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.
There was "minor improvement" in California drought conditions over the past week. But as long-term drought persists throughout the west, and storage levels drop, water supply is a worry.
(AP) — The House has waded into a long-running California water war. Lawmakers have endorsed a Republican plan to shift more water to San Joaquin Valley farmers and cut the flow for threatened fish and growers in another part of the state.
The U.S. Drought Center says the past week brought "widespread improvements" in drought conditions in northern California and Nevada.
California's energy grid manager says supply should be adequate for the summer, despite potential natural gas shortages in Southern California.
California water regulators will allow cities and water agencies to set their own conservation targets based on water supply.
Fire agencies are expected to continue prescribed burn operations this week in the Lake Tahoe Basin.
Severe and extreme drought were reduced slightly in California and 10 percent of the state is completely free of drought.
One water scientist says it may be too soon to end mandatory water conservation requirements in California and the state's surface and groundwater should be managed together.
A popular nature reserve west of Davis reopens May 15 after being closed following a wildfire last summer.
An executive order from California Gov. Jerry Brown and a new proposal from the state Water Board would do away with the current system of water conservation.
(AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown is ordering California to permanently follow some conservation measures taken during the state's drought.
A U.S. agency says western U.S. snowpack dropped at "record speed" during April as average temperatures in the contiguous U.S. were 4.0°F above average from January through April 2016.
Some minor improvement in California drought conditions last week, but long-term drought remains entrenched as the summer dry season is slightly more than a month away.
Outdoor burn permits are now required for most counties in Northern California.
Spring storms help Sierra Nevada snowpack, but there is no reduction in drought conditions in California and Nevada.
More "Spare The Air" alerts may be issued this year in the Sacramento region because the Environmental Protection Agency has lowered the federal ozone health standard.
Weather permitting, the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District and the U.S. Forest Service may continue prescribed fire operations starting Monday in areas around Lake Tahoe.
(AP) — Storms brought deep snow to the mountains that feed the vital Colorado River this season, but the dried-out landscape will soak up some of it before it can reach the river.
(AP) - California water managers say they're easing cutbacks as spring storms boost reservoirs in the state's five-year drought.
Water supply was a worry in 2015 at two vineyards in Amador County that rely on groundwater. But after a near-normal winter in northern California, the grape growers are breathing a sigh of relief – at least for this season.
Extreme and exceptional drought eased in California last week and for the first time since the week of July 2013, there is no exceptional drought in Nevada.
Water agencies say it's time to eliminate emergency water conservation requirements now that reservoirs in many regions of the state are full.
The American Lung Association "State of the Air 2016" report gives failing grades to communities in the Central Valley's farming region and the Los Angeles area. It also says climate change is a growing threat to air quality in California.
(AP) — Several Tahoe ski resorts have closed for the season. Northstar California, Diamond Peak and Kirkwood all closed on Sunday.
In the midst of a major El Niño, federal meteorologists say its flip side, La Niña, is around the corner. And that could mean more dry times in California.
The group American Rivers has ranked the San Joaquin River as the second most threatened river in the United States.
A new invasive species of tumbleweed is rapidly spreading across California. And yes, tumbling is one of the reasons.
California enters spring with 55 percent of the state in extreme drought, mostly in the central and southern part of the state.
California water conservation rates continued to drop in February.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says some farmers in California will get none of the water they've requested in 2016 and others will get their full allocation.
Starting Friday, people who live in Roseville will be able to schedule a free appointment with a tree expert. Roseville Electric Utility is offering the consultations to customers worried about their shade trees surviving the drought.
After the season’s last Sierra Nevada snow measurement showed near normal snowpack in the north, one California water agency suggests conservation mandates should be rescinded or eased for the region.
The latest Sierra Nevada snow survey finds that the statewide snowpack is at 87 percent of normal for March 30 and 87 percent of the April 1 average.
Volunteers will help improve the American River Parkway as part of a "day of service" on the César Chávez Day holiday.
For each of the next four years, city water rates will increase by 10 percent and wastewater rates will increase by 9 percent.
The California drought improved slightly in northern California, but long-term severe to extreme drought remains "entrenched" in central and southern California.
A study by UC Davis agricultural economists looked at how climate change is affecting what crops are planted in California. Warming winters are expected to alter what farmers plant.
Most of the Sacramento region met or came very close to meeting state-mandated water conservation goals.
The U.S. Drought Monitor says storms in March have eased extreme and severe drought in California. But many state reservoirs remain below-average and groundwater has not recovered after 4-to-5 years of drought.
Recent rains have increased water storage in reservoirs and flooded fields in the Sacramento Valley. That has improved habitat for fish and wildlife.
Regional fishery managers are considering closing or restricting all salmon fishing off the U.S. West Coast.
One of the state’s top water managers says California is experiencing a “Miracle March,” after a dramatic increase in rain and snow.
(AP) — The National Weather Service in Reno has issued an avalanche warning along the Sierra crest after a weekend storm dumped up to 20 inches of snow on the mountains around Lake Tahoe and up to a foot at lake level.
Storms have pushed the Sierra Nevada snowpack closer to average and some California reservoirs are above historical average. But reservoirs and rainfall in Southern California are not doing as well.
Weekend storms in Northern California have brought several feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada and increased runoff into some California reservoirs.
A series of storms in Northern California is forecast to bring heavy rain to the valleys and snow to the Sierra Nevada through early next week.
(AP) — Officials say a group of Northern California farmers has exceeded a voluntary target set for conserving water during historic drought.
(AP) — Federal forecasters say a warm, dry February has increased the chances that Lake Mead will have a water shortage by 2018.
A proposed California ballot initiative would divert money from the High Speed Rail project and the 2014 water bond to instead fund water storage projects.
A series of strong weather systems will move through Northern California Thursday through Tuesday of next week. The National Weather Service in Sacramento has issued more than 10 warnings, watches and advisories.