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Drought 2014

Metropolitan prepares for drought by capturing and storing imported supplies in wet years in order to maintain a reliable system during the dry cycles. It also aggressively promotes conservation, recycling and local resource development. Drought conditions have developed because of record dry conditions throughout California and a prolonged below-rainfall period throughout the Southwest in the Colorado River basin.

You can do your part by following Governor Jerry Brown’s call in his January 2014 Drought Declaration to re-examine how you use water with a goal of reducing per-capita water consumption by 20 percent. Metropolitan is closely monitoring water supply conditions in Northern California and the Southwest and will update the public about key developments.

2015

December

Sacramento Bee: Angry California Republicans Call Drought Bill Dead For The Year, Dec. 10

November

New York Times: In California, Stingy Water Users Are Fined In Drought, While The Rich Soak, Nov. 21

Gizmodo: The Reservoir That Made The World Pay Attention To California’s Drought, Nov. 17

L.A. Times: El Nino Could Be The Most Powerful On Record, Scientists Say, Nov. 17

L.A. Times: MWD Considers Buying 4 Delta Islands To Solve Some Water Problems, Nov. 10

L.A. Times: To Save Water, An Underground Movement To Bank El Nino’s Rainfall, Nov. 9

L.A. Times: Soak The Rich To Help Solve California’s Water Crisis, Nov. 6

Bloomberg Business: A Few California Farmers Have Lots Of Water. Can They Keep It?, Nov. 4

MyNewsLA.com: Water-Wasters Beware: New Smart Meters In Place To Catch Biggest Water Users, Nov. 3

October

Sacramento Bee: Winter Salmon Run Nearly Extinguished In Drought, Feds Say, Oct. 28

New York Times: In Drought-Ridden California, The Classic Lawn Loses Ground, Oct. 26

L.A. Times: Big Water Users, Take Note: DWP Is Considering Outing You, Oct. 25

L.A. Times: X-Ray Technology Reveals California’s Forests Are In For A Radical Transformation, Oct. 20

Sacramento Bee: Let’s Name Names On Water Hogs, Oct. 19

L.A. Times: Paper Plates and Plastic Forks? Drought Restrictions Rankles Restaurants and Diners, Oct. 13

L.A. Times: Restrictions On Water Rates Get Newfound Opposition From Gov. Jerry Brown, Oct. 13

San Jose Mercury News: Leaking Water Pipes Losing Billions Of Gallons Targeted By New State Law, Oct. 13

Sacramento Bee: Poll: California’s Drought Heavy On The Mind, Oct. 12

Sacramento Bee: California’s Water Hogs Need A Little Sunshine, Oct. 12

L.A. Times: In Bel-Air, Someone Is Using 1,300 Gallons Of Water – Per Hour, Oct. 7

San Francisco Chronicle: Fort Bragg Orders Restaurants To Use Disposable Plates, Cups, Oct. 5

Sacramento Bee: Will El Nino “Solve” Drought? Not If The Rain Falls In Southern California, Oct. 4

September

L.A. Times: Water, 2015, California: The No-Good, Very Bad Year – Now, 'Pray For Rain,' Sept. 30

Sacramento Bee: Southern California Schools Sacramento Region On Water Conservation, Sept. 25

L.A. Times: MWD's Water Recycling Plan Is A Good One, But Don't Call It "Toilet to Tap," Sept. 23

L.A. Times: Metropolitan Water District Aims To Build Plant To Recycle Sewage Into Drinking Water, Sept. 22

Las Vegas Review-Journal: SNWA Could Lease Water To Drought-Stricken California, Sept. 15

L.A. Times: Sierra Nevada Snowpack Is Much Worse Than Thought: A 500-Year Low, Sept. 14

August

L.A. Times: The Drought’s Hidden Victim: California’s Native Fish, Aug. 24

Sacramento Bee: Maybe The Drought Is The New Normal, Aug. 21

L.A. Times: California Drought: Climate Change Plays A Role, Study Says. But how big?, Aug. 20

L.A. Times: Another Toll Of The Drought: Land Is Sinking Fast In San Joaquin Valley, Study Shows, Aug. 19

Sacramento Bee: Keep the Flood of Water-Saving Policies Coming, Aug. 17

Sacramento Bee: Price, Risk Weight Heavily On Farmers Who Would Draw From Delta Water Tunnels, Aug. 8

July

L.A. Times: Keeping Up With the Joneses' Drought-Friendly Yard Boosted MWD's Tab for Rebates, July 29

L.A. Times: Drought Now Californians’ Top Concern, Poll Finds, July 29

L.A. Times: California Is Falling Apart; Here’s Why, July 29

Sacramento Bee: Delta Dispute Raises Urgent Question: Whose Water Is It?, July 18

L.A. Times: Shrinking Colorado River Is A Growing Concern For Yuma Farmers – And Millions Of Water Users, July 18

Sacramento Bee: Status Quo In The Delta Is Untenable, July 18

L.A. Times: Water Managers Dodge Bullet With “May Miracle” Rains, July 17

L.A. Times: How More Lawn Restrictions Could Remake the California Landscape, July 15

