Topic: Water Supply

Overview

Water Supply

California’s climate, characterized by warm, dry summers and mild winters, makes the state’s water supply unpredictable. For instance, runoff and precipitation in California can be quite variable. The northwestern part of the state can receive more than 140 inches per year while the inland deserts bordering Mexico can receive less than 4 inches.

By the Numbers:

  • Precipitation averages about 193 million acre-feet per year.
  • In a normal precipitation year, about half of the state’s available surface water – 35 million acre-feet – is collected in local, state and federal reservoirs.
  • California is home to more than 1,300 reservoirs.
  • About two-thirds of annual runoff evaporates, percolates into the ground or is absorbed by plants, leaving about 71 million acre-feet in average annual runoff.
Aquafornia news Reuters

New California water bond seeks to plug funding holes

California environmentalists plan to file a new water bond proposal with the secretary of state next week, a measure backers say will provide critical money for programs that were under funded by the $7.8 billion bond passed by voters last year.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Delta islands could be sold

A committee of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is scheduled to meet today in closed session for negotiations with Delta Wetlands Properties, the private company that owns those four islands.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Two major water agencies consider buying Delta islands

Two of California’s largest and most aggressive water agencies have discussed buying four islands in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, prompting accusations by environmentalists and Delta farmers that the land purchases could be used to engineer a south state water grab.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: How a rich water district beat the federal government in a secret deal

Clout can be defined in many ways. In California’s parched Central Valley farmlands, it’s the ability to secure water. By that measure, the giant Westlands Water District has just set a whole new standard.

Aquafornia news San Bernardino County Sun

Diverse group of 11 trade, labor and agencies file briefs in support of Cadiz project

Eleven local governmental bodies, trade groups, labor groups and others have filed amici “friend of the court” support for the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project in a remote Mojave Desert section of San Bernardino County.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

In drought-stricken California, the drops that divide farmers and tribes (video)

In California’s fourth year of drought, officials are finding it increasingly difficult to fulfill their legal and contractual obligations to distribute water.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

When the wells run dry: California neighbors cope in drought

Living with a dried-up well has turned one of life’s simplest tasks into a major chore for [Tino] Lozano, a 40-year-old disabled Army veteran and family man.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Blog: Time for another water bond? Draft language floating

Gerald Meral, a former deputy secretary of the state’s Natural Resources Agency, sent draft language for “The Water Supply Reliability and Drought Protection Act of 2016” to water agency officials, environmentalists and others in recent days.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Suit targets company’s plans for California bottling plant

A fight over Crystal Geyser Water Company’s plans to tap water at the base of Mount Shasta is headed to court after a group sued to block the company from starting up a bottling plant that would produce sparkling mineral water, tea and juice drinks.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

El Niño likely no help for Northern California’s reservoirs (with audio)

“The strongest signal for El Niño for the storm track to increase in activity is for Southern California,” says Meteorologist Michelle Mead, with the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Crowdfunding campaign started for California drought relief

A coalition of non-profit organizations and businesses has started a crowd-funding campaign called the California Drought Relief Fund to provide assistance to families affected by the state’s unprecedented drought and wildfires, said Dianne Saenz of Climate Nexus.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Another 2 or 3 years of drought? Report looks at what it might mean

Should the current drought extend for another two or three years, most California cities and much of the state’s agriculture would be able to manage, but the toll on small rural communities dependent on well-water and on wetlands and wildlife could be extensive.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Study sees dying wildlife, bigger fires if drought lasts

Written by water and watershed experts working at the policy [Public Policy Institute of California] center, at the University of California, Davis, and elsewhere, the report urges California to do more now to deal with what researchers project to be the biggest drought crises of 2016 and 2017 - crashing wildlife populations, raging wildfires and more and more poor rural communities running out of water entirely.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

El Niño signals are still iffy for northern reaches of state

While Southern California remains on track for a wet winter, the forecast for Northern California is still cloudy. … Precipitation in the top half of the state, where many of California’s big reservoirs are located, is most important water-wise, especially with supplies diminished after four dry years.

Aquafornia news Wall St. Journal

In Calif., even firefighters conserve water

Wildfires scorching California this summer have already cost one life, 24 homes and millions of dollars. They are also consuming another precious resource: water. 

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Dry wells: Homeowners in Stanislaus County can apply for temporary water supply

Working with the nonprofit Self-Help Enterprises, the drought relief program will furnish a tank and small pump to restore water for homeowners with dry wells. … The costs are covered by the $1 billion drought relief package approved by Gov. Jerry Brown in March, officials said.

