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California’s Water Crisis and Solutions

California’s Water Crisis and Solutions

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California’s drought and wildfires threaten endangered frog

California’s drought and wildfires threaten endangered frog

   A half-century ago, buy hundreds of streams cascading down the San Gabriel, San Bernardino and San Jacinto mountains in California were packed with fist-size mountain yellow-legged frogs competing for mating rights. Today, fewer than 400 of the endangered frogs are holed up in five hard-to-reach streams, all of them reduced to ribbons of shrinking […]

New Research Shows Wind, Not Water, Responsible For California Drought

New Research Shows Wind, Not Water, Responsible For California Drought

New research from the University of Texas at Austin shows wind is largely responsible for droughts in California, not the amount of evaporated moisture or human activity. The finding, which was published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, shows that while evaporation of the Pacific Ocean is a major source of California’s precipitation, the amount […]

NASA Maps California Drought Effects on Sierra Trees

NASA Maps California Drought Effects on Sierra Trees

A new map created with measurements from an airborne instrument developed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, reveals the devastating effect of California’s ongoing drought on Sierra Nevada conifer forests. The map will be used to help the U.S. Forest Service assess and respond to the impacts of increased tree mortality caused by the […]

As One of Its Chief Sources of Water Dries Up, California Eases Restrictions on Use Nonetheless

As One of Its Chief Sources of Water Dries Up, California Eases Restrictions on Use Nonetheless

Earlier this month, capsule California lifted its sweeping restrictions on how its towns and cities use their water, mind signaling that even though much of the state continues to face extraordinary drought, vialis 40mg a moderately wet winter has blunted officials’ sense of urgency over water shortages. Seemingly overlooked, however, is the state’s enormous reliance […]

Gov. Brown tees up permanent drought measures

Gov. Brown tees up permanent drought measures

Floods help to ease California’s four-year drought

Floods help to ease California’s four-year drought

Heavy downpours have brought flash floods to parts of central and southern California. This second spell of heavy rain to hit the state in a week caused chaos on the roads as thundery showers caused mudslides along with strong, pills gusty winds and large hail. Some good has come out of this recent spell of […]

Executive Order Aims to Make Water Conservation a Way of Life in California

Executive Order Aims to Make Water Conservation a Way of Life in California

SACRAMENTO – Moving to bolster California’s climate and drought resilience, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued an executive order that builds on temporary statewide emergency water restrictions to establish longer-term water conservation measures, including permanent monthly water use reporting, new permanent water use standards in California communities and bans on clearly wasteful practices such […]

California battle over water and fish lands in court

California battle over water and fish lands in court

State and federal regulators have failed to protect Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta fish and the environment during the drought by repeatedly relaxing water-quality standards to keep water flowing to California cities and farms, medicine three conservation groups argued in a federal lawsuit filed Friday. The complaint against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency mirrors a persistent […]

Odds of La Nina increase for next winter, bringing concerns the drought may drag on

Odds of La Nina increase for next winter, bringing concerns the drought may drag on

In what may be an ominous sign for the end of the drought, hospital the El Nino that brought Northern California its wettest winter in five years is continuing to weaken and appears to be giving way to its atmospheric sibling — La Nina. The shift in Pacific Ocean temperatures could mean a drier-than-normal winter […]