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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

  • 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.

  • Amy Quinton / Capital Public Radio

    California's Water Conservation Rate Drops

    Tuesday, December 02, 2014

    For the second straight month, California’s water conservation rate has declined. The State Water Resources Control Board says the reason behind the drop isn't clear.

  • Scott Smith / AP

    Dry Central California Town Gets Portable Showers

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

    (AP) - Officials say residents of a California community where hundreds of home wells have run dry can now take hot showers in portable facilities set up in a church parking lot.

  • Ranchers Questioning Accuracy Of U.S. Drought Monitor

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

    The U.S. Drought Monitor measures the impact of the drought across the nation and California cattle ranchers have millions of dollars at stake based on that information. But some are questioning the accuracy of the data.

  • Drought Forces Dredging In Lake Tahoe

    Thursday, November 06, 2014

    Among many effects of the drought, low water levels at Lake Tahoe are forcing marina owners to dredge to maintain boat access.

  • Drew Kelly / The Nature Conservancy

    Farmers Needed To Flood Fields For Birds In Drought

    Monday, November 03, 2014

    The USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service is looking for farmers in the Sacramento Valley willing to flood their fields to help migrating birds. Experts are worried that without enough habitat, birds will die in the drought.

  • Water Use Drops In Sacramento Region in September

    Thursday, October 30, 2014

    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.

  • Amy Quinton / Capital Public Radio

    California Still At Risk Of Floods During Drought

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014

    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.


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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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