Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders are set to announce emergency drought-relief legislation as California enters its fourth consecutive dry year.
Yet another Northern California ski resort is closing early due to a lack of snow amid the state’s historic drought.
It’s the last weekend of winter, but the start of even tougher talk on water statewide.
California water regulators, alarmed by slack conservation three years into a crippling drought, took the unprecedented step last summer of establishing statewide restrictions and gave communities a hammer to enforce them: a $500 fine for excessive watering of lawns, hosing down driveways and running decorative yard fountains with drinking water.
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.