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 Capital Public Radio

Sierra snowpack melts with dry February (with audio)

The water content in the statewide Sierra Nevada snowpack has decreased significantly due to dry conditions and record warm temperatures across California in February. 

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: California water politics could get choppier with new House bill

Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, said his proposal would provide for new dams, spur water transfers and fund emergency drought aid.

Aquafornia news High Country News

A dry future weighs heavy on California agriculture

On a hot summer afternoon, California farmer Chris Hurd barrels down a country road through the Central Valley city of Firebaugh, his dog Frank riding in the truck bed. … Agricultural land stretches out in every direction.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: El Niño — Summer drought rules likely to continue unless big storms come in March and April

Even in the midst of a strong El Niño, California’s sunny weather this February is not surprising, experts say: The longest dry spell this month — 14 days — is actually less than the average for a strong El Niño winter.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Under sunny skies, Folsom Dam operators to double releases

Even with unseasonably warm temperatures and little to no rain in the forecast for at least the next seven days, the operators of Folsom Dam are going to more than double the flows in the lower American River to protect against flooding.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Storm Water, long a nuisance, may be a parched California’s salvation

After a year in which Californians cut water use by 25 percent, storm water has become the next front in what amounts to a fundamental restructuring of Southern California’s relationship with its intricate water network.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Waning El Niño could signal state’s water woes not over

El Niño, as all things must, will be coming to an end over the next couple months, possibly to be replaced by its sister phenomenon, La Niña, which could spell a drier than average summer and fall, a foreboding prospect for a thirsty region suffering through an extended drought.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

New limits on California well-drilling sought

Warning that a drought-driven surge in well drilling is causing the earth to sag and imperiling long-term water supplies, a California senator wants to place more stringent limits on new wells.

Aquafornia news Las Vegas Review-Journal

Here’s what El Niño’s storms meant for Lake Mead’s water levels

Even one of the strongest El Niños on record can’t seem to dent the drought on the Colorado River.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

‘Considerable’ long-term drought in California

Record high temperatures and a dry spell in California the past week has ”renewed concerns of early snowmelt” in the Sierra and “considerable long-term” drought impacts remain.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

In Northern California, skiers and water officials are grateful for the recovering snowpack

Going into March, there’s a good chance most of California will see above-average precipitation, climate experts said. But judgment day is not until April 1, when officials start calculating just how much snow might be available to supply California’s water demands over the summer and fall.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Rain, snow hit California shifting weather back to winter

A storm packing rain and high winds downed power lines, toppled trees and delayed flights in parts of California, bringing back winter weather after several days of record-heat in the West.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

State’s snowpack back down below average

Here’s a reality check for anyone thinking the drought might be over: The snowpack in California has dipped back down below average for this time of year.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Rain, snow head for California after days of record heat

California’s touch of summer will be interrupted by a weather system that will bring cool temperatures and rain to a large part of the state and snow of up to 2 feet to the mountains.

Aquafornia news PolitiFact California

Fact & Fiction: Ending California’s drought

California’s soggy start to winter had many predicting the end of the state’s record drought. Myths and overstatements popped up like weeds after winter rain.

Aquafornia news Valley Public Radio NPR for Central California

Despite drought, government to release water for San Joaquin River Restoration

Despite promises that El Niño storms will not bring an end to California’s drought, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced Friday that it will begin releasing more water into the San Joaquin River.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Where did El Niño go? Heat, dry spell stoke drought worry

Winter has suddenly switched off the rain and flipped on heat up to 95 degrees in California, raising jitters that the strong El Niño might not be the drought-buster the crispy state had hoped.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: California drought improvement will ‘take quite a while’ (with audio)

Despite heavy rainfall in January, an above-average snowpack and rising reservoirs in some areas, the U.S. Drought Monitor says more than one above-average winter will be needed to ease all the impacts of long-term drought in California. 

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Fight brews over federal wildfire funding after devastating year

After the costliest of wildfire seasons ravaged the West last year, with three catastrophic blazes ripping through Lake County, the U.S. Forest Service may be headed for a showdown with Congress over how to cover the surging bill.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Feinstein water policy bill could signal a compromise in sight

Sen. Dianne Feinstein filed a 184-page water policy bill Wednesday, calling it one of the most difficult bills she’s worked on in 23 years representing California.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Sen. Dianne Feinstein tries yet again with California water bill

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Wednesday relaunched a big California water bill, in what might be cast as the triumph of hope over experience.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

California’s drought adds $2 billion in electricity costs

It’s one of the lesser-known costs of California’s drought: the drying-up of the state’s normally abundant cheap hydroelectric power.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Bridge over troubled Stanislaus about to be inundated again

Sometime soon, and possibly by the end of this week, we’ll again bid goodbye to the old Parrotts Ferry Bridge. It’s been nice revisiting the 78-year-old concrete crossing, north of Columbia State Park in Tuolumne County, since it re-emerged from the murky waters of New Melones Reservoir last summer.

Aquafornia news KQED Public Media for Northern California

California’s water supply at risk from warmer winters

Any sign of precipitation in the forecast is a welcome sight for Californians these days. But with temperatures expected to be above normal this winter, California’s snowpack may not reach the heights it could.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Calendar says winter, but it’s hot and dry

Last fall, the consensus was that El Niño would give Southern California the best chance for above-average rains and much less of a chance to Northern California. But the opposite has turned out to be true.

