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California’s water woes primed to get worse as groundwater is drained

Statewide mandatory reductions are put in place to counter the harsh effects caused by drought.<p>Climate models suggest many Western states will face longer and harsher droughts in the decades to come.<p>Most signs of California’s unrelenting drought are easy to spot, with mountaintops that should be …

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California Governor Defends Water Restrictions That Largely Spare Farms

Governor Jerry Brown defended his state’s new mandatory water restrictions on Sunday as critics claim they largely spare some farms that consume much …

California water restrictions have not stopped the sprinklers from flowing

California restricts water as snowpack survey finds 'no snow whatsoever'<p>Read more<p>Los Angeles is a drought town. Its most precious commodity, water, is running low in the fourth year of serious drought in California, persistent overuse and what conservationists say should be considered the “new …

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Let us pour some cold water on that California sunshine

When I woke up this morning, the outside temperature was a brisk 36 degrees, which was not unusual along our chilly lakefront. The calendar said April, but the weather did not remotely resemble spring — a season that seems to last only about a weekend in these parts.<p>We Chicagoans have long since …

California’s governor defends decision not to order farmers to use less water

When he announced California’s first mandatory water restrictions last week, Gov. Jerry Brown emphasized the severity of the drought facing the state. “It’s a different world,” he said. “The idea of your nice little green grass getting lots of water every day, that’s going to be a thing of the …

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California Drought Inspires These 5 Creative Ways People Are Conserving Water

With the state of California under mandatory water-use restrictions, state residents are turning to creative ways to conserve water. Water …

California proposes desert water-use cuts of up to 35%

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — California officials on Tuesday released a plan for achieving a 25% statewide reduction in water use, proposing especially steep cuts of 35% in some areas that are heavy water users, including Palm Springs and surrounding desert communities.<p>The State Water Resources Control …

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Whose Water Is It, Anyway? California Water Rights, Explained

Farmers at Roberts-Union Farm Center, outside Stockton, CA, pore over water use forms in February 2015. | Photo: Emily Green/KCET<p><i>An explanatory</i> …

The future is terrifying for farmers during California's historic thousand-year drought

"Wheat's not a glamorous crop, but it makes a lot of bread," Michael quips.<p>This wheat, though, won't return much money, Michael says. So it will be harvested for his sister's two bakeries in San Francisco and the land fallowed, along with some fields formerly planted in alfalfa and cotton. They are …

California enduring historic drought - CNN Video

CNN's Kristie Lu Stout speaks with Sr. Water Scientist Jay Famiglietti of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on what can be done to fix California's water crisis.

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Chart shows how some of your favorite foods could be making California's drought worse

California is the world's fifth-largest supplier of food. Its Central Valley — a rich plot of agricultural gold that's nearly the size of West Virginia — is where America gets virtually all of its almonds, tomatoes, pistachios, lemons, and artichokes.<p>But a four-year drought has put the land in …

The most important stat you need to understand California's historic drought

California's record drought has more than just almonds to blame.<p>The farms that annually drain 80 percent of the state's water supply support only 2 percent of its economy, according to Bloomberg. California's agriculture industry is small compared to the rest of the state's GDP, but it is the …

This Shocking Infographic Puts The CA Drought In Perspective

<i>Update: The Los Angeles Times has since adjusted these numbers, which you can find here.</i><p>The California drought has officially gotten scary. Further …

There's A Simple Way To Make A Big Dent In California's Drought. Why Aren't Government Officials Promoting It?

Recycling Greywater in a Time of Drought from Leighton Woodhouse on Vimeo.<p><i>For stories and preparation tips on California’s drought, sign up for the Land of Thirst email newsletter.</i><p>If just one in ten Southern Californians were to install a greywater system in their home, the state would conserve as …

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