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Showing Articles Tagged With: drought
(AP) - State regulators are ordering some farms to stop pumping from streams for the second year in a row.
As California enters the dry season, the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report shows one category expanding.
In spite of a California Appeals Court ruling, customers of private water suppliers may still have tiered rates based on usage, not on cost, and customers of private utilities may still see their rates go up.
California Governor Jerry Brown is calling on local water agencies to adjust their pricing structures as a way to promote conservation. But a state court ruling issued today could undermine those efforts.
Even though the price of water is skyrocketing in California, and experts predict farmers will fallow about a million acres this year, your grocery bill is not likely to go up.
California lawmakers are considering a bill that would require the installation of water meters in each unit of newly constructed apartments.
The State Water Resources Control Board has released new proposed regulations on water use in California.
California’s system of water rights is coming under scrutiny as the state’s drought gets worse. Today Governor Jerry Brown indicated there may be some changes coming to the century-old system.
When it comes to California drought relief, it’s been a dry year so far on Capitol Hill. Central Valley politicians and farm interests have been in Congress this week to remind lawmakers about the dire situation back home.
On Insight, Environmental Attorney Chris Scheuring will talk about California's water rights system.
A report from UC Davis said two of the most dangerous traffic spots for wildlife are in Northern California, including Sacramento.
(AP) - California's nonpartisan fiscal analyst says the drought is not likely to have a significant effect on the state's economy or budget.
Climate experts from across the country are in Reno for the U.S. Drought Monitor Forum through Thursday. They're looking for public help to gather information about the drought.
A new report shows that total water use in the United States declined across all sectors, including agriculture, from 2005 to 2010.
In Reno, some of the top researchers and policymakers are gathering for the 2015 U.S. Drought Monitor Forum. What’s a “drought monitor?” It’s a noun and a verb. Dr. Kelly Redmond will explain.
Native plant specialists explain the do’s and don’ts and some of the best practices as hot dry weather creeps in and the drought continues.
California dairy farmers are worried they won't have enough hay to feed their herds. A lot of the state's alfalfa is grown in parched regions.
California’s fire fighting agency is already preparing for a difficult fire season. And low water levels could hurt CAL FIRE’s ability to put fires out.
The cotton crop in California has been shrinking for the last decade, but this year's planting could be the smallest since early last century.
Governor Jerry Brown says it’s time for California to pull together to get through the drought. It’s a message aimed at people with competing water needs. And that’s created some tension.
Despite the recent rain and snowfall, California's water deficit continues. And El Niño conditions will have little impact on northern California.
The California drought affects different groups in different ways. Today Governor Jerry Brown sought to bring some of the differing perspective together.
While a California state agency works to determine how much water cutbacks will be, the City of Roseville is exchanging turf for drought-tolerant landscaping.
There's good news about the water clarity in Lake Tahoe. And the drought may be partially responsible. Plus, an update on Tahoe ski resorts hurting from the lack of snow.
Californians cut their water use by less than 3 percent in February. It's the lowest reduction since last July.
(AP) - California communities are preparing to crack down on water guzzlers and wasters in response to the worsening drought.
A new California Department of Fish and Wildlife study says illegal water diversions by marijuana growers are drying up streams – with potentially lethal effects for salmon and steelhead trout.
California Governor Jerry Brown appeared on ABC's "This Week" program Sunday to defend his order of mandatory water cutbacks statewide -- cutbacks that don't restrict farmers.
Governor Jerry Brown’s executive order mandating water conservation in California also directs state agencies to speed up reviews of water projects. But it turns out little of last year’s emergency drought money has actually been spent.
Experts predict this year’s almond crop will be the largest and most profitable ever. But, meeting the demand for nuts during a historic drought raises complicated questions.
If you like to garden and are looking for drought-resistant plants you're not alone. The California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers says business is brisk as people shop for water-saving plants during another year of drought.