Aquafornia news KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Analyst urges California lawmakers to back Gov. Brown’s drought measures

A report released Friday by the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) — a non-partisan fiscal and policy adviser to the California Legislature — says that the ongoing drought necessitates continuing support.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Drought’s hardest-hit sectors may need years of support

The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office also urged officials to study the effectiveness of the state’s more than $3 billion in drought programs to learn lessons for managing the next drought.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Dry February could bring problems for drought-stricken Valley

El Niño has given Central California a wet – and welcome – start to the rainy season, raising water levels in foothill reservoirs and blanketing the Sierra with snow. But the tap has been turned off for the foreseeable future.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

State fire prevention fee money to fund Sierra dead tree removals

Money from a controversial “fire prevention” fee paid by many California foothill and mountain residents will be used to cut down trees that are dead or dying because of the drought and bark beetle infestation.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Why your Super Bowl vegetable platter might cost more this year

Drought followed by the rains of El Niño, and heat followed by cold snaps created a cauliflower price boom that now has turned to a bust, and a celery inflation that lingered just long enough, growers and industry experts say.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: El Niño ‘takes a break’ (with audio)

El Niño, which helped increase precipitation in California last month, is taking a break. … The U.S. Drought Monitor says “exceptional drought” was reduced slightly in just one area of the northern Sierra this week: El Dorado County.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Drought remains ‘very serious’ in California (with audio)

The U.S. Drought Monitor says exceptional drought was reduced in one area of the northern Sierra this week, “despite heavy precipitation and rebounding stream flows in the short term the past few weeks.”

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

El Niño rainstorms improving wildfire conditions throughout California, fire agency says

Higher-than-normal rainfall associated with El Niño has diminished the risk of wildfires in California for the next four months, according to a national fire agency report.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Official — El Niño could signal easing of California drought

In the strongest indication yet that the California drought could be easing, officials said strict water conservation orders could be dramatically scaled back or even ended if El Niño storms keep pummeling the state into the spring.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Water conservation continues downward slide (with audio)

Californians used 18 percent less water in December than the same month in 2013, but water regulators say the state is still reaching the long-term 25 percent savings goal set by Governor Jerry Brown.

Aquafornia news San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Despite El Niño rains and deep snowpack, state board extends mandatory water conservation

Despite record January rainfall, an above-average snowpack and rising reservoirs, the state water board stuck to its conservation guns Tuesday, approving an eight-month extension of the existing drought-related emergency regulations with minor adjustments.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

California extends mandatory water cuts despite growing snowpack

The snow keeps piling up, but the rules requiring water conservation aren’t going away.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

State refuses pleas for major weakening of water conservation rules

Nine months after California imposed its first-ever mandatory statewide water conservation rules to cope with the state’s historic drought, dozens of leaders of water agencies on Tuesday pleaded with the administration of Gov. Jerry Brown to relax them.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Water officials vote to extend California drought emergency

State water regulators voted to extend emergency conservation measures because of a drought, even though an increase in rain and snow this winter has improved California’s snowpack. But with the drought still severe, conservations efforts fell off in December.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Northern California salmon run devastated, again, by drought

One of California’s last great salmon runs tallied a perilously low number of surviving offspring in 2015, scientists said Monday, marking a second year of drought-driven problems for the Sacramento River chinook, which loom on the verge of extinction.

Aquafornia news San Bernardino County Sun

Agencies find new water source from the sewer

In the wake of drought and environmental concerns, more water agencies in California and across the West are finding a new water source for human consumption in an unexpected place: the sewer.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Drought’s harm to forests more severe than feared, study finds

Worsening drought conditions may be doing more damage to forests in California and throughout the West than their ecosystems can handle, causing a spiral of death that could have a devastating impact, a U.S. Forest Service study concluded Monday.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: 2nd disastrous drought year for endangered California salmon

Endangered native salmon suffered a second straight disastrous year in California’s drought, with all but 3 percent of the latest generation dying in too-shallow, too-hot rivers, federal officials said Monday.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California weighs extending drought conservation orders

Following a welcomed parade of El Niño storms drenching drought-stricken California, state officials on Tuesday will decide whether to extend emergency conservation orders, and reveal how much water Californians saved in December.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Buoyed by recent rains, Folsom Lake levels triple

What a difference a month of rain makes. … Still, lots of water in Folsom Lake doesn’t mean the drought is over.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

Crop report: Good news, bad news for California farmers

Despite a historic drought, California farmers and ranchers are bringing in more money than ever, the state’s latest crop report shows. But that doesn’t mean they are living high on the hog.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Reservoirs slowly filling, Sierra snowpack above normal (with audio)

The second Sierra snowpack measurement of the winter is Tuesday. January has brought much needed snow, but February may start a bit more slowly.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Drought-depleted Folsom Lake is rising, but it’s still far from its level-best

Folsom — which dwindled to 14% of capacity last year and became a global image of the California drought — has more than tripled in size since December, thanks to a series of storms that has brought above-average snow and rainfall to Northern California.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Predicting El Niño’s flood risk: How new warning systems save lives, property

Four winters ago, as worried rescuers watched the quickly rising waters of a Peninsula creek and tried to decide whether to alert local residents, they turned to a small green plant for guidance.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

California almonds, partly blamed for water shortage, now dropping in price

The decline also could influence whether farmers south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta will agree to help pay for Gov. Jerry Brown’s Delta tunnels, the $15.5 billion plan to re-engineer the fragile estuary with the goal of improving reliability of water deliveries to Southern California cities and farms.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Big surf, rain and snow heading toward California

Big surf, rain and snow are heading toward California, including the first significant rains predicted for the southern half of the state since early this month, forecasters said Thursday.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

‘Modest dents’ in long-term California drought (with audio)

The U.S. Drought Monitor released January 28 partly credits El Niño moisture for “some modest dents in the armor of the multi-year drought in California.”

