In January, the water amount was limited to only what was necessary for health and public safety. The California Department of Water Resources says more rain fell in February than was anticipated, allowing the Department some flexibility. The water board says it has consulted with state and federal fish agencies to ensure that no endangered fish would be put at risk.
DWR expects to update allocations for all water users on April 1st.
Last year, California saw everything from intense drought to torrential rain. Researchers and water agencies say that the future of the state’s drought depends on adapting to these shifts.
As the drought dries up California’s wetlands, traveling birds such as ducks, geese and eagles are struggling to survive and breed. “This drought is bad. The odds are against us,” a state expert said.
Drought resilience depends on location but also extraordinary engineering — determining which California places are running out of water this year and which remain in good shape.
About 4,300 users were issued notices to halt diversions from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
Experts say the current drought is hotter and drier than previous ones, meaning water is evaporating faster.
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