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Dams Remain in Line For Bulk of Funding Over Cheaper Alternatives
02.21.2017 – Despite the spectacular near failure of Oroville Dam, a linchpin of California’s vast plumbing system, Congress …Read More.
Expect to See More Emergencies Like Oroville Dam in a Hotter World
02.20.2017 – Scientists predicted decades ago that climate change would add stress to water management systems like Oroville Dam …Read More.
2 Dams Illustrate Challenge of Maintaining Older Designs
02.19.2017 – Twelve years ago, widespread destruction from Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast helped compel federal engineers 2,000 miles away in California …Read More.
Disturbing Deficiencies Seen in California’s Dam Safety Efforts
02.19.2017 – The dam burst on a warm afternoon, unleashing nearly 300 million gallons of muddy water on a Los Angeles …Read More.
Op-Ed by Peter Gleick: Oroville Dam Crisis Shows why we Can’t Take Water Infrastructure for Granted
02.16.2017 – During the 20th century, the United States pioneered and built water-treatment and delivery systems that provide nearly …Read More.
The Dam Truth: Climate Change Means More Lake Orovilles
02.16.2017 – Just two years ago, Lake Oroville was so dry that submerged archaeological artifacts were starting to resurface …Read More.
Op-Ed: To Avoid Catastrophe, Don’t Build More Dams
02.15.2017 – In the wake of the Oroville Dam near-catastrophe, many are asking our organization …Read More.
Op-Ed by Laura Feinstein and Peter Gleick: Big-Picture Questions Raised by the Oroville Dam Emergency
02.15.2017 – Let’s not let a good crisis go to waste: Here are six important conversations that need to happen …Read More.
Oroville Is a Warning for California Dams, as Climate Change Adds Stress
02.14.2017 – The St. Francis Dam was a proud symbol of California’s engineering might and elaborate water system …Read More.
Oroville Dam: Crisis Highlights Need for Repairs to Anderson Dam, Other California Dams
02.13.2017 – One day after the deterioration of an Oroville Dam spillway forced the evacuation of more than 180,000 people in …Read More.
Broken California Dam Is a Sign of Emergencies to Come
02.13.2017 – A deluge of repeated rainstorms set the stage for the near-disaster at the Oroville Dam in California, a crisis …Read More.
What is the Oroville Dam, and What will Happen if the Spillway Fails?
02.13.2017 – At least 188,000 people living downstream of California’s Oroville Dam were ordered to evacuate late …Read More.
Amid California Dam Evacuations, Big Risks and a Costly Infrastructure Failure
02.12.2017 – Massive flows of water damaged the emergency spillway of California’s Oroville Dam and prompted the sudden evacuations …Read More.
Despite Floods, California Extends Drought Regulations
02.09.2017 – The Water Resources Control Board has voted to extend existing conservation regulations, to the chagrin of many water agencies. The decision …Read More.
Why Is the Drought Not Over Yet?
02.07.2017 – Since December storms have been battering Los Angeles. In this first week of the city’s traditionally rainiest month, L.A. is more …Read More.
California Struggles with Groundwater Depletion Following End of Drought
02.06.2017 – Perhaps a bit of good news on the climate change front? Although does it come at a cost. Recent California …Read More.
Op-Ed by Laura Feinstein: California Should Protect the Most Vulnerable People Affected by Drought
02.06.2017 – Do we ensure that, while nobody has all the water they want, everyone has enough clean, affordable water to drink …Read More.
Desalination of Aquifers Offers Drought-Weary California New Hope
02.06.2017 – California’s historic drought may be winding down. But water officials across the Golden State are increasingly exploring a hidden but …Read More.
Storms Preview Ocean-Rise Damage to California Cities, Roads
01.30.2017 – Ocean rise already is worsening the floods and high tides sweeping California this stormy winter, climate experts say …Read More.
Study Finds Two Groups Hardest Hit by California’s Drought
01.25.2017 – A new Pacific Institute study is the first statewide effort to explore the impact of the California drought on vulnerable communities …Read More.
Five Things to Know About California’s Drought After Big Storms
01.24.2017 – California has been hit with multiple large storms in the last month that have brought above-average snow and rainfall to most of the state …Read More.
Op-Ed by Peter Gleick: A Wet Year Wont Beat California’s Never-Ending Drought
01.22.2017 – Storm after storm has pummeled California over the past few weeks as a series of so-called atmospheric rivers has come ashore …Read More.
Focus: California Considers Ending Emergency Drought Rules
01.20.2017 – Defining drought in California can be a tricky business, especially when five years of severely dry conditions …Read More.
California Got Soaked—But Don’t Start Your Endless Showers Just Yet
01.15.2017 – It’s been pouring in rain-starved California for the past few weeks, so is the Golden State’s drought finally over …Read More.
Op-Ed by Peter Gleick: Is the Drought Over? Wrong Question!
01.13.2017 – Given the massive series of storms bringing rain and snow to California over the past month, people are asking …Read More.
Side Effect of California’s Drought: More Climate Pollution
01.03.2017 – Droughts are already getting longer and more severe because of human-caused climate change in the American Southwest and around …Read More.
Water in the West: The Most Popular Water Deeply Stories of 2016
12.30.2016 – In case you missed a few favorites, we rounded up some of the popular reads from this year on Water Deeply about the California drought and …Read More.
Arctic Ice Machine to Halt Melting Caps
12.21.2016 – Scientists have called for a Manhattan Project-sized geo-engineering scheme to create more sea ice and prevent a climate “catastrophe” …Read More.
How California’s Water Wars Poisoned one of the Closest Friendships in Congress
12.16.2016 – A bill that stands to help farmers struggling through California’s epic drought sits on President Obama’s desk, awaiting a signature that would allow water in a river …Read More.
California Will Use Aerial Images to Sharpen Lens on Water Conservation
12.02.2016 – California’s water regulators will start using aerial images to measure the green grass and irrigated landscapes of hundreds of communities across …Read More.
In Water-Scarce Regions Desalination Plants Are Risky Investments
11.22.2016 – Earlier this year, during India’s deepest drought in decades, local authorities in central Maharashtra reported the highest rainfall deficit in the country. Water levels behind …Read More.
