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Californians Meet Gov. Brown’s Water-Use Target In December

The state Water Resources Control Board says California has met Gov. Jerry Brown’s 20 percent water use reduction target.

02/03/2015

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Satellite Images 1 Year Apart Paint Grim Picture Of Sierra Snowpack

Two photos, one taken on February 1, 2014 and another taken exactly a year later, show just how non-existent the Sierra snowpack is this year.

02/02/2015

MEYERS, CALIFORNIA -  JANUARY 29:  California Department of Water Resources (DWR) Chief of Cooperative Snow Survey Frank Gehrke (L) weighs a snow sample while assisted by Kasey Schimke, DWR Assistant Director for Legislative Affairs January 29, 2010 near Meyers, California.  The survey measured an average depth of 67.8 inches, and that Sierra-wide the snowpack is 117% of normal. Gehrke stated that much more would be needed to refill reservoirs and relieve California's drought. (Photo by Max Whittaker/Getty Images)

California’s Second Snow Survey Set For Thursday

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.

01/29/2015

San Joaquin Valley

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Appeals To Lift Plan Protecting Delta Smelt

California farmers struggling with drought say a U.S. Supreme Court decision issued Monday that keeps strict water restrictions in place to protect a tiny, threatened fish has forced them to leave thousands of acres unplanted in the nation’s most fertile agricultural region.

01/12/2015

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Snowpack Survey Reveals California Snow Depth Still Far Below Average

The state’s first annual manual snowpack survey was conducted today and, as expected, found that although California has more snow now than this time last year, the snow water equivalent is still far below the average.

12/30/2014

File of state surveyors measuring snow depth in the Sierra. (Credit: CBS13)

California Snow Survey Being Conducted Tuesday

The state Department of Water Resources is slated to do the winter’s first manual measurement of the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada.

12/30/2014

Statewide Drought Forces Californians To Take Drastic Measures For Water Conversation

Water Curtailments Expected Soon In California

With summer approaching and California’s snowpack measuring at a fraction of normal, state water managers are set to order farmers and other big water users to limit the water they take from rivers for the first time since 1977.

05/01/2014

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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.

05/01/2014

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California Expects Bad News From Snowpack Survey

State water managers were expecting more bad news Thursday as they take the season’s last measurement of the Sierra Nevada snowpack, a key source of water in drought-stricken California.

05/01/2014

This weekend's storm has brought a fresh dumping of snow to the Sierra Nevada. Here, Yosemite's legendary Half Dome is coated with some powder. (Credit: Yosemite Conservancy/NWS)

Snow Comes A Little Too Late For Most Resorts

Winter doesn’t seem to want to go away in the Sierra Nevada.

04/26/2014

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Sierra Snowpack At 29 Percent Of Normal

Results from the latest snow survey in the Sierra are in, and as expected, they are lower than average.

04/01/2014

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NASA Measures Snowpack In California

The snowpack atop mountain peaks in California and Colorado has a new set of eyes watching from high above to better gauge the amount of water that will rumble down rivers and streams each spring as runoff.

03/26/2014

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