Aquafornia news Capitol Weekly

Drought top issue; partisanship roils greenhouse gas law

As the state suffers through its fourth year of drought, most Californians say the lack of water is the single most important environmental issue facing the state, a dramatic increase over the number who expressed similar concerns a year ago. A survey by the nonprofit Public Policy Institute of California reported that 58 percent of Californians ranked the drought as the top issue — up 23 points from July 2014 and up 50 points from July 2011.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Struggle to save endangered Santa Ana sucker may reach U.S. Supreme Court

A 20-year struggle to protect a rare bottom-feeding fish from extinction appears headed toward resolution as Inland Empire cities and water agencies are asking the court of last resort to intervene.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Review of Nestle water permit neglected for decades

High in the San Bernardino Mountains, on a steep slope covered with brush and ferns, a bunker-like stone structure protrudes from the mountainside. Behind its locked metal doors, water is collected from wells and flows into a pipe to fill bottles of Arrowhead 100% Mountain Spring Water.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Editorial: Little drops of stormwater could add up

By some estimates, hanging onto more stormwater—as opposed to just cleaning it so it doesn’t wash pollutants into rivers, aquifers and the ocean—could supply a city such as Los Angeles with a third to half of the water it needs annually – and reduce demand for water from up here.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Hope grows that El Niño will reach Northern Calif. — and key reservoirs

The El Niño hitting the mountains of the north is critical because California’s vast waterworks rely on rain and snow from the Sierra to supply farms and cities. By contrast, much of the rain that falls in Southern California ends up in the ocean.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Metropolitan Water District buying farmland near Blythe

The state’s largest water supplier plans to buy 12,000 acres of farmland near Blythe in an effort to secure Colorado River water for Southern California cities.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Finding a way to truck water when drought hits Butte County wells

It’s hard to know how many people are scrambling to get water this summer. … If the long-term solution is waiting for well driller to deepen a well, the quick-fix is calling a man with a truck who will deliver water.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Thunderstorms bring some relief to parched Nevada

Thunderstorms that flooded the streets of Reno last week may have brought drought relief as far south as Lake Mead.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Fresno County aims to push Temperance Flat agency

Fresno County supervisors want to lead an effort to get bond money to build Temperance Flat Dam on the San Joaquin River when funding becomes available in early 2017. … The county is being pressed into action after the splintering of the Friant Water Authority, said Supervisor Brian Pacheco.

Aquafornia news NPR

California’s driest region finds short-term drought aid (with audio)

Rural Tulare County, Calif., is now being called the epicenter of this drought.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Rural residents decry water restrictions

A feisty crowd of west county residents peppered state regulators Monday night with questions about why new water conservation rules aimed at saving endangered coho salmon do not apply to vineyards.

Aquafornia news The Washington Post

California’s rural poor hit hardest as groundwater vanishes in long drought

For many Californians, the state’s long drought has meant small inconveniences such as shorter showers and restrictions on watering lawns. But in two rural valleys, the Coachella southeast of Los Angeles and the San Joaquin to the north, farmworkers and other poor residents are feeling its impact in a far more serious and personal way.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Water woes foretold

Years before the first shovelful of earth was turned on this master-plan community near Tracy, developers and county officials knew that its sole source of water could someday be interrupted.

Aquafornia news Education Week

In drought’s firm grip, California schools try to cope

With Gov. Jerry Brown imposing new mandatory water reductions to respond to the statewide emergency, school districts are grappling with how to adhere to those requirements while continuing to meet the needs of students and communities. … Some wells serving schools are drying up.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

State water system stretched to limit, officials say

A plan to save endangered fish has pushed California’s fragile water system almost to the breaking point, putting additional strain on farmers while drawing down reservoirs at Folsom and Oroville to historically low levels.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Town’s water woes resolved

A water crisis that never quite happened was officially averted on Tuesday after a south county water district agreed to sell water to the town of Mountain House.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Deal keeps Mountain House water flowing

Water will continue to flow to Mountain House under a deal reached Monday, and a separate water sale pending approval Tuesday would slake the community’s thirst for the rest of the year, officials said.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Master-planned community will get water under new agreement

Mountain House, an upscale community near Tracy, learned of its precarious situation this month when the State Water Resources Control Board issued a notice ordering the [Byron Bethany Irrigation] district to “immediately stop diverting water.”

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Water supplies ‘alarmingly low’

The U.S. Drought Monitor report released June 18 shows “Severe Drought” increased slightly in California and “Exceptional Drought” decreased in Nevada.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Drought drains water resources for firefighters

Cal Fire officials are taking stock of water resources typically tapped during large fires.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Soquel Creek Water District unveils new $6 million well (with video)

Celebrating the completion of the multimillion-dollar construction of the O’Neill Ranch Well, Soquel Creek Water District officials gathered under auspicious storm clouds Wednesday.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Late storms mean more irrigation water for some Central Valley farmers (with audio)

Late spring storms in the last couple of months have improved the irrigation prospects for some farmers in the Central Valley.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Thirsty valley east of Lake County could become massive reservoir

Cattle rancher Mary Wells lives in a remote valley of summer-gold grass where eagles wheel in the sky, wild pigs roam the surrounding hills and rattlesnakes slither over a parched 14,000-acre domain that looks almost untouched by humans.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California water losses ‘huge,’ new thinking required on drought, panel says

panel of water experts on Sunday mapped out the challenges California faces in meeting future demands for water at a time when water sources are under stress and future supplies appear uncertain.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Can Californians create enduring drought relief?

