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
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
As firefighters attempt to extinguish several fires across Southern California, 100 percent of the state is now in extreme drought or worse. Continue reading
A UN report warns that the effects of climate change — flood, drought and food shortages — have already caused harm, and will worsen quickly if we don’t take immediate action. Judy Woodruff takes a closer look at the global implications with two people who worked on the report: Michael Oppenheimer of Princeton University and Patricia Romero Lankao of the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Continue reading