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Priorities for California’s Water: Thriving with Less

Nov 18, 2022 at 4:50pm

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In the last decade, California—along with the rest of the world—has entered a new phase of climate change. The changes that scientists predicted have started to arrive. California’s already variable climate is growing increasingly volatile and unpredictable: The dry periods are hotter and drier, and the wet periods—lately too few and far between—are warmer and often more intense.

Stanford scientists uncover ancient “super highways” to increase groundwater recharge

Nov 17, 2022 at 4:35pm

Jesse Vad

In the chronically overpumped San Joaquin Valley, groundwater recharge can’t happen fast enough. And researchers at Stanford University have found underground highways that could put recharge into the fast lane. 

Drying up: inside the Californian communities without enough water

Nov 15, 2022 at 1:35pm

Jocelyn Tabancay Duffy and Briana Flin

California's Central Valley grows a large portion of America's food – and that requires a huge amount of water. But the region is experiencing a drought and drying up the surface water that farms rely on. So farms are now pumping water from underground. There's a problem, though: it's drying up the wells in vulnerable communities that have long relied on underground water.

As California’s wells dry up, residents rely on bottled water to survive

Nov 14, 2022 at 6:10am

Joshua Partlow

In drought-parched Central Valley, thousands rely on trucked and bottled water as they wait for new wells

The cleanest drinking water is recycled

Nov 10, 2022 at 1:40pm

Corey Binns

Recycled wastewater is not only as safe to drink as conventional potable water, it may even be less toxic than many sources of water we already drink daily, Stanford University engineers have discovered.

New report paints a grim picture of climate change accelerating in California

Nov 8, 2022 at 10:25am

Jessica Wolfrom

California continues to break records of the wrong kind: record-high temperatures, record-low snowpack, historic drought and unprecedented wildfires.

These are the fingerprints of climate change — and its impacts are hitting California faster and with greater intensity than previously expected. That’s according to a new report released by state scientists last week that painted a grim picture of climate change’s grip on the Golden State.

California Drought Made Coalinga Run Out of Water—Here's What Happened Next

Oct 20, 2022 at 9:55am

Federal water supplies in the California city of Coalinga could be all used up by the end of 2022 due to pressure from drought conditions, and it could push the city's budget to the brink.

California officials warn of more water restrictions in 2023 as fourth year of drought looms

Oct 4, 2022 at 10:30am

KURTIS ALEXANDER

California cities and farms should brace for little or no water from the state’s big reservoirs in the coming year, a prospect that signals more water restrictions for households and more fallowed fields in the farm belt.

La Niña: What it means for California’s drought and the upcoming winter rainy season

Oct 3, 2022 at 4:00pm

PAUL ROGERS

The day before the state’s “water year” ended, Silicon Valley leaders gathered on Google’s campus in Mountain View and urged residents to continue conserving water as California’s drought drags on.

“It’s the third straight year of a bad and worsening drought,” said Wade Crowfoot, secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency, on Thursday. “Our scientists and climatologists predict that as we move into the winter, we can expect another, fourth dry year.”

Not exactly, say experts.

 

California drought pits farmers vs. cities. But neither is the biggest water victim

Oct 3, 2022 at 3:40pm

Hayley Smith

As California fast approaches what is likely to be a fourth year of punishing drought, residents are being asked to cut their water use to historic lows. But while city dwellers are rising to the occasion — including record reductions in Los Angeles in August — urban consumption still represents only a small fraction of total water use in the state.

Four in a row: California drought likely to continue

Sep 30, 2022 at 2:15pm

RACHEL BECKER

After its driest three-year stretch on record, California braces for another year with below-average snow and rain. Conditions are shaping up to be a “recipe for drought.”

Ellsworth files complaint against Clover Flat Landfill

Sep 29, 2022 at 1:50pm

JESSE DUARTE

St. Helena Mayor Geoff Ellsworth has filed a consumer complaint with the Napa County District Attorney’s Office, alleging fire and contamination risks at Clover Flat Landfill near Calistoga and the Upper Valley Disposal Service facility on Whitehall Lane outside St. Helena.