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 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.
California’s water supply continues to diminish. The water content in the Sierra snowpack is the worst it’s been this time of year since 1991. Water conservation rates are equally dismal, dropping dramatically in January.
(AP) - The California Department of Water Resources says it will carry out the winter's third survey of the Sierra Nevada's snowpack.
What little bit of rain California received in December and February was just enough to help reservoir storage. The Department of Water Resources announced it will increase water deliveries through the State Water Project.
The US Bureau of Reclamation says most farmers south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta will face a second year with no water from the Central Valley Project. Some farmers and cities may receive more.
It would not be an odd sight in the spring. But there is something depressing about a closed ski slope in the middle of winter. The trails are bare and grassy. The chairlifts just hang there, waving a little with the breeze.
A new poll finds nearly all Californians think the state's drought is serious -- and there's growing support for mandatory water rationing.
The California drought has state lawmakers looking for creative and affordable ways to increase the state’s water supply. A legislative hearing Wednesday will highlight ways that could make it easier to capture stormwater.
The California Water Resources Control Board heard emotional testimony for at least 12 hours yesterday from people worried about how the state should manage its dwindling supply of water during the drought.
(AP) - California officials who are in charge of restricting water as the drought drags on are considering new limits on restaurants, hotels and decorative fountains in addition to existing rules for homeowners.
The latest U.S. Drought Monitor points to California's dwindling snowpack in its latest report.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has approved millions of dollars in grants for dozens of projects designed to help fish habitat.
The warm, wet storm forecast for Northern California may not add significant snow to the Sierra Nevada snowpack due to above normal temperatures.
You may have noticed more mosquitoes around. Sacramento area pest control officials say the warm dry winter has lured the mosquitoes out of hibernation.
A team of scientists is launching state-of-the-art equipment by air and sea to study “atmospheric rivers.” The storms play a huge role in California’s water supply.
As the drought continues, some farmers are changing the way they water their crops and use the land. Some of the newest conservation technology is on display at this week's Colusa Farm Show.
A wet end to 2014 contributed to high December water conservation rates for California.
(AP) - State officials are reporting how much water Californians are using and urging conservation as the state heads into the fourth year of a drought.
For the first time in recorded weather history, Sacramento received no measurable rain in January.
Record dry January expected in many Northern and Central California cities as drought drops reservoir levels.
The California Department of Water Resources says the state’s snowpack is “dismally meager.” A lack of snow in the Sierra is keeping rivers low and drying up some reservoirs.
The City of Roseville is yanking grass and replacing it with drought-resistant landscaping to conserve water. Roseville also offers homeowners a 'Cash For Grass' rebate program.
The City of Sacramento says water customers in 2014 "cut water use to the lowest level per person per day in 100 years."
Salmon rely on cool water temperatures and aquatic plants to survive. So California’s drought has hit them particularly hard. But UC Davis researchers have found one area where the fish are flourishing.
The United States Department of Agriculture says January is shaping up to be another dry month in the Lake Tahoe area and that signals an unprecedented fourth year of drought.
(AP) - Federal science officials say that for the third time in a decade, the globe sizzled to the hottest year on record.
The latest U.S. Drought Monitor report showed that the worst level of drought expanded this past week in parts of Northern California.
The California Department of Water Resources is increasing the amount of water it sends to Central and Southern California through the State Water Project.
Some California lawmakers say making sure water bond money is spent wisely will be key to helping California better manage water in future droughts. Managing drought was the topic of a Public Policy Institute of California conference.
There’s something high-tech and strange floating on Folsom Lake right now. Scientists have launched a weather station on a buoy. The station will provide much more than just weather information.
New figures show Californians are doing slightly better overall on conserving water during the drought.
California’s first winter snow survey paints another fairly bleak picture of the potential for runoff restoring water levels in the state’s reservoirs.
California needs one and a half times the maximum volume of water in Lake Mead, the largest US reservoir, to end its drought.
A new study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says natural occurring climate patterns –not climate change- are the primary drivers of California’s drought.
A Republican- backed drought relief bill for California is headed to the floor of the US House of Representatives for a vote Tuesday. The legislation ignited an hour of debate Monday.
Pollution from abandoned mines in the Sierra Nevada could threaten California's primary water supply.
The City of Roseville hopes to break the 20-percent water conservation mark for the year. The city posted its best conservation mark for the year in November.