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.
(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.
The cotton crop in California has been shrinking for the last decade, but this year's planting could be the smallest since early last century.
Governor Jerry Brown says it’s time for California to pull together to get through the drought. It’s a message aimed at people with competing water needs. And that’s created some tension.
Despite the recent rain and snowfall, California's water deficit continues. And El Niño conditions will have little impact on northern California.
The California drought affects different groups in different ways. Today Governor Jerry Brown sought to bring some of the differing perspective together.
While a California state agency works to determine how much water cutbacks will be, the City of Roseville is exchanging turf for drought-tolerant landscaping.
Californians cut their water use by less than 3 percent in February. It's the lowest reduction since last July.
(AP) - California communities are preparing to crack down on water guzzlers and wasters in response to the worsening drought.
A new California Department of Fish and Wildlife study says illegal water diversions by marijuana growers are drying up streams – with potentially lethal effects for salmon and steelhead trout.
California Governor Jerry Brown appeared on ABC's "This Week" program Sunday to defend his order of mandatory water cutbacks statewide -- cutbacks that don't restrict farmers.
Governor Jerry Brown’s executive order mandating water conservation in California also directs state agencies to speed up reviews of water projects. But it turns out little of last year’s emergency drought money has actually been spent.
Experts predict this year’s almond crop will be the largest and most profitable ever. But, meeting the demand for nuts during a historic drought raises complicated questions.
If you like to garden and are looking for drought-resistant plants you're not alone. The California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers says business is brisk as people shop for water-saving plants during another year of drought.
California cities and counties are considering what to do next now that Governor Jerry Brown has issued a mandatory water conservation order.
Jerry Brown has been California’s governor for two of the worst droughts in state history.
There are more than 400 water agencies in California and they are evaluating what the new mandatory water restrictions mean for them.
Governor Brown's mandatory restrictions for residential and commercial water users drew mixed reactions in Fresno.
The governor’s executive order includes stricter reporting requirements for agricultural water users – but no mandatory restrictions, unlike urban areas. To farmers, that’s enough.
California’s cities are subject to 25 percent water reductions under Governor Jerry Brown’s executive order; but those water restrictions don't apply to the biggest users of water.
UPDATED: For the first time ever, a governor of California is imposing mandatory water restrictions. Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order Wednesday that mandates a 25 percent cut in urban water use from now through next February.
(AP) - Drought-stricken California will conduct its final manual snowpack survey in the Sierra Nevada - and the outlook isn't good.
Just over a week after proposing a billion dollars in drought help, California Governor Jerry Brown has signed the aid package into law.
The California Legislature has sent a $1 billion emergency drought aid package to Gov. Jerry Brown. But one of the two measures in the package drew opposition from Republicans.
Californians show deep concern that the state’s drought may be a long-term problem in a new survey by the Public Policy Institute of California.
California Gov. Jerry Brown’s $1 billion drought response legislation is on its way to the Assembly after winning Senate approval Wednesday afternoon.
A little noticed provision of the proposed $1.1 billion drought relief bill could help poor communities.
The drought is creating a new way for cities to make money, including selling treated wastewater for farm irrigation.
Nearly half of last year’s emergency drought relief money has yet to be spent – but Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders are rolling out a new aid package of more than $1 billion. They’re not calling for mandatory water conservation – yet.
(AP) - Yet another Northern California ski resort is closing early due to a lack of snow amid the state's historic drought.
The $1.1 billion emergency drought legislation to be announced Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders will include money for water recycling, desalination, water quality and flood protection projects.
A small endangered fish that plays a pivotal role in California’s water wars may well be on its way out. Populations of the Delta smelt have plummeted to their lowest levels ever.
3,200 people in the Sierra Nevada foothill community of Lake Don Pedro rely on water from nearby Lake McClure. But the lake level is dangerously low. That’s forcing the community to find another supply. So far it’s come up dry.
As the California drought wears on, it might seem like more creative solutions are in order. But it might not yet be time for drastic measures.
Big businesses in California say they want to be more involved in managing the state’s water supply.
When it comes to the weather and your favorite sitcom, it's better late than never.
Another dry winter worries California rice farmers who are planning for this year's crop. The state's harvest was down nearly 25 percent last year. And, it's not just water that worries growers.