Topic: Drought

Overview

Drought

Drought— an extended period of limited or no precipitation— is a fact of life in California and the West, with water resources following boom-and-bust patterns.

No portion of the West has been immune to drought during the last century and drought occurs with much greater frequency in the West than in other regions of the country.

Most of the West experiences what is classified as severe to extreme drought more than 10 percent of the time, and a significant portion of the region experiences severe to extreme drought more than 15 percent of the time, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center.

Experts who have studied recent droughts say a drought occurs about once every 10 years somewhere in the United States. Droughts are believed to be the most costly of all natural disasters because of their widespread effects on agriculture and related industries, as well as on urbanized areas. One of those decennial droughts could cost as much as $38 billion, according to one estimate.

Because droughts cannot be prevented, experts are looking for better ways to forecast them and new approaches to managing droughts when they occur.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Brown defends not requiring water cuts for California farmers

In a nationally televised interview Sunday, California Gov. Jerry Brown defended his decision to largely target urban areas rather than agricultural users with his historic order to curb water use.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California moves to kill the lawn, save the water

What’s it going to take to get people to use a lot less water in drought-stricken California, the Technicolor landscape of lush yards, emerald golf courses and aquamarine swimming pools?

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

State-mandated water reductions to cut Butte County residents’ water use

Gov. Jerry Brown mandated a 25 percent water reduction in California, but what that means won’t be clear until the state water board sets the rules in May. … Some local entities, such as Butte College, haven’t seen new rules stemming from the governor’s order, but have already taken steps to reduce usage.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Water cutback has golf courses, cemeteries scrambling

The biggest mandated cutback on water use in California history is landing like a cold shower on park departments, cemetery owners, golfers, manicured-lawn lovers and others who appreciate the type of greenery that has essentially become an enemy of the state.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Cutting back on water use: Q&A on California’s drought

The stubborn drought gripping California is dragging into a fourth year, prompting Gov. Jerry Brown this week to call for mandatory cutbacks in water use across the state.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Wanted: Single snowy Sierra slope good for spring skiing

The fourth year of the devastating drought that has dried up wells, forced mandatory rationing and jeopardized California crops has also put a burden on backcountry skiers in search of their powdery fix.

Aquafornia news Mono Lake Committee

Blog: April 1 lake level means reduced water exports to Los Angeles, more protection for Mono Lake

This morning [April 1] Mono Lake Committee staff met with Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (DWP) personnel to conduct the official annual April 1 reading of the lake level together. The consensus: Mono Lake stands at 6379.01 feet above sea level. The lake has declined to a level at which water exports to Los Angeles are, by the terms of the State Water Board’s rules, automatically reduced by 70%.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

First California governor to deal with two droughts over four terms (with audio)

Longtime California journalist Leo McElroy watched [Gov. Jerry] Brown grapple with drought in the 1970s.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Californians who conserved wonder if state can overcome those who didn’t

Some Californians are already showering just once a week, with buckets at their feet to catch every errant drop.

Aquafornia news KCRA Sacramento

25 drought photos guaranteed to make you conserve

We [KCRA Sacramento] thought we’d compile some photos to tell the story of just how dry some parts of the state really look.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Zip line, anyone? Drought pushes skiers, resorts to seek alternative fun

The Beach Cities Ski Club had eight ski trips planned for Mammoth Mountain this winter but paltry snowfall forced the cancellation of about half of those excursions.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Drought will prove a formidable opponent in Brown’s final term

Even while [Gov. Jerry] Brown faces the short-term consequences of the drought — including the potential for budget-draining wildfires and decreased agricultural production — he is pursuing long-term projects that he says will strengthen California’s highly engineered water systems.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Gov. Brown’s drought plan goes easy on agriculture

Gov. Jerry Brown’s historic order to curb California’s water use largely bypasses agriculture, the state’s biggest water user, setting off debate about whether growers are getting a pass.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

California agriculture, largely spared in new water restrictions, wields huge clout

When Gov. Jerry Brown issued the first statewide water use reduction order in California history on Tuesday, he put his emphasis squarely on cities and towns…. As Californians mulled Brown’s unprecedented order, some wondered why farms were not being asked to sacrifice more.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

The environment, agriculture and urban consumers drink up California’s water

With California entering its fourth year of drought, the question takes on new urgency: Where does all of the state’s water go?

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Gov. Brown sees smallest snowpack in history, orders first-ever mandatory cutbacks

The Sierra snowpack is a ghastly one-fifth the size of the smallest one ever recorded in the mountain range, state leaders said Wednesday as California’s storm season ended in disappointment for the fourth straight year. … Gov. Jerry Brown, who watched a snow measurement Wednesday at Lake Tahoe, announced the state’s first mandatory water reductions, aiming at cutting water use by 25%.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Key provisions of California’s new water cuts

Here’s a look at [Gov. Jerry] Brown’s plan for achieving an overall 25 percent cut in water use.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California taking sweeping steps to conserve water (with video)

Gary Whitlock watched water run down to the sidewalk as gardeners hosed down a bed of marigolds outside an Orange County office building and questioned if California’s latest attempt to curb water use would be any more successful than previous ones in the drought-stricken state.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

California imposes first mandatory water restrictions to deal with drought (with video)

Mr. [Gov. Jerry] Brown, in an executive order, directed the State Water Resources Control Board to impose a 25 percent reduction on the state’s 400 local water supply agencies, which serve 90 percent of California residents, over the coming year.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

What’s old is new again: Brown called for 25% water cuts in the 1970s

Gov. Jerry Brown’s order Wednesday for a 25% mandatory cut in water use, a response to the state’s devastating drought, comes almost four decades after the governor faced a similar water crisis that pitted water-rich Northern California against its thirsty southern neighbors.