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: California to release more reservoir water thanks to El Niño storms

The Department of Water Resources, mindful of the fruits of the El Niño weather pattern, boosted expected water deliveries to cities and farms from last month’s scant projection of 10 percent of what was requested to a slightly better 15 percent.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

El Niño lets landslide scientists get back to their research

… After four dry winters, scientists are finally getting a chance to gather information that may improve their ability to predict landslides — a science that has been notoriously imprecise.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

$1 billion insured losses in California fires

Damages from two destructive Northern California wildfires that killed six and sent thousands fleeing their homes topped $1 billion in insured losses, according to a preliminary estimate by the state’s insurance department.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

El Niño inspires hope of ‘major dent’ in drought, but empty reservoirs point to long recovery

Ever since climate experts first predicted El Niño last year, California officials have been tamping down expectations that this winter’s rains would bring significant drought relief.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Feds to California farmers: Water reserves low despite recent rains

On Friday, the Bureau of Reclamation issued notice that reservoir levels behind Central Valley Project dams remained unusually low despite recent rains and heavy snowpack.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

El Niño inspires hope of ‘major dent’ in drought, but empty reservoirs point to long recovery

After months of warnings by some officials that El Niño and winter rains were far from certain, the bounty of storms plowing through Northern California has opened hope that there could be a huge improvement in the state’s severe drought by spring.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Feinstein water plan would fund recycling, desalination and storage

California’s congressional delegation continued to wrangle over how to respond to the Golden State’s water crisis Thursday when Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released what she called a “discussion draft” of proposed legislation.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California has ‘a shot out of the drought’ if El Niño rain persists

With a couple of weeks of rain and snow behind them and more on the horizon for the Sierra Nevada in Northern California, state water officials expressed cautious hope that this El Niño season could lift California out of its historic drought.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Drought years tough on Sacramento Valley rice growers

Rice growers gathered in Richvale Tuesday morning for an annual Sacramento Valley update sponsored by University of California Cooperative Extension.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Water-starved Lake Oroville rises dramatic 20 feet in six days

El Niño is officially here, and the recent soakings walloping Northern California are recharging California’s drought-ravaged reservoirs with water. 

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Thanks El Niño! 44-foot rise of Folsom Lake offers hope for California’s worst ever drought (with graphic)

California lake levels are rising as fast as the stock market is falling, with Folsom Lake east of Sacramento rising an astonishing 44 feet in just over a month and Lake Oroville, the second most expansive water storage facility in the state rising another 20 feet.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Daily News

Judge decides turf rebate customer names should be public

Those who received government rebates to replace their turf could soon be subject to more scrutiny after a Los Angeles judge’s recent decision.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Rain, snow making a dent in California’s historic drought

The rain and snow falling across Northern California in recent days is by no means extraordinary. … But inch by inch, forecasters say, it’s doing the work necessary if California is to reverse years of epic drought.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Just like city folk, water rights holders will have to track usage

Even as California has marched out unprecedented water restrictions during the drought, the spigots at thousands of farms and ranches have gone largely unmonitored — a vestige of the state’s Gold Rush-era water policy.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Capturing every drop of EL Niño runoff

With recurring drought and the promise of a wet winter, water officials have a new appreciation for storm runoff.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

What happened to El Niño? Be patient, L.A., it’ll come, expert says

When the first hints of El Niño developed last year, experts believed that the brunt of the rain would occur in Southern California rather than Northern California. So far this season, the opposite has happened.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Drought rules could be eased for Sacramento region, other inland areas

Acknowledging the challenges posed by the hot, dry climate endemic to much of inland California, state drought regulators Friday proposed easing the water-conservation rules for Sacramento and other communities where it takes extra water to keep trees from dying.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Judge orders MWD to release data on recipients of turf replacement rebates

Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled Friday that the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California must release the names and addresses of recipients of millions of dollars in turf replacement rebates.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Water regulators propose further relaxation of conservation requirements

The proposed changes to California’s emergency drought regulation reward water districts for investing in new local supplies and allow for adjustments to savings goals based on a district’s climate and population growth.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Amid El Niño, a push to save California’s drought-drained aquifers

This winter, dozens of water agencies across the state are counting on a drenching El Niño to produce surplus water to stash in the earth and make up for what’s been pumped out at unprecedented rates due to the recent absence of surface supplies.

Western Water Excerpt Jennifer Bowles

Historic Drought and the Colorado River: Today and Tomorrow
November/December 2015

The dramatic decline in water levels in Lake Mead and Lake Powell is perhaps the most visible sign of the historic drought that has gripped the Colorado River Basin for the past 16 years. In 2000, the reservoirs stood at nearly 100 percent capacity; today, Lake Powell is at 49 percent capacity while Lake Mead has dropped to 38 percent. Before the late season runoff of Miracle May, it looked as if Mead might drop low enough to trigger the first-ever Lower Basin shortage determination in 2016.

