Almostt a thousand people poured onto the Capitol steps by the busload shouting “agua” and “water”.
They held signs that read “no water equals no jobs”.
“It’s time for Sacramento to declare a drought," says Democratic Assembly member Henry Perea, who represents parts of the Central Valley including Fresno. "We need the resources that will be made available through that declaration to move water around to the parts of the state that desperately need them.”The groups also want to see a bond placed on the 2014 ballot for water storage, clean drinking water and flood protection.
Republican State Senator Anthony Canella from the Central Valley says increased water storage should be part of the water bond package.
“When we don’t have enough water, farmers don’t farm, workers don’t work and people don’t eat," says Republican State Senator Anthony Canella who also represents parts of the Central Valley.
"California’s agriculture is bigger than just California it feeds the world. So it’s important that we invest in water in California, it’s important that we get this bond passed and it’s important that we keep water in the water bond,” says Canella.
Even though it's August, there are many streets in Sacramento that look like it's fall. Parched trees are losing their leaves early as a result of the drought. The city is sponsoring a campaign called "Mulch Madness" to save stressed trees.
Three workshops are scheduled in Truckee to give people a voice in developing a 'brand' for the town.
The weather forecast through the weekend includes thunderstorms and lightning for parts of northern California, which could spark new wildfires.
Data released Thursday by the State Water Resources Control Board shows 265 out of 411 local agencies hit or nearly reached savings targets.
Triple digit heat has many people staying cool inside. But outdoor workers don't have that option.
The above-average rains of the past week did not ease drought conditions or improve reservoir storage in California. The drought expanded in other parts of the western U.S.
(AP) -- Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California has come out with a new drought relief bill that emphasizes long-term investments in desalination, recycling and new or expanded reservoirs.
As the California drought worsens, more rodents are encroaching on homes and farms in search of water. Animal shelters are advertising feral cats as a 'green' pest control alternative to poisons or traps.
The City of Sacramento wants to create a groundwater master plan that would include drilling more wells.
At least seven large holes have appeared on the Sacramento State campus in recent days. The construction is part of a new special runoff filtration system.
The California Department of Water Resources released a video this week and suggested that the state faces a scary future and potential fifth year of drought.
Citrus growers in California's Central Valley say they expect to fallow between 7 and 9 percent of the state's 270,000 acres of citrus trees because of the drought.
The "well above-average" rain of the past three months in California has not brought any improvement to drought conditions in the state.
There's been a significant increase in the number of wildfires this year in California. But the size of the fires has been relatively small.
A new firefighting aircraft stationed in South Lake Tahoe gives crews another tool to battle wildfires in the region.
The city of Roseville used 40 percent less water in June than it did two years ago. The City Parks' Department conserved slightly more, thanks in part to its use of treated waste water for turf and trees.
California water regulators have proposed the largest penalty against a senior water right holder since the drought began.
(AP) - California has issued its first cease and desist order telling an irrigation district to stop pumping water under this year's tightened drought regulations.
Drought, combined with the effects of climate change, may likely mean more water restrictions in California.
There were “minor improvements” to exceptional drought in northeastern California last week, but drought is forecast to persist and intensify through October.
People in the Sacramento-area exceeded the mandated water conservation goal last month.
California may be getting browner. In a move to further conserve water, the California Water Commission voted today to limit grass in new construction.
(AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation to protect California residents who let their lawns go brown during the drought.
Thunderstorms that flooded the streets of Reno last week may have brought drought relief as far south as Lake Mead.
Federal, state, Sacramento County and other fire agencies want people who fly hobby drones to stay out the sky near wildfires.
Health experts are surprised that the incidence of Valley Fever has gone down during the drought. The fungal infection is commonly spread in arid, dusty conditions. But, even though the state is drier, the number of cases continues to drop.
(AP) - Officials have released environmental reports supporting a proposal to build two large tunnels to send fresh water around California's delta.
California water regulators are discussing how to maximize conservation during the drought by changing the price of water.
(AP) - California water regulators are discussing how to meet Gov. Jerry Brown's order for water rates that maximize conservation during a historic drought.
A close review of water conservation numbers shows some urban water suppliers in California still have a long way to go to meet mandatory conservation targets.
Some pest control companies say business is way up this year as people deal with more ants, fleas and rodents. The vermin boom is blamed on the drought and warmer than usual winter.
California and the Australian state of Victoria are teaming up to share knowledge and training in wildfire and flood management.
Drought, dead and dying trees and a lack of snow in California have left national forests in a perfect condition for large and severe wildfires.
Record summer heat has increased fire risk in California and the Western U.S. as drought conditions expand.
Statewide water conservation exceeded the mandatory goal in May and Sacramento reduced water use 40 percent.
In the fourth year of drought in California, sales and use of "safe and sane" fireworks are restricted in some areas, allowed in others.
A California Assembly committee will hear a bill Wednesday that would allow water districts to impose taxes on any business, industry or person who wastes water.
The drought can be blamed for a number of problems and the latest is a major decline in the duck population. A new survey shows lack of rain has led to poor habitats.
UPDATED: 6:45 p.m. - Containment has grown to 29 percent, and acreage burned to 17,622. Crews on the Washington Fire, three miles south of Markleeville, took advantage of light winds to increase containment.
California water regulators are again ordering some water rights holders to stop diverting water from rivers because of the drought. The order includes some rights for the city of San Francisco.
CAL FIRE increases staffing as the forecast of dry lightning and thunderstorms raises wildfire risk in northern California and western Nevada.
The Washington Fire has burned within about three miles of the small town of Markleeville in Alpine County. But crews have made protecting the community a priority.
UPDATE 6:40 P.M. - Firefighters continue to make progress on the Washington Fire. As of late Thursday afternoon, containment stood at 15 percent. Crews remain focused on keeping the fire away from the community of Markleeville.
The U.S. Drought Monitor shows no change in California or Nevada's drought from the previous week and above normal temperatures are expected the next two weeks.
The community of Mountain House in San Joaquin County is losing its water supply. The state has ordered water districts to stop taking water from the Delta and state waterways, which would leave the community of 4,200 people dry.
UPDATED 6:15 P.M. - Cal Fire crews have joined the battle against the Washington Fire in Alpine County. Dry lightning in forecast a worry as fire burns in heavy timber. The fire has grown to more than 17,000 acres, and more crews join the battle.
A federal agency is helping California with $150 million to fund projects to improve water quality and reduce wildfire risk.
California’s drought has killed so many trees that the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection is adopting emergency regulations to remove them. The board is concerned about the growing threat of wildfires.
Egg prices are at a record high. The drought, an outbreak of the avian flu in the Midwest and Proposition 2 are all factors in the soaring prices.
Two Sacramento-area colleges have ramped up water conservation efforts in this fourth year of drought.