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.
Mandatory statewide water conservation rules have ended in California. But Sacramento-area users conserved 22 percent in June, compared to June 2013.
California and federal agencies say a new strategy is needed to save the endangered Delta smelt.
California is in the fifth consecutive year of drought, but state water managers ended mandatory conservation rules. Local water suppliers now determine conservation rates, and some have low or no targets. A water expert says that's 'shortsighted.'
California is in the fifth consecutive year of drought. Although mandatory statewide water conservation is over, the State Water Resources Control Board says water conservation remains a "top priority."
The California Water Resources Control Board Wednesday says Californians cut water use by 28 percent in the final month of mandatory statewide conservation.