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Carlsbad desalination plant produces 15 billion gallons of fresh water in first year

A mere year after opening, the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant…

 

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California’s state agencies seek to make water conservation methods permanent

A water conservation plan was released by State agencies Nov 30 to achieve long-term…

 

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CAL FIRE works to remove state’s growing number of dead trees

Several years of drought and an accompanying tree-eating beetle epidemic have had a…

 

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Take that, drought! ‘Incredibly wet’ October lifts SF’s water supply

Rain is falling from the skies at a rate San Francisco hasn’t…

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Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. (Dan Schreiber/S.F. Examiner file photo)

CA water year ends with 60% of state still in extreme drought

California's 2016 water year ended Friday, marking a fifth consecutive dry year…

Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. (Dan Schreiber/S.F. Examiner file photo)
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission wants to use recycled water to irrigate Golden Gate Park and fill park lakes as well as irrigating two public golf courses. (Cindy Chew/S.F. Examiner file photo)

SF advances plans to blend Hetch Hetchy water with groundwater

San Francisco’s plan to mix groundwater with Hetch Hetchy drinking water advanced…

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission wants to use recycled water to irrigate Golden Gate Park and fill park lakes as well as irrigating two public golf courses. (Cindy Chew/S.F. Examiner file photo)
Officials with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission say conservation and rationing is still important even though there has been more rain this past year. (Jessica Christian/2014 S.F. Examiner file photo)

Drought is less bleak so restrictions ease up

The weather is wetter than last year amid California’s ongoing drought, but…

Officials with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission say conservation and rationing is still important even though there has been more rain this past year. (Jessica Christian/2014 S.F. Examiner file photo)
This April 23, 2016 photo shows how low the water is in South Lake in the eastern Sierra Nevada near Bishop, Calif. A nearly average amount of rain and snow this winter has eased California's dry spell, filling key reservoirs in Northern California. Officials warned, however, that the state remains in a drought. Residents of drought-stricken California doubled their water conservation efforts in March compared with the month before by turning off their sprinklers when the rain fell and changing habits, officials said Tuesday, May 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Brian Melley)

California looks at easing drought cuts after wet winter

California will consider lifting a mandatory statewide water conservation order for cities…

This April 23, 2016 photo shows how low the water is in South Lake in the eastern Sierra Nevada near Bishop, Calif. A nearly average amount of rain and snow this winter has eased California's dry spell, filling key reservoirs in Northern California. Officials warned, however, that the state remains in a drought. Residents of drought-stricken California doubled their water conservation efforts in March compared with the month before by turning off their sprinklers when the rain fell and changing habits, officials said Tuesday, May 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Brian Melley)
A man walks down Market Street during a lull in a recent storm that hit The City. (Mike Koozmin/ SF Examiner File Photo)

Showers expected to roll in after dry February

San Francisco will quench its thirst for rain once again this week…

A man walks down Market Street during a lull in a recent storm that hit The City. (Mike Koozmin/ SF Examiner File Photo)

California almonds dropping in price

MODESTO — Almond prices in California have dropped significantly in the past…

The water content of the Sierra Nevada snowpack in drought-stricken California was 136 percent of normal Wednesday when officials took the winter's first manual survey.  (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Snowpack in drought-stricken California hits five-year high

FRESNO — Recent El Nino storms have boosted the Sierra Nevada snowpack…

The water content of the Sierra Nevada snowpack in drought-stricken California was 136 percent of normal Wednesday when officials took the winter's first manual survey.  (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
In this Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, photo a California black bear roams in Three Rivers, Calif. Tourists hoping to see a bear in Sequoia National Park this fall probably stand a better chance spotting one in this tiny town at the park’s entrance.  (Brian Melley/AP)

Drought drives bears into California town in search of food

THREE RIVERS, Calif. — Tourists and animal lovers hoping to see a…

In this Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, photo a California black bear roams in Three Rivers, Calif. Tourists hoping to see a bear in Sequoia National Park this fall probably stand a better chance spotting one in this tiny town at the park’s entrance.  (Brian Melley/AP)
Researchers are studying how California's drought is affecting the Giant Sequoias, some more than 3,000 years old and 300 feet tall, making them among the oldest and largest living things on Earth. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Scientists: Drought stressing California’s Giant Sequoias

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK — Giant Sequoias growing in California's Sierra Nevada are…

Researchers are studying how California's drought is affecting the Giant Sequoias, some more than 3,000 years old and 300 feet tall, making them among the oldest and largest living things on Earth. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Millions of gallons of water lost in Hetch Hetchy regional water system pipeline break

Millions of gallons of water have been lost from a 54-inch regional…

Utilities scramble to make backup water plans after break in major pipeline

A major water pipeline that broke in San Bruno on Monday night,…

A lawsuit accuses Tom Selleck of stealing truckloads of water from a public hydrant and bringing it to his Southern California ranch.  (Carlo Allegri/AP)

Scoop: Tom Selleck accused of stealing water amid state drought

The title character of “Magnum, P.I.” faced some pretty ludicrous villains, but…

A lawsuit accuses Tom Selleck of stealing truckloads of water from a public hydrant and bringing it to his Southern California ranch.  (Carlo Allegri/AP)
The Tiburon Salmon Institute is in danger of losing their location where the organization has operated since 1973. Brooke Halsey, executive director of the Tiburon Salmon Institute, moves a swim ladder across the deck of a Salmon pen that at one time was floating in the bay and filled with Salmon. (S.F. Examiner/Mike Koozmin)

Longtime salmon institute told to leave SFSU property in Marin

Advocates of a 42-year-old Marin County salmon institute are hoping an online…

The Tiburon Salmon Institute is in danger of losing their location where the organization has operated since 1973. Brooke Halsey, executive director of the Tiburon Salmon Institute, moves a swim ladder across the deck of a Salmon pen that at one time was floating in the bay and filled with Salmon. (S.F. Examiner/Mike Koozmin)
In this June 4, 2015, photo, Fidel Fraga, right, volunteers at a food distribution event in Firebaugh, Calif., serving hundreds of farmworkers out of work because of the state’s relentless drought. The food is provided through emergency drought relief funds. Fraga also collected his own box of food because has been laid off for months from his job driving a tractor at a Central Valley farm. Although the drought-assistance package has helped communities across California cope with the driest conditions in recent memory, millions of dollars remain untapped more than one year after it was provided, showing how slowly the wheels of government can turn even in a crisis. AP Photo/Scott Smith

A year later, California drought-relief money is unspent

More than $320 million that was supposed to be rushed to drought-stricken…

In this June 4, 2015, photo, Fidel Fraga, right, volunteers at a food distribution event in Firebaugh, Calif., serving hundreds of farmworkers out of work because of the state’s relentless drought. The food is provided through emergency drought relief funds. Fraga also collected his own box of food because has been laid off for months from his job driving a tractor at a Central Valley farm. Although the drought-assistance package has helped communities across California cope with the driest conditions in recent memory, millions of dollars remain untapped more than one year after it was provided, showing how slowly the wheels of government can turn even in a crisis. AP Photo/Scott Smith
AP Photo/Scott SmithIn this June 4

A year later, California drought-relief money is unspent

More than $320 million that was supposed to be rushed to drought-stricken…

AP Photo/Scott SmithIn this June 4
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Californians reduced water use by 13.5 percent in April

Californians are using less water, but they'll have to conserve a lot…

Mindy Schauer/The Orange County Register via APIn this Monday