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.
Strong El Niño forecast expected through Spring.
Despite a potential strong El Niño, the drought in most of California is forecast to continue into a fifth year.
(AP) - A Northern California city has ordered restaurants to cut back on dishwashing by using disposable plates and cups as a way to save water amid the state's fourth year of drought.
Water storage has dwindled at six major reservoirs in California.
(AP) - Residents of the Fresno County city of Clovis will no longer be fined if they use too much water after this month.
Fire restrictions are being lifted in the Tahoe National Forest Tuesday.
The water conservation rate in California fell slightly in August to 27 percent. But state regulators aren’t discouraged by the numbers.
The effects of the on-going drought on Sacramento trees could mean an earlier than normal leaf drop for some tree species.
California's historic drought persists and, even with normal precipitation, is expected to continue into 2016.
A program will begin soon in the Eldorado National Forest to remove live or dead vegetation to prevent the spread of wildfires.
Most Californians are willing to sacrifice to address the drought according to a new poll by the Hoover Institution.
The Sacramento Suburban Water District is asking customers to voluntarily cut outdoor watering to one day a week this fall as other water providers move to mandatory restrictions.
(AP) - California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones says more people may be dropped from fire coverage and that residents of high risk areas may have to shop for more expensive insurance as wildfires become more destructive because of the drought.
A UC Davis study says more sectors of the agricultural industry should be able to reuse wastewater as many California grape growers do.
California has a 100-year-old system for managing who gets to take water from rivers and streams. That system got tested this summer.
A major disaster declaration has been granted by President Obama for Calaveras County, due to damage from the Butte Fire.
The recent rains did not improve drought conditions over the past week in California but the seasonal outlook shows some improvement for parts of the state.
New data show the Sacramento region has averaged a 37 percent reduction in water use. That's well beyond the 25 percent reduction mandated by Governor Jerry Brown to help deal with the drought.
Central Valley farms are pumping out groundwater faster than it can be replenished. But one farmer is trying to restore depleted aquifers by flooding his own crops in the winter.
Two California Coastal Cleanup Day events Saturday in northern California collected more than 70 tons of trash and recyclables.
Low water levels in the American River, due to the drought, is expected to increase the volume of trash volunteers collect during the Great American River Clean-Up Saturday in Sacramento County.
The latest seasonal drought outlook from the National Weather Service shows the drought in California, and much of Nevada, persisting and intensifying through December.
New research shows snowpack in the Sierra Nevada in 2015 was at its lowest level in 500 years.
Fire managers say the historic drought is a major factor in the rapid spread and growth of recent wildfires in California.
The largest active wildfire in California, the Rough Fire in Fresno County, is also the 18th largest in state history.
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Air quality 'unhealthful for sensitive groups' in the San Joaquin Valley due to ozone, wildfire smoke and dust.
The site of a former nuclear power plant in northern California will now be used to provide solar energy.
Triple-digit temperatures are causing higher ozone levels in the Sacramento region and unhealthy air.
(AP) - The four-year drought has ravaged California and the wildfires charring through dry forests are exposing Native American sites, helping looters searching for prehistoric objects to easily spot the obsidian spear points and other artifacts.
Work has begun on a project at Folsom Dam to install backup pumps in case the level of Folsom Lake drops significantly.
California regulators have fined 30 oil and gas operators for failing to report how much water they’re using.
There were no changes in the intensity of drought in California over the past week and El Niño is not expected to end the state's historic drought.
California water regulators accuse company of illegally diverting water that is later trucked, bottled, and sold in stores.
The drought is changing the size and flavor of California's fruit.
California's drought is having a devastating effect on its forests. Recent aerial surveys show 20 million dead trees so far. 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.