Reservoirs are running dry, the Capitol’s lawn has turned brown, and farmers have left hundreds of thousands of acres unplanted.
Farmers in pockets of California hardest hit by the drought could begin to see their wells run dry a year from now if rain and snow remain scarce in the agriculturally rich state, according to a study released Tuesday.
This week, fines for wasting water could go up to $500 for a single violation.
Wasting water outdoors amid the state’s drought will begin hitting Californians in the wallet under get-tough restrictions being proposed by state regulators, with fines of up to $500 a day for overwatering front lawns or washing a car without a nozzle on the hose.
In a drought, brown is the new green.
Open burning is being banned on 31 million acres of land throughout California because of the threat wildfires due to the lengthening drought.
In drought-stricken California, young Chinook salmon are hitting the road, not the river, to get to the Pacific Ocean.
The City of Woodland is warning water users its water supply is running out.
City of Sacramento crews were spread out Friday, looking for people wasting water.
Residents say they’ve already cut back on their water use because of the drought, but now the city is saying even with those cuts, they’re going to have to raise their rates.
After months of warning that drought-stricken California is facing a potentially devastating wildfire season, officials are telling residents it’s time to get serious about clearing brush from backyards, creating evacuation plans and exercising caution with equipment that can throw sparks.
With summer approaching state water managers say California’s snowpack is at 18 percent of average for the date.