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 City of Sacramento says water customers in 2014 "cut water use to the lowest level per person per day in 100 years."
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.
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.
(AP) - Federal science officials say that for the third time in a decade, the globe sizzled to the hottest year on record.
The latest U.S. Drought Monitor report showed that the worst level of drought expanded this past week in parts of Northern California.
The California Department of Water Resources is increasing the amount of water it sends to Central and Southern California through the State Water Project.
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.
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.
New figures show Californians are doing slightly better overall on conserving water during the drought.
California’s first winter snow survey paints another fairly bleak picture of the potential for runoff restoring water levels in the state’s reservoirs.
California needs one and a half times the maximum volume of water in Lake Mead, the largest US reservoir, to end its drought.
A new study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says natural occurring climate patterns –not climate change- are the primary drivers of California’s drought.
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.
Pollution from abandoned mines in the Sierra Nevada could threaten California's primary water supply.
The City of Roseville hopes to break the 20-percent water conservation mark for the year. The city posted its best conservation mark for the year in November.
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.
An updated report from the California Department of Water Resources shows more groundwater depletion.
After three years of drought, recent rains still leave 100 percent of California in drought.
The USDA is providing disaster assistance to beekeepers in California. The money may help some stay in business.
As the forecast for a wet December improves, a new study says only so much water can be stored by future dam or reservoir projects in California.
The National Weather Service is offering a more positive forecast for the likelihood of a wet December in California.
(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.
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.
The drought has caused contamination and the closure of some groundwater wells at South Lake Tahoe.
California’s water reserves continue to plummet in the drought. Some of the state’s major reservoirs are nearing historic lows.
Among many effects of the drought, low water levels at Lake Tahoe are forcing marina owners to dredge to maintain boat access.
Californians have used 10.3 percent less water in September compared to a year ago. But that’s a lower conservation rate than August.
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.
After three years of drought, weather forecasters hope the recent storm in Northern California is the beginning of the typical wet pattern.
Last weekend's storm in Northern California brought several inches of snow to many Sierra ski resorts.
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.
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.
UC Davis researchers have identified 'high priority' dams in California where releasing water may be a key for the survival of native fish species.
California Governor Jerry Brown says the state can lead the way with its water policies just as California is leading the way with initiatives for renewable energy and climate change.
A winter forecast from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center Thursday shows the California drought may persist or intensify in parts of the state.
The Center for Biological Diversity filed notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Tuesday for not responding to a petition to protect 16 amphibian and reptile species in California
The Sacramento Region may get millions of dollars for water projects to help during the drought.
California has received less than 60 percent of the rain and snow this water year that it normally gets. Water managers are warning the new water year may be just as bad.
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.
A long-range U.S. government forecast shows the drought in California will stick around.
The drought has farmers cutting back on watering, but some San Joaquin County growers say less water can mean a better crop.
The City of Sacramento Department of Utilities reports Friday that city water customers saved more than one-billion gallons of water last month.
California's economy will see modest growth in 2015, with jobs in home building being a bright spot, and the drought having slight impact, according to the latest University of the Pacific's latest Business Forecast.
It appears messages about the need for water conservation are beginning to get through to Californians.
There’s been a drilling frenzy for water in the San Joaquin Valley during the drought. And it’s evident in the number of well permits issued by eight Central Valley counties. Capital Public Radio obtained the data from each county.
(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.
Forecasters say the chances are diminishing that El Niño will bring rain to California.
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.
California's drought is blamed for a big downturn in honey production.
Get the latest on the California Legislature's final hours of work for the 2013-14 session.
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
Why Is California So Dry?
Reservoir Levels Statewide
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