A federal agency says it will not release any water for farmers in the Central Valley of California this year, forcing them to find other sources or leave fields unplanted.
California voters overwhelmingly see the state’s ongoing water shortage as a serious problem.
It’s another troubling picture of the drought: Irrigation officials are considering draining a local recreational lake.
California residents may have to ask for water at restaurants and for fresh towels and sheets at hotels as the drought drags on.
It was a cold, stormy weekend in Sacramento – the type of weather the region hasn’t often seen in the past few years.
It’s the calm before the storm. But as we prepare for more of pounding rain, scientists are revving up their engines at Sacramento’s McClellan Park to fly directly into the thick of it.
Warm temperatures and drought conditions in the West have changed the migratory patterns of birds and wildlife, but are also impacting another group: skiers, especially cross country skiers.
Fire officials in California say 40 homes have been destroyed in a wind-driven wildfire that has charred more than 10 square miles of land near the Nevada state line.
The federal government is offering up to $50 million for drought relief in western states as California enters a fourth year of drought.
The state Department of Water Resources says it expects to find below-normal snowpack when it carries out the winter’s second survey in the Sierra Nevada.
California’s historic drought prompted the Legislature into action in 2014, leading lawmakers to regulate groundwater for the first time and override homeowners associations that fine members for replacing lawns with more drought-tolerant landscaping.
Forecasters are saying with increasing confidence that California will continue to a good amount of rain in the coming months.