The new mandatory restrictions are being criticized for focusing on urban users rather than agriculture. But farmers say they've been doing their part in addressing the drought. Insight speaks with California Farm Bureau Federation.
California cities and counties are considering what to do next now that Governor Jerry Brown has issued a mandatory water conservation order.
Jerry Brown has been California’s governor for two of the worst droughts in state history.
There are more than 400 water agencies in California and they are evaluating what the new mandatory water restrictions mean for them.
On Insight, we have perspective on the shallow spring snowpack and Gov. Brown’s mandatory water restrictions from Leo McElroy who covered Gov. Brown’s first battle with drought back in the 1970’s.
Governor Brown's mandatory restrictions for residential and commercial water users drew mixed reactions in Fresno.
The governor’s executive order includes stricter reporting requirements for agricultural water users – but no mandatory restrictions, unlike urban areas. To farmers, that’s enough.
California’s cities are subject to 25 percent water reductions under Governor Jerry Brown’s executive order; but those water restrictions don't apply to the biggest users of water.
UPDATED: For the first time ever, a governor of California is imposing mandatory water restrictions. Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order Wednesday that mandates a 25 percent cut in urban water use from now through next February.
(AP) - Drought-stricken California will conduct its final manual snowpack survey in the Sierra Nevada - and the outlook isn't good.
Just over a week after proposing a billion dollars in drought help, California Governor Jerry Brown has signed the aid package into law.
The California Legislature has sent a $1 billion emergency drought aid package to Gov. Jerry Brown. But one of the two measures in the package drew opposition from Republicans.
CapRadio's Ben Adler is tracking two high-profile bills at the state Capitol -- emergency drought legislation and the End Of Life Option Act.
Californians show deep concern that the state’s drought may be a long-term problem in a new survey by the Public Policy Institute of California.
California Gov. Jerry Brown’s $1 billion drought response legislation is on its way to the Assembly after winning Senate approval Wednesday afternoon.
A little noticed provision of the proposed $1.1 billion drought relief bill could help poor communities.
Democratic leaders called this drought a “crisis” when they unveiled emergency legislation Thursday. CapRadio's Katie Orr delves into how lawmakers are reacting to the plan.
The drought is creating a new way for cities to make money, including selling treated wastewater for farm irrigation.
Nearly half of last year’s emergency drought relief money has yet to be spent – but Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders are rolling out a new aid package of more than $1 billion. They’re not calling for mandatory water conservation – yet.
(AP) - Yet another Northern California ski resort is closing early due to a lack of snow amid the state's historic drought.
CapRadio's Ben Adler talks about what to expect with today's announcement of a $1.1 billion emergency drought package.
The $1.1 billion emergency drought legislation to be announced Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders will include money for water recycling, desalination, water quality and flood protection projects.
Delta smelt have been teetering on the edge of extinction. The latest fish count though has Peter Moyle, a UC Davis fish biologist, convinced that the species is going over the edge.
A small endangered fish that plays a pivotal role in California’s water wars may well be on its way out. Populations of the Delta smelt have plummeted to their lowest levels ever.
3,200 people in the Sierra Nevada foothill community of Lake Don Pedro rely on water from nearby Lake McClure. But the lake level is dangerously low. That’s forcing the community to find another supply. So far it’s come up dry.
As the California drought wears on, it might seem like more creative solutions are in order. But it might not yet be time for drastic measures.
Big businesses in California say they want to be more involved in managing the state’s water supply.
When it comes to the weather and your favorite sitcom, it's better late than never.
Homeowners in the Delta and the Central Valley have had thirty days to prove their water rights. Sacramento Bee's Matt Weiser talks about this order.
Another dry winter worries California rice farmers who are planning for this year's crop. The state's harvest was down nearly 25 percent last year. And, it's not just water that worries growers.
California’s water supply continues to diminish. The water content in the Sierra snowpack is the worst it’s been this time of year since 1991. Water conservation rates are equally dismal, dropping dramatically in January.
