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Showing Articles Tagged With: drought

  • Richard Vogel / File / AP

    Caltrans Trying To Cut Water Use In Half

    Monday, August 17, 2015

    Caltrans says it’s trying to cut its water use in half. The agency maintains more than 30,000 acres of landscaping along state highways.

  • John Stanbridge / Flickr

    Tulare County Crops Likely Highest Valued In The Nation

    Thursday, August 13, 2015

    For the fourth year in a row, Tulare County's crop values hit an all-time high topping $8 billion in 2014. That will likely mean Tulare's crops will be the most valuable in the nation -- even though California is in a historic drought.

  • Amy Quinton / Capital Public Radio

    Timber Plantations Can Make California Wildfires Worse

    Tuesday, August 04, 2015

    It’s been almost a year since the King Fire scorched almost 100,000 acres of the Sierra Nevada forest. But this wildfire season could be worse - and it’s not just the drought and high temperatures that are fueling wildfires.

  • Sacramento Launches 'Mulch Madness' To Save Trees

    Monday, August 03, 2015

    Even though it's August, there are many streets in Sacramento that look like it's fall. Parched trees are losing their leaves early as a result of the drought. The city is sponsoring a campaign called "Mulch Madness" to save stressed trees.

  • Lesley McClurg / Capital Public Radio

    Barn Cats Offer 'Green' Pest Control During The Drought

    Wednesday, July 29, 2015

    As the California drought worsens, more rodents are encroaching on homes and farms in search of water. Animal shelters are advertising feral cats as a 'green' pest control alternative to poisons or traps.

  • Rich Pedroncelli / AP

    News Network: California's Water Reductions

    Tuesday, July 21, 2015

    CapRadio's Environment Reporter Amy Quinton details the $1.5 million fine levied against a Central Valley irrigation district by state water regulators.

  • Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

    Reclaimed Water Helps Roseville Meet Conservation Goals

    Monday, July 20, 2015

    The city of Roseville used 40 percent less water in June than it did two years ago. The City Parks' Department conserved slightly more, thanks in part to its use of treated waste water for turf and trees.

  • susan catherine, flickr

    California Moves To Limit New Lawns

    Wednesday, July 15, 2015

    California may be getting browner. In a move to further conserve water, the California Water Commission voted today to limit grass in new construction.

  • sadsnaps / Flickr

    Drought May Be Slowing Valley Fever Outbreak

    Friday, July 10, 2015

    Health experts are surprised that the incidence of Valley Fever has gone down during the drought. The fungal infection is commonly spread in arid, dusty conditions. But, even though the state is drier, the number of cases continues to drop.

  • Chedder / Flickr

    More Urban Pest Problems Blamed On Drought

    Tuesday, July 07, 2015

    Some pest control companies say business is way up this year as people deal with more ants, fleas and rodents. The vermin boom is blamed on the drought and warmer than usual winter.

  • Drought Blamed For Decline In Duck Population

    Monday, June 29, 2015

    The drought can be blamed for a number of problems and the latest is a major decline in the duck population. A new survey shows lack of rain has led to poor habitats.

  • Eddie Sanderson Photography / AP / File

    Firefighters Continue To Make Progress On Washington Fire

    Friday, June 26, 2015

    UPDATED: 6:45 p.m. - Containment has grown to 29 percent, and acreage burned to 17,622. Crews on the Washington Fire, three miles south of Markleeville, took advantage of light winds to increase containment.

  • California Drought Prompts More Water Cutbacks

    Friday, June 26, 2015

    California water regulators are again ordering some water rights holders to stop diverting water from rivers because of the drought. The order includes some rights for the city of San Francisco.

  • Richard Harvey

    Washington Fire Spreads Away From Markleeville

    Thursday, June 25, 2015

    UPDATE 6:40 P.M. - Firefighters continue to make progress on the Washington Fire. As of late Thursday afternoon, containment stood at 15 percent. Crews remain focused on keeping the fire away from the community of Markleeville.

  • San Joaquin County Community Losing Water Supply

    Thursday, June 25, 2015

    The community of Mountain House in San Joaquin County is losing its water supply. The state has ordered water districts to stop taking water from the Delta and state waterways, which would leave the community of 4,200 people dry. 

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    Cal Fire Crews Join Battle Against Washington Fire

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    UPDATED 6:15 P.M. - Cal Fire crews have joined the battle against the Washington Fire in Alpine County. Dry lightning in forecast a worry as fire burns in heavy timber. The fire has grown to more than 17,000 acres, and more crews join the battle.

  • Brett K. Snow, Pool / AP Photo

    Regulations Would Allow Removal Of Drought-Killed Trees

    Tuesday, June 23, 2015

    California’s drought has killed so many trees that the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection is adopting emergency regulations to remove them. The board is concerned about the growing threat of wildfires.

