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Showing Articles Tagged With: water

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    Governor Brown's Revised Water Project Heavily Criticized

    Thursday, April 30, 2015

    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.

  •  U.S. Department of Agriculture, flickr

    New Rules Better Protect Workers From Heat

    Monday, April 27, 2015

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Brave Heart / Flickr

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • 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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