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California Reservoir Watch

Here are the state's 10 biggest reservoirs--those of about 1 million acre feet and larger--and how their current storage compares to average conditions and levels a year ago. (Source for map data: CA DWR)

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From the Climate Watch Blog

Heat and Harvest: Calif. Farms on a Climate Collision Course

Sep 23, 2012

Heat and Harvest: Calif. Farms on a Climate Collision Course

A round-up of recent reporting on California agriculture from Climate Watch.

Study: Urban Water Use Will Outpace Efficiency Gains

Aug 22, 2012

Study: Urban Water Use Will Outpace Efficiency Gains

But returning to "Hollywood" showers will just make things worse.

No Relief in Latest California Climate Assessment

Jul 31, 2012

No Relief in Latest California Climate Assessment

But hope persists that we can blunt the worst impacts, if not slow down the warming.

Precipitation Trends Reveal a New North-South Split in California

Jul 31, 2012

Precipitation Trends Reveal a New North-South Split in California

"Extreme" rain and snow events happening more often in the south, less often up north.

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From KQED Public Radio: California's Water

The California Report | Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013, 8:50 AM

Ojai Residents May Buyout Company That Supplies Their Water

Voters in Ojai, east of Santa Barbara, decide Tuesday whether to buy out the private company that provides their water. The little city is one of a number across the nation that have soured on private water over a series of rate hikes in recent years.



The California Report | Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012, 8:50 AM

Bringing California's Dams Up to Date

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

Water and Power: Shrinking Snowpack Puts Hydroelectric Power at Risk

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.



 

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