On the perennially vexing subjects of water and the drought, Gov. Jerry Brown has been on something of a roll. … The drought has risen to the top of the list of Californians’ concerns, a new poll shows, and not just in regions of the state where water is a constant problem.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Environmentalists sue over California drought management plan

In a fresh challenge to California’s management of the drought, a group of environmentalists has sued state and federal officials, charging that they’re harming fish and wildlife in their efforts to deliver more water to farms and cities.

2016 Executive Briefing
Felicia Marcus, John Laird among the speakers

The Water Education Foundation’s flagship event, the 33rd annual Executive Briefing, will be held March 17, 2016 in Sacramento. The theme for this year’s Briefing is “Defining the New Normal.” 

This is the go-to conference for water district managers and board members, state and federal agency officials, city and county government officials, farmers, environmentalists, attorneys, consultants, engineers, business executives and public interest groups.

Confirmed speakers include State Water Board Chair Felicia Marcus and California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird. See announcements on the right-hand of this screen for more program information.

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Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Fresno City Council buys water, passes water-conservation law

The Fresno City Council on Thursday bought some much-needed water and brought some unexpected peace to a dust-control program. … Weeks of negotiations with the Friant Water Authority and the federal Bureau of Reclamation led to a something-is-better-than-nothing scenario.

Aquafornia news City News Service

Drought-minded protesters want Nestle to stop bottling water at Los Angeles plant

Protesters rallied outside a Nestle water-bottling plant in Los Angeles today [May 20], demanding that the company halt its operations in response to the state’s drought. A simultaneous rally was held at a plant in Sacramento.

Aquafornia news The Bakersfield Californian

Commentary: We need a plan for the next inevitable drought

I [Lois Henry] fear more and more people will soon experience first-hand the lack of a true disaster plan for our prolonged drought.

Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

New pact to aid Yuba River salmon

After spending decades trapped in the lower Yuba River, endangered Chinook salmon could once again swim the cold pools in the upper reaches of the waterway — staving off extinction and settling a dispute that has lingered for years.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Hundreds of water permits expired in national forests

The permit that the bottled water company Nestle is using to pipe water out of a national forest lists an expiration date of 1988, and it’s just one of hundreds of permits that the U.S. Forest Service has allowed to fall out-of-date in California. 

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

In drought-stricken California, firefighters transport water to battle wildfires (with audio)

The California drought is not only making fire season longer and more dangerous, it’s making fires harder to fight. Low water levels mean there may not be enough natural supply to fight fires.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

San Francisco’s Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite faces new legal challenge

San Francisco is unreasonably monopolizing spectacular Hetch Hetchy Valley by using it as a 117-billion-gallon reservoir, says a new lawsuit in a decades-old fight to restore the Yosemite National Park landmark. 

Aquafornia news Orange County Register

Desalination could provide Orange County an infinite water supply, but at a steep cost

Desalination promises a world with no limits. … That promise is driving the $1 billion desalination plant that Poseidon Water is set to open in Carlsbad this November. And it has brought Poseidon within one permit of building a plant in Huntington Beach.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

California almond growers to expand orchards, despite drought

Representatives of the state’s almond farmers defended the decision to expand California’s orchards, saying growers with adequate water supplies are making rational economic decisions based on the price they can get for their crop.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Blog: California’s rainless summer will dry up drinking water supplies

Communities in California’s seared Central Valley and arid mountain foothills are expected to end this year’s rainless summer with drinking water supplies so tight that they may give out by September, according to state and local water administrators. … The work to develop new water supplies and to use existing water resources in new ways is testing California’s resolve and is steadily evolving into dramatic political battles that, for the time being, focus on water in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the state’s hydrologic choke point.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

U.S. water use declined before current drought began (with audio)

The Pacific Institute, an Oakland-based think tank that focuses on water issues, released a report Wednesday that shows total water use in the United States declined over a period that ended before the current California drought began.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

CAL FIRE closely monitoring water levels (with audio)

During wildfire season CAL FIRE helicopters often scoop water from nearby reservoirs and lakes. But the ongoing drought means some water levels are too low to use.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

California Water Commission to hold Chico meeting on Proposition 1 water storage plans

On Monday, Chico will be the California Water Commission’s first stop in a series of informational meetings on investing in water storage as part of Proposition 1. 

