With extreme drought conditions persisting throughout the state, Central California — known as the “Food Basket of the World” — is seeing fallow fields, sinking ground and livelihoods threatened.
Off Interstate 280, the Pulgas Water Temple serves as a reminder of the Herculean scale of the Hetch Hetchy System that started bringing a reliable water supply to the Bay Area more than 80 years ago.
Traditionally, Napa winemakers monitored vines the old-fashioned way: going into the fields and checking on them once a week. Nowadays, they might get updates via a text message on a smartphone.
The city has set an ambitious goal to reuse 100 percent of its wastewater by 2022, and officials say the current drought highlights the need to look at long-term water supply challenges.
During the driest Bay Area spring in 35 years, volunteers found half as many species as last year near Stanford’s Lake Lagunita. Does this spell disaster for local species at risk of extinction?