Reservoir levels are at historic lows, municipalities are ordering mandatory conservation and farmers are bracing for water shortages. Capital Public Radio has continuous coverage on how Californians are being impacted by the drought.
The City of Sacramento Department of Utilities reports Friday that city water customers saved more than one-billion gallons of water last month.
California's economy will see modest growth in 2015, with jobs in home building being a bright spot, and the drought having slight impact, according to the latest University of the Pacific's latest Business Forecast.
It appears messages about the need for water conservation are beginning to get through to Californians.
There’s been a drilling frenzy for water in the San Joaquin Valley during the drought. And it’s evident in the number of well permits issued by eight Central Valley counties. Capital Public Radio obtained the data from each county.
(AP) — The 6.0-magnitude earthquake in Northern California on August 24 is credited for shaking loose at least 200,000 gallons of groundwater a day, filling dry creek beds and parched streams.
Forecasters say the chances are diminishing that El Niño will bring rain to California.
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District's shade tree program has been around for 25 years. In spite of the drought, the utility says it will continue to fund the program for at least another two years because of the benefits trees provide.
California's drought is blamed for a big downturn in honey production.
Get the latest on the California Legislature's final hours of work for the 2013-14 session.
Releasing reservoir water to keep salmon from dying is one of many tough water allocation decisions in this third year of the California drought.
Researchers say California has been overdrawing its water account for a century.
Researchers at UC Davis fear that California’s drought may soon claim its first victim, the Red Hills Roach. The tiny fish is losing its water. Scientists fear it may soon be pushed to extinction.
A UC Davis report shows the drought has brought positive and negative effects to Lake Tahoe.
California's farm production costs totaled $36.6 billion in 2013, an 8.6 percent jump from the previous year. Higher rates for feed, labor, improvements and water contributed to the jump.
Californians will be voting on a new water bond this fall. On Wednesday night, Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers replaced the $11 billion bond on the November ballot with a smaller one they believe has a better chance of passing at the polls.
California Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers have approved a $7.5 billion water bond deal to replace the existing $11 billion measure on the November ballot.
Tree death is becoming more frequent and more severe nationwide. Scientists are studying whether drought may be the leading cause.
With time running out for Gov. Jerry Brown and California lawmakers to negotiate a replacement to the $11 billion water bond on the November ballot, two contentious issues have emerged as sticking points.
Some trees in California are having a tough go of it because of the drought. Tree experts say many of us have set ourselves up for failure in our yards.
The City of Sacramento reports that residents saved more than one-billion gallons of water in July.
California Governor Jerry Brown has broken his silence on water bond talks in an interview with Capital Public Radio. He’s opposing the $11 billion measure currently on the November ballot and proposing a $6 billion bond instead.
The Sacramento Regional Water Authority ‘pleased’ with conservation efforts.
Fountains that don't re-circulate water may soon be banned in the City of Sacramento even as the City continues to offer "spray grounds" at city parks.
More pumping for groundwater has resulted in ocean water polluting aquifers.
California wine grapes are beginning to ripen earlier due to dry, hot conditions.
New regulations that include fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water are taking effect in California.
Continued drought brings drawdown of groundwater in California, other western states.
High school football concussions, tax relief on home loan modifications, and homeowners association watering requirements – all subjects of bills signed Monday by California Gov. Jerry Brown.
California has approved tough new water restrictions, but how they’ll be enforced depends on where you live.
Many people living in small Central Valley communities in California are watching their wells run dry. US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced more federal aid to help those hurt by the drought.
AP - U.S. Agriculture Secretary announced drought aid to help rural Californians.
Conserving water might have a negative financial affect on some California water agencies.
The latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows California continues to get drier and warmer.
Nevada Wildlife officials captured and released three bear cubs in Lake Tahoe.
According to a new statewide survey, Californians overwhelmingly support the idea of a groundwater management plan.
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.
(AP) -- The California State Water Resources Control Board considers several measures Tuesday to increase conservation. This includes a possible fine of up to $500 days for water wasters.
A report from UC Davis outlines the effects of the drought on the state and its agricultural industry.
The drought could damage California’s economy to the tune of $2.2 billion this year, according to a new study.
The new auxiliary dam at Folsom Lake is 113 feet tall, not counting the 45 feet of support structure beneath the ground.
(AP) - A black bear that was twice captured and released has been put down by Nevada wildlife officials, who said the animal posed too great of a threat to Lake Tahoe beachgoers. UPDATE - A bear captured Friday posed no risk, released 60 miles away.
The drought in California is likely to continue in 2015 and forecasters said Thursday El Niño won’t help end dry times in the Golden State.
(AP) -- Californians who waste water outdoors could be fined hundreds of dollars if proposed restrictions are approved.
Hundreds of people in Yolo County have received food aid through the state's drought-relief effort.
Four months after Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers announced “emergency drought legislation,” the vast majority of the money sits untouched.
California regulators are streamlining the process of fining water rights holders who don’t stop taking water once the state tells them they should.
In an interview with Capital Public Radio, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins says there will be no water bond deal this week before the Legislature's summer recess – and she’s blaming outside interest groups for blocking in.
The drought is hurting California's cherry crop.
CHECK indoor water appliances and devices for leaks
REPLACE an old toilet
USE an efficient washer, make sure it’s full before starting a load
DO not run water while brushing, shaving or washing counters
KEEP showers short
AVOID the hours between noon and 6 p.m. when watering the lawn
WASH cars over the grass
WATER plant only when needed
USE a broom instead of a hose to clean the driveways and sidewalks.
CHECK water irrigation systems for broken or clogged sprinklers
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Reservoir Levels Statewide
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