California Drought Desk
- Yuba City Homeowner Fined $250 As City Cracks Down On Water Usage The fine is the largest its city code allows. The city says the homeowner was repeatedly caught watering more than the required two days a week.
- Drought Has Yosemite National Park Waterfalls Hitting Peak Early Park rangers say now is the time to come to come to Yosemite since the waterfalls are at their best. They say the falls have reached their strongest point earlier than in previous years because of melting the snowpack. They saw the scene isn’t...
- State Water Board Accepts Voluntary 25 Percent Cut From Senior Water Rights Holders The State Water Resources Control Board approved a proposal from senior right holders in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to voluntarily cut back water use.
- California Parks Officials Urging Boaters To Be Careful With Low Water Levels In Drought California State Parks officials say they’re concerned recreational boaters won't realize the potential dangers the lower water levels bring.
- Grass Valley Firefighter Training Facility Could Run Out Of Water Every time it rains, the two 18,000-gallon storage tanks fill up. But the drought has dwindled their supply to about half. With a dry summer projected, the facility runs the risk of running out.
- State Cuts Off San Joaquin River Water To Senior Water Rights Holders Delta farmers have had senior water rights, priority access to water, because their land sits on the river. But farmers are learning they have to stop pumping water from the San Joaquin River.
- Senior Water Rights Holders Prepare For Conservation, Offer 25 Percent Concession To State Delta farmers say there were times this year the San Joaquin River got so low, they could see the bottom of it. They say they aren’t surprised senior water rights holders are now being asked to conserve.
- California Farmers Offer To Cut 25 Percent Of Water Use To Keep Other 75 Percent A senior water official told The Associated Press Wednesday that he would decide whether to accept the offer by Friday. The concession by farmers in the Sacramento and San Joaquin river delta could be one of the most important yet forced by...
- Flawed System Tracks Water Use Of California Farmers The state now collects the records every three years on a staggered basis, meaning its information is always out of date. State officials acknowledge it's not adequate when they are dealing with a water crisis.
- 1.2 Million Gallons: Morada Skirts California Drought Restrictions Through Prop. 218 While many in California struggle with the severe drought, people in one upscale community in San Joaquin County are still paying a flat rate, and using as much water as they want. Among the sprawling gated estates of Morada, surrounded by lush,...