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Less water for Oregon-California border farms amid drought

Because of the complex network of irrigation districts, reservoirs and contracts on the 300 square mile Klamath Reclamation District, some farmers will get 100 percent of what they do in a wet year, while others will get zero, said Greg Addington of the Klamath Water Users Association.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Santa Cruz water rationing may be back as early as May 1

Headed into the fourth year of a drought, the Santa Cruz Water Commission unanimously voted Monday night to recommend the city reinstitute a Stage 3 water shortage emergency.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

San Diego wages a different kind of water battle over costs

Nature provided many bounties for the San Diego area — among them beaches, mountains, a mild climate, grassy valleys and a natural harbor. But it failed to provide that thing most essential to life: water.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: $25-billion Sacramento-San Joaquin delta tunnel project reexamined

Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration is overhauling its proposal for a controversial tunnel project in the Sacramento-San Joaquin delta in the wake of doubts about whether water exporters can meet stringent federal conditions for operating the system over a 50-year period.

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 Herald and News, Klamath Falls, Oregon

Klamath Basin water year looking dire

Hollie Cannon, executive director of the Klamath Water and Power Agency, said he has no doubts the water allocation to the Klamath Project will be worse than last year, but irrigators won’t know for sure until next week when the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) releases its 2015 Klamath Project Operations Plan.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: State needs new dams, reservoirs

Surface storage is the first and most important part of a comprehensive water solution. Even the areas of the state with the greatest potential to recharge groundwater require a steady supply of water to fill the underground aquifers.

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 Monterey Herald

Monterey Downs EIR: Not enough water for entire project

A long-delayed draft environmental impact report for the 710-acre Monterey Downs race track and equestrian-themed development on Fort Ord confirms what has been known for some time; there’s only enough water for part of the massive proposal until new water supply projects are completed.

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 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 Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Reclamation provides updated Central Valley Project water supply information

The Bureau of Reclamation reports that, due to continued dry conditions, the initial 2015 water supply allocation released on February 27 for Central Valley Project agricultural contractors and municipal and industrial contractors remains unchanged.

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 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 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 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 Circle of Blue

Blog: World Water Day ingredients need big dash of urgency

From east to west, ever since the world began, there was water. Plentiful. Clean. Always available. None of those descriptions apply to water today. … The world right now is drowning in water risks: floods, droughts, contamination, disease, dead seas, and shortages. 

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 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 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 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 The Modesto Bee

New study, old data in Stanislaus County effort to manage groundwater

A long-awaited tool created to help manage groundwater was unveiled Wednesday to the Stanislaus County Water Advisory Committee, whose members listened politely but seemed less than thrilled.

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 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 Monterey Herald

State backs Salinas Valley well monitoring

State regulators on Monday approved a critical well-monitoring program that should give the public a better idea of the groundwater situation in the Salinas Valley. 

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

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 Chico Enterprise-Record

Sacramento Valley landowners are buying into Sites Reservoir plans

So far, landowners in the Sacramento Valley have made commitments for 85,000 acre-feet of water if Sites Reservoir is built. … A few weeks ago Reps. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, and Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale, introduced a bill to speed up the Sites Reservoir feasibility study. In the meantime, the Sites JPA is looking to hire a general manager … 

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 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 Chico Enterprise-Record

Annual Northern California Water Association meeting includes much support for Sites Reservoir

“Hope is not a strategy” when it comes to water supply, said Bryce Lundberg, chairman of the Northern California Water Association (NCWA). … At the top of his list is Sites Reservoir.

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 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 Redding Record Searchlight

Supervisors weigh water purchase to meet needs during drought year

The Shasta County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider purchasing 250 acre-feet of water, about 81 million gallons, from the McConnell Foundation to feed the needs of four county-run water districts after projections in February showed unprecedented water allocation cutbacks from the Central Valley Project.

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 San Francisco Chronicle

Commentary: Tap California’s innovators to develop water policies

After 40 years of working on California water issues, it sometimes feels to me [George Miller] as if we haven’t learned anything. … The policies of the past century won’t work in a future where we will face continued population growth and the effects of climate change.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Editorial: Water storage projects need critical analysis

The California Water Commission was born in a long-ago era, in a hopeful attempt to filter some of the politics out of the state’s most important natural resource. 

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 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 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 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 Monterey Herald

Editorial: Water supply — Modified Cease and Desist Order is best option

The Monterey Peninsula has struggled for decades to find solutions to its water supply problems. After a few misfires over the years, progress is now being made.

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 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 Chico Enterprise-Record

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: State to deliver more water, but not from Lake Oroville

Customers of the State Water Project will be getting more water this year, the Department of Water Resources announced Monday, but none of the extra water will come from Lake Oroville.

