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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 Association of California Water Agencies have put together a map to illustrate the various ways water agencies around the state are addressing the drought:
 
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Drought News

  • Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

    More Money For Drought Aid, But No Mandatory Conservation

    Thursday, March 19, 2015

    Nearly half of last year’s emergency drought relief money has yet to be spent – but Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders are rolling out a new aid package of more than $1 billion. They’re not calling for mandatory water conservation – yet.

  • California Department of Water Resources

    Endangered Delta Smelt May Be Extinct

    Monday, March 16, 2015

    A small endangered fish that plays a pivotal role in California’s water wars may well be on its way out. Populations of the Delta smelt have plummeted to their lowest levels ever.

  • Mike Jenson / Merced Irrigation District

    3,200 People Risk Running Out of Water In Drought

    Friday, March 13, 2015

    3,200 people in the Sierra Nevada foothill community of Lake Don Pedro rely on water from nearby Lake McClure. But the lake level is dangerously low. That’s forcing the community to find another supply. So far it’s come up dry.

  • Brian Baer / California Rice Commission

    Dry Winter Weather Worries Rice Farmers

    Tuesday, March 03, 2015

    Another dry winter worries California rice farmers who are planning for this year's crop. The state's harvest was down nearly 25 percent last year. And, it's not just water that worries growers.

  • Amy Quinton / Capital Public Radio

    Water Conservation Rate Drops As Does Water Content In Snow

    Tuesday, March 03, 2015

    California’s water supply continues to diminish. The water content in the Sierra snowpack is the worst it’s been this time of year since 1991. Water conservation rates are equally dismal, dropping dramatically in January.

  • Photo / Curtis Jerome Haynes

    More Water Deliveries Through State Water Project

    Monday, March 02, 2015

    What little bit of rain California received in December and February was just enough to help reservoir storage. The Department of Water Resources announced it will increase water deliveries through the State Water Project.

  • Feds Reduce Water Allocation For California

    Friday, February 27, 2015

    The US Bureau of Reclamation says most farmers south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta will face a second year with no water from the Central Valley Project. Some farmers and cities may receive more.

  • Warm Weather Threatens Way of Life at Lake Tahoe

    Thursday, February 26, 2015

    It would not be an odd sight in the spring. But there is something depressing about a closed ski slope in the middle of winter. The trails are bare and grassy. The chairlifts just hang there, waving a little with the breeze.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    California Lawmakers Will Examine Ways To Capture Stormwater

    Tuesday, February 24, 2015

    The California drought has state lawmakers looking for creative and affordable ways to increase the state’s water supply. A legislative hearing Wednesday will highlight ways that could make it easier to capture stormwater.

  • California Water Officials Eyeing New Drought Restrictions

    Wednesday, February 18, 2015

    (AP) - California officials who are in charge of restricting water as the drought drags on are considering new limits on restaurants, hotels and decorative fountains in addition to existing rules for homeowners.

  • Photo by Jack Kelly Clark/UC Mosquito Research Program

    More Mosquitoes Out Because Of Warm Temps

    Wednesday, February 04, 2015

    You may have noticed more mosquitoes around. Sacramento area pest control officials say the warm dry winter has lured the mosquitoes out of hibernation.

  • Mike Jensen / Merced Irrigation District

    Snowpack In California "Dismally Meager"

    Thursday, January 29, 2015

    The California Department of Water Resources says the state’s snowpack is “dismally meager.” A lack of snow in the Sierra is keeping rivers low and drying up some reservoirs.

  • Ed Joyce / Capital Public Radio News

    California Drought: Cash For Grass In Roseville

    Wednesday, January 28, 2015

    The City of Roseville is yanking grass and replacing it with drought-resistant landscaping to conserve water. Roseville also offers homeowners a 'Cash For Grass' rebate program.

  • Carson Jeffres / UC Davis

    Salmon Survival In California's Drought

    Tuesday, January 20, 2015

    Salmon rely on cool water temperatures and aquatic plants to survive. So California’s drought has hit them particularly hard. But UC Davis researchers have found one area where the fish are flourishing.

  • Dry January For Tahoe

    Tuesday, January 20, 2015

    The United States Department of Agriculture says January is shaping up to be another dry month in the Lake Tahoe area and that signals an unprecedented fourth year of drought.

  • Amy Quinton / Capital Public Radio

    Lawmakers Say Water Bond Oversight Will Be Priority

    Monday, January 12, 2015

    Some California lawmakers say making sure water bond money is spent wisely will be key to helping California better manage water in future droughts. Managing drought was the topic of a Public Policy Institute of California conference.

  • Amy Quinton / Capital Public Radio

    Floating Weather Station Will Measure Water Evaporation

    Monday, January 12, 2015

    There’s something high-tech and strange floating on Folsom Lake right now. Scientists have launched a weather station on a buoy. The station will provide much more than just weather information.

  • geetarchurchy / Flickr

    US House Debates Drought Relief Bill

    Monday, December 08, 2014

    A Republican- backed drought relief bill for California is headed to the floor of the US House of Representatives for a vote Tuesday. The legislation ignited an hour of debate Monday.


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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 

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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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