(AP) - The California Department of Water Resources says it will carry out the winter's third survey of the Sierra Nevada's snowpack.
What little bit of rain California received in December and February was just enough to help reservoir storage. The Department of Water Resources announced it will increase water deliveries through the State Water Project.
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.
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.
A new poll finds nearly all Californians think the state's drought is serious -- and there's growing support for mandatory water rationing.
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.
The California Water Resources Control Board heard emotional testimony for at least 12 hours yesterday from people worried about how the state should manage its dwindling supply of water during the drought.
(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.
The latest U.S. Drought Monitor points to California's dwindling snowpack in its latest report.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has approved millions of dollars in grants for dozens of projects designed to help fish habitat.
California just experienced the driest January on record this year, but it’s ranchers are better still in better shape now than they were last year at this time.
The warm, wet storm forecast for Northern California may not add significant snow to the Sierra Nevada snowpack due to above normal temperatures.
You may have noticed more mosquitoes around. Sacramento area pest control officials say the warm dry winter has lured the mosquitoes out of hibernation.
In 2014, as California entered into the third year of drought, two UC Davis researchers took it upon themselves to document how the lack of rain is affecting the state’s farmers and ranchers.
California just experienced its driest January on record. So as California heads into what could be another dry summer, is the state better prepared for drought than it was last year? If so, what has it done? If not, what needs to be done?
A team of scientists is launching state-of-the-art equipment by air and sea to study “atmospheric rivers.” The storms play a huge role in California’s water supply.
As the drought continues, some farmers are changing the way they water their crops and use the land. Some of the newest conservation technology is on display at this week's Colusa Farm Show.
A wet end to 2014 contributed to high December water conservation rates for California.
(AP) - State officials are reporting how much water Californians are using and urging conservation as the state heads into the fourth year of a drought.
For the first time in recorded weather history, Sacramento received no measurable rain in January.
Record dry January expected in many Northern and Central California cities as drought drops reservoir levels.
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.
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.
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.
A lecture by Sierra College Professor Carol Jean Cox focuses on California's water systems.
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.
Releasing reservoir water to keep salmon from dying is one of many tough water allocation decisions in this third year of the California drought.
Researchers say California has been overdrawing its water account for a century.
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.
A UC Davis report shows the drought has brought positive and negative effects to Lake Tahoe.
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.
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.
This week's Capitol Chat focuses on the new $7.5 billion water bond.
California Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers have approved a $7.5 billion water bond deal to replace the existing $11 billion measure on the November ballot.
Tree death is becoming more frequent and more severe nationwide. Scientists are studying whether drought may be the leading cause.
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.
Some trees in California are having a tough go of it because of the drought. Tree experts say many of us have set ourselves up for failure in our yards.
Today is a key deadline in the water bond negotiations.
The owner of one Mendocino County winery talks about his water conservation efforts.
The City of Sacramento reports that residents saved more than one-billion gallons of water in July.
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.
The Sacramento Regional Water Authority ‘pleased’ with conservation efforts.
Fountains that don't re-circulate water may soon be banned in the City of Sacramento even as the City continues to offer "spray grounds" at city parks.
More pumping for groundwater has resulted in ocean water polluting aquifers.
California wine grapes are beginning to ripen earlier due to dry, hot conditions.
New regulations that include fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water are taking effect in California.
Continued drought brings drawdown of groundwater in California, other western states.
High school football concussions, tax relief on home loan modifications, and homeowners association watering requirements – all subjects of bills signed Monday by California Gov. Jerry Brown.
California has approved tough new water restrictions, but how they’ll be enforced depends on where you live.
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.
AP - U.S. Agriculture Secretary announced drought aid to help rural Californians.
Conserving water might have a negative financial affect on some California water agencies.
The latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows California continues to get drier and warmer.
Nevada Wildlife officials captured and released three bear cubs in Lake Tahoe.
According to a new statewide survey, Californians overwhelmingly support the idea of a groundwater management plan.
