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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

  • 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.

  • Amy Quinton/Capital Public Radio

    California's Drought Pushes Tiny Fish Toward Extinction

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

    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.

  • Rich Ibarra / Capital Public Radio

    Cost Of California Farming Grows

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

    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.

  • Rich Pedroncelli / AP

    Water Bond Deal Draws Rare Unity At Capitol

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

    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.

  • Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

    Storage, Tunnels Clog Water Bond Talks As Deadline Nears

    Monday, August 11, 2014

    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.

  • Dept. of Water Resources

    Brown Calls For New, Smaller Water Bond

    Tuesday, August 05, 2014

    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.

  • USDA Pledges More Drought Aid To Rural Californians

    Friday, July 18, 2014

    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.

  • Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

    Auxiliary Dam Topped At Folsom

    Friday, July 11, 2014

    The new auxiliary dam at Folsom Lake is 113 feet tall, not counting the 45 feet of support structure beneath the ground.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    Emergency Drought Relief Money Still Unspent

    Monday, July 07, 2014

    Four months after Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers announced “emergency drought legislation,” the vast majority of the money sits untouched.


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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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