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Showing Articles Tagged With: water
A California Assembly committee will hear a bill Wednesday that would allow water districts to impose taxes on any business, industry or person who wastes water.
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.
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.
(AP) - The Banta-Carbona Irrigation District in Tracy filed a lawsuit on Thursday asking a judge to suspend the order issued by the state Water Resources Control Board.
Late-emerging legislation designed to deal with the drought could be part of the budget package California lawmakers vote on Friday.
California water regulators announced Friday that some senior water right holders in the Delta, Sacramento and San Joaquin River watersheds will no longer be able to divert water from rivers and streams.
The Sacramento Regional Water Agency released its April conservation figures Monday. The numbers for the year are similar to what they were last year.
The drought in California is causing saltwater to intrude deep into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Water managers are constructing a rock barrier to prevent salt from affecting drinking water for millions of Californians.
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.
A top USDA official recommends forest thinning and controlled burns to prevent catastrophic wildfires. He says those tools could also help provide water.
Governor Jerry Brown has proposed an additional $ 2 billion in his revised budget to help California respond to the drought.
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.
California lawmakers are looking at how the state can better deal with the ongoing drought. A legislative oversight hearing Tuesday elicited suggestions and complaints.
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.
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.
Because of the drought, the Truckee Meadows Water Authority in Reno is starting $25 million worth of water delivery and storage improvements.
California Governor Jerry Brown has revised his plan to restore habitat in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, much to the dismay of environmental groups. The plan also includes design changes for the proposed twin tunnels that would carry water south.
California Governor Jerry Brown is giving water agencies and cities more power to enforce conservation requirements.
Some areas in the Sacramento region will have to reduce water use by 36 percent under proposed emergency drought rules from state water regulators. How urban suppliers will reach that goal varies. Enforcement is likely to increase everywhere.
It’s shaping up to be a hot, dry summer in California. And rules governing outdoor work conditions have been modified to keep people better protected.
(AP) - State regulators are ordering some farms to stop pumping from streams for the second year in a row.
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.
California lawmakers are considering a bill that would require the installation of water meters in each unit of newly constructed apartments.
On Insight, Environmental Attorney Chris Scheuring will talk about California's water rights system.
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’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A little noticed provision of the proposed $1.1 billion drought relief bill could help poor communities.
CapRadio's Ben Adler talks about what to expect with today's announcement of a $1.1 billion emergency drought package.
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.
California Democratic lawmakers have made combating climate change one of their environmental legislative priorities, but dozens of other environmental bills may garner equal attention.
UPDATE: Now that you've re-set your clocks, the City of Sacramento is reminding homeowners to re-set sprinkler timers, too.
Big businesses in California say they want to be more involved in managing the state’s water supply.
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.
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.
Sacramento Bee's Ryan Lillis gives a recap of Tuesday night's city council meeting.
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.
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.
California says it will do a better job of monitoring oil drilling that could affect the state’s groundwater supply.
The Federal government is giving California’s Central Valley millions of dollars for drought relief.
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.
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 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.
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.
California’s first winter snow survey paints another fairly bleak picture of the potential for runoff restoring water levels in the state’s reservoirs.
The agency that provides water in the Reno-area has taken the first step toward eliminating the last of it’s flat-rate customers.
California needs one and a half times the maximum volume of water in Lake Mead, the largest US reservoir, to end its drought.
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.
The California Department of Water Resources has issued its preliminary forecast for the amount of water it can deliver in 2015 through the State Water Project. It's not great, but it's better than last year's forecast.
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 Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power plant was the focus of a California water board hearing yesterday afternoon in Sacramento.
(AP) -- California officials say they've found a way to pay for building the twin tunnels that would send water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
The California Treasurer’s Office released a report that shows water users could afford to pay for Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed twin-tunnel project. The $17 billion tunnels will send water from the Delta to central and southern California.
Governor Jerry Brown says people must acknowledge that water doesn't flow freely in California anymore.
California’s water reserves continue to plummet in the drought. Some of the state’s major reservoirs are nearing historic lows.
Critics claim the Nestlé water bottling plant is draining Sacramento's water supply and marking it up for profit at a time when the on-going drought is reducing supply.
Californians have used 10.3 percent less water in September compared to a year ago. But that’s a lower conservation rate than August.
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.
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.
The water conservation message appears to be sinking in with Californians.
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.
A newly released poll provides some encouraging news for supporters of the water bond on California’s November ballot.
It appears messages about the need for water conservation are beginning to get through to Californians.
Forecasters say the chances are diminishing that El Niño will bring rain to California.
Time is running out for the California Legislature and Governor Jerry Brown to send a new water bond to the November ballot.
California has approved tough new water restrictions, but how they’ll be enforced depends on where you live.
Conserving water might have a negative financial affect on some California water agencies.
Wasting water could really start to cost you in California.
California regulators are streamlining the process of fining water rights holders who don’t stop taking water once the state tells them they should.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you live in Roseville, your water bill will be going up this month.
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.
The Tuolumne County community of Twain Harte may be the first California municipality to run out of water because of drought.
(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.
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.
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.
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 study says its cheaper to reduce forest fuels than fight fires. The problem is where to get the money.
Hundreds of waterfalls are cascading throughout Yosemite National Park, but they may not last too much longer.
(AP) -- A bill moving in the California Legislature now would protect people in homeowner associations from retribution if they reduce water use for landscaping.
California is instituting what some are calling the toughest regulations in the nation for the controversial oil extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. But some say the regulations don't go far enough and instead want a ban.
Roseville is requiring all residents to reduce their water use by 20 percent, starting today.
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.
(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.
(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.
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.
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.
(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.
Warm, spring-like weather this winter is creating havoc for some small flower growers.
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.
(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.
Engineers with the federal government want to get your feedback on a plan to raise Folsom Dam.
(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.
The first significant storm since early December is headed to parched Northern California Wednesday and Thursday.
The city of Roseville is taking steps to protect the water in Folsom Reservoir during the drought.
Health experts say California’s drought could increase the risk of illness and exacerbate existing problems people have getting safe drinking water.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The lack of rain has many cities concerned about water supplies, but Stockton is sitting atop a hidden source.
(AP) -- Customers in the San Juan Water District are being asked to halt all outdoor watering in light of drought conditions.
(AP) -- A historic run of dry weather in California and concerns over water supply prompted officials in Mendocino County to declare a drought emergency.
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.
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