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State Water Board Accepts Voluntary 25 Percent Cut From Senior Water Rights Holders

The State Water Resources Control Board approved a proposal from senior right holders in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to voluntarily cut back water use.

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State: Decision On Possible Senior Water Rights Cuts Coming Next Week

The rights go back to Gold Rush days. It’s first-come, first-served for the rights holders when it comes to taking water. The state has never ordered cuts to senior water rights holders.

23 hours ago

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California Parks Officials Urging Boaters To Be Careful With Low Water Levels In Drought

California State Parks officials say they’re concerned recreational boaters won’t realize the potential dangers the lower water levels bring.

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Grass Valley Firefighter Training Facility Could Run Out Of Water

Every time it rains, the two 18,000-gallon storage tanks fill up. But the drought has dwindled their supply to about half. With a dry summer projected, the facility runs the risk of running out.


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State Cuts Off San Joaquin River Water To Senior Water Rights Holders

Delta farmers have had senior water rights, priority access to water, because their land sits on the river. But farmers are learning they have to stop pumping water from the San Joaquin River.


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Senior Water Rights Holders Prepare For Conservation, Offer 25 Percent Concession To State

Delta farmers say there were times this year the San Joaquin River got so low, they could see the bottom of it. They say they aren’t surprised senior water rights holders are now being asked to conserve.


Statewide Drought Forces Californians To Take Drastic Measures For Water Conversation

California Farmers Offer To Cut 25 Percent Of Water Use To Keep Other 75 Percent

A senior water official told The Associated Press Wednesday that he would decide whether to accept the offer by Friday. The concession by farmers in the Sacramento and San Joaquin river delta could be one of the most important yet forced by California’s record four-year drought.


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)

Flawed System Tracks Water Use Of California Farmers

The state now collects the records every three years on a staggered basis, meaning its information is always out of date. State officials acknowledge it’s not adequate when they are dealing with a water crisis.



How Is Morada Avoiding Using Water Meters?

While many in California struggle with the severe drought, people in one upscale community in San Joaquin County are still paying a flat rate, and using as much water as they want.


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Grants Repair Cal Fire Lookout Towers Ahead Of Busy Fire Season

The lookout towers, including one at Wolf Mountain in Grass Valley, will now reopen. They need volunteers to keep watch. Persistent vandalism forced Cal Fire to shutter the towers for the past two fire seasons.


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Roseville Water Park Uses Filtering System To Conserve During Drought

The park is conserving water by using a sophisticated filter system that keeps the water clean for two weeks. Instead of recycling fresh water up to six times a day like most water parks, Sunsplash only needs to change it out every two weeks.


LAKE MEAD NRA, NV - MAY 13:  A tractor tire sits in the waters of Lake Mead near Boulder Beach on May 13, 2015 in Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada. As severe drought grips parts of the Western United States, Lake Mead, which was once the largest reservoir in the nation, has seen its surface elevation drop below 1,080 feet above sea level, its lowest level since the construction of the Hoover Dam in the 1930s.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Feds Project Lake Mead Will Fall Below Drought Trigger Point By 2017

The effects could be serious. Arizona’s allocation of Colorado River water could be cut 11.4 percent, or by an amount normally used by more than 600,000 homes. Nevada’s share could be reduced 4.3 percent. Think 26,000 homes.