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Lessons for California in Australia’s drought

A decade of severe drought in the 2000s forced Australia to adjust and rethink its water system, and the country’s efforts may offer lessons for California as the state copes with one of its wor March 28th, 2014

What tree rings reveal about California’s drought

As water experts and policymakers are heading to the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands today for the opening reception of a symposium on drought and water scarcity, here are some insights from UC Berke March 19th, 2014

As California drought persists, federal government provides stark updates

President Barack Obama has reauthorized spending on the National Integrated Drought Information System, enabling the government to continue providing drought warning forecasts and other support as March 6th, 2014

Palm Springs commits to water cutbacks amid California drought

The city of Palm Springs has pledged to cut water use at parks, medians and city buildings by 25 percent in response to the state’s extreme drought. Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet is also February 21st, 2014

A new bill and other responses to California’s drought

California’s severe drought is making more political waves this week, with President Barack Obama planning to visit the hard-hit Central Valley and Democratic senators introducing a new drought February 11th, 2014

Green lawns and water use in the desert

The amounts of water used in Palm Springs and other cities in the Coachella Valley are drawing attention as the drought prompts comparisons of water use in different areas of California. State February 11th, 2014

Water agency considers conservation steps during California drought

The Desert Water Agency is considering ways to encourage people to use less water as California copes with extreme drought, but so far there are no plans for the sort of mandatory water rationing meas February 4th, 2014

Watching water: State lays out priorities including planning for dry periods

State officials have released a final version of their water “action plan” describing broad goals for addressing California’s water problems, and one of their top objectives will be preparin January 27th, 2014

Aquifer at Risk: Forum to focus on managing groundwater during drought

Heavy pumping from wells has led to long-term declines in the Coachella Valley’s aquifer, and water agencies are trying to address the problem while also facing a drought that is expected to red January 22nd, 2014

Desert Water Agency: Water use declined in 2013

While the state is coping with a worsening drought, Desert Water Agency is touting what it calls a bit of good news in water conservation efforts: Average water consumption among the agency’s custom January 21st, 2014

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