The Delta Tunnels — A Project Only Engineers Can Love
11.20.2016 – A generation ago the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta tunnel project might have made a certain kind of sense. California’s lakes and rivers had been …Read More.
How Water Use has Declined with Population Growth
11.08.2016 – Water use has not gone up as population increased in the last few years, contrary to popular opinion and expectations. How does this impact how urban water …Read More.
Californians Must Recommit to Water Conservation
10.29.2016 – Recent news items raise concerns about California’s ongoing struggle to deal with the punishing drought. The Desert Sun’s Ian James reported this month that …Read More.
Californians Are Conserving Less Water, But The Drought’s Far From Over
10.28.2016 – A dry winter outlook for California spells even more bad news for the state’s water providers after mandatory conservation rule lifted …Read More.
As the Salton Sea’s Decline Looms, a Rush to Cover up Dry Lakebed
10.26.2016 – On the bottom of what used to be a shallow bay, bulldozers and excavators are clawing into the dry lakebed …Read More.
California Today: The Drought Isn’t Going Away. What You Can Do.
10.20.2016 – The drought is not going away. Adam Nagourney, the Los Angeles bureau chief, traveled to a Central Valley farming community that became a national symbol of the drought. …Read More.
California Today: The Drought Isn’t Going Away. What You Can Do.
10.20.2016 – Adam Nagourney, the Los Angeles bureau chief, traveled to a Central Valley farming community that became a national symbol of the drought. He wrote on Wednesday about a setback …Read More.
California’s Dire Drought Message Wanes, Conservation Levels Drop
10.20.2016 – Remember the California drought? It was all over the news a year ago, when the state took the unprecedented step of mandating statewide water cutbacks. The Sierra Nevada snowpack was at its lowest recorded …Read More.
Why A President Trump Would Be A ‘Massive Disaster’ For U.S. Water
10.19.2016 – Donald Trump told a crowd gathered in Lakeland, Florida, last week that he would ensure the United States had “crystal clear, crystal clean” water if he were elected president. …Read More.
As California Water Use Rises, Some Ask: Were Limits Eased Too Soon?
10.19.2016 – This state slashed urban water use over 25 percent in the face of a punishing drought last year, exceeding a mandatory order issued by Gov. Jerry Brown and turning California into …Read More.
Where’s the Money and the Plan that Will Save the Salton Sea?
10.16.2016 – After more than a decade of frustrating fits and starts, it appears the Salton Sea may yet be saved. In July, California budgeted $80.5 million to build canals …Read More.
Salton Sea Water Diversion Could be Catastrophic for Public Health
10.16.2016 – In January 2018, water that had been flowing into the Salton Sea will be diverted from the Imperial Valley and sent to urban water districts. As a result …Read More.
The Cost of Alternative Water Supply and Efficiency Options in California
10.14.2016 – Today the Pacific Institute released the first comprehensive analysis of the cost of alternative water supply and efficiency options in California, using methods developed …Read More.
Desalination or Reuse? Here’s How Much New Water Supplies Will Cost
10.14.2016 – A new report from the Pacific Institute looks at the comparative costs of different water efficiency and supply options that could help supplement California’s water …Read More.
California Designs First Statewide Water Affordability Program
10.13.2016 – Prompted by a 2015 state law, the State Water Resources Control Board has begun designing a program to provide state aid to individuals and families who need help paying their water bills …Read More.
The Ocean Isn’t the Answer in California
10.13.2016 – Whenever there’s a drought in California, a seemingly obvious source of new water supply beckons. The state abuts a giant ocean. Why not just …Read More.
Voter Guide: Clinton and Trump on Global Warming, Energy and the California Drought
10.13.2016 – The candidates have fundamentally different strategies on environmental issues – and in some cases, no strategies …Read More.
What Falling Water Conservation Numbers Mean for California
10.11.2016 – It is unclear whether the upcoming winter will be the rainy season the state so desperately needs. If not, California could be facing mandatory …Read More.
Climate Change Could Push Risk of ‘Megadrought’ to 99% in American Southwest
10.5.2016 – A megadrought spanning several decades could be almost certain to hit the American southwest this century if greenhouse gas emissions …Read More.
Stop Blaming the Drought on a Lack of Rain
9.21.2016 – We tend to think of drought as a supply problem. When it doesn’t rain in California—now in its fifth year of drought—there’s not enough water to go around. That mentality has …Read More.
Riverside County Has a New Plan to Fund Salton Sea Restoration, and It Involves Tax Revenue
9.12.2016 – When the Obama administration announced $30 million for Salton Sea restoration last month, local officials praised the federal government for …Read More.
Twelve California Water Experts to Watch on Climate and Energy
9.6.2016 – Energy and climate issues factor hugely in California’s water future. In the fifth installment of Water Deeply’s “Experts to Watch” series …Read More.
California Is Running Out of Time to Save the Salton Sea
8.31.2016 – An agreement by California to draw less water from the Colorado River to help boost water levels at Lake Mead could …Read More.
Obama at Lake Tahoe: White House Pledges Support for Salton Sea, Geothermal Energy
8.31.2016 – The federal government is stepping up its commitment to the Salton Sea and exploring the possibility of buying …Read More.
The West May Not Be So Doomed On Water After All
8.31.2016 – It can be difficult to see any bright side when it comes to the water challenges facing the western U.S. …Read More.
Peter Gleick: Why California’s Current Drought Is Different
8.23.2016 – Nearly 30 years after founding the Pacific Institute, a global water think tank, Peter Gleick talks about California’s current drought, how it compares to past crises and how …Read More.
This Region Is Twice Flint’s Size—And Its Water Is Also Poisoned
8.17.2016 – In two of California’s most productive farming regions, at least 212,000 people rely on water that’s routinely unsafe to drink, with levels of a toxin above its federal limit. And even if …Read More.
