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Energy Quote of the Day: 'We're Not Just Up a Creek Without a Paddle, We're Losing the Creek Too'

March 20, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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California Drought

California is in uncharted territory as their severe drought drags on and water reserves drop to their lowest points ever, with no relief in sight. This winter continued the dry trend and there was little snowfall in the Cascades and Sierra Nevada mountains.[read more]

A Critical Issue: Water Resiliency

February 17, 2015 by Christine Hertzog

A crisis is a terrible thing to waste. It took a drought of epic proportions to force the Australian nation to radically reform its water policies and practices. California is now in the fourth year of its own serious drought, with growing negative impacts to economies, communities, and ecosystems.[read more]

What A Down Under Drought Can Teach California About Water

February 10, 2015 by Christine Hertzog

Two highly important drought-related events happened in California late in the last year. The state received much-needed rainfall in December, and it convened a daylong conference in Sacramento to compare Australian and Californian water policies.[read more]

Drought Reveals Water-Energy Connection, Cutting California's Hydropower in Half

October 9, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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California Energy-Water Connection

California’s drought hasn’t just left its mark on dried-up fields and suburban lawns. It’s also sapped the state’s supply of hydropower, leaving natural-gas-fired generators -- and a growing share of solar and wind power -- to make up the difference.[read more]

National Science Foundation: Record California Drought Directly Linked To Climate Change

October 2, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Drought and Climate Change Effects

A Stanford study funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) confirms a growing body of research that finds “The atmospheric conditions associated with the unprecedented drought in California are very likely linked to human-caused climate change.”[read more]

New Groundwater Policy Brings California Into the 21st Century

September 20, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

California Water Policy

California's voluntary Groundwater Management Plans have effectively failed to protect the people and ecosystems that depend on this water. Too many people are siphoning off water from extremely limited resources, resulting in declining groundwater levels, sinking of land, and drying of streams.[read more]

The Era of Big Dams is Still Over, Even With the Water Bond

September 13, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Dams and the Water Bond

 

The potential for new water storage in California is in the news because of Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion water bond on California’s November ballot, which includes $2.7 billion for new groundwater and surface storage, and an additional $800M for groundwater remediation projects.[read more]

A Water Bond to Protect the Environment and the Economy

September 6, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Virtually all of California – 99.8 percent – is in severe drought. The toxic blue-green algae that shut down Toledo’s drinking water supply earlier this month is thriving in Stockton’s waterways, thanks to warm, stagnant water and low river flows.[read more]

Global Warming Boosts Chances of Civilization-Threatening Megadroughts Here And Abroad

September 5, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Drought and Widespread Risk

By taking no serious action to slash carbon pollution and put the world on a path to 2°C warming (or less), humanity is voluntarily choosing to sharply boost the chances of the worst kinds of droughts — including the kind of multi-decade megadroughts that in the past have overturned entire civilizations.[read more]

Revised Water Bond Is the Right Response to California's Drought

August 17, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

A broad array of stakeholders and interest groups joined Governor Brown to call for action on a proposed water bond that is slimmed down, focused on a key set of investments, and far superior to the $11.1 billion bond currently scheduled for the November ballot.[read more]

Bad News For California: NOAA Lowers Chance Of El Niño To 65%, Predicts A Weak One

August 14, 2014 by Joseph Romm

California and Environmental Risk

The NOAA previously said the chances of an El Niño developing this year were at almost 4 out of 5. There was some evidence suggesting it might be a strong El Niño, the kind that generally brings a lot of rain to California. But the best chance for ending the brutal California drought seems to be disappearing.[read more]

State Officials Prod California Cities to Act on Drought

July 17, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

California Drought Crisis

As California enters the hottest and driest season of the year, state officials are acting today to prod California’s cities and water suppliers to take drought conditions more seriously – and none too soon. Emergency regulations drafted by the State Water Resources Control Board are clearly needed.[read more]

Making the Most of California's Rain: Report Shows How Capturing Stormwater Can Make Water Supplies Reliable

June 15, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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California Rain Supplies

In May, measurements of the Sierra Nevada snowpack, which normally provides about one-third of the water used by the state’s farms and cities (as well as by natural ecosystems) as it slowly melts through the spring and summer, were at only 18 percent of average for that time of year.[read more]

California's Drought: Where has the Water Gone this Year?

May 18, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

California Drought

Although there were a few storms in March and April that improved hydrology and water supply for some water districts, 2014 is still going to be a very tough year for most farmers, some cities, and the fish and wildlife in quite of a lot of California.[read more]

Firenado Alert: All Of California Under Severe Drought As Climate Change Dries Out Texas

May 18, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Climate Change and Firenados

The epic drought in California worsened this week, setting up “unprecedented” fire conditions and even spawning a fire tornado. At the same time, the drought in Texas may become the third worst in the last 500 years. Both states face even worse droughts in the future thanks to climate change.[read more]