California Drought


Barge Aims To Prevent Folsom Lake From Becoming Dead Pool

Work has begun on building a barge that would supply Folsom with drinking water if water levels get so low the current system doesn’t function.

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Drought Relief Crowdfunding Site Aims To Help California Families With Water Supply is hoping to serve between 25 and 50 families through its campaign, but those who need the water have to meet an income requirement.

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Feds Cutting Folsom Lake Water Flows In Half As It Nears ‘Dead Pool’ Level

The lake has long stood as one of the most troubling symbols of California’s four-year drought, but with new projected outflows, it could be in deeper trouble.



State Experiments With New Approach To Regulate Pot Farms Water Use

Fish and Wildlife officers have recently joined local narcotics teams in inspecting pot farms that are allegedly draining a half million gallons of water a day from Northern California’s Eel River as part of a unique state effort to identify growers willing to work with authorities to monitor water use and environmental effects from marijuana cultivation.


LEMOORE, CA - APRIL 24:  A sign referencing the drought is posted next to a fallow field on April 24, 2015 in Lemoore, California. As California enters its fourth year of severe drought, farmers in the Central Valley are struggling to keep crops watered as wells run dry and government water allocations have been reduced or terminated. Many have opted to leave acres of their fields fallow.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

When The Wells Run Dry: How Central California Is Coping With The Drought

Looking for water to flush his toilet, Tino Lozano pointed a garden hose at some buckets on the bare dirt of his yard.


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El Dorado County Group Claims Irrigation District Chose Green Lawns Over Fish And Wildlife

From a lush landscape to bone dry, the sight of Deer Creek makes Kathy Motz fighting mad.


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California Drought May Exacerbate Wildlife-Human Encounters

The scarcity of food in the wild has been blamed for unusual animal activity during California’s drought including a recent bear attack, mountain lion sightings and an uptick in orphaned animals.


A firefighter holding a hose stands in a scorched landscape at the Warm Fire on August 16 in the Angeles National Forest north of Castaic.  More wildfires could be in store for the state if the drought continues, according to a new study.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

New Study Paints Bleak Picture For California If Drought Lasts

The carcasses of salmon, trout and more than a dozen other newly extinct native species lie in dry streambeds around California.


Graphic showing the amount of subsidence occurring in the San Joaquin Valley. (Credit: NASA)

NASA Report: Central Valley Land Sinking Faster During Drought

Vast areas of California’s Central Valley are sinking faster than in the past as massive amounts of groundwater are pumped during the historic drought, NASA said in new research released Wednesday.



Folsom Redwoods’ Problems Go Beyond California Drought

After years of drought, he says about 25 percent of the city’s redwoods are “under stress” and outgrowing their space.



Barge Part Of Plan To Keep Water Flowing From Folsom Lake During California Drought

A barge made up of a few large floating platforms linked together with pumps links to the city of Folsom are part of a plan they hope to not use.


El Niño is characterized by unusually warm temperatures. (Source: NOAA)

Experts: Coming El Niño May Be Historic, But Don’t Count On Drought-Buster

Federal meteorologists say the current El Niño is already the second strongest on record for this time of year and could be one of the most potent weather changers of the past 65 years.