We Must Respond to Warning Signs at the Salton Sea
8.13.2016 – Scientists say they’ve seen disturbing new signs that the ailing Salton Sea is entering a dangerous phase. Biologists Chris Schoneman and Tom Anderson …Read More.
chronicle State is Years Behind on Projects to Protect Wildlife at Salton Sea, Officials and Activists Say
8.11.2016 – The Salton Sea is in big trouble and plodding state officials are to blame, local authorities and environmentalists say. The California Legislature appropriated …Read More.
chronicle Bottled Water to Outsell Soda for First Time This Year
8.2.2016 – Bottled water will be more popular than soda for the first time in the U.S. this year, thanks to its convenience — and fears over what’s coming out of the tap. …Read More.
chronicle Despite Drought, California Farming Prospered
8.1.2016 – Economic data show that while California farming has seen many changes because of drought, the industry continued its strong growth trend. But …Read More.
chronicle Wishful Thinking Won’t End California’s Drought
Op-Ed by Peter Gleick

7.24.2016 – I know, you’re tired of the drought. Tired of hearing about it, tired of trying to squeeze a little more savings out of your garden and indoor water use, tired …Read More.
Complications of ‘New’ Deep Groundwater
7.22.2016 – As exciting as it was to learn of deep groundwater reserves in California, the state’s efforts now are better spent …Read More.
Drought Felt in Low-Income Bay Area Communities
7.13.2016 – The impact of the drought in rural California has been well documented, but urban areas are also feeling the effects – and low-income communities …Read More.
aaas Water Agencies Shortsighted with Zero Conservation Goal
7.2.2016 – Coachella Valley water agencies are sending the wrong message to customers who’ve spent the last year struggling to conserve this  …Read More.
700 Trillion Gallons of Water Found Deep Below California’s Central Valley
6.28.2016 – Stanford researchers have released a surprising new study revealing that California is sitting on top of a vast water resource that we didn’t know was there  …Read More.
California May Have a Huge Groundwater Reserve That Nobody Knew About
6.27.2016 – In a surprising new study, Stanford researchers have found that drought-ravaged California is sitting on top of a vast and previously unrecognized water resource, in the form of deep groundwater, residing at depths between  …Read More.
How Much Water Are Top Suppliers Committing to Save This Year? Zilch.
6.26.2016 – A year after California attacked the drought with an unprecedented water rationing program that drove cities and towns to cut back 24 percent collectively, state officials have changed course and given local  …Read More.
aaas California’s Drought Isn’t Over. Why Are So Many Water Agencies Ending Mandatory Conservation?
6.23.2016 – Coachella Valley residents have slashed their water use nearly 25 percent over the past year in response to California’s historic drought. Now they  …Read More.
aaas Climate Change Hits Conflict Zones Harder: Syria Case Study
6.10.2016 – The impact of global warming has been linked to the severity of droughts, water scarcity, and food shortages in war-torn Syria, but now an internationally recognized …Read More.
TCSMlogo El Niño is Dead. Long Live La Niña!
6.10.2016 – El Niño is dead, scientists declared Thursday. It was 17 months old. The infamous climate pattern defined by warmer-than-average Pacific Ocean water is likely to be …Read More.
TCSMlogo El Nino Has Run Its Course. But Did It End California’s Drought?
6.10.2016 – El Niño has passed on its merry way after 17 months of unusual warmth, wet weather, and unusual storms from the Pacific Ocean around the world. The big story for this …Read More.
Drought Hasn’t Lifted, but California’s Water Restrictions Just Did
5.28.2016 – They told Vince Calcagno to cut his water use by more than a third last year as the desert summer loomed with its 112-degree highs. He stood near the swimming pool in his …Read More.
New-York-Times-Logo California’s Water Future
5.20.2016 – When California’s snowpack dwindled last year to a tiny fraction of its normal size, the state mandated steep reductions in urban water use. Now that the drought has …Read More.
Inside the Looming Disaster of the Salton Sea
5.20.2016 – BOMBAY BEACH, CALIFORNIA — The lake is drying up, uncounted dead fish line the shore, and the desert town is losing people. It could be the plot of a post-apocalyptic movie set …Read More.
California’s Water Cuts Are Ending, but Don’t Hose Down Your Sidewalk Just Yet
5.20.2016 – In a major policy shift fueled by a wet winter, California officials announced Wednesday that they will lift mandatory urban water restrictions starting in June. The water cuts, which began last summer, required …Read More.
TCSMlogo California Board Allows Water Districts to Set Their Own Conservation Targets
5.19.2016 – For its first four years, the California drought spread its pain across most corners of the state. The great peaks of the Sierra Nevada were snow-deprived. Central Valley agricultural fields lay fallow. And the trademark …Read More
TCSMlogo Thanks El Nino, but California’s Drought Is Probably Forever
5.16.2016 – Drought is a tricky thing to define. It is not just a matter of how little water falls out of the sky. If it were, you would be forgiven for believing that California’s wettish winter had ended, or even alleviated, the worst drought …Read More
TCSMlogo Water in California: Back to Business as Usual?
5.10.16 A wet winter restored rain and snowfall levels in some areas of California to pre-drought levels, prompting questions about unpopular water conservation efforts. During the past five years of drought, the state has undertaken… Read more.
abc news-logo California Looks at Easing Drought Cuts After Wet Winter
5.9.16 California will consider lifting a mandatory statewide water conservation order for cities and towns after a rainy, snowy winter eased the state’s five-year drought, water officials said Monday. But an executive order… Read more.
san-diego-union-tribune-logo State Taking Greater Control over Groundwater
California has long known that its groundwater problem would reach crisis level. Now the crisis has indeed arrived, and as officials in Sacramento roll out rules in an effort to gradually balance water demand… Read more.
Los Angeles Times Congress is About to Wipe out Decades of Progress in Sustainable Water Use
Op-Ed by Peter Gleick
4.28.16 As California enters its fifth year of official drought — and its ninth dry year in the past 10 — the elements of a modern, sustainable water system are finally taking shape. The state is improving water efficiency Read more.
logo_home_medium_2x Schools Buying Water Filters Even Though Fountains Are Fine
A growing distaste and distrust of tap water has prompted many school districts to spend thousands of taxpayer dollars on heavily marketed filters — some of which use a process that discards some water as waste.... Read more.
LogoRevamp Peter Gleick: Top Water Scientist Doggedly Pursues Conservation
 The man in the shirt and tie with thin-rimmed glasses, a graying beard, and slightly tousled hair spoke with confidence and carefully chosen words. He was being interviewed on “Inside Story”... Read more.
guardian-news-logo What Will Happen if the World’s Biggest Companies Don’t Take water Seriously?
