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Showing Articles Tagged With: water


    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.

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    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Photo / California Department of Water Resources

    DWR Issues Water-Delivery Forecast

    Monday, December 01, 2014

    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.

  • California Treasurer's Office Says Twin Tunnels Could Be Affordable

    Friday, November 14, 2014

    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.

  • 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.

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    Poll Shows Support For Water Bond

    Wednesday, September 10, 2014

    A newly released poll provides some encouraging news for supporters of the water bond on California’s November ballot.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Are New Fracking Regulations in California Enough?

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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    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.

  • 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.

  • 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."

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    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.

  • 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.

  • 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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