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Water you doing, Jerry Brown?

Apr 1, 2015
On Wednesday, Governor Jerry Brown ordered a mandatory 25 percent reduction in water use statewide. He made the announcement standing at a ski resort in the Sierra Nevada mountains where there was nary a flake of snow to be seen, a spot at which he said there should be five feet of snow this time of […]

In dry California, using price to police water use

Oct 16, 2014
California cities don't like the word "rationing," but "pricing" can serve the same purpose.

The numbers for October 1, 2014

Oct 1, 2014
Jobs, drought and arrests in mainland China: Here's what we're reading Wednesday.

California's wells are going dry now, too

Aug 21, 2014
The long drought has led to a strain on groundwater - much like having too many straws in the same glass.

California could stay dry enough to make food pricier

Aug 14, 2014
Over the long term, the state may not have the water it needs to farm this much.

Water could be "blue gold" for Dayton, OH

Aug 11, 2014
As states face major water shortages, some cities sense a business opportunity
Water softens in giant pools at the water treatment plant in Dayton, Ohio.
Lewis Wallace/WYSO

California farms pumping water to make up for drought

Jul 16, 2014
Farmers face stark cutbacks in irrigation water but are pumping their own

For public good, not for profit.

Drought puts California rice in a sticky situation

Apr 30, 2014
California grows almost all medium grain rice in the U.S. And prices are up.

Beer: Saving a town from drought

Apr 15, 2014
A brewery steps in when a town's given a grave diagnosis.

Drought or not, how should we value water?

Feb 17, 2014
The deep California drought is a reminder that water isn’t an infinite resource.