4.13.16 Under the new Sustainable Development Goals, 193 countries have pledged to deliver water for all by 2030. With the UN recently publishing a list of indicators to evaluate progress, now is the time for the business sector to step up… Read more.
Los Angeles Times No, California’s Drought Isn’t Over. Here’s Why Easing the Drought Rules Would Be a Big Mistake
 On March 23, the San Juan Water District, which serves upper-crust residential estates in the Sacramento area, declared that the drought is over. After months of El Niño rainfall, Folsom Lake, the district’s chief water source… Read more.
national-geographic-logo Snowpack 97% of Average in California’s Northern Sierra
3.30.16 California’s five-year drought isn’t over yet, but the state’s snowpack now stands at 97 percent of its historical average, according to a measurement taken today in the Sierra Nevada. A year ago, Governor Jerry Brown... Read more.
logo_greenbiz Groundwater Gets a Recharge from Worried Farmers, Scientists
 In California’s famous water wars, who controls what water and where has been material for Hollywood movies. But since 60 percent of the water used by agriculture and industry in this drought era is groundwater pumped... Read more.
Los Angeles Times Reservoirs are Getting a big Boost from ‘Miracle March’ – but the Drought Isn’t over Yet
 So much rain has fallen in Northern California recently that federal officials have done what would have been unthinkable a year ago. They opened the spill gates... Read more.
the-desert-sun-logo The Future of the World’s Groundwater
Op-Ed by Peter Gleick
As California grinds into what is likely to be a fifth drought year, awareness of the importance – and poor management – of California’s groundwater… Read more.
imgres One step to help Restore Trust in Flint
Op-Ed by Peter Gleick and Marc Edwards
By now, most of the country is aware of the water crisis that has struck Flint and the ongoing health risks to residents and, especially children… Read more.
sac-bee-logo Water Conservation Efforts must Expand in Fifth Year of Drought
Op-Ed by Peter Gleick
A fifth year of California drought and continued water challenges now appear unavoidable, even with new storms on the horizon. Sadly, El Niño has so far failed… Read more.
logo-slideshow-huffington-post Drought Costs Californians an Extra $2 Billion in Electricity Expenses
 Water and energy are interconnected and California’s drought is providing another reminder of that fact. Last week the Pacific Institute released a report… Read more.
New-York-Times-Logo Storm Water, long a Nuisance, May Be a Parched California’s Salvation
2.18.16- The winter rains finally arrived in Southern California, bringing drenching relief this week to a part of the nation suffering one of the worst droughts… Read more.
CSM_Logo_1 As California Enters a ‘New Era’ on Water, Cities Seek Their own Solutions
2.17.16- For California, which has endured four years of extraordinary drought, the state’s wet season is off to an encouraging start. High in California’s… Read more.
Flint is Still a Disaster, but Obama just Proposed a Giant Cut to Water Funding
President Obama has called Flint, Michigan’s water crisis “inexplicable and inexcusable.” But his administration’s proposed 2017 budget, released today, cuts… Read more.
Desert Sun Saving the Salton Sea
Only a few decades ago, the Salton Sea was one of California’s gems. Many remember it as a highly visited tourist destination with seaside homes… Read more.
imgres UAE Banks on ‘Rainmakers’ to Secure Future Water Supply
.29.16– As climate change makes the desert nation hotter and drier, and a growing economy uses more water, the United Arab Emirates is giving $5m to researchers… Read more.
New-York-Times-Logo A Step Toward Measuring California’s Water
One of the biggest problems facing California during its drought has been its failure to accurately measure water use, especially by farms. New regulations… Read more.
sierra-magazine-logo Oil and Agriculture Don’t Mix
.10.15– California is well known as an agricultural powerhouse. The state produces about half of the fresh fruits, vegetables, and nuts eaten by American… Read more. 
Desert Sun Dry Springs and Dead Orchards: Barren Fields
in Morocco Reveal Risks of Severe Depletion
in North Africa
12.10.15- Sebt El Guerdane, Morocco – On a plot of farmland where goats wander among the weeds, a two-story house made of stone and concrete looks out over… Read more. 
Desert Sun California in Overdraft: Dry Wells and Sinking Ground as State Struggles with Groundwater Crisis
Two decades ago, the rolling hills of Paso Robles were mostly covered with golden grass and oak trees. Now the hills and valleys are blanketed… Read more. 
 Desert Sun At Salton Sea, Political Pressure Finally Spurs Progress
12.6.15– After decades of false starts and warnings of disaster, hope is on the horizon at the Salton Sea.No, there’s still no plan to return California’s largest lake to its former… Read more.
CNN Is the Syrian Conflict Linked to Climate Change
11.23.15- Could terrorism and conflict be directly linked to climate change? “Absolutely,” says Britain’s Prince Charles in an interview with Sky News that aired on… Read more.
 Los Angeles Times California Must Capture Water, Not Waste It
Op-Ed by Peter Gleick

11.17.15– We don’t know for sure whether the El Niño we face this winter will be a drought buster or a bust. But we had better prepare for a lot of rain and the potential… Read more.
Print Toxic Dust From a Dying California Lake
11.9.15 On October 28, the smog-control agency for Los Angeles and the surrounding areas, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, issued an odor advisory… Read more. 
