California is facing its worst drought in generations — bad news for the state where nearly half of the nation’s fruits and vegetables are grown. With water from rivers and reservoirs in short supply, attention has turned to how to manage the state’s groundwater. How much can be safely pumped from underground? Special correspondent Spencer Michaels reports on the competing concerns. Continue reading
As California suffers through an historic drought, with penalties for wasting water going into effect this week, something unusual is going on: the state and the farmers seem to be agreeing on how to manage groundwater. Or how not to manage it.
California is now in the third year of its worst drought since the 1970s. Despite a drought emergency, consumption actually rose in May. But under new rules starting August 1, people who waste water on lawns and car washing could be fined up to $500 a day. Judy Woodruff talks to Craig Miller of KQED and Timothy Quinn of the Association of California Water Agencies about the new measures. Continue reading
Timothy Draper, a billionaire venture capitalist who has invested in the likes of Twitter and Skype, is pushing to have his proposal to divide California into six separate states added to the state ballot in 2016.
The proposed rules would prohibit individuals from allowing runoff during outdoor watering, washing cars with open hoses, spraying down sidewalks or other hard surfaces, and using potable water in decorative fountains. There would be a $500 fine for breaking those rules. Continue reading
Growing strawberries takes water, sunshine, soil…and math. Mathematicians are helping farmers in the Parajo Valley grow more berries using less water with the power of numbers. Continue reading
LOS ANGELES — At a time when election officials are struggling to convince more Americans to vote, advocates for the disabled say thousands of people with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy and other intellectual or developmental disabilities have been systematically denied that basic right in the nation’s largest county. Continue reading
At first glance, it might seem like the students who attend the private K-12 New Roads School in Santa Monica, California, are simply playing video and computer games all day. But these students are actually taking part in a new experiment in educational innovation. The NewsHour’s April Brown reports on one school’s approach to keep students engaged all day. Continue reading
It took seven people to create the “Golden Medallion” spy adventure video game and its advertising campaign. They did their own coding, conducted a beta test, created a website, a commercial and an instagram feed, and they came up with incentives to get people to play. And not one of the seven had even finished sixth grade. Continue reading