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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A new study outlines how Melbourne, Australia, cut its water consumption in half during a recent drought. Here's what California could learn.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Southern California's giant Metropolitan Water District is planning to ration imported water that it supplies to more than two dozen agencies and cities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In its study, the Pacific Institute, said with reduced hydropower, the state has increased the use of natural gas to produce electricity.
California residents have to turn off their sprinklers, and restaurants won't give customers water unless they ask under new drought regulations approved Tuesday.
The lingering California drought is impacting water quality in San Diego's watersheds.
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.
Think California's current drought is bad? Just wait for "megadrought."
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.
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.
The State Water Resources Control Board began collecting and publicizing the water-use numbers as part of its ongoing conservation campaign.
Last month was the eighth warmest and the 31st-driest January in the San Diego area on record.
The Colorado River generates $1.4 trillion in economic activity — making the shrinking water levels an economic issue for California.
California's punishing multi-year drought could put a financial squeeze on some of the state's water agencies.
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.
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.
The San Diego City Council voted to up the city's water rules to a drought response level 2 — or "drought alert."
Some improvement expected in California's drought but not until December or January.
Two City Council members proposed Monday that San Diego's voluntary water use restrictions — like cutting back on watering the lawn — be made mandatory.
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.
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.
The California Watergame lets residents decide how the state will deal with a looming water shortage.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Severe drought conditions are hitting San Diego County's agricultural industry — from avocado growers to cattle ranchers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
San Diego water managers reach out for help in reducing water use in the county.
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.
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.
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.
The lack of rain in San Diego County could cause dozens of bird species to skip breeding and nesting this spring.
Warm, dry weather is to blame for poor air quality in some areas of California, in San Diego County, air quality remains fair.
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.
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.
December usually delivers Southern California a few good winter storms, but a persistent ridge of high pressure has kept the region warm and dry.