Frank Maurer operates a flower farm in Yolo County between Davis and Woodland. He sells daffodils and other flowers at the Farmer's Market in Downtown Sacramento on Sundays.
"In one to two, three weeks I'm getting what I would've had in two to three months because they're all coming on all together," he says. "So I'm getting now daffodils coming early when they would just be starting. I've got daffodils all over the place mixed with narcissus which should be finished. So as a business it's a killer."
Meanwhile, many nursery owners who were hit hard in previous droughts now worry they'll suffer a similar fate as water districts limit or ban outdoor watering.
Overall water use decreased again in September compared to last year in the Sacramento region. Water providers are also pumping less groundwater, despite a heavier reliance on it in the drought.
If a flood were to hit Twitchell Island in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta it would threaten much of California’s water supply. It’s why emergency management agencies are holding flood-fighting exercises during a drought.
UC Davis researchers have identified 'high priority' dams in California where releasing water may be a key for the survival of native fish species.
California Governor Jerry Brown says the state can lead the way with its water policies just as California is leading the way with initiatives for renewable energy and climate change.
A winter forecast from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center Thursday shows the California drought may persist or intensify in parts of the state.