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 Capital Public Radio

More water deliveries through State Water Project (with audio)

The announcement increases the water allocation from 15 to 20 percent and is enough to meet the needs of about 400-thousand households for a year.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Water shortages a near certainty for this summer as feds announce low deliveries

In a clear indicator that California is descending into a fourth year of drought, the federal government on Friday announced that the Central Valley Project — California’s largest water delivery system — will provide no water again this year to most Central Valley farmers and only 25 percent of the contracted amount to urban areas such as Santa Clara, Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Feds reduce water allocation for California (with audio)

The US Bureau of Reclamation says most farmers south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta will face a second year with no water from the Central Valley Project.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Some California farmers to go without federal water

The federal government said Friday it won’t send any of its reservoir water to the Central Valley for the second straight year, forcing farmers in California’s agricultural heartland to again scramble for other sources or leave fields unplanted.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Water withheld again

In a sign that the drought actually has worsened, federal officials on Friday announced an unprecedented second consecutive year with no water deliveries to many farms up and down the Central Valley.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Most Central Valley farmers unlikely to get federal water, again

In another blow to California’s parched heartland, federal officials said Friday that for the second year in a row most Central Valley farmers are unlikely to receive water from the region’s major irrigation project this summer.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Feds say many Central Valley farmers will get no water deliveries

Hundreds of farmers in the Central Valley were told Friday they can expect zero water deliveries this year from the federal government, the latest fallout from what is likely to be a fourth straight drought year in California. … The announcement does not affect all farms.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Blog: More Tulloch talk

Some tidbits that didn’t make the cut in today’s [Feb. 25] story about the possible draining of Lake Tulloch, east of Stockton:

Aquafornia news San Gabriel Valley Tribune

California has entered fourth year of drought, water experts say

Rainfall, snowpack and runoff estimates are way below average, indicating the state will continue in drought-emergency mode throughout the year, state and regional water experts told a gathering of 120 water managers Wednesday at a forum sponsored by the Southern California Water Committee and the National Water Research Institute.

Western Water Magazine

Is California’s Water Supply Resilient and Sustainable?
January/February 2015

This issue looks at sustainability and resiliency and what the terms mean for California’s water.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Commentary: Fresno water plan is a boondoggle

The City of Fresno says if it builds the proposed southeast water-treatment plant, the water will come. 

Aquafornia news Water Education Foundation

Announcement: New Western Water Magazine available — ‘Is California’s Water Supply Resilient and Sustainable?’

In the January/February issue of Western Water Magazine, Writer Gary Pitzer delves into the notion of a “sustainable” and “resilient” water supply. His article highlights what sustainability and resiliency mean to a state in the middle of a drought and with a growing population and water needs that stretch from bustling cities in the north and south to the rich agricultural fields of the Central, Imperial and Coachella valleys and Central Coast. … Read the excerpts from this issue. Purchase a printed magazine or subscribe to the digital, interactive version.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

It may seem like a healthy dose of rainfall for Los Angeles, but it’s not

… in fact, the city’s rain totals since Oct. 1 — the beginning of a rain year that ends Sept. 30 — show that L.A. is still on pace for a below-average year.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

EBMUD eyes fines for water thieves

With tap water becoming an increasingly hot commodity in the drought, East Bay officials say it’s time to turn up the pressure on meter cheaters and others who steal water.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Editorial: Fighting over trickles on tragically beautiful winter days

In what passes for winter, the sun burned away the February fog and the thermometer reached 70 in Sacramento.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

California’s snowless winter worsening; Oregon also in trouble

California’s unusually high temperatures and shortage of precipitation — especially snow — will probably continue into the spring, federal scientists said Thursday.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Water fight intensifies as south San Joaquin Valley farmers, Delta interests prepare to face off

In a drought, every drop of water is contested — a fact that will be abundantly clear at a meeting today in Sacramento.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Scientists go high and low for data on drought-fighting ’sky rivers’

The P-3 Orion aircraft was part of an unprecedented research effort that sampled and measured two atmospheric river storms that gave half the state a welcome soaking a week ago.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Draft proposal to delay Carmel River cutback released

After resisting disclosure, Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority president Jason Burnett released a draft proposal late Tuesday aimed at delaying a state-ordered cutback in pumping from the Carmel River by four years.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Old water conflicts open again

Exactly six months ago, the Capitol’s politicians were hailing a new era of bipartisan comity and cooperation with the overwhelming passage of $7.5 billion in bonds to improve the state’s water supply.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Dan Walters Daily: How will California spend water bond? (video)

Video: Dan Walters Daily: How will California spend water bond?

Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)

PPIC addresses state water challenges in new multi-topic policy paper series

California will need to address several key water policy areas to secure a safe and reliable water supply, improve the ecosystem and reduce flood risks, according to a new comprehensive multi-topic policy paper released Tuesday by the Public Policy Institute of California.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Blog: California’s complex water management shapes spending

The Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee will examine Gov. Jerry Brown’s approach to water funding and local funding needs during a 10 a.m. hearing in Room 4203 of the Capitol.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

California reservoirs benefit from recent storms (with audio)

National Weather Service forecasters in Sacramento have updated reservoir totals after the recent storms.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Water cutbacks loom but San Diego County agency says it’s prepared

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is considering possible water cutbacks of 10% or more to local agencies as the region’s drought shows no signs of lifting despite recent rains.