Aquafornia news Valley Public Radio

Brown’s action draws excitement, disdain at street level (with audio)

Among other actions, Governor Brown’s executive order mandates the replacement of 50 million square feet of lawn around the state with drought-tolerant landscaping.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Governor issues mandatory water cuts as California snowpack hits record low

Standing in a dry brown meadow that typically would be buried in snow this time of year, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday ordered the first mandatory water cutbacks in California history, a directive that will affect cities and towns statewide.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Gov. Brown orders California’s first mandatory water restrictions — ‘It’s a different world’ (with video)

Standing in a brown field that would normally be smothered in several feet of snow, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday ordered cities and towns across California to cut water use by 25% as part of a sweeping set of mandatory drought restrictions, the first in state history.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

Tri-Valley’s path eased for water acquisition

The Dublin San Ramon Services District says its path toward buying surplus Yuba County water is clearer after the Tri-Valley’s wholesale water supplier — Alameda County Zone 7 Water agency — withdrew its earlier protest against the transfer.

Aquafornia news KQED Public Media for Northern California

Blog: Record-low Sierra snowpack will drive home drought impacts

We are officially in uncharted territory. The Sierra Nevada snowpack, which typically supplies nearly a third of California’s water, is showing the lowest water content on record: 6 percent of the long-term average for April 1.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Should California water wasters face jail? A drought debate

State water officials bolstered existing emergency regulations this month in response to another year of drought. … But unlike during water crises of the 1970s and 1990s, there was no mention of sending water wasters to jail.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Gov. Jerry Brown to attend snowpack measurement near Lake Tahoe

Gov. Jerry Brown will be on hand Wednesday morning near Lake Tahoe when officials measure the state’s drought-depleted snowpack, his office announced.

Aquafornia news Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC)

Blog: Drought Watch — The end of the rainy season

Most years, 85% of the wet season’s rain and snow has already fallen by late March. While rain often falls in April and May, it is rarely enough to make a big difference in the overall water picture, and the forecast is now quite dry. That means California’s water managers now have a good idea how much water will be available in the state’s reservoirs, snowpack, and groundwater basins.

Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

Marysville not cutting back on water use

While Yuba City residents are looking at the likelihood of mandatory water restrictions for the rest of this year, Marysville citizens aren’t facing the same water challenges. … Q&A: Marysville’s Water Supply

Aquafornia news The Washington Post

What severe drought in the Colorado River Basin looks like

Lake Powell, one of the nation’s largest reservoirs, is now below 45 percent of its capacity. … Getty photographer Justin Sullivan explored Lake Powell this weekend.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Blog: California drought is not lifting

Pressured by a relentless drought that produced the lowest winter snowfall in history and shows no signs of lifting, California’s local and state government administrators are responding with emergency measures that reflect their concern that the state is actually running out of water.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Tribe fights Coachella Valley water agencies for aquifer rights

In drought-ravaged California, the vast freshwater aquifer beneath the Coachella Valley is a rare bright spot. … But there is growing concern by some that local water agencies are drawing too much out of the aquifer, which supplies water for more than 260,000 people.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco seeks tech fix to leaky pipes

He’s [John Bess of Baltimore] searching for water leaks in the city’s [San Francisco] underground pipelines with a special microphone and earpiece that enables him to hear escaping water from the street — rather than having to dig down and find it.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Sour water — a new normal in the East Bay?

East Bay residents first noticed a bitter taste in their tap water on Saturday. … It turns out the taste, and a foul odor associated with it, comes from algae in the Pardee Reservoir, which supplies most of the drinking water for East Bay Municipal Utility District customers.

Aquafornia news UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences California WaterBlog

Blog: The California drought of 2015 — A preview

The drought’s impacts are worsened by record heat, which has dried out soils and raised the demands for irrigation, and the historical high levels of California’s population, economy, and agricultural production, and historical low levels of native fish species. … No “Miracle March” this year. … Snowpack is a little worse than last year, perhaps the driest on record statewide.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Federal funding in short supply for rural water projects

During the widespread drought, officials are struggling to finish large-scale water infrastructure projects while populations are growing, drinking water resources are dwindling, and federal dollars are diminishing.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Delta flows may be diminished again

State and federal water agencies again are seeking permission to bypass water-quality rules in the Delta in order to hold back more water in upstream reservoirs while pumping a limited amount south from the estuary.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

California agriculture industry could lose $1 billion in two years because of drought

California agriculture is in line for $1 billion in losses this year and next, on the heels of a drought-induced $1.5 billion hit in 2014, UC Davis scientists said.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

California’s hydro power dries up as drought worsens; utility customers paying more

The drought is drying up California’s once-plentiful supply of cheap hydroelectricity, and utility customers are paying for it.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Drought threatens American River fish

Endangered steelhead about to hatch in the American River could soon be killed by low flows and warm temperatures caused by the drought, a sign of the ongoing struggle over scarce water supplies.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Drought prompts truck and release of salmon smolts in Rio Vista

In a bid to save some of the 12 million juvenile Chinook salmon from near-certain death, federal wildlife officials in California are trucking fish to the Delta for release.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Gov. Jerry Brown OKs $1 billion to tackle drought, other water issues

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed legislation with more than $1 billion in spending on water projects.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Historically small Sierra snowpack, seen up close, another bad sign in California drought (with video)

The water frozen in snow throughout the Sierra Nevada is 8% of average — less than a third the size of the smallest on record. On Wednesday when this disappointing wet season ends, the headlines will be the next alarm bell in the state’s damaging, four-year drought.

Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

Dredging projects underway

Dredging projects at Lake Tahoe’s South Shore have gotten underway this week, as those in the boating community find ways to deal with declining water levels.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Lawmakers send California drought aid package to governor (with audio)

The $1 billion emergency drought aid package announced by Governor Jerry Brown last week has cleared the California Legislature. But a late addition to one of the measures has Republicans and farmers upset.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Documentaries focus on Salton Sea, California drought

Two new documentaries about California’s struggles with dwindling water supplies will be shown back-to-back at the American Documentary Film Festival this weekend, one focusing on the state’s epic drought and the other examining the looming environmental problems of the shrinking Salton Sea.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

State drought relief package falls short, conservation advocates say

Not only will the $1-billion spending plan approved by lawmakers Thursday provide little immediate relief to drought-stricken Californians, state leaders are missing an opportunity to take more decisive action to restrict water use, conservation advocates said.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: California’s cracking down on urban water waste. What about the farmers?

California’s brutal drought has state officials looking for ways to conserve water.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: Why almond growers aren’t the water enemy

Article after article in newspapers, magazines and online put nut growers in a bad light related to the drought. … I planted my almonds based on a contract with the federal government to deliver surface water from Northern California. 

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Drought forces salmon trucking to Bay Area

By 3 a.m. [Dave] Lunsford was loading his tanker truck with about 140,000 fingerling Chinook salmon to haul from Coleman National Fish Hatchery in Anderson to Rio Vista in the Bay Area. … The young salmon are usually released from Coleman into nearby Battle Creek, so they can make their way into the Sacramento River and downstream, eventually reaching the Pacific Ocean. 

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Early ski resort closures impact Tahoe economy (with audio)

Resorts like Sugar Bowl, Donner and Homewood are closing early. It’s hitting nearby businesses like Obexer’s General Store across from Homewood.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Blog: Senate approves California drought relief bill amid Republican complaints

Senators approved Assembly bills 91 and 92 on votes of 35-1 and 24-14, respectively, after Republicans deliberated in a lengthy caucus meeting and then castigated the bill for broadening government powers over water. The Assembly expects to take up the measures Thursday, after which the package would go to Gov. Jerry Brown if passed.

Aquafornia news KQED Public Media for Northern California

Californians gloomy about drought, point fingers in new statewide poll

Wednesday night’s poll from the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California suggests a growing sense of gloom and frustration across the state about the historic drought that’s now in its fourth straight year.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Fleas abound, medicine runs low during drought

Northern California residents have one more reason to detest the drought — fleas are out in force.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

Neighbors aren’t doing enough to conserve water, poll finds

Is California’s drought turning us against each other? It might be, according to a new poll that finds most Californians don’t believe people in their region are doing enough to conserve water.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Rain drops don’t dampen drought outlook for North State

Already cities and water districts in the North State and beyond have been working to broker water transfers, remind folks about restrictions and take other steps in the hopes of meeting demand during the peak summer months.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Cannabis stream diversion study prompts legislation, enforcement

After several years in the field assessing cannabis cultivation sites, counting plants from Google Earth views and calculating stream flows, a California Department of Fish and Wildlife team has released a comprehensive paper revealing the affects of marijuana cultivation on the North Coast’s watersheds.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Water district board approves recycled water project for Apple Campus 2 and other South Bay sites

The Santa Clara Valley Water District board Tuesday night approved a $17.5 million project that will deepen the use of recycled water in the parched South Bay and make Apple’s futuristic new campus a little bit greener.

Aquafornia news San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Water board member photographed hosing down alleyway next to his West Covina business

Mike Touhey, an elected member of the local water board, got an earful from a passerby who snapped the politician’s photo as Touhey washed down a sidewalk with a water hose.

Aquafornia news Capitol Weekly

California urged to resolve Delta, water issues — fast

Pat Mulroy, the former leader of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, delivered a bluntly worded warning to attendees at the California Water Policy Conference in Claremont, saying the linkage between the Delta and much of the West is clear, “yet many here in California still don’t see the connection.”

Aquafornia news Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Blog: What does California’s drought mean for proposed Bay-Delta tunnels?

The drought has been a proverbial punch in the mouth, and the drought – and California’s response to it – raise important questions about the viability and wisdom of the draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). So what does that punch in the mouth (drought) mean for BDCP?

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Photos show skiers on more dirt than snow at Squaw Valley

A series of photographs taken at ski resorts in Northern California show just how grim winter has been.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Deal on Stanislaus River fish could aid Lake Tulloch

A tentative agreement on Stanislaus River flows could shore up irrigation supplies and keep Lake Tulloch from emptying this summer. 

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Gov. Brown’s $1 billion plan ‘a start,’ but more needed for drought-related expenses

Fresno County Board of Supervisors declared a drought emergency Tuesday so it can obtain state and federal government reimbursement for local drought emergency costs. … The board also supported water restrictions in five unincorporated areas with about 400 customers.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

Steep water rate increases eyed for EBMUD customers

The worsening drought is spurring the East Bay’s largest water supplier to consider slapping a 25 percent surcharge on customers’ bills — on top of an 8 percent general rate increase.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Busy Modesto Irrigation District agenda includes water rate hike

Modesto-area farmers on Tuesday should learn how much water prices will go up and whether they’ll be able to buy or sell water shares to help cope with the drought.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Editorial: Jerry Brown’s lame response to California’s drought

California is in a drought of historic proportions with no end in sight. Scientists and political leaders, including Gov. Jerry Brown, agree. 