  • Egg Prices Soar To Record High

    Tuesday, June 23, 2015

    Egg prices are at a record high. The drought, an outbreak of the avian flu in the Midwest and Proposition 2 are all factors in the soaring prices.

  • Curtis Jerome Haynes

    Stormwater Capture: California's Untapped Supply

    Tuesday, June 23, 2015

    When it rains in California, millions of gallons of water run down city streets, into storm drains and out to the Pacific Ocean. Some cities are capturing it by soaking it up like a sponge. It may be California's next big untapped water supply.

  • Photo courtesy Almond Board of California

    Tips: Plants To Add To Your Garden To Attract Healthy Bees

    Friday, June 12, 2015

    Bee experts say urban gardeners often underestimate the importance of bees. Many of the plants in backyard gardens depend on bees for cross-pollination. But there are ways to create gardens that attract healthy bees.

  • Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

    New Turf And Topography For Sac State Baseball Field

    Monday, June 08, 2015

    "Rolling" and "drop-offs" are not terms used when describing a baseball field. Sacramento State's head baseball coach Reggie Christianson hopes those terms will be soon replaced with "laser-leveled" and "brand-new turf" at John Smith Baseball Field.

  • Lesley McClurg / Capital Public Radio

    New Growing Technique Relieves Drought Stricken Avocado Farmers

    Wednesday, June 03, 2015

    Farmers are being widely criticized during the California drought because agriculture uses the majority of the state's water. But some farmers are cutting back by employing a new technique that uses half as much water to yield twice as much fruit.

  • Nick Ut / AP

    Drought Forces Landscapers To Adapt

    Monday, May 25, 2015

    (AP) - The drought that's gripping California is beginning to reshape the landscaping industry. Gov. Jerry Brown is calling for Californians to remove 50 million square feet of turf to save water.

  • Rich Pedroncelli / AP

    California Water Board Considers Voluntary Water Cut From Farmers

    Thursday, May 21, 2015

    The State Water Resources Control Board is considering whether to allow some farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to voluntarily cut back their water use. In exchange, they want the board to agree not to curtail their remaining water.

  • Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

    California Pool Construction Soars During Drought

    Wednesday, May 13, 2015

    The drought isn't stopping Californians from building swimming pools. In fact, they built more pools last year than in any year since before the Great Recession. Some local water agencies don’t mind. Others are cracking down.

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    California Golf Courses Tee Up Water-Saving Measures

    Wednesday, May 13, 2015

    (AP) - California golf courses are teeing up on water conservation measures as the state enters its fourth bone-dry summer. They're waiting to see exactly what the recent mandate to cut overall potable water consumption by 25 percent means.

  • Amy Quinton / Capital Public Radio

    Drought May Mean The End For Some Native Fish

    Tuesday, May 12, 2015

    The drought in California is taking a heavy toll on native fish. Some experts fear if the drought lasts much longer, it may be a death knell for some species.

  • Fresno Kids Design App to Monitor Daily Water Use

    Tuesday, May 05, 2015

    The city of Fresno wants its residents to take on the 20 gallon challenge: cut back on daily water usage by that much or more. And with the help of some local kids, it might just work.

  • How To Drought-Proof Your Lawn

    Tuesday, May 05, 2015

    If you're watering your lawn at all, there's a good chance you're watering it too much. That's the take-away from a drought workshop in Folsom for landscaping professionals.

  • Report: Dismal Water Conservation Rate In March

    Tuesday, May 05, 2015

    UPDATE 12:30 p.m. -- The water conservation rate in California continues to be pretty dismal. The State Water Resources Control Board says the urban conservation rate was just 3.6 in March, up from 2.8 percent in February.

  • Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

    Brown's Water Fine Proposal Questioned

    Friday, May 01, 2015

    Governor Jerry Brown’s new proposal to allow local water agency employees to fine California water wasters up to $10,000 without going to court is creating fears of government overreach.

  • New Proposed Water Laws

    Thursday, April 30, 2015

    As Mark Twain said, water is for fighting over. He should have said, it’s even worse during a drought. Amy Quinton will take us through the latest conservation rules proposed by the state and what they might mean for communities.

  • Robert Couse-Baker, flickr

    Court Strikes Down Tiered Water-Rates

    Monday, April 20, 2015

    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.

  • if8, flickr

    Brown Says Water Rights Changes Coming

    Thursday, April 16, 2015

    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.

  •  geetarchurchy / Flickr

    Drought Relief Legislation Starts Slowly In Washington

    Thursday, April 16, 2015

    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.

  • Gary Kazanjian / AP

    Explaining the U.S. Drought Monitor

    Wednesday, April 15, 2015

    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.

  • EcoLandscape California / Facebook

    California's Native Plants

    Tuesday, April 14, 2015

    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.


