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U.S. Drought
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With exceptions like California and Australia, regions and cities shape resilient adaptations to water security.

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Record heat in 2015 is melting glaciers at an eye-popping pace.

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Second largest U.S. city confronts new era of water scarcity with innovations on a new scale.

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Natural resources agencies have the authority to change practices on their own, conservation groups argue.

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Climate change models have long predicted a drying West. In California, the future has arrived.

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Grazing cattle vastly outnumber people in the Sites Valley of northern California, where a new reservoir is proposed.

New surface water storage project would be largest in California since 1979.

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Del Puerto Water District to buy a third of its water supply from Modesto and Turlock treatment plants.

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Bark beetles, water scarcity, and dying trees herald a region in ecological transition during the height of state’s four-year drought.

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Tulare County continues to be the center of the drought’s drinking water crisis.

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In response to truculent planet, conserving water, limiting climate emissions, and achieving “net zero” energy use are top priorities.

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Restrictions target big Sacramento River reservoir and Russian River residents, but effects will ripple through the state.

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Groundwater, food imports, low fuel prices, and a strong American dollar have more influence on prices than drought.

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Era of ample water supply and cheap prices is ending.

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State and local water administrators face supply emergency that is tightening.

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Another dry winter forces political pressure for action.

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The Central Valley prepares for an unprecedented shortage.

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Competition for water prompts a quest for new sources.

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Droughts that are extreme by today’s standards will be normal by the end of the century, according to NASA research.

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Snowpack in the already-parched state is near record lows, just 25 percent of normal.

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Most aquifers in the state have dropped to record lows.

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