City-Lab It’s Great That Americans Are Using Less Water Than Ever—Unless You’re a Water Utility
10.30.15- It’s not many industries that encourage customers to buy less of the product they’re selling. But that’s the conundrum water utilities have found… Read more.
 npr_drs Environmental Outlook: Lessons From Israel’s Search For Water
10.7.15– California is in its fourth year of record-breaking drought. Yet, the Golden State is far from alone in its water woes. Forty of 50 U.S. states will face shortages…Read more.
la-times-logo Salton Sea Faces Catastrophic Future, Toxic Dust Storms, Officials Say
Community activists, politicians and water officials from the Imperial and Coachella valleys went to the state water board in Sacramento six months ago… Read more.
 naturelogo California Agriculture Weathers Drought — at a Cost
9.30.15- Three brown, withered lawns surround David Behar’s home in Marin County, north of San Francisco in California. Behar, who directs the climate… Read more
ABC7-logo How Lifestyle Choices Cause You to Use More Water
9.22.15- Californians have cut our home water use by about 30 percent this summer. That’s a serious effort that is paying off, but most of us probably don’t realize… Read more.
la-times-logo Less Water Might be Plenty for California, Experts Say, and Conservation is Only the Start
Across California this summer, residents have been racking up water conservation numbers that defy expectations — a 27% reduction in June, followed by 31.3% in July… Read more. 
national-geographic-logo New Hope for the Salton Sea
9.3.15- The Salton Sea, a vast saltwater lake in remote southeastern California providing crucial habitat for birds and wildlife, is quickly approaching a tipping… Read more. 
nyt-logo California Agriculture Posted Record Revenues During Drought
8.26.15 – California’s drought has brought with it stories of acres of farmland fallowed and billions of dollars lost. Farmers have undeniably been affected by… Read more
The_Takeaway_logo How The U.S. Helped Iran Manage Its Water Crisis
8.11.15- There’s plenty of blustery rhetoric surrounding the Iran nuclear deal. Hardliners in Iran think they’ve comprised too much, and some in the U.S. don’t think… Read more.
nbc-news-logo Flow of Cheap Hydroelectricity Slows in Parched West
As rivers and reservoirs shrink across the parched West, cheap sources of water-generated electricity are starting to dry up… Read more.
usa today logo On Four Continents, Historic Droughts Wreak Havoc
7.27.15– California’s historic drought appears to be matched by severe dry spells on three other continents. Brazil, North Korea and South Africa are bearing the brunt of much lower-than-average precipitation… Read more.
nyt-logo MGM Resorts Tells Drought Panel It’s Saved 2 Billion Gallons
7.17.15– Sin City may look like a lush water-waster as the state endures its fourth year of a severe drought, but casino-resorts say their fountains and greenery are well-crafted illusions… Read more.
 la-times-logo How more lawn restrictions could remake the California landscape
First it was existing lawns, with Gov. Jerry Brown leading the way in urging Californians to rip out swaths of green to save vast amounts of water… Read more.
guardian-news-logo The madness of drinking bottled water shipped halfway round the world
7.9.15– Globally, we now drink as much packaged water as we do milk. At 30 litres per person per year, bottled water is the second most popular liquid refreshment … Read more.
pro-publica-logo Today’s Water Laws Encourage Waste. Can Big Data Help Shape Better Ones?
6.25.15– Water Talk is a series of conversations about how we’re “Killing the Colorado,” a multi-part investigation from ProPublica and Matter that tells the truth behind the water crisis in the West…. Read more.
wsj-logo The Numbers Behind Agricultural Water Use
6.21.15– Perhaps you’ve noticed—and questioned—recent reports about California’s drought and the surprisingly large quantities of water required to produce foods grown there… Read more.
nyt-logo California Cuts Farmers’ Share of Scant Water
6.12.15– Farmers with rights to California water dating back more than a century will face sharp cutbacks, the first reduction in their water use since 1977… Read more.
nyt-logo Your Contribution to the Drought
5.21.15– California farmers produce more than a third of the nation’s vegetables and two-thirds of its fruits and nuts. To do that, they use nearly 80 percent… Read more.
 la-times-logo Drought Cuts Power Production of California Dams
Shasta Dam, looming more than 600 feet tall and gatekeeper of the largest man-made lake in California, was designed to perform two crucial… Read more.
sacbee-logo Soapbox: Don’t let special interests dictate state water policy
4.30.15– California’s water system is in a very delicate place – a transition from 19th and 20th century policies and institutions to a system that must work for a 21st century… Read more.
 guardian-news-logo $8bn Habitat Conservation Plan Scrapped as California Prioritises Agribusiness
4.29.15– For the past eight years, California politicians, utility companies, farmers and environmentalists have been arguing over the Bay Delta Conservation Plan… Read more.
New-Yorker-logo The Dying Sea
There is a place in the California desert where a pipe pokes out from a berm made of broken concrete and delivers freshwater to a dying sea. I stood there… Read more.
 mercury-news-logo Peter H. Gleick: Ditch the Water-Wasting Lawns
4.17.15- It is time to redefine what we think of as a beautiful landscape and get rid of ornamental lawns in the arid western United States. The idea that… Read more.
images Taking the Hydro Out of hydropower
.18.15- California is facing its worst drought in a thousand years, according the state’s energy commission. The Snowpack in the Sierra Nevadas… Read more.
 sf-chronicle-logo California Drought: Why Mandatory Cuts Didn’t Hit Farms
4.8.15- As Californians prepare for unprecedented mandatory water reductions of 25 percent beginning next month, state officials find themselves defending… Read more.
nyt-logo California Drought Tests History of Endless Growth
For more than a century, California has been the state where people flocked for a better life — 164,000 square miles of mountains, farmland… Read more.
 washington-post-logo As West Struggles with Drought, Complicated Water Politics Loom
4.3.15- Throughout the 19th century, Americans flooded to the western United States in search of resources: gold, timber, coal, oil. But the explosive growth of Western… Read more.
la-times-logo Gov. Brown’s drought plan goes easy on agriculture
Gov. Jerry Brown’s historic order to curb California’s water use largely bypasses agriculture, the state’s biggest water user, setting off debate about whether growers… Read more.
CNN The End of the Lawn
 When the news popped up on Carmen Uribe’s smartphone on Wednesday, she went into a near-panic: California, for the first time, would… Read more.
