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.
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.
When it rains in California, millions of gallons of water run down city streets, into storm drains and out to the Pacific Ocean. Some cities are capturing it by soaking it up like a sponge. It may be California's next big untapped water supply.
Sacramento received 3,100 water waste complaints in the month of April -- that’s the most out of nearly 400 agencies in the state.
(AP) - The Banta-Carbona Irrigation District in Tracy filed a lawsuit on Thursday asking a judge to suspend the order issued by the state Water Resources Control Board.
Late-emerging legislation designed to deal with the drought could be part of the budget package California lawmakers vote on Friday.
The U.S. Drought Monitor report released June 18 shows drought increased slightly in California and improved in Nevada.
The Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District said the region's air quality is forecast to be unhealthy for sensitive groups Thursday.
An area will be closed above Kings Beach in North Lake Tahoe as part of a project to reduce fire risk.
Warmer weather is bringing out snakes, including rattlesnakes, in Northern California.
In the fourth year of drought, the California Department of Water Resources is holding two hearings on revisions to a statewide landscape ordinance.
The drought in California is stunting tree growth throughout the state and triggering a large die-off in the Sierra Nevada.
California water regulators announced Friday that some senior water right holders in the Delta, Sacramento and San Joaquin River watersheds will no longer be able to divert water from rivers and streams.
(AP) - Nevada climate officials say that recent wet weather isn't significantly changing drought conditions throughout the state.
Bee experts say urban gardeners often underestimate the importance of bees. Many of the plants in backyard gardens depend on bees for cross-pollination. But there are ways to create gardens that attract healthy bees.
(AP) - California Attorney General Kamala Harris is asking the state's Supreme Court to strictly limit a lower court's ruling that local water rates designed to encourage conservation are unconstitutional.
While the May rain helped ease drought in other parts of the Western United States, drought expanded slightly in California.
Water scarcity is driving farmers to plant different crops. Growers are switching to more profitable -- less thirsty fruits, vegetables and nuts.
(AP) - A California lawmaker is proposing to let local communities tax the worst water-guzzling residents and businesses as much as 300 percent in the state's historic drought.
California firefighters have burned through their budget this fiscal year as the state battles its way through a fourth year of drought.
(AP) - The National Interagency Fire Center says a wet spring reduced the likelihood of wildfires during June over much of the nation, but the risk is above normal in drought-stricken California.
Late spring storms have improved the irrigation prospects for some farmers in the Central Valley. The unexpected rain will mean more water to irrigate crops, orchards and pastureland.
"Rolling" and "drop-offs" are not terms used when describing a baseball field. Sacramento State's head baseball coach Reggie Christianson hopes those terms will be soon replaced with "laser-leveled" and "brand-new turf" at John Smith Baseball Field.
Work is underway in Folsom to replace lush green medians with drought-tolerant landscaping.
Groups sue California, U.S. officials over management of water supply, claiming fish and the Delta estuary are being short-changed.
The latest update from government forecasters show the drought has expanded slightly in California despite rain in May.
A new statewide poll shows Californians are concerned more about drought than jobs and the economy.
Farmers are being widely criticized during the California drought because agriculture uses the majority of the state's water. But some farmers are cutting back by employing a new technique that uses half as much water to yield twice as much fruit.
Water experts at UC Davis said Tuesday that drought impacts will be worse in 2015 for the California agricultural industry.
The Sacramento Regional Water Agency released its April conservation figures Monday. The numbers for the year are similar to what they were last year.
A California state agency Tuesday is expected to consider ways to help migrating salmon reach the ocean.
The California agriculture industry has managed to weather the drought in 2014 and in 2015.
California regulators are responding to the drought by adopting tighter landscaping rules for new construction and renovation. That means new water limits for residential, commercial, school and hospital lawns and other plantings.
A University of the Pacific economic forecast shows that drought has had a "relatively mild" impact on California's economy.