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Santa Clara Valley Water District considers upping its conservation goals

In one of the most aggressive drought-spawned conservation goals in the Bay Area, the Santa Clara Valley Water District is proposing reducing water use by 30 percent and limiting watering of lawns to twice a week.

Aquafornia news UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences California WaterBlog

Blog: Water giveaways during a drought invite conflict

When drought makes water scarcer in California, those with senior water rights are offered more money to move their water to other users. But fish are asked to give up their water for free. … For California, even partial markets for environmental water would satisfy the state’s stated “co-equal” environmental and economic goals for water management.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Deal would spare Lake Tulloch this summer

Water districts announced a deal Monday that would prevent scenic Lake Tulloch from being drained — at least until after the end of the summer boating season.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Blog: He’s not drilling a new well — why gamble with $30,000?

As the drought deepens, I’m [Mark Grossi] hearing from more people who are forced to go without indoor plumbing because they do not have $20,000 or $30,000 to replace their dried-up wells.

Aquafornia news KQED Public Radio for Northern California

Blog: A candid conversation with California’s ‘water czar’ (with audio)

When water supplies are tight, as they are now, her [Felicia Marcus's] [State Water Resources Control] board is where the buck stops in arguments over who gets what.

Aquafornia news NPR

In California’s fourth year of drought, new regulations and $1 billion in relief (with audio)

NPR’s Kelly McEvers speaks with KPCC reporter Molly Peterson on how effective California’s new water restrictions will be in the midst of the state’s historic drought.

Aquafornia news Las Vegas Sun

Q&A: Water expert discusses actions Southern Nevada has taken and what we should plan for

If and when Lake Mead hits 1,075 feet, the government will declare a federal water shortage for the seven states that draw water from the Colorado River, forcing Nevada and the others to limit water use. … Despite the sobering predictions, former Las Vegas water czar Pat Mulroy is confident life will go on in the West.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Oakdale Irrigation District water-table issue resurfaces

Irrigation leaders were pleased to learn in a recent meeting that groundwater levels in the Oakdale Irrigation District’s wells have dropped less than 4 1/2 inches in the past year, on average, despite record pumping. But those numbers were based on data from only three-fourths of OID’s deep wells, a Modesto Bee analysis found.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Rising temps to bring dry end to Southern California’s poor rainy season

Temperatures are expected to heat up toward the end of next week, signaling a dry, disappointing and foreboding end to the region’s rainy season as four years of low precipitation continue.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Sierra Nevada pine tree die-off worsens as beetles thrive in drought

A massive die-off of pine trees in the southern Sierra Nevada caused by beetles attacking drought-stressed trees is turning forests brown and creating a fire tinderbox.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Lake Mendocino shrinking again

Unless significant rain falls this spring, state regulators are likely to repeat last year’s unprecedented curtailment of hundreds of water rights held by farmers and others along the Russian River between Lake Mendocino and Healdsburg.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: Thirsty crops should require state regulation

This is what the Brown administration isn’t talking about as it tightens the spigot on landscaping: Urban use accounts for only 20% of California’s developed water. Agriculture sucks up 80%.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California first to feel hydropower crunch of drought

Flying over the Sierra Nevada as California entered its fourth year of drought, the state’s energy chief looked down and saw stark bare granite cloaked in dirty brown haze – not the usual pristine white peaks heaped with snow that would run the state’s hydroelectric dams for the year.

Aquafornia news U-T San Diego

San Diego County has small but key buffer against ongoing drought

As California endures yet another year of drought, San Diego County is among the least-impacted regions.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Conservationists say thinning Sierra forests may help state water supply

With the state entering its fourth year of drought, some conservationists are looking at thinning Sierra forests to increase the amount of water that flows into area rivers. … On Friday, the Association of California Water Agencies also released its own report that calls for better headwater and forest management – and for better collaboration among federal, state and other agencies, and other stakeholders.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Five pictures of Yosemite’s Half Dome that capture California’s historic drought

Snow in California’s Sierra Nevada range typically reaches its greatest depths in late March, covering peaks like Yosemite’s famed Half Dome.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Drought alters the face of Tahoe tourism

Drought is reshaping Lake Tahoe and its all-important tourism industry. … As Tahoe adjusts to climate change, Congress has helped. 

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: No, California won’t run out of water in a year

Lawmakers are proposing emergency legislation, state officials are clamping down on watering lawns and, as California enters a fourth year of drought, some are worried that the state could run out of water.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

Gov. Jerry Brown, legislative leaders propose $1 billion package

Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders on Thursday proposed a $1 billion package of emergency legislation meant to help California weather its crippling drought.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

UN warns world could have 40% water shortfall by 2030

The [U.N.] report, released in New Delhi two days before World Water Day, calls on policymakers and communities to rethink water policies, urging more conservation as well as recycling of wastewater as is done in Singapore.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Hyacinth funding on fast track

An extra $4 million to battle water hyacinth might be available sooner than first expected.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

How $1 billion in California drought plan would be spent

Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders are proposing legislation to accelerate more than $1 billion in water spending.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Manteca considers selling treated wastewater for farm irrigation (with audio)

