Learn about the drought now plaguing
California and steps being taken to abate the impacts at our
annual Water Summit
later this month, and gain a deeper understanding of the
state’s biggest watershed relied on by millions for drinking
water during our Northern California
Tour this Thursday.
Register today for
our Water Summit,
hosted this year as an engaging virtual experience on the
afternoon of Oct. 28, to hear a variety of
perspectives detailing the on-the-ground impacts of the the
current drought in California.
In the latest fallout from the worsening drought, residents of
San Jose — which received the lowest rainfall in its recorded
history last year — and surrounding communities are about to be
given tougher water conservation rules than any major city in
California. The San Jose Water Company, a private firm that
provides drinking water to 1 million people in San Jose,
Cupertino, Campbell, Los Gatos, Saratoga and Monte Sereno, has
begun sending notices to residents informing them it is moving
forward with mandatory rules to set monthly residential water
budgets with financial penalties for homeowners who exceed
The Northern Hemisphere looks ready to transition into a La
Niña winter in the next month, according to the latest outlook
from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s
Climate Prediction Center, KTLA sister station WUTR reported.
… Southern California, the southwestern states, Texas,
and the Gulf Coast states through to Florida … are plagued by
drought, and a La Niña year could make that worse. The
opposite is actually true for Northern California and the
Pacific Northwest, where La Nina winters tend to bring more
precipitation, not less.
The nation’s top civilian cybersecurity agency issued a warning
Thursday about ongoing cyber threats to the U.S. drinking water
supply, saying malicious hackers are targeting government water
and wastewater treatment systems. Authorities said they wanted
to highlight ongoing malicious cyber activity “by both known
and unknown actors” targeting the technology and information
systems that provide clean, drinkable water and treat the
billions of gallons of wastewater created in the U.S. every
The Water Education Foundation has won a national award
for its innovative partnership with the California Department
of Water Resources (DWR) to train schoolteachers across the
state on climate science and how they can bring hands-on
activities into their classrooms connected to local examples of
climate change impacts. The award was presented by Center
for Climate and Energy Solutions and The Climate Registry
during their virtual Climate Leadership Series and Awards
Showcase, Oct. 13-15.
As part of the historic Colorado River Delta, the Salton Sea
regularly filled and dried for thousands of years due to its
elevation of 237 feet below sea level.
The most recent version of the Salton Sea was formed in 1905 when
the Colorado River broke
through a series of dikes and flooded the seabed for two years,
creating California’s largest inland body of water. The
Salton Sea, which is saltier than the Pacific Ocean, includes 130
miles of shoreline and is larger than Lake Tahoe.
Drought—an extended period of
limited or no precipitation—is a fact of life in California and
the West, with water resources following boom-and-bust patterns.
During California’s 2012–2016 drought, much of the state
experienced severe drought conditions: significantly less
precipitation and snowpack, reduced streamflow and higher
temperatures. Those same conditions reappeared early in 2021
prompting Gov. Gavin Newsom in May to declare drought emergencies
in watersheds across 41 counties in California.