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.
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.
Another water district in Sacramento County is offering cash rebates for customers to remove grass.
NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center and meteorologists in other countries show that strong-to-moderate El Niño conditions are present in the tropical Pacific. But it won't end the drought in California.
Stream fishing around Lake Tahoe and western Nevada is struggling because of the drought. But fishing may actually be better at the lake itself.
The U.S. Forest Service has wrapped up its hiring for firefighters to work on California's 18 national forests this summer.
The drought in California is causing saltwater to intrude deep into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Water managers are constructing a rock barrier to prevent salt from affecting drinking water for millions of Californians.
(AP) - The drought that's gripping California is beginning to reshape the landscaping industry. Gov. Jerry Brown is calling for Californians to remove 50 million square feet of turf to save water.
California water regulators are praising some Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta farmers for coming up with a program to voluntarily cut water use.
(AP) - A deadly parasite is thriving in the drought, infecting all the juvenile chinook salmon in the Klamath River in Northern California as they prepare to migrate to the ocean.
The State Water Resources Control Board is considering whether to allow some farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to voluntarily cut back their water use. In exchange, they want the board to agree not to curtail their remaining water.
After it was called off in 2014 due to the drought, Old Town Sacramento's Gold Rush Days is back in 2015.
For the first time in its history, the city of Roseville is limiting outdoor watering to two days a week.
Governor Jerry Brown has proposed an additional $ 2 billion in his revised budget to help California respond to the drought.
The drought isn't stopping Californians from building swimming pools. In fact, they built more pools last year than in any year since before the Great Recession. Some local water agencies don’t mind. Others are cracking down.
(AP) - California golf courses are teeing up on water conservation measures as the state enters its fourth bone-dry summer. They're waiting to see exactly what the recent mandate to cut overall potable water consumption by 25 percent means.
The drought in California is taking a heavy toll on native fish. Some experts fear if the drought lasts much longer, it may be a death knell for some species.
California lawmakers are looking at how the state can better deal with the ongoing drought. A legislative oversight hearing Tuesday elicited suggestions and complaints.
The Tahoe Keys Marina in South Lake Tahoe would normally be open by now. But because of the drought, it isn’t expecting to open for another month-and-a-half.
The City of West Sacramento is taking steps to meet water use reductions mandated by the State Water Resources Control Board.
The manager of California's power grid says additional supply, mostly from solar sources, will help it meet electricity demand this summer.
Governor Jerry Brown has some harsh words for opponents of his Delta tunnels project. He's also pushing back against critics of California's agriculture industry.
Less than a day after state regulators issued new water conservation guidelines, the City of Folsom rolled out its plan to reduce water use.
UPDATED: Water regulators have adopted some of the strictest water conservation rules in the state’s history as California deals with a fourth year of drought.
The city of Fresno wants its residents to take on the 20 gallon challenge: cut back on daily water usage by that much or more. And with the help of some local kids, it might just work.
If you're watering your lawn at all, there's a good chance you're watering it too much. That's the take-away from a drought workshop in Folsom for landscaping professionals.
UPDATE 12:30 p.m. -- The water conservation rate in California continues to be pretty dismal. The State Water Resources Control Board says the urban conservation rate was just 3.6 in March, up from 2.8 percent in February.
Cal Fire says four years of drought and the timing of the rains this spring have combined to make 2015 the worst fire conditions on record.
The fourth year of drought and above-normal summer temperatures are not expected to put a strain on California’s power supply.
Because of the drought, the Truckee Meadows Water Authority in Reno is starting $25 million worth of water delivery and storage improvements.
Governor Jerry Brown’s new proposal to allow local water agency employees to fine California water wasters up to $10,000 without going to court is creating fears of government overreach.
The American Lung Association's annual air quality report said many California cities have some of the worst air pollution in the country.
California cities, counties and water agencies could fine water wasters up to $10,000 – without going through the court system – under a new proposal from Governor Jerry Brown.
California Governor Jerry Brown is giving water agencies and cities more power to enforce conservation requirements.
Some areas in the Sacramento region will have to reduce water use by 36 percent under proposed emergency drought rules from state water regulators. How urban suppliers will reach that goal varies. Enforcement is likely to increase everywhere.
(AP) - State regulators are ordering some farms to stop pumping from streams for the second year in a row.
As California enters the dry season, the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report shows one category expanding.
In spite of a California Appeals Court ruling, customers of private water suppliers may still have tiered rates based on usage, not on cost, and customers of private utilities may still see their rates go up.
California Governor Jerry Brown is calling on local water agencies to adjust their pricing structures as a way to promote conservation. But a state court ruling issued today could undermine those efforts.
Even though the price of water is skyrocketing in California, and experts predict farmers will fallow about a million acres this year, your grocery bill is not likely to go up.
California lawmakers are considering a bill that would require the installation of water meters in each unit of newly constructed apartments.
The State Water Resources Control Board has released new proposed regulations on water use in California.
California’s system of water rights is coming under scrutiny as the state’s drought gets worse. Today Governor Jerry Brown indicated there may be some changes coming to the century-old system.
When it comes to California drought relief, it’s been a dry year so far on Capitol Hill. Central Valley politicians and farm interests have been in Congress this week to remind lawmakers about the dire situation back home.
A report from UC Davis said two of the most dangerous traffic spots for wildlife are in Northern California, including Sacramento.
(AP) - California's nonpartisan fiscal analyst says the drought is not likely to have a significant effect on the state's economy or budget.
Climate experts from across the country are in Reno for the U.S. Drought Monitor Forum through Thursday. They're looking for public help to gather information about the drought.
A new report shows that total water use in the United States declined across all sectors, including agriculture, from 2005 to 2010.
California dairy farmers are worried they won't have enough hay to feed their herds. A lot of the state's alfalfa is grown in parched regions.
California’s fire fighting agency is already preparing for a difficult fire season. And low water levels could hurt CAL FIRE’s ability to put fires out.