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  • Some governors push back over McConnell letter to defy EPA Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's call for governors to defy proposed federal rules to limit pollution has been met with mostly silence, but leaders in downwind New England states and drought-stricken areas in the West are pushing back. More »

  • Southern California to cut water wholesale deliveries by 15%
    Southern California to cut water wholesale deliveries by 15% Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Southern California's water wholesaler voted on 14 April to cut its deliveries to cities and communities by 15% as the state clamps down on water usage amid a devastating four-year drought. The Metropolitan Water District's plan aims to put cities in the greater Los Angeles area in compliance with an order by Governor Jerry Brown to reduce water use by 25%, the first mandatory statewide reduction in California history. More »

  • California drought from above: Aerial photos show need for water restrictions …
    California drought from above: Aerial photos show need for water restrictions … Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    What will it take to get people to use a lot less water in drought-stricken California, with its technicolour landscape of perfect lawns, verdant golf courses and aquamarine swimming pools? The state is about to find out as it imposes the first mandatory water-use restrictions in its history. More »

  • Analyst: California drought not a significant hit to economy Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    California's drought is not likely to have a significant effect on the state's economy or budget despite leading to cutbacks on farms, a nonpartisan fiscal analyst said Tuesday. Declining agriculture production ... More »

  • Huge California water supplier plans to reduce deliveries
    Huge California water supplier plans to reduce deliveries Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — One of California's largest water wholesalers moved forward Monday on a plan to reduce the amount of water it delivers to more than two dozen cities and agencies serving 19 million people amid the lengthening drought. More »

  • California delta's water mysteriously missing amid drought
    California delta's water mysteriously missing amid drought Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — As California struggles with a devastating drought, huge amounts of water are mysteriously vanishing from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta — and the prime suspects are farmers whose families have tilled fertile soil there for generations. More »

  • Guyana delivers water to remote jungle areas hit by drought Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Government officials in Guyana are delivering water to thousands of people living in the South American country's remote jungle communities amid a worsening drought. More »

  • San Diego, Los Angeles mayors take stage in drought fight Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced this week that his city would be deploying water cops and offering money to rip up lawns in an effort to save water during an escalating drought. More »

  • California saw record number of West Nile deaths in 2014
    California saw record number of West Nile deaths in 2014 Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — California saw a record number of deaths from the West Nile virus last year, and the state's drought may have contributed to the spike in infections, according to health officials. More »

  • No more playing nice: California names, shames water wasters
    No more playing nice: California names, shames water wasters Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is done with gentle nudges and polite reminders to deal with its devastating drought. More »

  • California lauds rain, snow despite little effect on drought
    California lauds rain, snow despite little effect on drought Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The rainwater from a rare spring storm that pooled on Gilbert Jaffe's front sidewalk could be seen as a nuisance, but in California's extreme drought conditions, he was treating it like the precious resource it's become. More »

  • Taiwan launches water rationing to fight drought
    Taiwan launches water rationing to fight drought Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    Taiwan launched water rationing in some major cities on Wednesday as the island battled its worst drought in over a decade, following the lowest rainfall in nearly 70 years. More »

  • Californians hoard rain, celebrate snow from spring storm
    Californians hoard rain, celebrate snow from spring storm Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A spring storm that had doused Northern California for the previous 24 hours arrived in Southern California on Tuesday night, bringing mostly light but necessary rainfall across a region that has been experiencing extreme drought conditions. More »

  • California sets water use targets amid record low savings
    California sets water use targets amid record low savings Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    California cities face mandatory targets to slash water use as much as 35 percent while regulators warn voluntary conservation hasn't been enough in the face of a devastating drought. Underlining their ... More »

  • California sets targets for cutting water use amid drought
    California sets targets for cutting water use amid drought Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    A California agency is seeking to boost water supplies in the midst of a devastating drought by assigning conservation targets to slash city water use. The State Water Resources Control Board on Tuesday ... More »

  • California water board says February savings were worst yet
    California water board says February savings were worst yet Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    Californians' efforts to save water in the face of a devastating drought have hit a new low, as statistics released Tuesday showed residents did less to curtail their water use in February than they had ... More »

  • CALIF WATER Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    Graphic shows drought conditions in California and water use by segment; 3c x 4 inches; 146 mm x 101 mm; More »

  • California laments 'dismal' water cuts after drought call
    California laments 'dismal' water cuts after drought call Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    Californians cut their water use by a "dismal" 2.8 percent in February, officials said Tuesday, days after the state's governor demanded 25 percent reductions to counter a historic drought. More »

  • Water board: Californians saved less water in February than any other month … Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Water board: Californians saved less water in February than any other month with drought data. More »

  • Drought expands across large section of nation's crop region Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    Drought conditions expanded last month amid weather that was warmer and drier across much of the western U.S., but spring rain in the agricultural Midwest could improve conditions for farmers preparing ... More »