Aquafornia news San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Mandatory water rationing could start July 1, water officials say

The Metropolitan Water District, the agency that supplies the bulk of the water for Southern California, is considering water rationing by summer unless statewide drought conditions radically improve, the agency announced Monday.

Aquafornia news U-T San Diego

Southern Californians may be facing water cutbacks this summer

Southern Californians may face water cutbacks this summer, the Metropolitan Water District warned Monday after outlining options for rationing amid the state’s fourth straight year of drought.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Storm not nearly enough to bust California drought

For water managers, a central problem is the lack of snow in the Sierra.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Northern California getting much more rain than Southern

As the state faces a possible fourth year of drought, Northern California is enjoying a healthy wet winter so far, with rainfall levels at 100 percent of their historic average or above in nearly every city, and reservoirs, while still not back to normal, steadily filling.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Recent storms did little to boost California snowpack

Here’s the bad news: Despite days of precipitation, California’s snowpack was barely boosted after a weekend of storms that brought power outages, downed trees, thunderstorms and a threat of tornadoes.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

Rain in Bay Area, snow in Sierra, but reservoirs still low

The weekend storm brought more than an inch of rain around the Bay Area by Saturday evening and up to 2 feet of wet snow at higher Sierra Nevada elevations near Lake Tahoe, but Northern California’s largest drinking water reservoirs were still well below average levels.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Farmersville lets drought-stricken neighbors hook up to city water

Farmersville is coming to the rescue of its drought-stricken neighbor by allowing residents of Cameron Creek Colony rural subdivision to hook up to the city’s water system.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Jerry Brown, Interior secretary announce new drought funding

Gov. Jerry Brown and U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced Friday a $29-million plan to help California’s parched Central Valley cope with the ongoing drought. 

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Northern California storm not expected to help Sierra snowpack

As California awaits a Pacific storm to bring rain, the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report shows a slight easing of drought in the southern part of the state last week.

Aquafornia news Capitol Weekly

Parched state looks for rain — anywhere

When the State Water Resources Control Board met Tuesday morning, the sky west of Sacramento suggested rain was coming.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

NorCal storm delayed, but still on target

The main blast from a large storm descending on California now appears likely to strike during Friday’s evening commute hours.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Scientists ride the Pineapple Express

A team of scientists on Thursday flew four aircraft into the torrent of an atmospheric river storm headed toward California.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

River of rain heading toward Northern California

A major storm is expected to blow into Northern California starting Thursday night and lasting into Monday. … Here’s a closer look.

Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)

Federal, state and local water officials discuss drought, priorities for 2015, and benefits of potential storage projects

The California Board of Food and Agriculture on Tuesday heard updates from federal, state and local water officials on the drought and anticipated actions for the coming year.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Snow survey is more complex than photo opportunity

Today, snow sensors scattered through the Sierra, satellite imagery and aerial flybys augment the 106-year-old “manual survey.” The technology helps to provide a clearer update of California’s water conditions that water agencies depend on to perform the increasingly crucial job of managing our diminishing water supply for the rest of the year.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Turlock council to examine water issues

City leaders on Tuesday night will examine water issues, including the wells that provide the supply now and the prospects for river and recycled sources.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Russian River basin prepares for fourth year of drought

The dry January was the topic of discussion Monday at a meeting held by the Sonoma County Water Agency, which provides drinking water to more than 600,000 residents in Sonoma and Marin counties — relying exclusively on rainfall captured in two reservoirs.

Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Reclamation seeks applicants for 2015 WaterSMART Basin Studies

The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking applications for the Basin Studies Program in 2015. Interested non-federal entities wishing to participate in the selection process should submit a short letter of interest to their respective Reclamation regional office by Feb. 24, 2015. Through basin studies, Reclamation works with state and local partners to conduct comprehensive water supply and demand studies of river basins in the western United States.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Amid California’s drought, water chief preaches conservation – and balance

Felicia Marcus gets in the shower when it’s still cold. As full-time chair of California’s State Water Resources Control Board, Marcus has a key role in how California stewards its finite resources during a devastating drought.

Aquafornia news KQED Public Radio for Northern Calif.

Blog: Shrinking Sierra snowpack heightens drought worries (with DWR video)

Manual surveys on Thursday confirmed concerns over the withering mountain snowpack — a critical source of water for millions of Californians.

