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 annual report on California's Air Quality has just been released, and the drought is listed as a major factor this year.
Rain and snow may not have pushed California out of its drought, but the late season precipitation will mean a little more water for State Water Project users. There is also relief for some federal Central Valley Project users.
A new survey finds Californians are split over the cause of the state's drought.
Hundreds of waterfalls are cascading throughout Yosemite National Park, but they may not last too much longer.
California and federal agencies have released a plan about how they’ll operate the state and federal water projects during the drought. The plan does not change water allocations.
(AP) -- A bill moving in the California Legislature now would protect people in homeowner associations from retribution if they reduce water use for landscaping.
Sacramento is still experiencing a drought -- but it broke a rainfall record yesterday. Folsom Lake now stands at 71 percent of seasonal normal.
Snowpack in the Sierra Nevada is one-third of what it should be this time of year. Despite that, state and federal water managers say they will take advantage of recent precipitation and send more water to central and southern California.
Despite the rain and snow Northern California is getting with this latest storm, state officials stress we're still in a drought. In fact, CalFire is hiring seasonal firefighters ahead of schedule.
The drought is causing state and federal fish agencies to take extraordinary steps to save fish. The agencies began to truck 30 million fall-run Chinook salmon from hatcheries to release sites close to the ocean in an effort to save them.
It's raining, but we're still in a drought and more than 350 people are getting a stern reminder about that from the City of Sacramento.
Roseville is requiring all residents to reduce their water use by 20 percent, starting today.
Asparagus is coming up in the Delta, but cheaper imports make it too expensive to harvest. Prices at the supermarket have seldom been lower, even dropping to 99-cents a pound, this makes it harder and harder for Delta farmers to compete.
Two northern California Congressmen have introduced legislation that would help create a new lake and nearly two million gallons of water storage northwest of Sacramento.
UPDATE 11:45 A.M.-- (AP) -- Farmworkers concerned about water allotments because of California's ongoing drought are making their voices heard at a Congressional committee meeting in Fresno.
Declining school attendance may be the latest side-effect of California’s punishing drought. The state’s Superintendent of Public Instruction will visit the Central Valley tomorrow to talk about the problem.
Farmers are not just dealing with a lack of water during this drought; they also have to fight salt and other toxic minerals in their crop soil.
(AP) - A federal appeals court has largely upheld a 2008 plan that called for restrictions on water deliveries from California's Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to protect a tiny, threatened fish.
(AP) -- California water officials are planning to temporarily dam three channels on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta if California's drought persists.
A new Public Policy Institute of California report shows the state is facing critical funding gaps when it comes to managing the state’s water.
The State of California says it has eliminated a barrier to the financing of private, Property Assessed Clean Energy or PACE projects.
Groundwater supplies are at an all-time low in both the Sacramento and San Joaquin River basins. Management of that dwindling supply was the focus of debate at the state Capitol.
(AP) -- Because of California's lingering drought, millions of young California salmon could soon be migrating to the ocean via freeways instead of the Sacramento River.
With the shift from winter to spring comes new watering limitations for Sacramento residents. To conserve water, residents are being asked to only water twice a week.
The drought has left honey bees without their normal supply of wildflowers to feed on. Beekeepers have supplemented their diet, but that lacks nutrition to keep hives healthy. CapRadio's Amy Quinton tags along with a local beekeeper to learn more.
There’s a bit more progress in the delicate dance of reaching a deal on a new California water bond proposal that would replace the $11 billion bond currently on the November ballot. But a deal – if any – is still months away.
Many people in the Sacramento region responded to calls to conserve water, using less last month than in the previous two Februaries. Many cities have not met conservation goals.
The city of Sacramento is moving ahead with a plan to offer rebates to people who rip out their front lawns and replace them with drought-tolerant landscaping.
The amount of water in Folsom Lake has nearly doubled in the past month since this picture was taken, but lake levels are still only at 59 percent of average.
The California Drought Task Force says it would have to rain almost non-stop for the next couple of months to bring an end to the drought.
The Lake Tahoe area has just recorded its wettest February in 14 years, according to the National Weather Service in Reno. But winter precipitation is still just above half of normal.
After slowly recovering from the recession, California nurseries are now bracing for impacts the drought will have on the plant business.
The City of Sacramento wants to start a pilot program to pay people to replace their front lawns with landscaping that conserves water.
(AP) -- Overnight, much-needed rain fell on many parts of California from the first of two storms hitting the parched state. More wet weather is expected by early Friday.
11:34 A.M.--(AP) -- Both houses of the California Legislature approved a $687 million drought-relief plan Thursday.
Hundreds of millions of dollars are set to flow for emergency drought relief in California. The legislature Thursday passed a package of bills that will fund water projects and provide immediate assistance to the driest parts of the state.
Boaters and swimmers may not be able to enjoy Woodward Reservoir in Stanislaus County this summer.
The first of two storms is making its way through parts of Northern California Wednesday.
Warm, spring-like weather this winter is creating havoc for some small flower growers.
NASA scientists and California water managers are teaming up to help predict measure and find water during the state’s worst drought. They're using satellites to help the state manage its water supply.
(AP) --Meteorologists say a pair of storms could dump several inches of rain throughout the state this week.
The US Bureau of Reclamation says farmers who depend on water from the Central Valley Project will receive a “zero allocation” because of the drought. Water districts say tens of thousands of acres of permanent crops are at risk.
Drought conditions in northern Nevada are already having a dramatic impact on fish and fishery management. The Nevada Department of Wildlife is planning for less water in the Truckee River this summer and that means stocking fewer fish.
(AP) -- Nevada wildlife officials say severe drought conditions prompted them to move up seasonal trout stocking of the Truckee River and other western Nevada waterways to the earliest time in 20 years.
Governor Jerry Brown wants to spend big to bring some relief to drought ridden California.
Ten communities in California are at risk of running out of water in the next 60 days, the California Department of Public Health says the list is likely to grow as the drought continues.
California farmers, ranchers and the people who work for them are gathering at workshops throughout the state to learn about resources for getting through the drought.
California's drought could lead to breathing problems for some people, according to health experts.
Engineers with the federal government want to get your feedback on a plan to raise Folsom Dam.
President Obama spoke at a farm in Los Banos Friday afternoon, during a brief three-hour visit to the Central Valley.
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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