 New-Yorker-logo California Accepts a Drought-Filled Future
4.2.15– Phillips Station sits about sixty-eight hundred feet up in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, not far from the ski resorts near the southern shore of Lake… Read more.
 guardian-news-logo California’s drought is not getting better but experts look to startups for ideas
3.22.15- The last five years of Nasa data shows the California Central Valley has had drier than average conditions. Although the data hasn’t yet been completely processed for 2014, it is largely understood that this dry trend… Read more.
 nyt-logo California First to Feel Hydro-Power Crunch of Drought
3.21.15– Flying over the Sierra Nevada as California entered its fourth year of drought, the state’s energy chief looked down and saw stark bare granite cloaked in dirty… Read more.
 usa-today-logo Intensifying Calif. drought sets off alarms
3.18.15- As California’s epic drought continues with no end in sight, it is setting off new alarms about unprecedented water shortages, increased wildfire threats… Read more.
 bloomberg-biz California’s Cleaner Fuel Comes at Cost to Water: Report
3.17.15-The water it takes to supply energy to California, the biggest U.S. fuel market, has risen almost four-fold over two decades. And the culprit isn’t oil… Read more.
sf-chronicle-logo Water Wasters Elude Fines
 California water regulators, alarmed by slack conservation three years into a crippling drought, took the unprecedented step last summer… Read more.
 national-geographic-logo Lack of Snow Leaves California’s ‘Water Tower’ Running Low
3.4.15- Snowpack—which essentially serves as a water tower for the western United States—produces vital meltwater that flows off the… Read more.
 mercury-news-logo California water conservation weakening as drought worsens. Tougher rules on the way?3.4.15- California is heading into the fourth summer of a historic drought, but when it comes to conserving water, its urban residents are going… Read more.
sf-chronicle-logo The drought forecast calls for pain
For the fourth year in a row, California is in severe drought. Water allocations from the state and federal water projects will be far short of what farmers… Read more.
 logo-slideshow-huffington-post Changing the Way We Think About Water: Q&A with Peter Gleick
2.24.15- Peter Gleick knows water. An environmental scientist and communicator and co-founder of the Pacific Institute, the MacArthur “genius” fellow and member… Read more.
Slate_logo The United States of Megadrought
2.12.15- When it comes to drought in the West, we ain’t seen nothin’ yet. That’s the conclusion from a new study that links an increasing risk of decades-long drought… Read more. 
logo_greenbiz How to do business in a world running out of water
– If there’s any doubt that water crises loom over the globe, consider these news headlines from a mere 10 days in January: from Brazil, “Sao Paulo… Read more.
 Desert Sun After 12 years, legal dispute over water transfer ends
2.4.15- Imperial County and the Imperial Irrigation District announced a settlement in a long-running legal battle Tuesday, ending 12 years of litigation over a… Read more.
 national-geographic-logo Can Sun and Wind Make More Salt Water Drinkable?
2.2.15– The oceans have long taunted those who thirst. Records dating to A.D. 200 show that sailors boiled seawater and used sponges to absorb fresh water… Read more. 
Desert Sun Congressman seek Salton Sea funding
Two California congressmen are urging President Barack Obama to support more funding for federal projects to remedy the complex problems of the Salton… Read more.
 logo-slideshow-huffington-post 13 Weird Moments In The History Of Water Fountains
1.14.15-When was the last time you gave serious thought to a drinking fountain? Maybe it was in elementary school, when they were the only way to… Read more.
 mercury-news-logo California residents increase water conservation but fall short of state’s goal
1.6.15– After two months in a row of declining conservation, Californians are doing better at saving water, but they remain far short of a goal set by Gov. Jerry… Read more.
Desert Sun On top of drought, 2014 marked by extraordinary heat
1.2.15-Despite the blast of winter weather that swept across California at the end of 2014, much of the year stood out for extraordinary heat…Read more. 
 sf-chronicle-logo California’s water deficit: 11 trillion gallons
NASA satellites that have been tracking California’s troubled water supplies from space generated a first-ever estimate of how much water…Read more.
 guardian-news-logo What to do when climate change poses a risk to your water supply
12.10.14- As evidence of climate change mounts, businesses across all sectors of the economy are developing strategies for identifying and avoiding the risks… Read more.
nyt-logo Los Angeles, City of Water
LOS ANGELES is the nation’s water archvillain, according to public perception, notorious for its usurpation of water hundreds of miles away… Read more.
bloomberg-logo Water War Amid Brazil Drought Leads to Fight Over Puddles
Brazil’s Jaguari reservoir has fallen to its lowest level ever, laying bare measurement posts that jut from exposed earth like a line of dominoes. The nation’s… Read more.
 la-times-logo ‘Looming environmental crisis’ at Salton Sea prompts plea for help
The Imperial Irrigation District has sent a plea to a state water board to help avert a “looming environmental and public health crisis” at the Salton Sea… Read more.
 nyt-logo Preserving a Mistake Made by Our Meddling With Nature
11.10.14– The area around this town of date palms attracts two kinds of migrants – hundreds of humans who work the land, and millions of birds who stop to rest… Read more.
newsweek-logo A Water Project Cleans Up Nairobi’s Slum
1.9.14– At 8 a.m., Patrick Mwangi meets me for breakfast at the Serena Hotel in downtown Nairobi. We are in the hotel’s restaurant, seated at a table covered…Read more.
 Desert Sun California’s water bond, a $7.5B ‘down payment’
11.5.14– California’s newly approved $7.5 billion water bond will energize the state’s efforts to deal with a host of water problems by channeling money…Read more.
 la-times-logo Prop. 1 aims to relieve drought — but not this one
10.29.14– California’s stubborn drought helped push a $7.5-billion water bond through the Legislature and onto the November ballot. But even if…Read more.
 kqed-logo California Voters to Decide $7.5 Billion Water Bond Measure
10.29.14– At three years and counting, one of the worst droughts in California history shows little sign of abating. So it’s no surprise…Read more. 
guardian-news-logo Action on improving poor water quality needs to come from government
10.27.14– Water is at once the most global of issues and the most local. Access to clean water is seen as a universal human right, yet your view of water is… Read more.
sf-chronicle-logo $7.5 Billion Plan Won’t Fix Drought 
10.23.14– An in-depth analysis of the $7.5 billion water bond
(Proposition 1) on the Nov. 4 ballot finds that it could benefit California’s communities and the…Read more.