    CAL FIRE Closely Monitoring Water Levels

    Monday, April 13, 2015

    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.

  • Peter Thoeny, flickr

    Tensions Appear Amidst Dwindling Water Supply

    Thursday, April 09, 2015

    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.

  • Lake Tahoe Clarity

    Wednesday, April 08, 2015

    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.

  • subindie / Flickr

    Dismal Water Savings In February

    Tuesday, April 07, 2015

    Californians cut their water use by less than 3 percent in February. It's the lowest reduction since last July.

  • Brown Says Senior Water Rights May Be Reviewed

    Monday, April 06, 2015

    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.

  • Amy Quinton / Capital Public Radio

    California Slow To Spend Emergency Drought Money

    Monday, April 06, 2015

    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.

  • Interest In Water Wise Plants Growing

    Friday, April 03, 2015

    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.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    The Case For California Agriculture During The Drought

    Friday, April 03, 2015

    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.

  • Farmers, Water Agencies React To Brown's Water Order

    Wednesday, April 01, 2015

    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.

  • Jae C. Hong / AP

    Brown Issues Mandatory Water Conservation Order For California

    Wednesday, April 01, 2015

    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.

  • Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

    More Money For Drought Aid, But No Mandatory Conservation

    Thursday, March 19, 2015

    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.

  • Brown To Propose $1.1B Drought Bill

    Thursday, March 19, 2015

    CapRadio's Ben Adler talks about what to expect with today's announcement of a $1.1 billion emergency drought package.

  • California Department of Water Resources

    Endangered Delta Smelt May Be Extinct

    Monday, March 16, 2015

    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.

  • Mike Jenson / Merced Irrigation District

    3,200 People Risk Running Out of Water In Drought

    Friday, March 13, 2015

    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.

  • Brian Baer / California Rice Commission

    Dry Winter Weather Worries Rice Farmers

    Tuesday, March 03, 2015

    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.

  • Amy Quinton / Capital Public Radio

    Water Conservation Rate Drops As Does Water Content In Snow

    Tuesday, March 03, 2015

    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.

  • Photo / Curtis Jerome Haynes

    More Water Deliveries Through State Water Project

    Monday, March 02, 2015

    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.

  • 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.

  • The California's Drought Impact On Ranchers

    Wednesday, February 11, 2015

    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.

  • 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.

  • Voices From The Drought

    Wednesday, February 04, 2015

    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.

  • Chris Beaver / Submitted

    A Record Dry January

    Wednesday, February 04, 2015

    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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    Speaker Atkins: Water Bond Deal Has Stalled

    Tuesday, July 01, 2014

    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.

  • Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

    Senate Rejects Alternate Water Bond; Brown To Weigh In?

    Monday, June 23, 2014

    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.

  • Insight: Twain Harte Running Dry

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

    The Tuolumne County community of Twain Harte may be the first California municipality to run out of water because of drought.

  • Courtesy of SMUD

    Imported Hydroelectricity Will Help Meet Summer Demand

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

    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.

  • Sacramento Water Conservation Cops Watch Every...Last...Drop

    Thursday, May 08, 2014

    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.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    Farmers Forecasting Less Rice, Higher Prices Because of Drought

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

    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.

  • Sang Tan / AP

    Food Banks Feel The Drought

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

    Many California food banks will be affected by the drought... with a combination higher prices and more people in need.

  • planetlight / Flickr

    Water Picture Improves For Some California Towns

    Thursday, April 24, 2014

    (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.

  • By Curtis Jerome Haynes

    Spring Rain And Snow Bring Increased Water Allocations

    Friday, April 18, 2014

    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.

  • Al Gibes / Capital Public Radio

    Sacramento Sets Rainfall Record

    Wednesday, April 02, 2014

    Sacramento is still experiencing a drought -- but it broke a rainfall record yesterday. Folsom Lake now stands at 71 percent of seasonal normal.

  • Snowpack Remains Low; State and Feds To Increase Water Pumping

    Tuesday, April 01, 2014

    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.

  • CalFire Beefing Up Ranks Earlier Than Usual

    Monday, March 31, 2014

    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.

  • Wikimedia / National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

    New Poll Shows Californians Support Water Bond Measures

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

    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.

  • Drought Forces Salmon Migration By Truck

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

    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.

  • Valley Asparagus Growers Struggle To Compete

    Thursday, March 20, 2014

    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.

  • New Water Storage Project Proposed

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

    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.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    California Hosting Congressional Drought Hearing

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

    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.

  • Gosia Wozniacka / AP

    Drought May Lead to Declining School Attendance

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

    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.

  • Court Approves California Delta Smelt Protections

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

    (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.

  • USFWS Pacific Southwest Region / Flickr

    California Seeks To Dam 3 Delta Channels

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

    (AP) -- California water officials are planning to temporarily dam three channels on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta if California's drought persists.