A Manteca group called Neighbors United is urging the city council to sell treated wastewater to local farmers as water sources dry up in the drought.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

California drought: $1 billion aid package unveiled

At the close of another dry winter, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders announced a $1 billion package of bills Thursday to expedite money for people and cities hit hard by the drought and prepare the state for the flip side of extreme weather patterns — flooding.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Jerry Brown, lawmakers propose $1.1 billion drought relief bill amid increasing tension

With California trudging into its fourth dry year, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders on Thursday announced $1.1 billion in emergency funding for flood protection and drought relief.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: California’s response to drought has fallen woefully short

A few weeks ago, a story began circulating on social media that suggested maybe, just maybe, this drought is a hoax. After all, if things are really as bad as we’re told, why haven’t authorities started rationing water yet? The cognitive dissonance is rooted in blinkered and shortsighted public policy.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Editorial: Water restrictions are just a taste of what’s to come for California

Action on Tuesday by the State Water Resources Control Board to restrict lawn watering and home car-washing made big news outside of California but barely raised eyebrows in-state.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Gov. Brown, lawmakers plan short- and long-term strategy on drought

Gov. Jerry Brown and top lawmakers from both parties unveiled a plan that would invest more than $1 billion to improve the state’s water infrastructure, provide emergency assistance to struggling communities and protect wildlife.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Sierra snowpack smallest on record, state water officials tell Fresno meeting

State water leaders Thursday told water district leaders, farmers, bankers and many others at California State University, Fresno, to expect possibly a record-breaking small snowpack. … The briefing, sponsored by the state Department of Water Resources and the Water Education Foundation, is an attempt to explain the dire situation after four years of drought.

Aquafornia news San Bernardino County Sun

Rialto, Apple Valley, Colton, Redlands, Cucamonga agencies cut water use the least

Even as California faces new mandatory water restrictions, seven of the 10 water districts that have cut use the least in the past seven months are close to home, located in the Inland Empire.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Blog: Gov. Jerry Brown, lawmakers to propose $1 billion drought relief bill

With California entering its fourth year of drought, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders will propose more than $1 billion in emergency legislation Thursday for flood protection and water supply projects and to alleviate impacts of the drought.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Conserving water a priority in Butte County

New mandated water regulations will soon be enforced in Butte County, but many in the area already adhere to the new state standards.

Aquafornia news Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC)

Blog: Drought Watch — Priorities for cities and farms

In our new report, Policy Priorities for Managing Drought, we highlight four areas that need reform to reduce the economic, social, and environmental harm from drought in California: 1) improving water use information; 2) setting clear goals and priorities for public health and the environment; 3) promoting water conservation and more resilient water supplies; and 4) strengthening environmental management.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

A look at California’s emergency drought water restrictions

Amid a historic drought, the California State Water Resources Control Board voted Tuesday to extend and expand restrictions on water use.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Brown, lawmakers to unveil $1-billion emergency drought relief plan

As California braces for a fourth consecutive year of drought, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders on Thursday will unveil a $1-billion relief plan, two sources told The Times late Wednesday.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

As California drought enters 4th year, conservation efforts and worries increase

The rainy season drove into California in December with wet and windy promise: soaking rain, snow, dark gray skies and a flash of hope that the drought that has scorched this region had run its course. And then came January — with record high temperatures and record low rainfall.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Study: California drought decreases hydropower, increases greenhouse gas emissions (with audio)

The Pacific Institute says there is less hydroelectricity and more expensive electricity, due to the diminished river flows as a result of the California drought.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

New water rules on tap

With the drought apparently intensifying, state officials agreed Tuesday to strengthen emergency water conservation rules — including a rule that will be new for most Stockton residents.

Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)

82% of Californians say residents should conserve water – drought or no drought, poll shows

As California enters a fourth year of drought, 90% of Californians say  they are willing to make significant changes to conserve water use both indoors and outdoors according to a new statewide poll commissioned by ACWA in partnership with Save Our Water.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Editorial: Preserve our resources without destroying our region

News flash: The state doesn’t want to ruin the Valley’s economy. News flash: Farmers don’t want to see our rivers die or salmon vanish. Why is it necessary to make such obvious statements?

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California drought making wildfires a year-round threat

Big wildfires have burned almost four times as many California acres as usual so far this winter, a sign of wildfire danger growing higher still as the state moves into its fourth year of drought.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: New mandatory water conservation rules for lawns, hotels, restaurants

Acknowledging that California’s water conservation efforts are falling short as the state descends into a fourth year of punishing drought, the administration of Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday imposed new mandatory water conservation rules that will affect millions of people — from how homeowners water their lawns to how restaurants and hotels serve their guests.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

Fate of Delta smelt sinks as numbers drop

A tiny fish in the middle of California’s tug of war over water has declined so sharply in the drought it could be headed toward extinction.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Blog: California Water Anxiety Syndrome — Feel it yet?

California, as you might have heard, is running out of water. Very, very quickly. … Perhaps you read NASA senior water scientist Jay Famiglietti’s rather terrifying op-ed in the LA Times, declaring that, by all available measures, our state has only one year of water storage left?

