California Drought

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Drought, Plastic Bags Prompt New California Laws

California’s historic drought prompted the Legislature into action in 2014, leading lawmakers to regulate groundwater for the first time and override homeowners associations that fine members for replacing lawns with more drought-tolerant landscaping.


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Wetter Weather To Continue, Forecasters Say

Forecasters are saying with increasing confidence that California will continue to a good amount of rain in the coming months.



California’s Drought Status Unchanged Despite Rain

National drought experts say 99.7 percent of California remains in moderate drought or worse despite recent heavy rains.


A double rainbow spotted in Lake Tahoe after storms rolled through Saturday. (Photo by Nico Saboonchi)

Storms Raise Hope For Relief From California’s Drought

Hours of steady rain Saturday from northern California’s third winter storm in a week raised hopes that the state was moving out of its driest three years in history – while still deeply locked in drought.


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Dry Central California Town Gets Portable Showers

Hundreds of people living in a drought-stricken California farm town could soon be taking their first hot shower in months after county officials set up portable facilities in a church parking lot.


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State Gets Report Card On Water Conservation Work

State officials say they’re about to release an 1-800 number so that you can report your neighbor – or anyone in California – wasting water.


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California Storm Ushers In Wet Season

A California storm dropped about half an inch of rain on Los Angeles, causing a troublesome mudslide in the region but bringing a good start to a much needed wet season amid the state’s drought, forecasters said Saturday.


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Drought-Sapped California Lake Reveals Lost Gun

Water in Los Angeles County’s Castaic Lake is so low amid California’s drought that a fisherman has recovered a handgun and a badge that a federal agent lost in the water decades ago.


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Drought Thins The Herd At Elk Grove’s ‘Giant Pumpkin Fest’

Some of the biggest pumpkins in the world weighed in at the Giant Pumpkin Festival in Elk Grove this weekend, but you won’t see nearly as many as in years past.


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Experts: Thinning Forests Could Help Increase Ground Water Supply

Officials with the U.S. Forest Service say there are too many trees in the Sierra, creating a major fire hazard and sucking up much-needed water


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California’s Crop Harvest Much Smaller Than Usual

With harvest time across California, many of the state’s once-robust crops – from the grapes that make world-famous wines to popular almonds – are anticipated to be smaller than usual this year due to the state’s historic drought.


LAKEHEAD, CA - AUGUST 31:  Dry cracked earth is visible on the banks of Shasta Lake at Bailey Cove August 31, 2014 in Lakehead, California.  As the severe drought in California continues for a third straight year, water levels in the State's lakes and reservoirs is reaching historic lows. Shasta Lake is currently near 30 percent of its total capacity, the lowest it has been since 1977.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Drought Expected To Continue Into Next Year Across West, Forecasts Show

Federal forecasters say severe drought or worse will continue into next year across much of the West, including parts of western Utah, most of Nevada and practically all of California.