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California Drought

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California Seeks To Send Message To Water-Wasters

Reservoirs are running dry, the Capitol’s lawn has turned brown, and farmers have left hundreds of thousands of acres unplanted.


A view of an unplanted field on February 25, 2014 in Firebaugh, California.  As the California drought continues and farmers struggle to water their crops, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation officials announced this past Friday that they will not be providing Central Valley farmers with any water from the federally run system of reservoirs and canals fed by mountain runoff.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

California Drought Threatens To Dry Up Farm Wells

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.


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Sacramento Department Of Utilities Offering Water Conservation Class

This week, fines for wasting water could go up to $500 for a single violation.


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California Board Considers Fines For Wasting Water

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.


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How To Give Your Lawn A Good Drink During The Drought

In a drought, brown is the new green.


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California Banning Burning On 31 Million Acres

Open burning is being banned on 31 million acres of land throughout California because of the threat wildfires due to the lengthening drought.


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Salmon Migrate By Truck During California Drought

In drought-stricken California, young Chinook salmon are hitting the road, not the river, to get to the Pacific Ocean.



Woodland Relying Solely On Groundwater, But Change Coming Soon

The City of Woodland is warning water users its water supply is running out.


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Inspectors On The Lookout For Sacramento Residents Watering Lawns

City of Sacramento crews were spread out Friday, looking for people wasting water.


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After Conserving, Roseville Residents Water Rates Will Rise 15 Percent To Cover Decreased Usage

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.


Last year's Rim Fire managed to burn parts of Yosemite, gaining national coverage and serving as a flashpoint over climate change discussion. Credit: Getty Images

Grim Fire Season Opens In Northern California

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.


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California Snowpack At 18 Percent Of Average

With summer approaching state water managers say California’s snowpack is at 18 percent of average for the date.