Talk about a one-two punch. Between the lack of rain and the sub-freezing temperatures, “there’s no doubt about it – the two together give it a harder case,” says James McFarlane, who grows 700 acres of citrus in Fresno County.
And McFarlane says he’s one of the lucky ones: “Even though we’ve spent all that money on propane and labor, to get those wind machines on and off, even though for about a 40 day period I only spent two full nights in my warm bed, we’re probably gonna make more money because of it.”
That’s because his supply weathered the weather fairly well. Others did not. California’s citrus industry estimates the cost of the seven-day December freeze at about $440 million. That’ll lead to a shorter California citrus season in stores, and perhaps higher prices for customers.
Long planned changes to California’s Cap and Trade program could lead to an increase in gas prices next year. That’s causing some to call for a delay.
A Superior Court judge ordered Siskiyou county to regulate groundwater pumping to protect river.
A new UC Davis study finds this year's drought is the third most severe on record -- but the worst in terms of water losses for California farmers.
Wasting water could really start to cost you in California.
The new auxiliary dam at Folsom Lake is 113 feet tall, not counting the 45 feet of support structure beneath the ground.