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Don’t forget land use in drought debate

As California moves into its fourth year of prolonged drought, state and local agencies are mulling further restrictions on the use of water in urban settings.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

California restricts yard watering as drought persists

California regulators on Tuesday ordered every water agency in the state to restrict how often customers can water their landscaping, an unprecedented move that marks another milestone in the severe and ongoing drought.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

New watering restrictions imposed amid California drought

With California heading into another parched year, state officials Tuesday beefed up emergency drought regulations, directing urban agencies to limit the number of days residents can water their yards.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Oakdale Irrigation District weighs historic water cap

Because of prolonged drought, irrigation leaders on Tuesday morning will consider capping the amount of water delivered this year to farms around Oakdale and east of Riverbank.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Blog: State water officials will be here to talk about this ugly drought

State officials will be in Fresno on Thursday to tell the public how dire California’s four-year drought has become. … The briefing is sponsored by the California Department of Water Resources and the nonprofit Water Education Foundation, based in Sacramento.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Well problems force Sierra residents to take conservation seriously

Residents in this small community [Shaver Springs] bordering the Sierra National Forest, six miles west of Shaver Lake, could probably teach people living in water-short communities a few lessons.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: California considers sweeping water restrictions, rations

The State Water Resources Control Board in Sacramento will consider sweeping mandates on landscape irrigation Tuesday that could limit water usage for most California homes and businesses to only a few days of the week.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Commentary: All must be part of drought solution

Like the vast majority of Californians, we at Nestlé Waters are deeply concerned about the state’s drought and how it’s affecting families, farmers, consumers and businesses.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Water limits may put damper on commercial car washes

On Tuesday, state officials will consider expanding water restrictions for homes and businesses as California deals with a fourth straight year of drought.

Aquafornia news KQED Public Media for Northern California

Blog: Los Angeles is willing to pay highest price ever for water

Los Angeles is offering rice farmers in the Sacramento Valley more money than the city has ever paid for water — $700 per acre-foot. At this price, rice farmers could make more money selling water than they can make on their crops.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Editorial: With reservoirs depleted, Water Resources Control Board must restrict water use

Amid the worst drought in at least a generation, and possibly the worst in modern California history, the state Water Resources Control Board today will consider tougher restrictions on outdoor watering by residential and business users. The action is long overdue.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Tahoe-area ski resorts struggle to stay open through drought

Little new snow on the horizon means Lake Tahoe-area ski resorts will be doing well if they can stay open until the traditional mid-April close of the winter sports season.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

Report: California should be planning for next drought now

California needs better water-use data, clearer priorities and better drought-management planning if it’s going to weather future droughts better than it’s doing now, a new report finds.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Endangered Delta Smelt may be extinct (with audio)

“Prepare for the extinction of the Delta Smelt in the wild,” UC Davis fish biologist Peter Moyle told a group of scientists with the Delta Stewardship Council.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Commentary: So many needs, so many weeds, too little water

A 300-yard stretch of the Tuolumne River near Hughson shows one of the many impacts of the ongoing drought. The river is thick with water hyacinth, a plant that chokes the flow to the point where it looks like you could walk across it.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

New app helps report water waste

The newly introduced iEfficient app is being used by 17 water districts in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. It allows the user to take a photo and choose the offense from a drop-down menu; GPS automatically logs the location coordinates and routes the message to the correct agency.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California water-wasters elude fines as drought persists

California water regulators, alarmed by slack conservation three years into a crippling drought, took the unprecedented step last summer of establishing statewide restrictions and gave communities a hammer to enforce them … With no statewide data available, The Associated Press queried more than a dozen communities around the state and found wide disparities in enforcement.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Editorial: Saving the Salton Sea is smart environmental policy

They don’t like to hear this kind of talk in the rich agricultural lands of the Imperial Valley, but the Salton Sea was a big mistake.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Lake Tahoe: Drought, climate change threatening winter, way of life at iconic landmark

There’s something disconcerting about life at Lake Tahoe these days. It’s still winter, but visitors are renting bikes instead of snowshoes and kayaks instead of skis.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Editorial: Cities will prevail in competition between trees and people

In a sign of this dry time, Sacramento Valley rice growers offered to fallow some of their fields and sell a more valuable harvest: Feather River water.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: California poised to tighten watering restrictions

The State Water Resources Control Board on Tuesday is poised to get even tougher on water conservation as California now seems assured of a fourth year of drought.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

3,200 people risk running out of water in drought

The Lake Don Pedro community is operating in emergency mode.  For the last several weeks, work crews have drilled well after well, hoping to find groundwater. … Lake McClure depends entirely on rain and snow runoff from the Merced River watershed.

Aquafornia news Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Blog: The Forest Service needs better policies before giving water away to bottling companies

National forests support some of the most pristine groundwater and springs in the country – at least that’s what the most successful water bottling companies advertise. Current policies leave these springs exposed to exploitation, especially during droughts, which are becoming more intense. … According to an article in the Desert Sun, the Forest Service has not investigated how pumping water from Strawberry Creek will affect the environment or downstream water users or required reporting of water use.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Blog: Counting salmon

Times are tough enough for salmon without a reporter shortchanging them.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Lawmakers see issues in bottled water, expired permits

Some lawmakers are raising questions about the impacts of bottled water companies on water supplies in California after a Desert Sun investigation found little government oversight of the amounts of water being tapped or the effects on the environment.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

State poised to step up crackdown on water wasting

Drought-stricken California is preparing to raise the ante on water conservation.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: California has about one year of water left. Will you ration now?