Read the excerpt below from the Sept./Oct. 2015 issue along with the editor’s note. Click here to subscribe to Western Water and get full access.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Ruling expected Friday on releasing names, addresses of Los Angeles DWP turf rebate recipients

Los Angeles County Superior Court judge could rule as soon as Friday on whether the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California must release information about the recipients of millions of dollars in turf replacement rebates.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Blog: 2015—The year recycled water became cool

California’s current drought may well be remembered as the crisis that introduced people to recycled water. All over the state, water agencies in 2015 began offering customers free recycled water at designated “fill stations.”

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Exceptional drought eases in Northern California

The U.S. Drought Monitor released January 14 showed a slight improvement in one category of drought in California.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

California water agencies say proposed drought rules don’t provide enough relief (with audio)

The State Water Resources Control Board will soon vote on changes that it says relax – at least somewhat – the 25-percent statewide conservation mandate. But many urban water suppliers say the regulations don’t provide enough relief.

Aquafornia news KQED Science

When will California’s drought end? (with audio)

For more detail on El Niño, the drought and what to expect in the weeks ahead,  KQED news anchor Danielle Venton spoke with Paul Rogers, KQED’s managing editor for science.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Two years later, water agencies receive final round of ‘emergency drought’ aid (with audio)

It turns out “emergency drought relief” can take up to two years to distribute. On Wednesday, California regulators awarded the final pieces of the $680 million drought aid package Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers approved in March 2014.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Poll: Rain brightens California’s mood

Californians’ spirits, once parched by California’s punishing drought, have rebounded amid recent rains, according to a new poll.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Despite ‘Godzilla El Niño’ predictions, rainy season still pacing behind last year

You hear it every time you flip on a local TV forecast “we really need the rain.” At this point the sentiment is cliche, but the statement remains quite accurate. 

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Two feet of snow expected across northern Sierra Nevada this week

A series of storms passing over Northern California are expected to drench residents in rain and dump up to 2 feet of snow on the northern Sierra Nevada, a precious water resource the state relies on in the spring, the National Weather Service said.

Aquafornia news Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting

Water tanks are a way of life in California community during drought

What began as an emergency response to the drought has dragged on and on. A year after the first tank was installed, tanks are now the primary source of water for more than 540 households in Tulare County, the epicenter of California’s four-year drought. 

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

California drought: How will we know when it’s over?

The final decision will rest with Gov. Jerry Brown. He declared a statewide drought emergency Jan. 17, 2014, and he is the one who eventually will rescind it.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

Lawmaker wants to throw the checkbook at water hogs

Legislation introduced this week would require the state’s 411 urban water districts to set local limits on household water consumption during drought emergencies.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Governor Brown’s budget earmarks big money for natural disasters

[Gov. Jerry] Brown’s $170.7 billion budget proposal includes a $719 million one-time drought package, including an extra $215 million to the state’s emergency fund for battling big blazes.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Water district orders 70 percent cuts to irrigation

After six months of failing to meet the state’s water-reduction mandate, Riverside County’s largest supplier on Wednesday imposed an immediate 70 percent cut to residential irrigation.

Aquafornia news KCRA-TV Sacramento

Groundwater supply needs more rain despite recent storms (with video)

Water experts in Yolo County are actively monitoring water wells to measure the groundwater supply. … The groundwater supplies about 30 percent of the water in our region, according to the Northern California Water Association, which represents water rights holders in the Sacramento Valley.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: El Niño helps, won’t end historic California drought (with audio)

Meteorologist Michelle Mead, with the National Weather Service in Sacramento says one “normal year” is not going to save California from a four-year drought.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Drought-ravaged Folsom Lake rises 28.5 feet in just one month

Water-starved Folsom Lake is beginning to slowly fill up and recover from its lowest water levels ever. 

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: California officials focus on water conservation amid storms

State regulators said Tuesday they are confident that residents of drought-stricken California will meet long-term water conservation goals but worried that the onslaught of storms dousing the state might lead to backsliding.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Southern California lags as state misses water conservation goal

California residents continue to ease back on the taps, but their efforts are slipping a bit, according to data released Tuesday that show cities and towns missed the state’s 25 percent water savings mandate for the second straight month.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

First big El Niño storms hit California, bring hope of easing historic drought

After a year of hype and hope, El Niño’s punch is finally arriving in California, bringing a series of storms to soak the Bay Area and most of the rest of the drought-stricken state through this week and probably into next.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: California misses mark for saving two months running

Residents of drought-weary California in November fell short of hitting a 25 percent water conservation mandate for a second month running, state officials say.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Officials upbeat about snowpack, but El Niño looms large on drought

After taking the measurement and leaving a path of boot prints in his wake, Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program, told a group of tightly bundled reporters that the snowpack was “encouraging, but still obviously not where we’d like to be.”