On Insight, how will the $500 fine for water wasters work?
A Superior Court judge ordered Siskiyou county to regulate groundwater pumping to protect river.
A new UC Davis study finds this year's drought is the third most severe on record -- but the worst in terms of water losses for California farmers.
A new UC Davis report features how the state is impacted by the drought.
Wasting water could really start to cost you in California.
(AP) -- The California State Water Resources Control Board considers several measures Tuesday to increase conservation. This includes a possible fine of up to $500 days for water wasters.
A report from UC Davis outlines the effects of the drought on the state and its agricultural industry.
The drought could damage California’s economy to the tune of $2.2 billion this year, according to a new study.
The new auxiliary dam at Folsom Lake is 113 feet tall, not counting the 45 feet of support structure beneath the ground.
(AP) - A black bear that was twice captured and released has been put down by Nevada wildlife officials, who said the animal posed too great of a threat to Lake Tahoe beachgoers. UPDATE - A bear captured Friday posed no risk, released 60 miles away.
The drought in California is likely to continue in 2015 and forecasters said Thursday El Niño won’t help end dry times in the Golden State.
(AP) -- Californians who waste water outdoors could be fined hundreds of dollars if proposed restrictions are approved.
Hundreds of people in Yolo County have received food aid through the state's drought-relief effort.
Four months after Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers announced “emergency drought legislation,” the vast majority of the money sits untouched.
California regulators are streamlining the process of fining water rights holders who don’t stop taking water once the state tells them they should.
In an interview with Capital Public Radio, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins says there will be no water bond deal this week before the Legislature's summer recess – and she’s blaming outside interest groups for blocking in.
Gus Thomson from the Auburn Journal talks about the aftermath of the Rim Fire.
The drought is hurting California's cherry crop.
Using recycled water to irrigate parks, golf courses and agriculture is one thing, turning it into drinking water is quite another. But Orange County has built the largest potable recycled water project in the world.
The continued drought in California has brought higher feed prices for dairy farmers. But higher milk prices are offsetting the high feed prices -- for now.
The drought -- with an assist from state money -- is driving new proposals for reuse of sewage water.
Lingering drought is taking a toll on wildlife across northern Nevada, reducing deer herds on the high desert and drying up fisheries in the valleys.
California Gov. Jerry Brown is telling legislative leaders that he opposes the existing $11 billion water bond currently slated for the November ballot and wants a $6 billion bond measure instead.
For the first time in 20 years, water managers in the Reno area say they'll use water reserves to meet demand.
A test vote on an alternate California water bond failed Monday in the state Senate as talks enter a crucial phase. One lawmaker suggested Gov. Jerry Brown will put his own "guiding principles" forward in the coming days.
Water flows into the American River have been increased despite the drought.
The results are in and water usage in California is ticking down, though it’s a slow process.
(AP) -- Warmer temperatures are prompting officials to transport fish from the American River Hatchery earlier than usual.
Sacramento-area residents are using less water -- but there's a long, hot summer ahead.
When one Central Valley couple learned their private well might run dry in a matter of months, they formed a plan.
The drought is becoming a source of tension between homeowners and farmers in the Southern Central Valley and it's prompting the state to look at new ways to manage groundwater more sustainably.
Central Valley farmers and homeowners compete for groundwater resources during the drought. Some fare better than others.
A UC Davis Project records stories from the Central Valley during the historic drought.
As California’s drought continues, lawmakers are being pressured to put a revised water bond on the fall ballot.
California State water managers have approved a new process to promote the use of treated wastewater during the drought.
California water managers are working on a plan that they hope will lead to more sustainable use of underground water supplies.
If you live in Roseville, your water bill will be going up this month.
California's drought is causing the most extensive water cutbacks since 1977.
The California drought is leading to a surge in water well drilling in the Southern Central Valley.
A proposed transfer of water from Merced County to Stanislaus County is making waves among farmers.
