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.
A movement around the U.S. encourages people to skip the shopping malls Friday and spend time in nature. Some national parks and state parks in California are waiving entry fees.
The latest U.S. Drought Monitor showed no change to drought conditions in California over the past week. But, the report does not include the storm that brought rain to valleys and snow to the Sierra Nevada this week.
Two million Sacramento-area water users conserved 27 percent in October, the same rate as September.
A California law, which was passed to respond to the drought- allows artificial turf on all residential property. But a Sacramento city councilman says the law should allow cities to restrict its use.
There is no change this week to the drought in California, despite the recent storms that have brought snow to the Sierra. Reservoir storage in California remains the second lowest on record.
A new study finds that California’s system for allocating water is fragmented, inconsistent and lacks transparency.
California state agencies and local government leaders met to discuss the effects of the drought in the Sacramento region.
The City of Roseville is making recycled water available to residents as the drought in California heads toward a fifth consecutive year.
California Governor Jerry Brown has issued an executive order to prepare for a fifth year of drought. The strategy may extend water conservation mandates.
A popular area along the American River Parkway in Sacramento is the location for a clean-up event Saturday.
The drought update released Thursday shows that recent storms have helped the Sierra snowpack, but did not bring any improvement to California's long-term drought.
Permits to cut Christmas trees go on sale soon in the Lake Tahoe Basin.
The Tuolumne Utilities District has lifted mandatory water-use restriction for its 14,000 customers in Sonora, Twain Harte and Jamestown.
Two storms have brought snow to the Sierra Nevada so far in November. Another one is forecast to bring more snow Sunday.
With many Sierra ski resorts opening early and the third storm system in as many weeks on the way to California, November is starting to look more "typical" after four years of drought.
(AP) - Black bears driven from the mountains by drought have invaded a town outside of Sequoia National Park in search of food.
The 19th annual Lodi Sandhill Crane Festival this weekend is expected to bring thousands of visitors to see the stately birds.
The Pacific Storm system brought some slight improvement to drought conditions in California and Nevada last week.
The drought is causing wells to run dry for many California homeowners. Many are now relying on water delivery companies. Those companies are busy trying to keep up with demand.
People living in the City of Sacramento are now limited to watering one day a week until March.
The fish ladder at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery opens Monday. It is often the site of field trips for schools across the Sacramento region.
Californian regulators issued fines for the first time to urban water suppliers that failed to meet conservation goals.
(AP) - The State Water Resources Control Board is poised to reveal what enforcement methods it is taking to ensure people continue to reduce their monthly water use by 25 percent during California's relentless drought.
Sierra-at-Tahoe, on the south shore of Lake Tahoe in Twin Bridges, has received some snow. After four years of drought, Lake Tahoe ski resorts hope it's a sign of a good season to come.
The recent rain has not changed the percentage of drought in California or Nevada according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor update.
This month's mudslides in Southern California was an early look at what could happen if or when El Niño hits the state. How to prevent such catastrophes was the topic of a state senate committee hearing near Los Angeles Wednesday.
Another year brings a die-off of endangered winter-run Chinook salmon in northern California.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is providing more than $30 million to California and Nevada native tribes for water quality and environmental restoration projects.
Farmers in California's Central Valley have left more than one million acres of agricultural land idle all year long.
Prescribed burn operations are expected to start this week in the Lake Tahoe Basin.
Sacramento Regional Water Authority water users met the California state mandate for conservation in September. But the next four months will be more of a challenge to meet the goal.
The U.S. Drought Monitor says recent rain was no help for the long-term drought in California and the state's reservoir storage is now the second lowest on record.
The California Water Commission approved a key provision to implement regulations to sustainably manage California's groundwater supply.
(AP) - The struggling monarch butterfly is getting help from an unlikely source: the California drought.
Roseville has proposed to change the method it bills customers for water use. The city also wants to increase water rates.
After a record low snowpack in the Sierra Nevada last spring, runoff was also at record lows. Don't expect a strong El Niño to help change that this winter.
The latest forecast from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center shows El Niño will help improve the drought in parts of California by the end of January.
A strong El Niño is forecast to bring above-average precipitation this winter. But, it also creates dangerous flooding potential too, especially in areas recently scarred by wildfires.
Strong El Niño forecast expected through Spring.
Despite a potential strong El Niño, the drought in most of California is forecast to continue into a fifth year.
(AP) - A Northern California city has ordered restaurants to cut back on dishwashing by using disposable plates and cups as a way to save water amid the state's fourth year of drought.
Water storage has dwindled at six major reservoirs in California.
(AP) - Residents of the Fresno County city of Clovis will no longer be fined if they use too much water after this month.
Fire restrictions are being lifted in the Tahoe National Forest Tuesday.
The water conservation rate in California fell slightly in August to 27 percent. But state regulators aren’t discouraged by the numbers.
The effects of the on-going drought on Sacramento trees could mean an earlier than normal leaf drop for some tree species.
California's historic drought persists and, even with normal precipitation, is expected to continue into 2016.
A program will begin soon in the Eldorado National Forest to remove live or dead vegetation to prevent the spread of wildfires.
Most Californians are willing to sacrifice to address the drought according to a new poll by the Hoover Institution.
The Sacramento Suburban Water District is asking customers to voluntarily cut outdoor watering to one day a week this fall as other water providers move to mandatory restrictions.