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Reservoir levels are at historic lows, municipalities are ordering mandatory conservation and farmers are bracing for water shortages. Capital Public Radio has continuous coverage on how Californians are being impacted by the drought.

The Association of California Water Agencies have put together a map to illustrate the various ways water agencies around the state are addressing the drought:
 
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    Brown Says Water Rights Changes Coming

    Thursday, April 16, 2015

    California’s system of water rights is coming under scrutiny as the state’s drought gets worse. Today Governor Jerry Brown indicated there may be some changes coming to the century-old system.

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    Drought Relief Legislation Starts Slowly In Washington

    Thursday, April 16, 2015

    When it comes to California drought relief, it’s been a dry year so far on Capitol Hill. Central Valley politicians and farm interests have been in Congress this week to remind lawmakers about the dire situation back home.

  • CAL FIRE

    CAL FIRE Closely Monitoring Water Levels

    Monday, April 13, 2015

    California’s fire fighting agency is already preparing for a difficult fire season. And low water levels could hurt CAL FIRE’s ability to put fires out.

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    Tensions Appear Amidst Dwindling Water Supply

    Thursday, April 09, 2015

    Governor Jerry Brown says it’s time for California to pull together to get through the drought. It’s a message aimed at people with competing water needs. And that’s created some tension.

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    Dismal Water Savings In February

    Tuesday, April 07, 2015

    Californians cut their water use by less than 3 percent in February. It's the lowest reduction since last July.

  • Brown Says Senior Water Rights May Be Reviewed

    Monday, April 06, 2015

    California Governor Jerry Brown appeared on ABC's "This Week" program Sunday to defend his order of mandatory water cutbacks statewide -- cutbacks that don't restrict farmers.

  • Amy Quinton / Capital Public Radio

    California Slow To Spend Emergency Drought Money

    Monday, April 06, 2015

    Governor Jerry Brown’s executive order mandating water conservation in California also directs state agencies to speed up reviews of water projects. But it turns out little of last year’s emergency drought money has actually been spent.

  • Interest In Water Wise Plants Growing

    Friday, April 03, 2015

    If you like to garden and are looking for drought-resistant plants you're not alone. The California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers says business is brisk as people shop for water-saving plants during another year of drought.

  • Farmers, Water Agencies React To Brown's Water Order

    Wednesday, April 01, 2015

    The governor’s executive order includes stricter reporting requirements for agricultural water users – but no mandatory restrictions, unlike urban areas. To farmers, that’s enough.

  • Jae C. Hong / AP

    Brown Issues Mandatory Water Conservation Order For California

    Wednesday, April 01, 2015

    UPDATED: For the first time ever, a governor of California is imposing mandatory water restrictions. Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order Wednesday that mandates a 25 percent cut in urban water use from now through next February.

  • Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

    More Money For Drought Aid, But No Mandatory Conservation

    Thursday, March 19, 2015

    Nearly half of last year’s emergency drought relief money has yet to be spent – but Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders are rolling out a new aid package of more than $1 billion. They’re not calling for mandatory water conservation – yet.

  • California Department of Water Resources

    Endangered Delta Smelt May Be Extinct

    Monday, March 16, 2015

    A small endangered fish that plays a pivotal role in California’s water wars may well be on its way out. Populations of the Delta smelt have plummeted to their lowest levels ever.

  • Mike Jenson / Merced Irrigation District

    3,200 People Risk Running Out of Water In Drought

    Friday, March 13, 2015

    3,200 people in the Sierra Nevada foothill community of Lake Don Pedro rely on water from nearby Lake McClure. But the lake level is dangerously low. That’s forcing the community to find another supply. So far it’s come up dry.

  • Brian Baer / California Rice Commission

    Dry Winter Weather Worries Rice Farmers

    Tuesday, March 03, 2015

    Another dry winter worries California rice farmers who are planning for this year's crop. The state's harvest was down nearly 25 percent last year. And, it's not just water that worries growers.

  • Amy Quinton / Capital Public Radio

    Water Conservation Rate Drops As Does Water Content In Snow

    Tuesday, March 03, 2015

    California’s water supply continues to diminish. The water content in the Sierra snowpack is the worst it’s been this time of year since 1991. Water conservation rates are equally dismal, dropping dramatically in January.

  • Photo / Curtis Jerome Haynes

    More Water Deliveries Through State Water Project

    Monday, March 02, 2015

    What little bit of rain California received in December and February was just enough to help reservoir storage. The Department of Water Resources announced it will increase water deliveries through the State Water Project.

  • Feds Reduce Water Allocation For California

    Friday, February 27, 2015

    The US Bureau of Reclamation says most farmers south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta will face a second year with no water from the Central Valley Project. Some farmers and cities may receive more.

  • Warm Weather Threatens Way of Life at Lake Tahoe

    Thursday, February 26, 2015

    It would not be an odd sight in the spring. But there is something depressing about a closed ski slope in the middle of winter. The trails are bare and grassy. The chairlifts just hang there, waving a little with the breeze.


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CHECK indoor water appliances and devices for leaks

REPLACE an old toilet

USE an efficient washer, make sure it’s full before starting a load

DO not run water while brushing, shaving or washing counters

KEEP showers short 

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AVOID the hours between noon and 6  p.m. when watering the lawn

WASH cars over the grass

WATER plant only when needed

USE a broom instead of a hose to clean the driveways and sidewalks.

CHECK water irrigation systems for broken or clogged sprinklers

 

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