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.
The drought is changing the size and flavor of California's fruit.
California's drought is having a devastating effect on its forests -- 20 million dead trees and counting, according aerial surveys. And the drought has a partner in crime -- the pine beetle.
Californians are exceeding Governor Jerry Brown's 25 percent conservation mandate.
(AP) - A group of nonprofit organizations and businesses has started a crowdfunding campaign to assist families affected by the state's drought and wildfires.
Extreme drought expanded in the Western U.S. and the drought is taking a toll on topsoil moisture in California.
(AP) - More people are drowning in two of Sacramento's rivers, and the drought may be partially responsible.
(AP) - State officials say strong water conservation figures for July show Californians are beginning to understand the dire need to cut back in a fourth year of drought.
(AP) - A federal judge in California has denied a request by Central Valley agricultural water providers to block emergency water releases to protect Klamath River salmon from the drought.
Many farmworkers in California are out of work because of the severe drought. Those who do have a job are often working harder for less money.
The ocean water condition called El Niño isn't expected to do much for northern California's dwindling reservoirs.
Scientists and policy makers are meeting to discuss how to deal with the effects of climate change in California.
(AP) - A small winged bug is drawing concern in some high-desert communities on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada.
Cal Fire and PG&E are warning homeowners about the risks posed by dead and dying trees.
A new study shows climate change making California's drought worse.
Firefighters in California and other parts of the western U.S. will be getting some help from other countries, as wildfires rip through the region.
The latest report shows no weekly change in the drought depiction for California and Nevada, but year over year comparisons show improvement for both states.
(AP) - A new study says dying wildlife, bigger wildfires and dry farm towns will be the biggest problems if the drought persists in California.
(AP) - Ranchers are telling a Nevada state panel that despite ongoing regional drought, there's plenty of grass on the range and they want to be allowed to turn cattle out to graze on it.
A new NASA report, commissioned by the California Department of Water Resources, shows groundwater pumping in California has caused land in the San Joaquin Valley to sink faster than in past.
Central Valley air quality managers have requested parents to shut off their vehicle engines when picking kids up after school. It's part of a move to reduce ozone pollution.
A new UC Davis study says the fourth year of drought is costing California's economy $2.7 billion and resulting in 21,000 job losses.
The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise is calling in 200 active duty military troops to help fight roughly 95 wildfires burning across the West.
The increase in the number of wildfires in California and the western U.S. may partly be caused by climate change.
Caltrans says it’s trying to cut its water use in half. The agency maintains more than 30,000 acres of landscaping along state highways.
A national firefighting agency is sending more resources to California, due to the large number of major wildfires in the region.
A slight decrease in severe drought in the last week for one part of California and Nevada saw an increase in the intensity of exceptional drought.
(AP) - About 80,000 pounds of rainbow trout had to be rescued from the San Joaquin Hatchery and moved to cooler waters in Shaver Lake as a result of the ongoing drought.
(AP) - California regulators are mandating that new showerheads sold in the state be the most water frugal in the nation.
For the fourth year in a row, Tulare County's crop values hit an all-time high topping $8 billion in 2014. That will likely mean Tulare's crops will be the most valuable in the nation -- even though California is in a historic drought.
The Sacramento Fire Department says more "training burns" along the American River Parkway provide buffers and can prevent larger fires.
Gov. Jerry Brown is continuing his public outreach efforts to call attention to California’s water shortage in this fourth year of drought.
Nearly 100 firefighters are working to put out a fire along the American River Parkway in Sacramento.
More than 200 water wells have dried up in Tuolumne County in the drought. The county is responding with fresh water relief supplies.
The San Joaquin Valley enjoyed three weeks of healthy air in July for the first time in 20 years.
A Sacramento County Superior Court judge has denied a water district's request for a preliminary injunction against the State Water Resources Control Board.
It’s been almost a year since the King Fire scorched almost 100,000 acres of the Sierra Nevada forest. But this wildfire season could be worse - and it’s not just the drought and high temperatures that are fueling wildfires.
The on-going drought is making work harder for crews working to contain the Rocky Fire in Lake, Yolo and Colusa counties.
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.