california drought

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Temporary water restrictions across California felt during the drought could become permanent.  Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports.

A recent report says California cities and suburbs responded well to the state's unprecedented mandate to cut water use by 25 percent during the drought.  But as Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton explains, it also examines what policies could work better in future droughts.

Scientists fro the first time have quantified how much groundwater was lost in California's Central Valley in the most recent drought.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, farmers pumped enough water out of the ground to fill Lake Mead.


It is now the wettest season on record in Northern California.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, that region is where most of the state gets its water supply.

California has gone from drought to deluge in the past year.  Snow now blankets the Sierra.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, results of the manual snow survey yesterday (Thursday) have Californians wondering when the Governor declare the drought over.

After five years of drought followed by all of the precipitation we've had so far this winter, there's so much snow in the Sierra Nevada that state water officials are preparing for a massive runoff year.  But the traditional way of calculating the snowpack has a huge margin of error.  As Valley Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports, a new way to measure it could greatly decrease that inconsistency.

The Sierra Nevada snowpack is at near-record levels, according to the latest statewide survey taken yesterday (Wednesday).  But as Capital Public Radio's Randol White explains, that doesn't mean the state's drought issues are fully erased.

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Officials from local water districts in the Inland Empire and elsewhere around the state argued unsuccessfully at a California Water Resources Control Board hearing yesterday that the state's drought-imposed water conservation measures should be lifted.  More in a California Report story from KQED's Sciece Editor Craig Miller.

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A new report shows land in the San Joaquin Valley continues to sink at an alarming rate, putting federal and state aqueducts and flood control structures at risk.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, this comes at the same time water managers work to repair a huge hole in a spillway of the Oroville Dam.

A group of Republican state lawmakers is calling on Governor Jerry Brown to formally declare an end to California's drought -- and the water conservation regulations that came with it.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler has more.

Statewide, the water content in Sierra Nevada snowpack is 173-percent of average.  Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports on what that could mean for farmers who are worried about this year's water supply.

January's heavy rains are erasing years of extreme drought in many areas of California, when it comes to the state's surface supplies of water.  But, as reporter Randol White explains, the same can't be said yet for the state's groundwater basins.

California's top water regulator may continue drought conservation rules, in spite of recent storms that have dumped rain and snow up and down the state.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

California water agencies told state regulators yesterday (Wednesday) that rules requiring water conservation should end.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, regulators have proposed extending them at least until May. 

Is California Out Of The Drought?

Jan 13, 2017

Is it time to declare that the California drought is over?  Some water experts say yes... sort of.  Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports.

The first manual snow survey of the season yesterday (Tuesday) found the amount of water in California's Sierra Nevada snowpack below average.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, the snowpack supplies about a third of the state's water needs.


California state agencies have released a draft plan for long-term water conservation across the state.  The water-saving practices we thought were temporary during the worst of the drought may now be made permanent, although different regions of the state may have different conservation mandates.  We have details on the draft plan from KVCR's Rebekah Stone.

The U.S. Drought Monitor showed nearly a quarter of California is out of the drought as of yesterday. It's the best news heard in our dry state since March of 2013.  KVCR's Rick Dulock has details.

For the last several months, water use in California has increased despite the ongoing drought. The latest conservation figures, however, show improvement. Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton has this report.

June Water Savings Lag In June

Aug 3, 2016

Californians saved less water in June than they have in previous years.  It's the first month under new rules giving suppliers more autonomy to set their own conservation standards.  From CPRN, Amy Quinton Reports.

A new poll shows Californians support the goals of the state's landmark law to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, the poll also found that Californians want state and local governments to do more when it comes to the drought.

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A new study finds California's farm-heavy Central Valley has three times more water beneath it than previously estimated.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, researchers say that doesn't mean accessing the groundwater will be cheap or easy.

The "dry season" in the Western U.S. is not expected to bring any major changes to the level of drought, but four consecutive years of drought has increased wildfire concerns in California.  Capital Public Radio's Ed Joyce reports.

A new UCLA study shows that it will likely take until 2019 before California's Sierra Nevada snowpack recovers from the drought.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, researchers say climate change makes it more likely that drought recoveries in the state will take several years.

Drought conditions continued to improve, however slightly, in California the past week.  But the improvement from a year ago is significant, as Capital Public Radio's Ed Joyce reports.

Here's The IE's Best - And Worst - At Saving Water

May 19, 2016
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Even though the statewide drought has eased  - resulting in the California Water Resources Board's decision yesterday to lift the mandatory water conservation restrictions in place since last year - Californians will still be expected to save water, and local water districts will still be expected to set their own water conservation standards.  That could be a difficult mandate for some Inland Empire-area water districts, based on their past performance during the height of the drought.  The top

Californians will still be expected to save water, but state regulators yesterday (Wednesday) lifted strict mandatory conservation measures in place since last year.  Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports.

The Drought - Looking Ahead

May 13, 2016

The drought eased slightly last week in California, but La Nina could bring drier times next winter.  Capital Public Radio's Ed Joyce has this report.

As the California drought was in its fourth year, Capital Public Radio's Ed Joyce visited the vineyards of Amador County in the Central Valley that rely on groundwater.  A year and much more rain and snow in Northern California later, he checked in to see how they're doing now.

California water conservation continued to drop in February and the state narrowly missed the 25 percent mandatory goal ordered by Governor Jerry Brown last year.  Now, as Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports, the state Water Board is considering how to change the conservation mandate, after recent rain.