  • Rain, winds headed to California, but little drought help Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Last week, Gov. Jerry Brown stood in dry brown grass at a site normally covered in snow this time of year and declared the drought conditions gripping the state at its worst point in decades. More »

  • California farmers spared worst of water rationing: governor
    California farmers spared worst of water rationing: governor Sun, Apr 5, 2015

    California Governor Jerry Brown on Sunday defended tough new measures aimed at combatting a crippling four-year drought, but which critics say are far too lenient on the state's farmers. More »

  • Rocky Mountain snow offers scant encouragement to California
    Rocky Mountain snow offers scant encouragement to California Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    DENVER (AP) — Drought-weary Californians can't expect much encouragement from mountains elsewhere in the West: Snow that fills the Colorado River is lagging, too, officials said Friday. More »

  • Cutting back on water use: Q&A on California's drought
    Cutting back on water use: Q&A on California's drought Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    The stubborn drought gripping California is dragging into a fourth year, prompting Gov. Jerry Brown this week to call for mandatory cutbacks in water use across the state. The drastic action marked the ... More »

  • Key provisions of parched California's new water cuts
    Key provisions of parched California's new water cuts Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered the first mandatory, statewide water cutbacks by cities and towns as the state's nearly 40 million people head into a fourth summer of severe drought. More »

  • California moves to kill the lawn, save the water
    California moves to kill the lawn, save the water Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    What's it going to take to get people to use a lot less water in drought-stricken California, the Technicolor landscape of lush yards, emerald golf courses and aquamarine swimming pools? Residents may ... More »

  • Despite heavy rains, reservoir levels still low in Sao Paulo
    Despite heavy rains, reservoir levels still low in Sao Paulo Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's biggest city has recorded its rainiest March since 2008, but the worst drought in more than 80 years has left reservoir levels critically low and water experts fear that strict water rationing may still loom for Sao Paulo as it enters the April-September dry season. More »

  • California takes sweeping steps to conserve water in drought
    California takes sweeping steps to conserve water in drought Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    TUSTIN, Calif. (AP) — Gary Whitlock watched water run to a sidewalk as gardeners hosed down a bed of marigolds outside an Orange County office building and questioned whether California's latest attempt to curb water use would be any more successful than previous efforts in the drought-stricken state. More »

  • Browner lawns, bigger water bills: Q&A on California drought
    Browner lawns, bigger water bills: Q&A on California drought Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown's executive order for mandatory water conservation in cities and towns statewide means people inside and outside California will start feeling more of the pain of the state's four-year severe drought. More »

  • California drought: Governor Jerry Brown orders 25% water cuts after record …
    California drought: Governor Jerry Brown orders 25% water cuts after record … Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    As California's devastating drought continues, Governor Jerry Brown has ordered residents and businesses to cut water use by 25% in the first mandatory state-wide reduction in California history. The storms helped replenish some of the state's reservoirs, although most still have less water than historical averages show is typical. More »

  • California governor orders 25% reduction in water usage statewide
    California governor orders 25% reduction in water usage statewide Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    California Governor Jerry Brown, acting in the face of a devastating, multi-year drought, ordered the first statewide mandatory water restrictions on 1 April directing cities and communities to reduce usage by 25%. Brown, who made the announcement in Phillips where Sierra-at-Tahoe ski resort is located in the Sierra Nevada mountains, said the move, which comes as California reports its lowest snowpack levels on record, would save some 1.5m acre-feet of water over the next nine months. Brown last week signed emergency legislation that fast-tracks over $1bn (£670m) in funding for drought relief and water infrastructure within the parched state. The proposed legislation would appropriate voter-approved bond funds to speed up water projects and programs and provide aid to struggling California cities and communities. More »

  • California Imposes Water Curbs Amid Drought
    California Imposes Water Curbs Amid Drought Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    The California governor has imposed statewide mandatory water restrictions for the first time in the state's history in the face of a devastating drought. Jerry Brown ordered cities and communities to reduce usage by 25% compared to 2013 levels. Snow supplies about a third of the state's water, and a lower snowpack means less water in California reservoirs to meet demand in summer and fall. More »

  • Key provisions of California's new water cuts Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday ordered California's first mandatory, statewide water cutbacks by cities and towns as the state's nearly 40 million people head into a fourth summer of severe drought. More »

  • Things to know about California's drought and water cuts Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown's executive order on Wednesday for mandatory water conservation in cities and towns statewide means people inside and outside California will start feeling more of the pain of the state's four-year severe drought. More »

  • California unveils historic water restrictions over drought crisis
    California unveils historic water restrictions over drought crisis Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    California announced sweeping statewide water restrictions for the first time in history Wednesday in order to combat the region's devastating drought, the worst since records began. More »