Given the historic low temperatures and snowfalls that pummeled the eastern U.S. this winter, it might be easy to overlook how devastating California’s winter was as well.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: As drought worsens, Los Angeles water agency offers cash to Sacramento Valley farmers

With the drought stretching into its fourth year, a heavyweight water agency from Los Angeles has come calling on Sacramento Valley rice farmers, offering up to $71 million for some of their water.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Sacramento Valley water transfers: Prices spike, amounts uncertain

Residents in California are already resigned to another year of drought. Now the question is whether Northern California landowners will have water to sell.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: California lawmakers face dozens of environmental bills (with audio)

In addition to bills that would set new goals for clean energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, some lawmakers want to revise regulations for oil drilling and hydraulic fracturing.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Despite drought, not time for drastic measures (with audio)

The calendar may say it’s winter, but the sun is shining and the trees are already in bloom. Still the early spring-like weather isn’t enough to convince people in California that it’s time for something like a coast-to-coast water pipeline.

Aquafornia news U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Blog: Celebrating National Groundwater Awareness Week

A recent defining experience for communities in California, and many other regions of the county, has been drought of an intensity that hasn’t been seen in generations.  The severity of this drought has forced communities to address questions about their ability to meet their basic water needs.  A common theme for many has been the critical role of a reliable supply of ground water in their ability to survive and thrive into the future.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Warm February takes toll on mountain snowpack in West

Warm temperatures and a lack of snowfall in February have taken a toll on winter snowpack in the Cascade Mountains and other areas in the West, the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service said Wednesday.

Aquafornia news U-T San Diego

Commentary: Desalination makes sense for Orange County

Anyone who has stepped outside in the past year has undoubtedly seen the effects of our state’s historic drought conditions. … Southern California communities have rallied behind desalinated ocean water as a reliable, safe and environmentally friendly solution to long-term water shortages.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Property rights debate bogs down Modesto Irrigation District

Unusually warm temperatures the past few days have made the four-year drought worse for crops, so Modesto Irrigation District leaders said Tuesday they’re inclined to start farmers’ water season April 12 instead of two weeks later.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

South San Joaquin Irrigation District caps water deliveries for first time

For the first time ever, drought has forced the South San Joaquin Irrigation District to cap water deliveries.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Shasta supervisors OK water purchase from McConnell – Redding

Shasta County supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved paying the McConnell Foundation $62,500 for 250 acre-feet of water … 

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Reservoirs for East Bay water users near 38-year lows

Levels at Sierra reservoirs that supply water for 1.3 million East Bay customers are as low as they’ve been in nearly 40 years, and it could take a miracle to make them better before the onset of the long dry season, officials were told Tuesday.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

Surplus water buy for Dublin and San Ramon provides relief but stirs controversy

The Dublin San Ramon Services District plans to buy the water from Yuba County to ease its severe shortage — which has resulted in some of the most severe penalties in the Bay Area.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Big water rate hike plan reduced by Santa Clara Valley Water District

Facing a public outcry and some skepticism from their board of directors, the top staff of the Silicon Valley’s largest drinking water provider on Tuesday suggested reducing a proposed drought-related water rate hike this year from 31 percent to 19 percent.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Modesto Irrigation District growers could have to get by on 16 inches of water

The drought could limit irrigation for Modesto-area farmers to 16 inches of water per acre this year – a little more than a third the normal amount and far less than needed for most crops.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Blog: Well went dry last Easter, but one Kingsburg man gets blessed with new water supply

[Abelardo De Leon] Garcia, 81, had lost his water well on Easter Sunday last year. Nearly a year later, his water supply has been resurrected, thanks to federal funding and a Visalia-based nonprofit called Self-Help Enterprises.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

New partnership seeks to restore Sierra forests

With a fourth year of drought looming, state and federal agencies have launched an ambitious partnership to improve the Sierra’s ability to store and filter water, as well as reduce fire risks, by restoring its forests. Called the Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program …

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Taps may run dry in western Fresno County town after residents vote to oppose rate hike

Residents of this tiny western Fresno County town recently told Fresno County supervisors that they don’t want to pay higher bills for water service to their tiny community — even if it means having their water shut off. If they don’t agree to pay more, Cantua Creek residents will stop getting water as early as mid-May. 

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Future unclear for salmon

Despite the drought, thousands of king salmon splashed their way up the San Joaquin River and its tributaries last year.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

‘Limited’ Delta water exports OK’d

State water watchdogs may allow more water to be pumped south from the Delta this month, but only under “very limited circumstances.”

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Big water rate hikes considered by Bay Area agencies

During the first three years of drought, Bay Area residents have endured brown lawns, shorter showers and dirty cars. Now, as the crisis stretches into the fourth year, they are about to feel it in their wallets.

Aquafornia news Bloomberg News

Water grab pits Las Vegas against Mormons

Las Vegas is seeking to quench its growing thirst by draining billions of gallons of water from under the feet of ranchers whose cattle help feed the Mormon church’s poor. A legal battle across 275 miles of treeless ridges and baked salt flats comes as the western U.S. faces unprecedented droughts linked to climate change.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Some get water, many won’t — what’s wrong with this?

How does the south San Joaquin Valley get some water in back-to-back drought years while the east side goes without? And, by the way, vast tracts of farmland on the Valley’s west side also will be shut out.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

DWR head tells Chico water crowd to stay focused

“Whether we like it or not, our world is changing,” said Mark Cowin, director of the Department of Water Resources, who was in Chico Friday for the annual meeting of Northern California Water Association.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

State releases new drought recommendations

State officials are considering additional modest regulations on water use – from prohibiting irrigation within 48 hours of rain to requiring districts to report their enforcement efforts – but water experts say the recommendations missed opportunities to address waste.

Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

Drought almost certain to continue, snow surveys suggest

Had it not been for a couple of days of snowfall during the weekend, the ground would have been bare, Frank Gehrke of the Department of Water Resources said Tuesday during a snow survey at Philips Station near Sierra-At-Tahoe Road.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

California business coalition pushes for secure water supply

A diverse coalition of global businesses operating in California launched a campaign Thursday to seek and support solutions to the state’s water supply crunch.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

NOAA: El Niño is ‘too little, too late’ for California drought

El Niño is here, but don’t expect the Pacific Ocean circulation phenomenon to do much for the drought afflicting California and the western U.S., forecasters said Thursday.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

El Niño finally here; but this 1 is weak, weird and late

A long anticipated El Niño has finally arrived. But for drought-struck California, it’s too little, too late, meteorologists say.

Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

Hold that water: Yuba City demand may exceed supply

Yuba City’s water supply outlook in 2015 is grim, and there is a possibility that water demand may exceed supply.

Aquafornia news National Geographic

Lack of snow leaves California’s ‘water tower’ running low

Snowpack—which essentially serves as a water tower for the western United States—produces vital meltwater that flows off the mountains each spring. … But the snowpack is becoming more like a snow gap, as temperatures in the Cascades and Sierra Nevada become too warm for the snow that replenishes the ecosystem each winter.

Aquafornia news Monterey County Herald

Salinas Valley groundwater data to go public

The agency that oversees aquifers in the Salinas Valley is finally on track to publicly disclose detailed groundwater levels there, a move that comes after years of delays.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Rising temperatures are amplifying drought effects, study finds

Climate change is increasing the risk of severe drought in California by causing warm periods and dry periods to overlap more often, according to a new study.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

A dry January pulled down water conservation rate in California

After getting a gold star for saving water in December, California’s conservation efforts flagged in January.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Editorial: State proves the value Sites Reservoir could have

There was a paradox in the flood of recent drought news.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Weak winter blamed for bleak Sierra snowpack

Surveys by the Department of Water Resources showed the snowpack across the entire mountain range at 19 percent of average for early March, a level deemed “alarmingly low” by officials. … On March 17, the State Water Board will consider extending emergency drought regulations and adding more stringent conservation measures.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Dry winter weather worries rice farmers (with audio)

The rice crop was down nearly 25% in 2014. But, it’s not just the drought that’s hurting growers.

Aquafornia news Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC)

Blog: Drought Watch — Treating stormwater as a resource

This weekend, the Southland got some much needed rain. … Unfortunately, too much of this stormwater simply ran straight into local rivers and the ocean, picking up numerous pollutants along the way. 

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Daily News

Your Los Angeles DWP bill will be climbing soon because of the dry winter

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.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Ag economist: Water will matter more than ever in California

Tightening water supplies in California will reinforce its shift to almonds, walnuts and other high-value crops, an economist told a Modesto audience.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Fish vs. people frustration rages at Oakdale Irrigation District meeting

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.

Aquafornia news Stanford Report

News Release: Stanford scientists — Warming temperatures implicated in California droughts

In a new study, published in the March 2 issue of the journal of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers led by Stanford professor Noah Diffenbaugh examined the role that temperature has played in California droughts over the past 120 years. They also examined the effect that human emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are having on temperature and precipitation, focusing on the influence of global warming upon California’s past, present and future drought risk.

Aquafornia news U-T San Diego

Residential water conservation dwindled in California during driest January on record

Residential water conservation dwindled in California during the driest January on record, state water regulators announced Tuesday.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

California snow levels reach historic lows

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.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: California survey finds Sierra snowpack far below normal

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.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Water conservation efforts faltered in January

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.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California to carry out 3rd snowpack survey

The California Department of Water Resources on Tuesday will carry out the winter’s third survey of the Sierra Nevada’s snowpack, which shows no signs of recovery.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Scientists explain how climate change helps fuel California drought

Climate change is increasing the risk of severe drought in California by causing warm periods and dry periods to overlap more often, according to a new study.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Santa Barbara working to reactivate mothballed desalination plant

California’s four-year drought created the statewide mantra: “Conserve, conserve, conserve.” But this coastal city can soon add another word to its water-related lexicon: desalinate.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Record winter warmth not helping with drought

Temperatures across the Bay Area soared to record highs this winter, forecasters said Monday, the same day that a team of Stanford researchers warned that the historic heat is helping drive California’s crippling drought — with little sign of letting up.

Aquafornia news UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences' California WaterBlog

Blog: The 2015 drought so far – March 1

Droughts are strange, and this one is becoming scarier. February began with a nice few stormy days, but has since looked like this January – very dry. And so far, the March forecast is not wet.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Salmon hold on, but drought, heat may take toll next year

The California drought and a strange warming trend in the ocean have not yet killed off the Sacramento River’s king salmon, which are swimming off the coast unaware of all the doomsaying.

Aquafornia news Orange County Register

94% of Californians agree: The drought is serious. Now what do we do about it?

A Field Poll released Thursday found 94 percent of registered voters in California consider the state’s more than three-year water shortage to be at least “serious,” with a full 68 percent considering the situation “extremely serious.”

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Is drought the new normal for Southern California?

Increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is altering Earth’s most important atmospheric weather cell, drawing more moisture into the deep tropics and broadening areas of drought at higher latitudes, according to a new study.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Californians growing more concerned about drought, poll finds

Dread over the water shortage in California has grown to the point that at least half the state’s residents are willing to relax environmental regulations and allow construction of water supply facilities in federal parkland, a statewide Field Poll has revealed.

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