Some California farmers may not be allowed to divert river water to irrigate their crops this summer. The restriction is part of new rules being considered this week by state water managers.
A new report suggests California’s drought is not likely to affect the state’s finances in the short term.
The Tuolumne County community of Twain Harte may be the first California municipality to run out of water because of drought.
Temporary wetlands may only provide temporary relief for birds during California’s drought.
The Sierra Nevada mountains are getting higher, and they're are being pushed by human activity, according to an article published this week in the journal "Nature."
(AP) -- Hundreds of new evacuation orders have been issued in the Southern California city of San Marcos where a wildfire continues to burn out of control.
(AP) -- The drought has prompted officials to look at tapping into water stored behind a dam east of Fresno for the first time in decades in order to assist farmers.
More people in California will be turning on their air conditioners this week as the weather heats up. That will put a strain on the state's energy resources including hydroelectricity, which is already in short supply because of the drought.
One Mother Lode community is cutting back water use by 50 percent but it may not be enough to make it through this summer.
Sacramento has conserved a lot of water, but it's hundreds-of-millions of gallons short of the 20 percent ordered by the Sacramento City Council. We spent a couple of days with Sacramento water cops to see what they're doing to help people conserve.
Businesses that rely on snow in the Sierra saw 30 to 80 percent fewer visitors this year than last year.
Almond growers are desperately looking for irrigation water as the drought is takes a toll on California's almond crop - and not just for this year.
The storm that moved through Northern California over the past 24 hours brought a small amount of rain to the drought-ravaged region.
The State of California is asking people to prepare for fire season by clearing brush and by developing evacuation plans. CAL FIRE is preparing by hiring firefighters and by trying to acquire more equipment.
California’s final measurement of the season of the Sierra snowpack showed near-record low water levels. The May reading is the first measurement after the beginning of the spring snow melt.
A smaller snowpack and dwindling groundwater resources may lead California water managers to issue new water restrictions.
California state water managers are responding to the drought by proposing to change the permitting process for recycled water production. Clean water advocates want tighter quality controls.
California supplies virtually all of the nation’s sushi rice and half of it is exported. But of all the food crops in the state, rice is likely to be affected by the drought the most. The mere speculation of losses is already driving up prices.
Many California food banks will be affected by the drought... with a combination higher prices and more people in need.
Governor Jerry Brown’s latest executive order to combat the drought has some aid for farmers, fish and firefighters – and some requests for all Californians.
(AP) - While much of California remains in the grips of extreme drought, spring storms have eased pressure slightly and reduced the number of rural communities considered at risk of running dry.
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.
The City of Sacramento declared a drought in January, but city code still requires property owners keep their lawns watered and landscaping maintained.
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.
According to a new survey, most Californians now support an eleven billion dollar water bond measure on the November ballot. The support levels increase for water bond proposals at lesser amounts.
The Department of Utilities had hoped to avoid installing extra pumps at the Sacramento River Pump Station, but the drought has made it unavoidable.
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.
The Pacific Fisheries Management Council says 630,000 mature Fall Run Chinook Salmon are in the Pacific Ocean -more than enough for a full commercial fishing season. But the future of the inland fishing season is uncertain because of the drought.
(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.
Governor Jerry Brown says he's not sure legalizing marijuana is a good idea in California because the state could lose its competitive edge if too many people are getting high.
(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.
The City of Sacramento will likely have to pay $300,000 as an effect of the drought and low water levels in the Sacramento River.
(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.
President Obama is in California's Central Valley this afternoon to view the damage caused by the drought and announce more than 170 million dollars in federal aid.
President Obama flies to California’s Central Valley Friday, where he’ll announce drought aid for farmers, food banks and rural communities.
Governor Jerry Brown says California’s different regions make it hard to develop water policies that would satisfy the entire state. Meanwhile, a lawmaker wants to quintuple state funding to the California Arts Council.
