California received a double dose of bad drought news on Tuesday, with state officials saying the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada is far below normal and that residents again aren’t coming close to meeting Gov. Jerry Brown’s call for a 20 percent cut in water use.
Water consumption statewide declined just 8.8 percent in January compared with the same month of 2013 – far below the state’s goal of 20 percent – according to data presented to the State Water Resources Control Board on Tuesday.
California officials, responding to concerns about groundwater contamination, are closing 12 wells in the Central Valley used to dispose of chemical-laden water from oil and gas production, regulators announced Tuesday.
Snow levels in the Sierra Nevada are at or below what they were during the driest years in California’s recorded history, surveyors said Tuesday, dashing hopes that last weekend’s storm would begin to pull the state out of its increasingly frightful drought.
State and federal officials favoring fish habitat are to blame for the Oakdale Irrigation District’s tentative plan to drain Tulloch Lake this summer, OID leaders told dozens of anxious lake-area residents.
The typical Los Angeles Department of Water and Power residential customer will see a $2.61 monthly billing increase by July, as this winter’s low snow-pack means the agency has to buy more expensive imported water.
On a whim, Blake Alexander traveled from his Los Angeles apartment to the Salton Sea last May. It was the first time after a four-year absence of visiting when he discovered what had happened to one of the world’s largest lakes.
When state water officials measure the Sierra snowpack on Tuesday, they’ll do it the same way they’ve been doing it for more than a century. … But new technology is giving them a view they’ve never had before and ABC7 News got an insider’s look at it.
It was disappointing last year when a bill that would have sped up the long-awaited Sites Reservoir project stalled in Congress. Democrats and Republicans just couldn’t agree on their approaches to drought issues.
In a victory for public agencies and developers, the California Supreme Court issued its heavily anticipated ruling in Berkeley Hillside Preservation v. City of Berkeley, reversing the Court of Appeal.