L.A. Times: A Journey Into the Drylands, July 15

Sacramento Bee: As Lakes Drawn, We Must Rethink Water, July 4

Sacramento Bee: Californians Cut Water Use 29 Percent In May, July 1

L.A. Times: Downtown L.A.'s Four-Year Rain Total Lowest Ever Recorded, July 1

June

L.A. Times: On The Depleted Kern River, Rafting Companies Look To Ride Out The Drought, June 30

Sacramento Bee: State Water System Stretched to Limit, Officials Say, June 24

L.A. Times: Mono Lake's Ecological Crisis is a Blow to Wildlife, L.A. Water Supply, June 24

New York Times: Troubled Delta System Is California’s Water Battleground, June 24

Sacramento Bee: Under New Plan, Folsom Lake Could Be Dangerously Dry Within Months, June 23

Sacramento Bee: UC Davis Study Finds Dry Weather Threatening California Wildflowers, June 22

Sacramento Bee: Lawsuits Challenge California’s Drought Plan, June 19

2015 Cont.

Sacramento Bee: Everyone Needs To Deal With The Drought, June 15

Orange County Register: In The Drought, O.C. Agencies Learn To Say “Conserve” In Several Languages, June 14

Sacramento Bee: California Curtails Senior Water Rights For Farmers, Others, June 12

L.A. Times: Dying Trees May Force A New Outlook On Irrigation During Drought, June 12

Orange County Register: In The Drought, O.C. Agencies Learn To Say “Conserve” In Several Languages, June 14

Sacramento Bee: California Curtails Senior Water Rights For Farmers, Others, June 12

L.A. Times: Dying Trees May Force A New Outlook On Irrigation During Drought, June 12

L.A. Times: State Attorney General Challenges Ruling Against Tiered Water Rates, June 11

L.A. Times: Gov. Jerry Brown Sees California Getting Through Drought, June 10

L.A. Times: Gov. Brown Says Fixing Delta Water System, June 10

L.A. Times: Backers Of Desalination Hope Carlsbad Plant Will Disarm Critics, June 4

L.A. Times: As California Drought Worsens, Experts Urge Water Reforms, June 1

May

Sacramento Bee: Brown Makes Case For Tunnels Project To Business, Civic Leaders, May 28

L.A. Times: Trading Grass For Cash: MWD Has A Winner On Its Hands, May 27

L.A. Times: Southland Water District Oks $350 Million More For Lawn Replacement Rebates, May 27

Sacramento Bee: Large Majority of Californians Support Water Restrictions Amid Drought, May 18

U-T San Diego: Even El Nino Won’t End State’s Drought, May 17

L.A. Times: Drought Kills 12 Million Trees In California’s National Forests, May 6

San Jose Mercury News: California Drought: State Water Board Passes First Mandatory Urban Water Limits In State History, May 6

Sacramento Bee: There’s No Time To Waste On Gov. Brown’s Delta Plan, May 4

U-T San Diego: State Facing Worst Drought In History, May 2

L.A. Times: California Snowpack Survey Canceled: “Drought Is Severe,” May 1

April

L.A. Times: What’s Next On California’s Water Rates? April 22

U-T San Diego: Persuasion Helps To Save Water, April 18

Sacramento Bee: It’s Time For An Honest Discussion About Water, April 18

L.A. Times: The MWD's Boss Tells It Like It Is On California's Water Woes, April 15

L.A. Times: Water Supplier Oks 15% Cut To Cities, Water Districts In Southland, April 14

L.A. Times: Drought Unlikely To Cause Major Damage To California Economy, Analysts Say, April 14

L.A. Times: MWD Plans To Ration Water To Southland Districts, Cities, April 7

Sacramento Bee: On Water, Big Ag Should Ante Up, Too, April 5

New York Times: California Drought Tests History Of Endless Growth, April 4

L.A. Times: Mandatory Water Cuts Put Pressure On California Communities, April 2

March

Real Clear Politics: Mega-Drought Threatens the American West, March 30

New York Times: As California Drought Enters 4th Year, Conservation Effort and Worries Increases, March 17

L.A. Times: California Has About One Year Of Water Left. Will You Ration Now?, March 12

CBS - Los Angeles: State Water Project to Increase Deliveries 5 Percent, March 2

San Jose Mercury News: California Drought Likely A Fixture, Says Stanford Study, March 2

February

L.A. Times: Amid Drought, A Turf War Between Residents and Homeowners Associations, Feb. 27

Sacramento Bee: Fighting Over Trickles On Tragically Beautiful Winter Days, Feb. 21

Sacramento Bee: State's Population Growth Expected to Outstrip Water Conservation in Coming Years, Feb. 15

KPBS: Metropolitan Water District to Consider Cutting Deliveries, Feb. 9

January

Sacramento Bee: Sierra Snowpack Dismal for January; Fourth Year of Drought Looks Likely, Jan. 30

L.A. Times: Scientists See Shrinking California Snowpack As A Harbinger, Jan. 29

Sacramento Bee: Pressure’s On To Help Delta Fish Suffering Amid Drought, Jan 19

L.A. Times: California Drought Could End With Storms Know As Atmospheric Rivers, Jan 18

San Francisco Chronicle: Drought fears return with signs of 4th straight dry year, Jan. 16

New York Times: 2014 Breaks Heat Record, Challenging Global Warming Skeptics, Jan. 16

Sacramento Bee: Progress In State’s Water Policy Was Remarkable Last Year, Jan. 3