After months of waiting, Dodge Ridge Ski Area finally has enough snow to open Thursday.
The drought is creating pressure for action in Sacramento, but lawmakers are worried about the cost.
California's two Democratic U.S. Senators have introduced a bill that could send more water to communities struggling through the drought. The bill was written by Sen. Dianne Feinstein
Caltrans' 700-plus electronic highway signs have a new message: "Serious Drought: Help Save Water."
New grants for regional water projects may provide some drought relief for California.
The weekend storm brought between two and four inches of rain to the valley and four-plus feet of snow to parts of the Sierra.
With water supplies at record lows, Central Valley farm workers are bracing for a season without work.
The Sacramento and San Joaquin River Basins are experiencing the steepest drop in water storage in nearly a decade. A new study looked at all water storage in the basins, including snow, surface water, soil moisture and groundwater.
California’s state Fish and Game Commission approved closures of dozens of rivers and streams in an attempt to protect threatened salmon and steelhead trout. Scientists are worried the drought may push Coho salmon to extinction.
Rain is falling in the valley and a couple of feet of snow are expected in the Sierra over the next several days, but meteorologists say we're a long way from coming out of the drought.
The US House approved a controversial bill that would divert water from the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta to farmers in the Central Valley.
The U.S. House of Representatives today passed a controversial bill, 229-to-191, to deal with California's drought. Meanwhile, the federal and state governments continued to take actions in response to California’s drought.
California isn't the only western state hit hard by drought - so is Nevada.
A 20-million dollar federal grant is now available for drought relief in California. It is part of a program announced Tuesday by the US Department of Agriculture.
As if the drought weren’t bad enough, California’s $2 billion citrus industry says it lost nearly a quarter of its crop this year in a week-long freeze in early December.
The drought is affecting California farmers in different ways depending on where they farm. Some will turn to other water sources to make up at least part of the shortfall. Others will have to let some of their farmland go fallow.
The drought is forcing California to take unprecedented actions. For the first time in California history, both urban and agricultural water users that rely on the State Water Project will get no water deliveries.
Snow has finally fallen on the Sierra Nevada Mountains, bringing some relief to ski resorts. But it’s not enough to put a dent in the state’s drought.
The asparagus growing season in Northern California doesn't start for another month. But the drought has some growers already watering their land.
(AP) -- President Barack Obama and Governor Jerry Brown spoke Wednesday about actions the federal government can take in light of California's historic drought.
California water managers will measure the Sierra snowpack Thursday, and the snowfall overnight may improve the results marginally.
California Governor Jerry Brown and legislative leaders are preparing an urgency measure that would authorize more than half a billion dollars in short-term anti-drought actions. They met Thursday at the state Capitol to discuss the legislation.
California’s drought is wreaking havoc on one species of fish, pushing it close to extinction. Wildlife biologists say most of the Central Coast coho salmon are stranded or struggling to survive.
The lack of rain and snow in the Sierra has helped speed cleanup of one of the worst fires in California history. Crews have made substantial progress on land burned in the Rim Fire.
Drips and drops are starting across the Sacramento Valley after a record breaking stint of dry skies; that is 50-plus days without rain. Here's some of the reaction to the shift toward wetter weather.
Advocates of hydroponics say the farming technique may be the future of agriculture in drought-weary California.
The first significant storm since early December is headed to parched Northern California Wednesday and Thursday.
The drought has California nut growers fearing for the future of their orchards.
People aren't the only ones affected by California's drought - so are bugs.
The Sacramento City Council is expected to vote Tuesday night on water meter and sewer line projects.
The city of Roseville is taking steps to protect the water in Folsom Reservoir during the drought.
It’s the middle of winter, but you wouldn’t know it based on the number of wildfires in California.
Health experts say California’s drought could increase the risk of illness and exacerbate existing problems people have getting safe drinking water.
The lack of rain in California is sparking new interest in drought resistant plants. If you’re thinking about hiring someone to landscape your yard, state officials warn – “buyer beware.”