  • Amy Quinton / Capital Public Radio

    Bees Feeling Effects of California Drought

    Thursday, March 06, 2014

    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.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    Twenty-Percent Conservation Is A High-Water Mark

    Wednesday, March 05, 2014

    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.

  • Sacramento Approves Grass For Cash Plan

    Wednesday, March 05, 2014

    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.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    Reservoirs Rising But Still Well Below Normal

    Tuesday, March 04, 2014

    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.

  • Nurseries Face Drought Challenges

    Monday, March 03, 2014

    After slowly recovering from the recession, California nurseries are now bracing for impacts the drought will have on the plant business.

  • Courtesy of NBC's Meet the Press

    Brown Unsure Legal Pot Is Good Idea

    Monday, March 03, 2014

    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.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    Second Storm To Bring More Rain, Snow To Calif.

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

    (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.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    $687 Million Drought Legislation Passes

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

    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.

  • NASA To Help Monitor Calif. Water Supplies

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

    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.

  • Zero Allocation of Water From Central Valley Project

    Friday, February 21, 2014

    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.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    Drought Impacts Fish In Northern Nevada

    Friday, February 21, 2014

    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.

  • Debra Reid / File Photo / AP

    Drought Prompts Early Release Of Trout In Reno

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

    (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.

  • Farmers, Ranchers Offered Drought Resources

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

    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.

  • Joe Moore / KVPR

    Central Valley Residents React To Obama Visit

    Friday, February 14, 2014

    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.

  • Max Pringle / CPRN

    Capitol Roundup: Brown On The Drought; More Money For Arts?

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

    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.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    Total California Water Storage Near Decade Low

    Thursday, February 06, 2014

    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.

  • File Photo / Capital Public Radio

    Rain, Snow Falling And More On The Way

    Thursday, February 06, 2014

    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.

  • House Passes Water Delivery Act

    Wednesday, February 05, 2014

    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.

  • Calif. Citrus Growers Lost Big In December Freeze

    Monday, February 03, 2014

    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.

  • Photo by Curtis Haynes

    Drought Stretches Calif. Farmers' Water Supply

    Monday, February 03, 2014

    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.

  • State Water Deliveries Drop to Zero

    Friday, January 31, 2014

    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.

  • Courtesy of the California Asparagus Commission

    Drought Worries Delta Asparagus Farmers

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

    The asparagus growing season in Northern California doesn't start for another month. But the drought has some growers already watering their land.

  • Susan Walsh / AP

    Obama, Brown Discuss Calif. Drought

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

    (AP) -- President Barack Obama and Governor Jerry Brown spoke Wednesday about actions the federal government can take in light of California's historic drought.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    Calif. Leaders Working On Urgency Bill To Combat Drought

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

    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.

  • NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center

    Drought Pushing Central Coast Coho Salmon To Extinction

    Wednesday, January 29, 2014

    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.

  • Dry Weather Speeds Rim Fire Cleanup

    Wednesday, January 29, 2014

    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.

  • Cate Schmiedt / Submitted

    Rain In The Region Breaks A 52-Day Dry Spell

    Wednesday, January 29, 2014

    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.

  • Health Experts: Drought Poses Health Risks

    Monday, January 27, 2014

    Health experts say California’s drought could increase the risk of illness and exacerbate existing problems people have getting safe drinking water.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    California Congressmen Propose Drought Relief Legislation

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

    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.

  • planetlight / Flickr

    Eased Water Regulations Trouble Environmentalists

    Monday, January 20, 2014

    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 Relieved By Drought Declaration

    Friday, January 17, 2014

    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.

  • planetlight / Flickr

    Gov. Jerry Brown Declares Drought In California

    Friday, January 17, 2014

    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.

  • Bipartisan Group Of Legislators Call for Drought Declaration

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

    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.

  • Al Gibes / Capital Public Radio

    City of Sacramento: We Are In A Drought

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

    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."

  • Courtesy of fortherock/flickr

    Whitewater Rafting To Continue Despite Dry Winter

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

    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.

  • Mandatory Water Conservation For Sacramento?

    Monday, January 13, 2014

    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.

  • Reduced Water Flows Affecting Salmon Eggs

    Monday, January 13, 2014

    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.

  • planetlight / Flickr

    Mendocino County Declares Drought Emergency

    Wednesday, January 08, 2014

    (AP) -- A historic run of dry weather in California and concerns over water supply prompted officials in Mendocino County to declare a drought emergency.

  • Amy Quinton/ Capital Public Radio News

    Water Managers Say Drought Proclamation Expected

    Tuesday, January 07, 2014

    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.

  • Folsom Declares Water Warning

    Monday, December 23, 2013

    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.

  • Amy Quinton/ Capital Public Radio News

    California Prepares For Third Straight Dry Year

    Tuesday, December 17, 2013

    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.

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