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Lawmakers look Down Under to help state get over the drought

Don’t be surprised to see a flurry of new legislative proposals in 2016 that push toilet water recycling, rooftop water tanks and underground systems to filter sewer sludge for field irrigation in California. Call it the Australian plan.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

First snow survey shows water content at 105 percent of average

It was almost shocking to see, but there, blanketing the ground off Highway 50 in the Sierra, was that elusive substance known as snow.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Farmers try political force to twist open California’s taps

The message that Maria L. Gutierrez gave legislators on Capitol Hill was anguished and blunt: California’s historic drought had not merely left farmland idle. It had destroyed Latino farm workers’ jobs, shuttered Latino businesses and thrown Latino families on the street. Yet Congress had turned a deaf ear to their pleas for more water to revive farming and farm labor.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Dry La Niña might follow soggy El Niño

Beyond all the hype over a possible drought-busting El Niño this winter is a much grimmer prospect for California: a dry La Niña come fall.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Is the era of dam-building over? Backers of several major projects say it shouldn’t be.

Drought, climate change and environmental curbs on water deliveries are fueling campaigns for more water storage in California.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Official: California snowpack at 136 percent of normal

The water content of the Sierra Nevada snowpack in drought-stricken California was 136 percent of normal Wednesday when officials took the winter’s first manual survey – an encouraging result after nearly no snow was found at the site in April.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

California snowpack measures an encouraging 111% of normal

It’s far too early to declare an end to California’s historic drought, but the state’s snowpack now measures an encouraging 111 percent of normal for this time of year, state water officials say.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Tahoe gets 6.4 billion gallons of water in 24 hrs.

More than 6 billion gallons of water have poured into Lake Tahoe in less than two days, helping the lake begin to recover from four years of crushing drought.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: California snowpack exceeds average for first time in years

A series of powerful snowstorms in the Sierra Nevada has resulted in a small milestone in drought-stricken California: The snowpack is now higher than average for this time of year.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Drought increases risk of destructive mudflows during El Niño storms

An intense October rainstorm that pounded the Grapevine’s barren hillsides offered a sober preview of what El Niño might unleash in the rest of drought-stricken Southern California.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Wet weather brings ‘normal’ back to Sacramento for Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like … an appropriately wet and sloppy Christmas.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Gov. Brown helped drought, wildfires percolate as Bing search topics

Gov. Jerry Brown, Starbucks and Tom Selleck drove the nationwide curiosity and concern over California’s fourth year of dreadful drought conditions, according to a survey of billions of online search engine records.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Mixed opinions on ’shame game’

Does publicizing the names of top “water hogs” amount to unfair embarrassment, or much-needed motivation?

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Without water, work or homes: Farm laborers displaced by drought

His [Martín Hernandez Mena] was one of dozens of shanties that grew where little else does after four years of California’s crippling drought. … Mena’s is a story about what water gives and takes away — how California’s farmworkers are an ecological crisis away from losing their jobs and their homes, with no safety net.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

Salmon runs stronger than expected on many rivers despite drought

Long droughts like the one California is experiencing can be cruel to wild chinook salmon — smothering, starving, overheating, disorienting and drying out the fish.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Study: Rising lake temperatures may worsen algae blooms

Some of the world’s biggest temperature jumps are happening in lakes – an ominous sign that suggests problems such as harmful algae blooms and low-oxygen zones hazardous to fish will get worse, says a newly released scientific report.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Agency begins review of Nestle water permit

The U.S. Forest Service said officials have started assessing the renewal of a 1978 permit that Nestle has long been using to pipe water out of the San Bernardino National Forest to produce Arrowhead brand bottled water.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Feds unveil interactive tool showing Colorado River drought

Federal agencies have unveiled an interactive Web display showing high-water to low-water data and images resulting from a historic 16-year drought in the Colorado River basin.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Gray water and stormwater can help in the drought, but risk needs to be studied, researchers say

As water utilities and their customers increasingly look to gray water and runoff from storms to supplement their supply amid drought, more guidelines and research are needed to ensure that the water is safe, researchers said in a report released Wednesday.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

After drought and warmer weather, local farmers are taking time off

Four years of drought and unusually warm weather have exhausted the patience and the resources of many local farmers, and the result is empty farm stands at Southern California farmers markets.

Announcement

Dry, Wet or Average? The Challenges for Water Project Operations
New Date: February 23, 2016

This free briefing sponsored by the Department of Water Resources and the Water Education Foundation will discuss forecasts of water project operations in the coming year.

Water year 2016 has officially begun, and all eyes are on the weather and the potential runoff. But even if the projected heavy El Niño becomes reality, the state’s drought-impacted reservoirs are still a major concern.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Salmon thrive in some places like Stanislaus River, struggle in others

Salmon have spawned this fall in the Stanislaus River in numbers not seen in three decades – 11,629 of them as of Monday by one count – but the outlook is worse to the south.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Lake Oroville water levels rising after missing record low; crews work on boat ramp

After coming within five feet of a record low last week, water levels on Lake Oroville are rising.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

After two bad years for fish, water officials seek solution

Not content to hope for El Niño storms, state officials on Tuesday approved a plan that — though watered down in the end — could result in better flows next year for endangered fish species decimated by drought.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Blog: Water gained stature at Paris climate talks

The Paris conference brought cheers not only from renewable energy advocates but from water groups. For years, organizations that focus on the world’s freshwater resources felt marginalized in the climate change debate. A warmer planet means nastier droughts, bigger floods, and unsettling perturbations in the water cycle, but the question of adaptation was mostly ignored by diplomats. 

