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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

  • 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.

  • City of Sacramento

    City Plans To Update Water Wells

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014

    New motors, screens, and some casing repairs are in the works for eight of Sacramento's water wells. Some of the wells are more than 400-feet deep.

  • Napa Earthquake Shakes Loose Unknown Groundwater

    Sunday, September 07, 2014

    (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.

  • Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

    Utility Says Trees Water Consumption Worth The Benefits

    Wednesday, September 03, 2014

    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.


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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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