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Showing Articles Tagged With: 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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