California drought

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California water restrictions eased as cliff sides crumble after storms
Nearly back-to-back storms have refilled reservoirs and built up snowpack, easing drought as residents reckon with destruction

Gabrielle Canon and agencies

16, Mar, 2023 @6:32 PM

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States file duelling Colorado River plans as water resources rapidly dwindle
California files competing proposal on cutting water use of the river as hopes of western states reaching consensus fade

Gabrielle Canon and agencies

01, Feb, 2023 @9:41 PM

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Larger than usual snowpack in California gives hope of reprieve in drought
Extreme weather filled the Sierra Nevada snowpack, which provides roughly a third of the state’s water supply

Gabrielle Canon

27, Jan, 2023 @11:00 AM

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Second world war ‘Ghost Boat’ emerges in California lake, puzzling officials
The drought hit Lake Shasta coughed up a Higgins vehicle and experts are struggling to explain its presence

Gabrielle Canon

10, Oct, 2022 @7:58 PM

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‘The American lawn feels irresponsible’: the LA homes ditching grass for drought-friendly gardens
With water a precious commodity in California, residents are turning to native plants – saving money without sacrificing beauty

Lois Beckett in Los Angeles with photographs by Alisha Jucevic

24, Sep, 2022 @10:00 AM

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It’s the thirstiest crop in the US south-west. Will the drought put alfalfa farmers out of business?
Agriculture – mainly alfalfa – consumes 80% of the Colorado River’s dwindling water supply, prompting calls for conservation efforts. Read the other stories in our megadrought series

Jessica Fu

12, Sep, 2022 @10:00 AM

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California threatens ‘mandatory water restrictions’ if people don’t cut back
Governor’s warning comes amid drought after driest January-March period in at least a century

Guardian staff and agencies

23, May, 2022 @8:33 PM

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‘We can’t make it rain’: California farmers left out to dry as US government allots no water
The move marks the fourth time in the last decade that farmers in California didn’t receive water from the Central Valley Project

Gabrielle Canon and agencies

24, Feb, 2022 @12:23 AM

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Weather whiplash: California’s historic downpour interrupts historic drought
The deluge extinguished smoldering fires – but the west may not get the wet winter it desperately needs

Gabrielle Canon in Los Angeles

26, Oct, 2021 @1:29 PM

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Powerful storm hits California amid warnings of ‘potentially historic rain’
‘Atmospheric river’ expected to bring record-breaking rainfall, strong winds and to wreak havoc across northern part of state

Gabrielle Canon

24, Oct, 2021 @9:28 PM

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US west coast braces for ‘atmospheric river’ as huge storm brews
Northern California faces flash flood risk and threat of mudslides, especially in fire-charred areas

Victoria Bekiempis

23, Oct, 2021 @9:45 PM

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Lake Tahoe water level hits four-year low as drought pummels tourist spot
Level is expected to fall below lake’s rim this week, cutting off major water source for Truckee River

Dani Anguiano in Los Angeles

13, Oct, 2021 @1:00 PM

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