 ABC7-logo Voters to Decide on Voting $7.1 B for Water Projects
10.20.14– While welcome, Monday’s rain does little to ease the state’s critical drought. In two weeks, voters will be asked to vote on a $7.1 billion bond — Proposition 1…Read more. 
 guardian-news-logo Water wars: a new reality for business and governments
– During his reign from 2,450-2,400BC, King of Lagash set about building boundary canals around his territory. The result was a gradual reduction in the water… Read more.
la-times-logo In virtual mega-drought, California avoids defeat
10.5.14– A few years ago a group of researchers used computer modeling to put California through a nightmare scenario: Seven decades… Read more.
sf-chronicle-logo Proposition 1:Voters to decide on $7.5 billion water bond
9.22.14– California voters will be faced with a $7.5 billion question this fall about whether to publicly finance a water bond meant to help the state better…Read more.
national-geographic-logo When the Snows Fail
9.19.14– For three generations the Diener family has farmed the same ten square miles of Central Valley dirt. In the 1920s they grew barley and alfalfa to feed the mules that powered…Read more.
 la-times-logo Rotten-egg odor from Salton Sea prompts air quality warning
9.17.14– Increased level of hydrogen sulfide in the Salton Sea this week — marked by the tell-tale “rotten eggs” odor — prompted officials… Read more.
 national-geographic-logo Amid Drought, New California Law Will Limit Groundwater Pumping for First Time
9.17.14– Despite California’s reputation as an environmental policy leader, its regulation of groundwater extraction has long been among the weakest in the…Read more.
associated-press-logo California Homes Lack Water Meters During Drought
9.6.14-Although California is locked in a third year of historic drought, many homeowners and businesses still don’t have meters telling them just how much water… Read more.
la-times-logo Salton Sea inaction could cause ‘catastrophic change,’ report says
9.3.14-Saving the beleaguered Salton Sea will be expensive, but allowing it to continue deteriorating will cost even more in terms of dollars, unemployment… Read more.
Drought has State Debating its Unregulated Pumping
8.20.14– Three years of drought have Californians debating an end to the state’s status as one of the last in the West with a pump-as-you-please policy… Read more.
 nyt-logo How Conservation and Groundwater Management Can Gird California for a Drier Era
8.1.14 – It’s way past time for California to come to grips with the possibility that its extraordinary water woes are the new normal — and essentially the return of the old … Read more. 
 takepart_logo Your Bottled Water Might Be Draining California’s Last Drops of H2O
7.15.14 – California experienced the driest year on record in 2013 and continues to be afflicted by a drought. California’s State Water Resources Control Board… Read more. 
logo-slideshow-huffington-post Water is Today’s Risky Business 
7.29.14 – Recently, a bi-partisan group of political and business leaders including Henry Paulson, Tom Steyer, Michael Bloomberg, Robert Rubin, and Olympia… Read more. 
Water-Efficiency-Logo Rethinking Water Storage
7.24.14– On January 17, a state of drought emergency was declared in California by Governor Jerry Brown. By early February, snowpack in the Eastern Sierras… Read more.
national-geographic-logo Storms Get Headlines, but Drought Is a Sneaky, Devastating Game-Changer
7.15.13 – If droughts were hurricanes, people might pay more attention to them. Droughts can creep up on us with their prolonged absence of rain, and their effects… Read more
sci-american-logo The Past and Future of California’s Water
7.13.14 – Aqueducts, dams and irrigation projects made  development possible in the West, but… Read more.
nyt-logo Saving Water in California
7.9.2014 – NY Times Editorial: California is in the third year of its worst drought in decades… Read more.
stockton-record State May Turn Up Pressure on Water Violations
7.10.2014 – State water cops announced unprecedented emergency rules… Read more.
reno-gazette-journal California’s Flawed Water System Can’t Track Usage
6.28.2014– Nearly 4,000 California companies, farms and others are allowed to use free water… Read more.
 morning-edition Meters Would Help Sacramento Homes Save More Water
6.26.2014 – The drought in California is growing more serious by the day… Read more.
Desert Sun Vanishing Water
6.15.26– The biggest reservoir in the United States is dropping 1 foot each week… Read more.
national-geographic-logo Can California Conserve Its Way Through Drought?
6.13.2014– As California enters the hottest months of the summer in the midst of a devastating drought, the state appears to be falling short...Read more.
nbc-san-diego copy California Could Stretch Current Water Supply by One-Third: Report
6.12.2014– The water would be found by expanding use of existing strategies such as conservation, water recycling, rainwater capture, and more efficient agricultural irrigation techniques. Read more. 
bloomberg-logo California Has Potential to Turn Water Deficit to Surplus
6.10.2014– Drought-stricken California has more than twice the water capacity needed to erase an annual deficit of more than 6 million acre-feet,…Read more.
CSM-logo New Ways to Make Dirty Water Clean
6.9.2014 – Traditional desalination has meant turning seawater into drinking water. But new technologies not only improve desalination but open up ways to use agricultural water and industrial effluent too. Read more
guardian-news-logo The Age of Climate Warfare is Here. The Military-Industrial Complex is Ready. Are You?
A new study accepted for publication in the July issue of the American Meteorological Society’s journal Weather, Climate, and Society, underscores the role of climate changeRead more.
bloomberg-logo Syrian Conflict Exacerbated by Effects of Poor Water Management
-Wasteful irrigation practices coupled with a five-year drought in the Middle East increased tensions among those involved in Syria’s three-year civil war...Read more.
CSM-logo Cities that Depend on Snowmelt for Water Could Face Problems, Study Suggests
5.19.14 – A new study finds that when more precipitation falls as rain instead of snow, stream flows in drainage basins decline. This could complicate matters for areas that need snowmelt … Read more
national-geographic-logo 5 Dramatic Ways California Is Tackling Drought
5.8.14– California’s current drought is not the state’s driest spell on record in terms of total precipitation. If the state feels this drought as a particularly severe one…Read more.