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

State sets minimum lake levels in attempt to save salmon

California regulators set a minimum level of water that should be held behind Shasta and Folsom lakes Tuesday in an effort to avoid another catastrophic die-off of Sacramento River salmon, but they reserved the right to change the limit if El Niño rains fill up the reservoirs.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: California drought regulators back off controversial salmon-rescue plan

California drought regulators on Tuesday backed off a controversial plan to withhold water from farms and cities next year in an effort to preserve an endangered species of salmon, instead choosing a more flexible approach they said still could do the trick.

Aquafornia news KQED Science

‘Water Czar’ disputes poor grades for California’s drought response

A “report card” for California’s response to the four-year drought is being greeted with some consternation by state water officials.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Environmental group gives California mixed marks for drought management

More than four years into a drought, California’s efforts to manage the crisis have produced mixed results, according to a report card issued Monday by a leading environmental nonprofit organization.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Fertilized salmon eggs injected into Feather River to boost fish population (with audio)

The California drought has devastated the state’s salmon populations. But a pilot program is experimenting with a new way to save the fish.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

GOP members blame Feinstein for blocking drought language

Debate over a plan to address California’s drought continued Friday as the Republicans in the state’s delegation held a news conference blaming Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) for not supporting their bid to insert the plan into a must-pass spending bill.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Southern California desalination plant will help ease water crunch, but price is steep

The newest weapon in the war on drought in California has arrived, an engineering marvel that will harvest drinking water from the ocean on a scale never before seen in the Western Hemisphere.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Drought worries weren’t enough to force agreement on Calif. water bill

California lawmakers’ repeated failures to agree on legislation to resolve the state’s seemingly endless battle over how to use its water resources raise new questions about whether they’ll ever be able to find a compromise. This year, the climate looked ripe for an agreement.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

California drought: Storms help, water supply ‘below average’ (with audio)

The U.S. Drought Monitor released December 10, splits the report between Northern and Southern California. 

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

Buster Posey, Roy Jacuzzi, Blackhawk’s Ken Behring hit for using too much water

In what looks like a who’s who of local celebrities, the latest list of the East Bay’s biggest water users released Thursday includes San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey; Roy Jacuzzi, inventor of the namesake whirlpool tub; and Motley Crue lead singer Vince Neil.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Angry California Republicans call drought bill dead for the year

The utter collapse of negotiations means a California water package that in its latest manifestation spanned 92 pages will not be slipped into a much larger, much-pass omnibus federal spending package needed to keep the federal government open. 

Aquafornia news San Diego Union-Tribune

Thirsty illegal marijuana farms stealing water amid drought

About 72 million gallons of water were used to irrigate San Diego County’s thirsty and illegal marijuana operations, enough to serve 440 families for a year, and that’s only for the ones that were found.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Finally, a storm that packs some serious snow predicted for Tahoe peaks (with video)

It’s shaping up as the biggest snowstorm to hit the central Sierra in two years. … After four years of drought, its reservoirs are dry: Folsom Lake last week hit its lowest point since record-keeping began 40 years ago.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Drought relief language proposed by California Republicans

Document, obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Californians clash as GOP seeks $300 million for drought in spending bill

California Republicans will continue trying to include language addressing the state’s drought in a must-pass bill to fund the federal government, over objections from the state’s Democratic delegation.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: California mulls new plan to save imperiled salmon

Preparing for another season of drought, California officials plan to hold back more water at Shasta Lake next year in an effort to save an increasingly endangered fish: the winter-run Chinook salmon.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Feinstein-McCarthy clash dooms prospects for drought law for year

A closed-door attempt to rewrite California water law crashed late last week in a public row between Sen. Dianne Feinstein and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy that could doom drought legislation for yet another year.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

California water agencies want relief from conservation regulations (with audio)

State regulators are considering extending the mandatory 25-percent conservation rate beyond February.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Local water agencies plead for relief from California drought cutbacks

Municipal water agencies from Sacramento and elsewhere pleaded for relief from California’s mandatory drought cutbacks Monday, arguing they should be given credit for coping with arid climates and developing their own supplies.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

How drought has hit farmworkers hard in Fresno, Tulare counties

Despite statewide increases last year in farm employment and gross production value, the drought has dealt farmworkers in some parts of the central San Joaquin Valley a big blow.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Egg injection may be a tool of the future for saving salmon

Scientists were knee deep in the Feather River on Friday, systematically injecting 20,000 fertilized salmon eggs into the bottom of the river. … The eggs were injected near the Oroville Wildlife Area, just a few miles north of Gridley.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: We need fairer water conservation goals for inland California

The State Water Resources Control Board meets Monday on potential changes to mandatory water conservation targets should the drought persist into 2016. … The Regional Water Authority is joining several other water providers from across the state to propose an objective, science-based approach to adjust water conservation targets for climate.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Democrats criticize GOP attempt to insert drought plan in federal spending bill

California Democrats are fuming over an attempt by the state’s Republican House members to insert language addressing the state’s drought into a must-pass bill to fund the federal government.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Even if El Niño delivers rain and snow, drought may never release its grip

Will the drought ever really end? … By most expert accounts, a wet El Niño winter will help, but not solve, the Valley’s water problems. Drought, it seems, is the new normal.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Amid complaints about secrecy, California water bill bogs down again

A California water bill that skeptics say has been cloaked in excessive secrecy will probably miss its Capitol Hill train this year. … The latest plot turn in California water politics bears a striking resemblance to past Capitol Hill narratives.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Christmas tree farmers tough out the drought

Some of California’s Christmas trees are looking a bit more like a “Charlie Brown” Christmas tree this year. After four years of drought have stressed and stunted trees on area farms, growers are feeling the pinch.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

San Joaquin Valley farmers now see drought as rule, not exception: ‘There is a real fear out there’

Farmers are no strangers to struggle or drought. But this four-year drought is different than others, they say. It’s more widespread, touching nearly everyone who turns on the tap or starts an irrigation pump.