Aquafornia news San Bernardino County Sun

California snowpack gains erased by meager January rainfall

Traditionally California’s wettest month, January’s meager rainfall has produced a miniscule improvement in the crucial winter snowpack in the Sierra Nevada that historically provides about 30 percent of the state’s water needs.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Snowpack in California ‘dismally meager’ (with audio)

While December storms brought some hope that California’s drought would ease, January’s second snow survey shattered it.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Scientists see shrinking California snowpack as a harbinger

The state Department of Water Resources and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the two agencies that operate most of California’s large dams, are in the early stages of studying possible rules changes to accommodate shifts in hydrology expected with a warming climate.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

Driest January in history: Bay Area swings from boom to bust after wettest December

For the first time ever, San Francisco, Oakland and Sacramento have recorded no rainfall for the month of January — nada drop. … Southern California has had better luck, enjoying a couple of significant weather systems this month that came up from the south. 

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Snow levels in the Sierra drop to among the lowest on record

Chicken Littles they are not, but California water officials are fretting a bunch over the weather.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Sierra snowpack dismal for January; fourth year of drought looks likely

The latest survey of California’s mountain snowpack on Thursday brought the bad news slamming home: This month will rank as the driest January in state history at many locations, virtually assuring a fourth straight year of drought. On Thursday, the statewide snowpack was 25 percent of normal for the date.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

NASA moisture satellite launch scrubbed due to winds

NASA has scrubbed the launch of an Earth-observing satellite because of wind conditions over California.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Santa Cruz water demand flat even after healthy rainfall

After receiving nearly 160 percent of normal rainfall in November and December — thus causing Santa Cruz to suspend mandatory water rationing for residential customers — the driest January on record stands as a stark reminder of how vulnerable the water supply is to nature’s mood swings.

Aquafornia news KPCC Southern California Public Radio

Water cutbacks on horizon if snow stays stingy (with audio)

On the eve of the January snowpack survey of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, water management officials said Southern California’s largest water wholesaler may need to institute stricter water limits if winter precipitation does not improve.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Commentary: Delta plan — New coalition supports the governor’s twin tunnels

As part of the newly formed Californians for Water Security, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group has joined a coalition of farmers, businesses and labor, environmental and water leaders to support the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, Gov. Jerry Brown’s bold strategy to fix the state’s deteriorating water distribution system.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Measuring Sierra snowpack is a lot more complex than it looks

As California caps what may be its driest January on record, Frank Gehrke will lead a bevy of surveyors on Thursday to a predetermined spot on Echo Summit in an exercise that has become a monthly downer in the documentation of the state’s historic drought.

Aquafornia news Sierra Sun

California Department of Water Resources announces winter’s second snow survey

Department of Water Resources (DWR) snow surveyors are likely to encounter above-normal temperatures and below-normal snowpack when they conduct their second survey of the wet season on January 29.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Santa Cruz increases water supply planning deadline, budget

A year after forming a special panel to evaluate future water supply options, the Santa Cruz City Council on Tuesday agreed to extend the group’s timeline for making recommendations and increase spending for a facilitator to guide the work.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Water managers propose emergency actions after driest January on record

A city that normally sees well over 2 inches of rain in January will likely finish the month with two-hundredths of an inch. But Stockton won’t be the only community to record its driest January ever.

Aquafornia news Southern California Public Radio

Southern California’s water supply threatened by next major quake (with audio)

Southern California gets the vast majority of its water from four aqueducts that flow from the north, but all of them cross the San Andreas Fault.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Plan to raise Shasta Dam takes hit after federal biologists say they can’t support it

Less than three months after California voters approved a water bond that contains $2.7 billion for new water storage, one of the leading projects under consideration has suffered a potentially fatal setback.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Marin heads toward near-record dry January

Since the last of a series of rainstorms on Dec. 18, only 0.23 of an inch of rain has fallen, as measured by the Marin Municipal Water District at Lake Lagunitas.

Aquafornia news UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences California WaterBlog

Blog: Demystifying mist as a source of water supply

In some of the world’s driest places, atmospheric moisture is a major source of water for native ecosystems. … Some drought-minded California residents along the coast, perhaps yearning for a clear ocean view, have suggested harvesting fog as a water supply.

Aquafornia news Maven's Notebook

Blog: Bureau of Reclamation outlines Water Year 2015 Central Valley Project water supply conditions

In preparation for the initial 2015 water supply allocation announcement in late February, the Bureau of Reclamation provided an update today [Jan. 23] on water supply conditions for the federal Central Valley Project (CVP).

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

State awards $2 million to Cachuma Lake pumping project

Santa Barbara County water agencies announced Friday that they will receive $2 million in state funding for a pumping project at Cachuma Lake — a source of drinking water for 220,000 people on the southern central coast — where water levels have dropped precipitously low.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Commentary: Where’s the snow? Trips up Northern Calif. highways reveal shocking images

The winter temperature tantrum is having a mind-boggling effect across California’s high country, that much is well known.

