California's Water Archive: Climate Watch
California's Water Archive
A collection of Climate Watch reports and related KQED coverage about California's water.
The California Report | Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012, 8:50 AM
There are more than 1,400 dams in California. When the earliest of them was built, the goals were clear: store water, control floods and generate electricity. Since then, new priorities have been added, such as protecting endangered species, which makes relicensing the dams a very pricey and lengthy process.
The California Report | Monday, Jun 18, 2012, 8:50 AM
While much is uncertain about California's warming climate, there's little doubt that it's already changing the fundamentals of how most of us get our water. And that has some far-reaching implications that could even show up on your electric bill.
The California Report | Tuesday, Jun 12, 2012, 8:50 AM
The state's water managers rolled out a plan this week to reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by moving water around the state. If that sounds odd, it turns out that moving and treating water takes a lot of electricity. But the reverse is also true -- generating power uses a lot of water.
The California Report | Monday, Jun 11, 2012, 8:50 AM
Here in California we're constantly prodded to save energy -- and to save water, too. But what if we told you that by saving one, you can save both? That's because water and power are inextricably bound together, a fact that is starting to get the attention of policymakers.
The California Report | Friday, May 11, 2012, 4:30 PM
California is always just one long drought away from a crisis. At the center of the state's complicated and aging water system is the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Polls show many Californians aren't sure what or where the Delta is -- but the fate of cities, farmers and even fish depends on it. Efforts to relieve some of that pressure on the Delta often result in political deadlock. We look at the latest effort to break the Delta log jam.
The California Report | Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012, 8:50 AM
As more taxpayers file their returns online, fewer post offices are having the traditional last-minute curbside service. Only 22 post offices in California will have extended hours, and not all of those will stay open until midnight.
Forum | Tuesday, Apr 10, 2012, 9:30 AM
Parts of San Francisco's Ocean Beach have been sliding into the sea, and with climate change, the erosion is expected to get much worse. We discuss a new plan to protect San Francisco's coast.
The California Report | Monday, Apr 09, 2012, 8:50 AM
The Salton Sea, a vast expanse of saltwater in the desert northeast of San Diego, was created by an epic flood in 1905. Today it's in trouble, a victim of Southern California's endless quest for water. Recent deals to transfer water to thirsty cities in the Southland could be the demise of the Salton Sea, and a threat to the health of those who live nearby.
The California Report | Monday, Apr 02, 2012, 8:50 AM
Southern California seems to have escaped the winter with no devastating landslides. But some coastal Southlanders live with moving earth almost on a daily basis -- a problem likely to be compounded by the rising seas and more extreme weather of a changing climate. The shifting Palos Verdes Peninsula may provide a preview of things to come for the California coast.
The California Report | Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012, 8:50 AM
Snow has returned to the Sierra, but probably not enough to dramatically change expectations for the mountain snowpack. With the dry winter across the region, no one's expecting a miracle from today's monthly snow survey. Farmers are bracing for a growing season challenged by drought.