Almost 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 State of California says it has eliminated a barrier to the financing of private, Property Assessed Clean Energy or PACE projects.
Groundwater supplies are at an all-time low in both the Sacramento and San Joaquin River basins. Management of that dwindling supply was the focus of debate at the state Capitol.
(AP) -- Because of California's lingering drought, millions of young California salmon could soon be migrating to the ocean via freeways instead of the Sacramento River.
With the shift from winter to spring comes new watering limitations for Sacramento residents. To conserve water, residents are being asked to only water twice a week.
The drought has left honey bees without their normal supply of wildflowers to feed on. Beekeepers have supplemented their diet, but that lacks nutrition to keep hives healthy. CapRadio's Amy Quinton tags along with a local beekeeper to learn more.
There’s a bit more progress in the delicate dance of reaching a deal on a new California water bond proposal that would replace the $11 billion bond currently on the November ballot. But a deal – if any – is still months away.
Many people in the Sacramento region responded to calls to conserve water, using less last month than in the previous two Februaries. Many cities have not met conservation goals.
The city of Sacramento is moving ahead with a plan to offer rebates to people who rip out their front lawns and replace them with drought-tolerant landscaping.
The amount of water in Folsom Lake has nearly doubled in the past month since this picture was taken, but lake levels are still only at 59 percent of average.
The California Drought Task Force says it would have to rain almost non-stop for the next couple of months to bring an end to the drought.
The Lake Tahoe area has just recorded its wettest February in 14 years, according to the National Weather Service in Reno. But winter precipitation is still just above half of normal.
After slowly recovering from the recession, California nurseries are now bracing for impacts the drought will have on the plant business.
The City of Sacramento wants to start a pilot program to pay people to replace their front lawns with landscaping that conserves water.
(AP) -- Overnight, much-needed rain fell on many parts of California from the first of two storms hitting the parched state. More wet weather is expected by early Friday.
11:34 A.M.--(AP) -- Both houses of the California Legislature approved a $687 million drought-relief plan Thursday.
Hundreds of millions of dollars are set to flow for emergency drought relief in California. The legislature Thursday passed a package of bills that will fund water projects and provide immediate assistance to the driest parts of the state.
Boaters and swimmers may not be able to enjoy Woodward Reservoir in Stanislaus County this summer.
The first of two storms is making its way through parts of Northern California Wednesday.
Warm, spring-like weather this winter is creating havoc for some small flower growers.
NASA scientists and California water managers are teaming up to help predict measure and find water during the state’s worst drought. They're using satellites to help the state manage its water supply.
(AP) --Meteorologists say a pair of storms could dump several inches of rain throughout the state this week.
The US Bureau of Reclamation says farmers who depend on water from the Central Valley Project will receive a “zero allocation” because of the drought. Water districts say tens of thousands of acres of permanent crops are at risk.
Drought conditions in northern Nevada are already having a dramatic impact on fish and fishery management. The Nevada Department of Wildlife is planning for less water in the Truckee River this summer and that means stocking fewer fish.
(AP) -- Nevada wildlife officials say severe drought conditions prompted them to move up seasonal trout stocking of the Truckee River and other western Nevada waterways to the earliest time in 20 years.
Governor Jerry Brown wants to spend big to bring some relief to drought ridden California.
Ten communities in California are at risk of running out of water in the next 60 days, the California Department of Public Health says the list is likely to grow as the drought continues.
California farmers, ranchers and the people who work for them are gathering at workshops throughout the state to learn about resources for getting through the drought.
California's drought could lead to breathing problems for some people, according to health experts.
Engineers with the federal government want to get your feedback on a plan to raise Folsom Dam.
President Obama spoke at a farm in Los Banos Friday afternoon, during a brief three-hour visit to the Central Valley.
President Obama is in California's Central Valley this afternoon to view the damage caused by the drought and announce more than 170 million dollars in federal aid.
President Obama flies to California’s Central Valley Friday, where he’ll announce drought aid for farmers, food banks and rural communities.
Governor Jerry Brown says California’s different regions make it hard to develop water policies that would satisfy the entire state. Meanwhile, a lawmaker wants to quintuple state funding to the California Arts Council.
After months of waiting, Dodge Ridge Ski Area finally has enough snow to open Thursday.
The drought is creating pressure for action in Sacramento, but lawmakers are worried about the cost.
California's two Democratic U.S. Senators have introduced a bill that could send more water to communities struggling through the drought. The bill was written by Sen. Dianne Feinstein
Caltrans' 700-plus electronic highway signs have a new message: "Serious Drought: Help Save Water."
New grants for regional water projects may provide some drought relief for California.
The weekend storm brought between two and four inches of rain to the valley and four-plus feet of snow to parts of the Sierra.
With water supplies at record lows, Central Valley farm workers are bracing for a season without work.
The Sacramento and San Joaquin River Basins are experiencing the steepest drop in water storage in nearly a decade. A new study looked at all water storage in the basins, including snow, surface water, soil moisture and groundwater.
California’s state Fish and Game Commission approved closures of dozens of rivers and streams in an attempt to protect threatened salmon and steelhead trout. Scientists are worried the drought may push Coho salmon to extinction.
The US House approved a controversial bill that would divert water from the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta to farmers in the Central Valley.
The U.S. House of Representatives today passed a controversial bill, 229-to-191, to deal with California's drought. Meanwhile, the federal and state governments continued to take actions in response to California’s drought.
California isn't the only western state hit hard by drought - so is Nevada.
A 20-million dollar federal grant is now available for drought relief in California. It is part of a program announced Tuesday by the US Department of Agriculture.
As if the drought weren’t bad enough, California’s $2 billion citrus industry says it lost nearly a quarter of its crop this year in a week-long freeze in early December.
The drought is affecting California farmers in different ways depending on where they farm. Some will turn to other water sources to make up at least part of the shortfall. Others will have to let some of their farmland go fallow.
The drought is forcing California to take unprecedented actions. For the first time in California history, both urban and agricultural water users that rely on the State Water Project will get no water deliveries.
Snow has finally fallen on the Sierra Nevada Mountains, bringing some relief to ski resorts. But it’s not enough to put a dent in the state’s drought.