A month into official "winter" Yosemite National Park is experiencing springtime in January with little snow and temperatures in the 60's.
After declaring a drought last week, California Governor Jerry Brown only briefly mentioned the drought during his state of the state speech. But several Central Valley Congressmen are calling for more action through federal legislation.
Sacramento is expected to tie an unwelcome record today-- it will be the 46th day in a row without rain, during the rainy season. That hasn't happened since 1884.
Almost half of the people living in the City of Sacramento have water meters. But none of the meters will be used to target or penalize people who are wasting water during the drought.
California fire officials say the Governor’s drought declaration means they’ll be getting additional resources to handle the wildfire risks expected in what’s shaping up to be the driest winter on record.
Governor Jerry Brown's emergency drought declaration allows for easing some environmental rules in the face of low water supplies. That makes environmentalists, and fishing groups, nervous about water being held upstream.
Water agencies are reacting with some relief to California Governor Jerry Brown’s drought declaration. The declaration makes it easier to manage the water that is available.
UPDATED (1 PM): As expected, California Governor Jerry Brown Friday declared a drought. He also urged Californians to voluntarily reduce water use by twenty-percent.
A bipartisan group of California lawmakers, farmers and farm workers is calling for a water bond and a drought declaration from the Governor. Many of the people who showed up were from drought-stricken areas of the state.
In light of the Sacramento City Council decision to impose water-use restrictions, the city is increasing the ways it can pump water from different sources.
The Sacramento City Council has ordered a 20 percent reduction in water use for everyone in the city. The Department of Utilities says the American River Watershed is in "crisis mode."
Some rafting companies say despite the dry winter, whitewater river rafting conditions in the south and middle forks of the American River should be relatively normal this year.
For the first time, since the implementation of the Urban Water Management plan in 2000, the City of Sacramento staff is asking the City Council to declare a "Stage Two" water shortage.
This week, biologists will try to get a better picture of how reduced water flows from Folsom Dam are affecting salmon in the American River.
The lack of rain has many cities concerned about water supplies, but Stockton is sitting atop a hidden source.
Folsom Lake levels are at a record low. Capital Public Radio's multimedia producer, Andrew Nixon, took a trip to the cracked and barren lake bed and documented the desolate scene with this photo essay.
(AP) -- Customers in the San Juan Water District are being asked to halt all outdoor watering in light of drought conditions.
Gov. Jerry Brown says he’ll take whatever steps he can to help California’s farmers deal with the water shortage.
(AP) -- A historic run of dry weather in California and concerns over water supply prompted officials in Mendocino County to declare a drought emergency.
California water managers painted a dismal picture of dry conditions and low reservoir levels to the state Board of Food and Agriculture Tuesday. They say a drought proclamation from the Governor may come as soon as February 1st.
Water levels in Sacramento's American River will be significantly lower, starting Tuesday.
Lack of rain has many valley water agencies worried about low reservoir supplies for the months ahead
California’s first snow survey is scheduled for Friday. The Department of Water Resources says results are expected to be dramatically different from last year’s readings.
The dry winter has prompted Sacramento area officials to call for voluntary water conservation.
The Sacramento County Water Agency is urging people to cut their water use by 20 percent.
People who live and work in Folsom will have to cut their water use by 20 percent because of a city-wide "Water Warning" declared today by city officials.
The California Department of Water Resources is preparing the state’s farmers for a third straight dry year. It has assembled a drought management team to deal with the water shortage.
California lawmakers are urging Gov. Jerry Brown and President Barack Obama to declare a drought emergency declaration in the state.
The Association of California Water Agencies have put together a map to illustrate the ways water agencies around the state are addressing the drought.
A California legislative committee has passed an eight billion dollar water bond measure that would replace an unpopular eleven billion dollar bond on next fall’s ballot.
Organizers of Sacramento's Gold Rush Days announced that the event will not be taking place this year.
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