Aquafornia news Jefferson Public Radio

Yurok call for better Scott River flows (with audio)

Fish can take a beating in drought years in Western rivers. 

Aquafornia news East Bay Express

Salmon RIP?

Officials with the US Bureau of Reclamation, the federal agency that operates Shasta Dam, have blamed the drought for the mass salmon die off and say there simply wasn’t enough water to go around. … But environmentalists and fishermen note that by the end of summer 2015, many farmers in the Central Valley had received 75 percent of their water contract allotments, while at least 95 percent of the endangered winter-run Chinook’s fertilized eggs and newborn fish had been killed.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Water savings slip, but state still on target

With rivers still flowing low, the freshwater Delta is once more turning salty. Officials are already considering installation of another emergency drought barrier in the Delta in April, to keep that saltwater at bay.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California water supplies not looking good for 2016

Public water agencies that serve millions of residents in drought-weary California might only receive 10 percent of expected supplies in 2016 – half the amount that flowed to them this year through the state’s massive system of reservoirs and canals, state officials say.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California misses October target for saving water

Californians posted a 22 percent savings in water use in October, marking the first month residents have missed the state’s mandatory 25 percent conservation target since enforcement of the cutbacks began in June, officials said Tuesday in Sacramento.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California’s snowpack is deeper than last year, but more is needed, officials say

First, the good news: Thanks to a series of frosty winter storms, California’s snowpack is now double what it was last year at this time, according to officials.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

State water deliveries projected to be sparse again

California officials announced Tuesday that the state’s massive water delivery system, which carries mountain runoff to cities and farms, will likely supply 10 percent of the water requested next year due to the drought — half of what was provided this year.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California water conservation lagged in October, but state is still on course

But during an unusually hot October, state regulators say, water savings hit a snag. For the first time, residents and businesses fell short of the statewide target, cutting their water consumption by 22.2% in October compared with the same month in 2013.

Aquafornia news KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Catalina Island aims to avoid more water rationing with new desalination plant

The new desalination plant has been built through a partnership between Los Angeles County, the city of Avalon and Southern California Edison.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Groups seek fast ruling in suit to halt Nestle water use

Three environmental groups who sued the U.S. Forest Service in federal court to keep Nestle from piping water out of a national forest filed a motion Monday to get a fast ruling in the case.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

California Christmas tree farmer: ‘90 percent of what I planted died’

Christmas trees are the latest casualties of California’s devastating drought. Northern California tree farmers are reporting that this year’s crop is suffering due to the water shortage. 

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Official — California water savings take a dip in October

The State Water Resources Control Board is expected Tuesday to reveal how much water cities conserved in October.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Drought squeezes duck hunters – that could be bad news for fowl

Largely lost in the statewide discussion about fallowed crops, depleted reservoirs and brown lawns, is the impact of California’s drought on hunting. The succession of four dry years has dried up many of the natural marshes and rice fields used by the estimated 55,000 people who hunt waterfowl in California.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California’s hard-hit water districts will get a chance to ask regulators for relief

Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest executive order provisionally extends California’s drought restrictions into next fall and calls on the State Water Resources Control Board to consider adjusting the rules in the coming weeks.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Eel River flows still too low in peak salmon spawning period

This month’s rainfall and cooler temperatures have helped lessen the strain on salmon migrating on the Eel River, but not near enough to ease the concerns of local researchers. And they have their reasons.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply, Covering the Crisis

Blog: Drought means no tree for some Christmas shoppers

As many as 27 percent of Californians say they will not buy a live Christmas tree this year because of the ongoing drought. That’s according to a new survey by the American Christmas Tree Association. … In Oregon, which produces more Christmas trees than any other state, the market is holding up just fine, even though that state is experiencing a milder drought of its own.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

El Niño bringing California a big snow season

Thanks in part to El Niño, a series of strong storms have blanketed the Sierras with snow. Another storm this week is expected to deliver another layer of the white stuff — and draw skiers back to resorts.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

4 arrested in vandalism of Bay Area dam that caused loss of 50 million gallons of water

Under the cover of darkness, a group of vandals this spring slashed an inflatable dam in the Bay Area, sending millions of gallons of water into San Francisco Bay.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Holiday travelers be warned — Huge snowstorm coming to Sierra Nevada

A massive storm, reaching across about half of the state, is expected to move in Tuesday and peak Wednesday, where it will drop up to 18 inches of snow on mountain summits from Shasta County and Lake Tahoe to Yosemite, said Nathan Owen, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Woodbridge Dam salmon spotters