Aquafornia news KQED Public Radio for Northern California

Blog: So how do those reservoirs look?

Just over a month ago, we were watching rain gauges fill up and going to sleep at night with visions of our reservoirs rising again after a long, punishing drought.

Aquafornia news Monterey County Herald

Marina Coast to resume pursuit of own desal plant

A split Marina Coast Water District board decided to resume its previous quest for a desalination plant, with a goal of providing a new potable water supply within two years to new development in Fort Ord, including Monterey Downs.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Turlock Irrigation District braces for another tight water year

The Turlock Irrigation District could cap water deliveries at about 40 percent of the customary amount even if the rest of winter brings average rain and snow. The district staff on Tuesday night provided an initial look at the supply for 2015, which is looking to be a fourth straight year of drought.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Commentary: Save Delta salmon — Smelt are red herring in California water wars

When you hear about water users south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta complaining about delta smelt forcing restrictions on water pumping, take it with a grain of salt.

Aquafornia news Maven's Notebook

Blog: Heather Cooley — ‘The Untapped Potential of California’s Water Supply’

At the Bay Delta Science Conference held last fall, Heather Cooley from the Pacific Institute gave a presentation entitled, “The Untapped Potential of California’s Water Supply,” which draws on a series of reports jointly released by both the Pacific Institute and the Natural Resources Defense Council that looks at the opportunities for expanding California’s water supply through urban and agricultural efficiency, water reuse, and stormwater capture.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

How does L.A. use its water?

For all the discussion of how the city, parks and golf courses guzzle water, the lion’s share of L.A.’s supply is sucked up by residential customers, according to data from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Slightly more water to flow to Southern California

Following winter storms, state officials have slightly increased their estimate of how much water will flow to Southern California this year through the canals and pipelines of the State Water Project.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Forecasts show drought continuing in California, Southwest

Federal agencies released a pair of forecasts showing dry conditions will persist in parts of the drought-stricken West, suggesting there won’t be enough snow to boost water supplies.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Blog: World Economic Forum ranks water crises as top global risk

For the first time, water crises took the top spot in the World Economic Forum’s tenth global risk report, an annual survey of nearly 900 leaders in politics, business, and civic life about the world’s most critical issues. Water ranked third a year ago.

Aquafornia news KCRA Sacramento (with video)

Wet December leads to dry January for thirsty NorCal

In Sacramento, it has been three weeks since state weather stations received measurable rain, and as of Wednesday, the Sierra snowpack was at 38 percent of normal.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Blog: California needs better data to build trust with voters

State Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, noted at a Sacramento gathering of water policy experts and elected officials on Monday that water oversight begins with figuring out how much water is needed for cities, agriculture, industry and the environment.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

Recent rains provide no respite for Pleasanton lake

Despite December storms that prompted flood warnings and brought more than eight inches of rain to areas of the Tri-Valley, the much-needed precipitation did little to relieve the drought’s impact on the former gravel quarry between Livermore and Pleasanton.

Aquafornia news Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Inland Empire water agencies shoring up supply for times of drought

Two Inland Empire water wholesale agencies, just like most consumers, are tired of dealing with the impact of drought. … The IEUA [Inland Empire Utilities Agency] and the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District, are working to increase local supply reliability through future projects in the next decade.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Editorial: Questions ahead on state water supply

A succession of December storms filled North Coast reservoirs to their highest level in months, but the most important gauge of California’s water storage is still stuck on drought.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Daily News

Los Angeles, looking for water wherever it can, targets freeways

As Los Angeles looks for any way it can to save water, City Council members turned their attention Wednesday to how Caltrans irrigates its landscaping along freeways.

Aquafornia news Monterey County Herald

Nacimiento, San Antonio lake levels still low after storms

Those nine inches of rain that soaked Monterey County last month? They made hardly a dent in our local water supply, officials say.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Soquel Creek district to survey all customers on water supply

Soquel Creek Water District leaders said Tuesday they want to conduct a districtwide survey of all customers before pursuing a binding vote on how to increase the water supply. Board members said they don’t want to ask voters to support a project or series of solutions without a sense of what customers want.

Aquafornia news Public Policy Institute of California

Blog: Managing—and learning from—scarcity

California is entering a fourth year of drought. The welcome, wet conditions that appeared earlier this winter gave way to dryness during the latter half of December.

Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

No end in sight for drought

The only answer to the question of when the drought will end is that there’s no sure answer. … The major reservoirs in Northern California are below historical averages, but they are above the levels from 2014, which is cause for cautious optimism for some northern state water contractors.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Amid flakes, snow levels don’t jettison drought worries

Snow levels that didn’t quite measure up turned a snowshoe party in the Sierra into an exercise in hand-wringing on Tuesday as it became clear that recent storms have done little to end California’s historic drought.

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