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.
Legislation introduced in the California state Assembly would create the Lower American River Conservancy to improve, protect, preserve and possibly expand the 5,000-acre American River Parkway.
January brought above-average rainfall and snow to much of California, partly due to El Niño. But forecasters say the ocean warming condition is "taking a break" for the next week or longer.
The U.S. Drought Monitor says, other than a slight reduction in exceptional drought in the northern Sierra, it needs more time to assess impacts of the recent moisture on California's long-term drought.
California regulators have made modest adjustments to water conservation requirements for cities.
The second measurement this winter of snowpack in the Sierra Nevada was 130 percent of average. State water officials say the snowpack will help reservoir recovery.
California's water conservation rate dropped to 18 percent in December. But water regulators say the state continues to meet its long term goals.
(AP) - Following a welcomed parade of El Nino storms drenching drought-stricken California, state officials on Tuesday will decide whether to extend emergency conservation orders, and reveal how much water Californians saved in December.
Efforts to help protect endangered Chinook salmon from death in the Sacramento River apparently didn't work last year.
After four years of drought, January 2016 has brought above-normal rainfall to fill California reservoirs and much needed snowpack for spring and summer water supply. Now, the state needs Mother Nature to provide more.
A winter storm is forecast to bring mostly rain in the Sierra Nevada Friday, with high snow levels. But Saturday, snow is expected at lower elevations.
A plan to build two 35-mile long water tunnels is now in the hands of state regulators. The tunnels would carry water from northern California to central and southern California.
The U.S. Drought Monitor released January 28 says "slow and steady recovery" has reduced drought in California, with the trend "going in the right direction."
Early winter storms have increased water supplies in California. As a result, agencies that depend on the State Water Project will now get more water.
(AP) - The state's Department of Water Resources reported Tuesday that the water content of the Sierra Nevada snowpack is at 115 percent of its historical average.
Water providers in the Sacramento region could see conservation requirements ease from the current statewide mandate.
California farmers will find out in February just how much water will be allocated from reservoirs managed by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
Ten new groundwater basins in California have been added to a list of those considered in “critical overdraft”.
Frequent storms have brought more improvement in drought conditions in California over the past week, with snowpack conditions above normal.
UC Davis scientists are flooding almond orchards this winter in an effort to restore depleted aquifers in the Central Valley.
January storms in northern California are partly the result of El Niño along with a shift in the southern jet stream.
Many California cities and water agencies are not happy with a proposal to extend mandatory water conservation rules.
The latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows that "exceptional drought" has been reduced in Northern California. But, wells, reservoirs, ground water, and soil moisture are all recovering slowly.
It turns out “emergency drought relief” can take up to two years to distribute. On Wednesday, California regulators awarded the final pieces of the $680 million drought aid package Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers approved in March 2014.
(AP) - More farmers in drought-stricken California are using oilfield wastewater to irrigate, and a new panel on Tuesday began taking one of the state's deepest looks yet at the safety of using the chemical-laced water on food crops.
The recent rain and snow in California is a good start but it will take more than one above-average year to replenish major reservoirs and groundwater.
Record rainfall in parts of California, fueled in part by El Niño, won't end the state's historic four-year drought.
Californians did not conserve as much water in November as they have in previous months. But regulators say overall the state is still on target to meet its long-term 25 percent conservation mandate set by Governor Jerry Brown.
There will likely be more water available to supply the Truckee River this summer.
(AP) - A newspaper reports the U.S. Forest Service has begun an environmental review of Nestle Waters North America's bottling operations in the San Bernardino National Forest.
The recent snow and rain help, but more is needed as California heads toward a record fifth year of drought.
UPDATE: 4:19 p.m. - Water in California’s snowpack is nearly double what it was a year ago. The first manual snow survey brought encouraging news after four years of drought.
Most cities and counties have free recycling services for Christmas trees, including the City of Sacramento
If you're looking to keep your garden green through the winter some plants will do it better than others. A type of plant known as a succulent is ideal for this climate. Succulents can weather cooler temps in the winter and hot days in the summer.
(AP) - California water managers say the Sierra Nevada has an above-average snowpack for this time of year, yet it's not enough to make a dent in California's stubborn drought.
Scientists with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife are rescuing Chinook salmon that took a wrong turn.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration is signaling it’s ready to relax the state’s 25 percent urban water conservation mandate – at least a little bit – as the state enters its fifth year of drought.
Sacramento-area water users conserved 33 percent in November compared to the same month in 2013, according to the Sacramento Regional Water Authority.
Recent storms have helped to ease dryness and improve drought conditions in California. But warm temperatures have limited the amount of snowpack in some parts of the western U.S.
(AP) -- Federal agencies have unveiled an interactive Web display showing high-water to low-water data and images resulting from a historic 16-year drought in the Colorado River basin.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is experimenting with a new way to save salmon eggs from low river flows and higher water temperatures in the drought.
One Israeli farmer is producing food year-round in California's drought. His water-efficient methods could provide valuable lessons for farmers in California.
Despite a return to a more typical fall storm pattern, the rain and snow has brought only minimal improvement to California's multiyear drought.
A federal agency released plans Wednesday to manage the potential problems from El Niño in California, such as flooding and landslides.
The U.S. Forest Service is seeking public comment on proposed improvements to the ski and snowboard terrain at Heavenly Mountain Resort in South Lake Tahoe.
Water agencies in California have told state regulators they want to see changes to emergency conservation requirements going forward.
During storms, uncollected leaf piles in Sacramento city streets could clog gutters and storm drains.
The California Department of Water Resources announced its initial water allocation for customers who depend on the State Water Project.
Californians fell short of their monthly mandatory water conservation goals for the first time in October. Regulators say the state is still on course to meet to meet its overall target.
Fire agencies are planning to begin prescribed fire operations Monday in the Lake Tahoe Basin. There are at least 10 prescribed burn projects scheduled.
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.