Latest Droughts News

Corn meal, whiskey help save Ute Mountain Ute Farm and Ranch

Nov. 27, 2021 10:18 AM EST

TOWAOC, Colo. (AP) — Drought in much of the West, 22 years running, has struck Colorado’s Four Corners tribal lands with bitter force. This year, the Ute Mountain Ute’s celebrated 7,700 acre farm and ranch operation had to lay off half its workers as thousands of acres lay fallow. ...

San Francisco officials call for 10% reduction of water use

Nov. 24, 2021 12:42 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco officials have declared a water shortage emergency and are asking customers in four counties to voluntarily reduce their water use by 10% due to California’s lengthening drought. The request made Tuesday took effect immediately and...

Utah farmers try to adapt to drought in a changing climate

Nov. 20, 2021 08:05 AM EST

BEAVER COUNTY, Utah (AP) — Climate change is making droughts more frequent and intense. This summer, the southwestern U.S. had the worst drought on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That has limited Utah farmers’ ability to grow...

New Mexico lawmakers pressed to make water a priority

Nov. 17, 2021 19:57 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — With a legal battle over management of the Rio Grande before the U.S. Supreme Court and more hot and dry weather in the forecast, New Mexico’s top water official said Wednesday that lawmakers have to provide enough funding to protect one of New Mexico’s most...

California backslides on water conservation amid drought

Nov. 16, 2021 18:34 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A severe drought prompted California Gov. Gavin Newsom last summer to ask the state's nearly 40 million residents to voluntarily reduce water use by 15% this year. New data released Tuesday shows few people are doing that. Californians reduced...

New Mexico water chief to step down over lack of resources

Nov. 12, 2021 13:24 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s top water official says a persistent lack of financial support to protect the state’s water resources is behind his decision to step down. A well-known water expert with decades of experience, John D’Antonio submitted his...

More than 1 million need urgent food aid in south Madagascar

Nov. 12, 2021 04:26 AM EST

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Parched by four years of drought, more than 1.1 million people in southern Madagascar urgently need food aid in a rapidly worsening crisis, experts warn. About 700,000 people are already receiving food aid and increased emergency...

Southern California drought emergency declared

Nov. 10, 2021 13:31 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The giant Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has declared a regional drought emergency due to record dry conditions. Directors made the declaration Tuesday in a resolution that calls for increased efforts to maximize conservation....

City OKs Google data centers amid secrecy, water worries

Nov. 09, 2021 16:28 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The council of a small Oregon city has approved a deal with Google that will enable the technology giant to build two more water-guzzling data centers there, though some residents worry about drought and secrecy. A single data center can churn through...

California gets more rain but remains in drought

Nov. 04, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Rain fell across parts of Northern California on Thursday, and more was possible into the weekend, but forecasts were backing off chances of an atmospheric river event next week, the National Weather Service said. Snow levels were expected to remain...