeth to mandatory water restrictions that have been in place since Nov. 1, 2014, Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced Wednesday.

4/8/15Read more

Tease photo: No More Nice Guy: California Naming, Shaming Water Wasters

No More Nice Guy: California Naming, Shaming Water Wasters

State regulators are naming and shaming local water departments that have let water wasters slide — and forcing them to slash water use by as much as a third.

4/8/15Read more

Tease photo: California Water Board Says February Savings Were Worst Yet

California Water Board Says February Savings Were Worst Yet

California's water board said Tuesday that residents saved less water in February than in any other month since it began tracking conservation efforts last summer.

4/7/15Read more

Tease photo: San Diego's Largest Water Supplier Plans To Ration Water

San Diego's Largest Water Supplier Plans To Ration Water

Southern California's giant Metropolitan Water District is planning to ration imported water that it supplies to more than two dozen agencies and cities.

4/7/15Read more

Tease photo: California Governor Orders Mandatory Water Restrictions

California Governor Orders Mandatory Water Restrictions

In an executive order issued Wednesday, Brown ordered the state water board to implement reductions in cities and towns to cut usage by 25 percent.

4/1/15Read more

Tease photo: Gov. Brown Signs $1B Water Plan For Dry California

Gov. Brown Signs $1B Water Plan For Dry California

The governor signed legislation that speeds up $1 billion in water infrastructure spending amid the worst drought in a generation, although much of the plan was drawn with future dry years in mind.

3/27/15Read more

Tease photo: Some San Diego Farmers Shut Off Water In Prolonged Drought

Some San Diego Farmers Shut Off Water In Prolonged Drought

San Diego’s 4,000 farms have been hit hard from drought — not because they have run out of water, but because water is squeezing their budgets.

3/20/15Read more

Tease photo: Gov. Brown Announces Emergency Drought-Relief Legislation

Gov. Brown Announces Emergency Drought-Relief Legislation

Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders on Thursday proposed legislation to accelerate more than $1 billion in drought-relief bond spending for California as it copes with a fourth dry year.

3/19/15Read more

Tease photo: Drought Deepens But No New Water Restrictions For San Diego County

Drought Deepens But No New Water Restrictions For San Diego County

California’s new water regulations that put limits on outdoor watering days will have little effect on San Diego County because similar conservation measures are already in place here.

3/18/15Read more

Tease photo: Study: California Drought Decreases Hydropower, Increases Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Study: California Drought Decreases Hydropower, Increases Greenhouse Gas Emissions

In its study, the Pacific Institute, said with reduced hydropower, the state has increased the use of natural gas to produce electricity.

3/18/15Read more

Tease photo: Drought-Stricken California Ramps Up Water Restrictions

Drought-Stricken California Ramps Up Water Restrictions

California residents have to turn off their sprinklers, and restaurants won't give customers water unless they ask under new drought regulations approved Tuesday.

3/17/15Read more

Tease photo: San Diego Watersheds Get Poor Water Quality Marks

San Diego Watersheds Get Poor Water Quality Marks

The lingering California drought is impacting water quality in San Diego's watersheds.

3/11/15Read more

Tease photo: Report: San Diegans Used More Water Despite Drought

Report: San Diegans Used More Water Despite Drought

As California deals with one of the most severe droughts in state history, a new report finds San Diegans used more water last year than they did in each of the preceding four years.

2/17/15Read more

Tease photo: Study: Western United States Headed For Megadrought
Tease photo: San Diego Remains In Drought's Grip

San Diego Remains In Drought's Grip

An atmospheric river of rain drenched Northern California over the weekend, but San Diego remains in the grips of a historic drought — receiving less than half of an inch of precipitation since Jan. 1.

2/9/15Read more

Tease photo: Federal Government To Boost Drought Funding By $50 Million

Federal Government To Boost Drought Funding By $50 Million

The State Water Resources Control Board may impose further limits on outdoor water use as the state tries to protect supplies, but Gov. Jerry Brown said he's not ready for mandatory restrictions statewide.

2/6/15Read more

Tease photo: Drought Vow Victory: Californians Use 22 Percent Less Water

Drought Vow Victory: Californians Use 22 Percent Less Water

The State Water Resources Control Board began collecting and publicizing the water-use numbers as part of its ongoing conservation campaign.

2/3/15Read more

Tease photo: San Diego Had A Warm, Dry January

San Diego Had A Warm, Dry January

Last month was the eighth warmest and the 31st-driest January in the San Diego area on record.

2/2/15Read more

Tease photo: The Value Of The Colorado River In Dollars And Cents

The Value Of The Colorado River In Dollars And Cents

The Colorado River generates $1.4 trillion in economic activity — making the shrinking water levels an economic issue for California.

1/20/15Read more

Tease photo: California Drought Squeezes Water Agencies

California Drought Squeezes Water Agencies

California's punishing multi-year drought could put a financial squeeze on some of the state's water agencies.

1/16/15Read more

Tease photo: San Diego Records Warmest Year On Record

San Diego Records Warmest Year On Record

Last year was San Diego’s warmest since record keeping began in 1872. The average combined high and low temperature at Lindbergh Field was 67.6 degrees — nearly 4 degrees above normal.

1/7/15Read more

Tease photo: San Diego's Mandatory Water Restrictions Rely On Community Policing

San Diego's Mandatory Water Restrictions Rely On Community Policing

At the beginning of November, San Diego adopted mandatory water restrictions, including limits on when sprinklers can run and when plants can be watered. But the city has not yet hired the staff to enforce its new rules.

12/1/14Read more

Tease photo: San Diego City Council Approves Mandatory Water Restrictions

San Diego City Council Approves Mandatory Water Restrictions

The San Diego City Council voted to up the city's water rules to a drought response level 2 — or "drought alert."

10/20/14Read more

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

California's Governor Declares Drought State Of Emergency

Saying that his state must take steps to plan for prolonged water shortages, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency over an extended drought Friday. California faces "water shortfalls in the driest year in recorded state history," according to the governor's office.

1/17/14Read 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