ABC7-logo EBMUD Taps Sacramento River to Meet Water Demand
-As California’s historic drought continues, the East Bay Municipal Utility District is tapping the Sacramento River to help its 1.3 million customers in Alameda and Contra Costa counties weather the dry spring without water rationing…Watch video here.
kqed-logo True Water Restrictions Rare, Even in California’s Record-Breaking Drought
4.29.14 – 
May is fast approaching, and with it, the end of the rainy season. At least, what passed for a rainy season this year. Much of California is still in an “extreme” or even… Read more
irin-logo Analysis: Conflict and Water
4.22.14 – In 2001 then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan declared: “Fierce competition for fresh water may well become a source of conflict and wars… Read more
chicago-tribune-logo Spending: Cheap Water is Running Dry
4.18.14 – Americans, unlike people in many parts of the world, tend to take clean water for granted. For most of us, it’s also cheap: The average U.S. household pays $372 a year for drinking… Read more
bloomberg-view-logo Bigger Dams Won’t Make California Greener
4.3.2014 – California’s northern rivers are so low that young Chinook salmon have to be trucked on their journey to the Pacific Ocean. Yet to listen to some farmers and their political allies…Read more.
nyt-logo What to do about the California Drought 
3.16.2014 – 
Re “Global Warming? Not Always,” by Martin P. Hoerling (Sunday Review, March 9): Re “Global Warming?” Read more
mercury-news-logo California Drought: More than 255,000 Homes and Businesses still don’t have Water Meters Statewide
3.8.14 – 
Despite urgent calls for water conservation amid one of California’s worst droughts, more than 255,000 homeowners and businesses across the state can still use all the water they want without paying higher bills. Read more
Print American Aqueduct: The Great California Water Saga
2.24.14 – A $25 billion plan, a small town, and a half-century of wrangling over the most important resource in the biggest state. Read more
mercury-news-logo Peter Gleick and Pacific Institute Emphasize Water Conservation
2.24.14 – 
Nearly three decades ago, when Peter Gleick started the Pacific Institute to work on water and other environmental issues, California was in the grip of a fierce drought. Read more
la-times-logo Severe drought? California has been here before
2.23.14 – A thousand-year tree-ring study shows that deep droughts come with the territory. Now the issue is how to deal… Read more
associated-press-logo Governor Plans $687 Million for California Drought
2.19.14 – Gov. Jerry Brown and the top Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday announced a $687 million plan to provide immediate help to drought-stricken communities throughout… Read more
national-geographic-logo Can California Farmers Save Water and the Dying Salton Sea?
2.18.2014 – Standing atop a rocky outcrop on the southeastern edge of the Salton Sea in southern California, Bruce Wilcox pointed to the wooden ruins of a boat dock that dates back to the… Read more
 nbc-news-logo Parched California Pours Mega-Millions Into Desalination Tech
2.17.2014 – Besieged by drought and desperate for new sources of water, California towns are ramping up plans to convert salty ocean water into drinking water to quench their long-term thirst. Read more.
Desert Sun Experts Urge Long-Term Approach to Water Scarcity in California
2.13.14 – As President Barack Obama travels to Fresno focusing on California’s extreme drought, scientists are advocating efforts to align water use with dwindling supplies… Read more
world-mail-logo In California, Not a Drop to Drink
2.10.14 – Within California’s complex and delicate infrastructure, the land around Bishop is vitally important. Nestled near the eastern border of the Sierra Nevada mountain range… Read more
businessweek-logo California Drought Impact Seen Spreading From Fires to Food Cost
2.07.14– The drought that’s gripping California may soon have the rest of the country seeking relief. The emergency, which follows the state’s driest year on record, is likely to… Read more
 forum-npr-logo Despite Recent Rain, Drought Fears Escalate
2.5.2014 – California faces what may be its worst drought in modern history. At least 17 communities and water districts in the state could run out of water within 100 days… Read more
 climate-progress-logo Leading Scientists Explain How Climate Change Is Worsening California’s Epic Drought
1.31.2014 – Scientists have long predicted that climate change would bring on ever-worsening droughts, especially in semi-arid regions like the U.S. Southwest. As climatologist James Hansen… Read more
associated-press-logo Amid Drought, California Agency Won’t Allot Water
1.31.2014 – Amid severe drought conditions, California officials announced Friday they won’t send any water from the state’s vast reservoir system to local agencies beginning … Read more
new-scientist-logo Parched California hunts for water in unusual places
1.28.2014 – Water is running low in California. Reservoirs are receding, leaving lake beds cracking in the warm winter sun. Snowpack in the Sierra Nevada mountains, traditionally a third … Read more
sfbg-logo Drought
1.28.2014 – I remember the dead lawns, 90-second timed showers, empty fountains and pools, and water cops issuing tickets for washing one’s dirty car. Read more
npr-on-point-logo California Drought And The U.S. Food Supply
1.27.2014 – They are praying for rain in California.  And facing drought.  A drought emergency, Governor Jerry Brown declared last week.  Worst in years.  Winter weather so warm… Read more. 
new-zealand-herald-logo California’s Drought Sparks Fears for Future
1.25.2014 – Some say state needs to rethink policies to suitably deal with climate change. Read more
motherjones 6 Scary Facts About California’s Drought
1.18.2014 – “Fire season just didn’t end this year. The comment came from Scott Miller, the Los Angeles County fire inspector, in the wake of the Colby Fire in the foothills near Los Angeles … Read more
KTVU_2_logo Drought May Alter California Lifestyles
1.17.2014 – 
Water policy experts tell KTVU that the governor’s drought emergency declaration is an important first step. It may let the state divert water and get federal funds, but the… Read more
la-times-logo California declares drought emergency
1.17.2014 – Gov. Jerry Brown’s decree urges residents to cut water use by 20% and takes steps to ease shortage’s effects on farms and wildlife.
npr-logo In California, Alarm Grows Over Shrinking Water Level
1.14.2014 – The drought in California has become so severe that cities are preparing to impose restrictions on water use in homes.  Listen to the story
sacbee-logo Viewpoints: Why I’m still confused about the proposed tunnels in the Delta
11.6.2013 – I and my colleagues at the Pacific Institute have worked on California water issues for more than a quarter of a century. It is therefore no surprise that we get asked on a regular …Read More
Climate Change Likely to Increase Water Scarcity
9.25.2013 – In light of the recent Colorado flooding caused by unprecedented rainfall, it may seem counterintuitive to worry about a global paucity of water. Read More
  Water, Water, Everywhere—But Not A Drop To Drink?
9.17.2013 – With the planet getting warmer and more populated, the trend lines seem clear: the thirst on Earth is building. Is there enough water to go around, and if so, for how long? Read More
KTVU_2_logo 16 Water Recommendations for the Next President
10.16.2012 – 
Dear Mr. President, Congratulations on winning approval from the American people to serve as leader of the United States for the next four years. We know you have a lot on your plate … Read more