The East Bay Municipal Utility District, which manages the salmon on the Mokelumne River, relies on a camera that records every single salmon swimming past Woodbridge Dam. The footage is relayed to East Bay MUD’s office three miles away.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Salmon returning, but drought concerns persist

As the salmon counters at East Bay Municipal Utility District can attest, the fall salmon run is well underway — and the fish are coming, drought or no.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply, Covering the Crisis

Blog: DroughtPro — 5 ways to save water on laundry

You probably don’t need to wash your clothes as often as you do. Here are some tricks to tweak your wardrobe and habits to cut back one of the biggest water users in the home.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Councilman pushes for limits to artificial turf installations

A California law – that was passed to respond to the drought – allows artificial turf on all residential property. But, a Sacramento city councilman says the law should allow cities to restrict its use.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

In California, stingy water users are fined in drought, while the rich soak

Four years into the worst drought in California’s recorded history, the contrast between the strict enforcement on Californians struggling to conserve and the unchecked profligacy in places like Bel Air has unleashed anger and indignation — among both the recipients of the fines, who feel helpless to avoid them, and other Californians who see the biggest water hogs getting off scot-free.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Scott River flow ‘crisis’ preventing salmon spawning

Near-record low flows on the Scott River are causing salmon to bash their heads on rocks in an attempt to reach spawning grounds, according to Yurok Tribe Senior Fisheries Biologist Michael Belchik.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Massive El Niño gains strength, likely to drench key California drought zone

One of the most powerful El Niños on record continues gathering strength and is looking increasingly likely to bring heavy rains to key Northern California areas that provide water for the rest of the state, according to a new forecast.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Recent storms help Sierra snowpack not water supply (with audio)

The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor update says the storms that have brought snow to the Sierra Nevada had no effect on California’s long-term water supply deficit.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: El Niño forecast to ease drought as odds of wet winter rise again

After four years of unrelenting drought, nearly all of California is likely to see at least some relief this winter, federal climate experts said Thursday, offering a first real message of hope for the bone-dry state.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Absurdly hot October as Earth sets 8th heat record this year

October’s temperature was the most above-normal month in history. … [NOAA climate scientist Jessica] Blunden and other scientists blame a potent and strengthening El Nino on top of accelerating man-made global warming.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Study: California drought management lacking (with audio)

The report from the Public Policy Institute of California says the state’s system for allocating water is fragmented, inconsistent and lacks transparency. It says the problems keep the state from adequately managing water in a drought.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Water conservation in Chico brought up the water levels below our feet

Chico’s efforts to save water are showing up in an increase in groundwater levels. … The same is not true in ag-rich areas.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

California water agencies want more flexibility to meet conservation requirements

Sacramento-area water agencies are hoping that the state will give them less stringent water conservation requirements going forward.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: El Niño could be the most powerful on record, scientists say

Some scientists say the readings show that this year’s El Niño could be among the most powerful on record — and even topple the 1997 El Niño from its pedestal.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Water-wasting rules may continue after California drought ends

Hope to hose down your driveway one day? It might never happen again.

Aquafornia news Orange County Register

Watchdog: Water fines rise as tempers flare

There’s that house in Yorba Linda owned by folks who live out of the country: The sprinklers were never adjusted for a state-ordered 36 percent water cut.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Governor Brown issues order to prepare for fifth year of drought (with audio)

California Governor Jerry Brown has issued an executive order to prepare for a fifth year of drought.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Drought sends Folsom Lake to record low as rain moves in

The 60-year-old reservoir held 140,501 acre-feet of water at mid afternoon [Nov. 14], or roughly 14 percent of capacity, according to California Department of Water Resources data.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

California water cutbacks likely to be extended next year

Despite forecasts of a wet winter, Californians can expect another year of water conservation in 2016 under an executive order issued Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Mandate on California water cuts slated to continue if drought persists

California’s urban areas should prepare to keep conserving water until at least next fall, Gov. Jerry Brown said Friday.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

El Niño is here, and it’ll be ‘one storm after another like a conveyor belt’

The strong El Niño in the Pacific Ocean is becoming even more powerful, setting the stage for an unusually wet winter in California that could bring heavy rains by January, climate experts said.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Commentary: Many California lakes are shockingly low

In 35 years, nobody’s seen numbers like these. In a personal survey this week of 125 recreation lakes, 33 are under 25 percent full, and that includes 19 that are less than 10 percent full and four that are empty.

Aquafornia news San Diego Union Tribune

Rancho Santa Fe has top water user

California was scandalized when one home in the Los Angeles area was found to be using 11.8 million gallons of water a year amid a drought. Well, how does 13.8 million gallons sound?

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Environmentalists sue over Sacramento River water, fish perils

Escalating the fight over California’s diminished water supply, a coalition of environmental groups sued Central Valley farmers and the federal government over the possible extinction facing an endangered run of salmon.

Aquafornia news KCRA-TV Sacramento

Folsom Lake near historic-low depth despite rainfall (with video)

It will take dozens of rain storms to alter the effects of California’s four-year drought. … With Folsom Lake now at just 15 percent of capacity, water experts are once again urging Californians to conserve.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Another nice bit of rain, but with less drama

For the second Sunday and Monday in a row, Northern California got a pretty good soaking, without the thunderstorm drama of Nov. 2.

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