California Congressman Questions State Water Releases At Lake Oroville, Shasta DamFilling Lake Oroville to its highest capacity could run the risk of dam failure. Earthen dams like Oroville Dam are not meant to overflow. If water went over the top, it could damage the integrity of the structure as a whole.
Is California's Godzilla El Nino-That-Wasn't Giving Way To La Nina?The National Weather Service says the extreme tropical temperatures that broke records early this year have tapered off. They say it’s showing signs of a shifting to the Pacific’s other phase, La Nina.
California Misses Water Conservation TargetOfficials say residents of drought-plagued California fell just short of the state's mandated water conservation target in February.
California Ponders Future Of Water ConservationTaking a regional approach to saving water in California's drought, state regulators suggest relaxing or dropping conservation orders for El Nino-soaked Northern Californians, while keeping in place strict rules for residents of drier Southern California.
California Districts Find Ways To Get By Without Federal Water AllotmentsThe East Stockton Water District and the Central San Joaquin Conservation District won’t be getting their allotments because the New Melones Reservoir was at 42 percent of its average.
California Farms Receive Mixed Water AllotmentsFederal officials say farmers in Northern California can expect to receive all of their requested water deliveries this year, while those to the south will likely receive a fraction.
Is California's Drought Over? Strong Winter Means Relief, Not CureWithout the promise of rain or an El Niño next year, Lund says we have to act like we are in a drought even if we're not.
Improved California Spring Snowpack Won't End DroughtState drought surveyors will trudge through deep snow Wednesday to manually measure what could be close to a normal Sierra Nevada snowpack for this time of year.
Wet El Nino Brings Threat Of Increased Fire Danger To CaliforniaStockton Fire said the current green glass will dry out in the next few weeks, making it perfect fuel for fire. If homeowners don't cut the grass, Stockton Fire Prevention writes citations.
Placer Water Officials Call On California To Ease Drought RestrictionsOfficials with the Placer County Water Agency say if they don’t use all the water up north, it’s just going to flow into the rivers in Sacramento and end up back in the ocean.
Drought Conservation May Bring Higher Water Bills To StocktonStockton city officials say homeowners like Casale did such a good job conserving water, that the water treatment plant has lost millions of dollars in revenue. The city manager and water department director say water rates may rise.
Strong Snow Season Continues In Sierra After 4 Years Of California DroughtThis time last year many ski resorts were either blowing snow or closing up shop. Now, Alpine Squaw Valley resort is calling this season it's best in 5 years.
Water Cutbacks Ease As California Drought LoosensIt's the third such increase in recent months. The easing of cutbacks could affect up to two-thirds of California's nearly 40 million people, and just under a million acres of irrigated farmland.
March Storms Could Curb Or End California Drought Conservation OrdersApril signals the end to California's rainy season, and the State Water Resources Control Board will then take a look at the snowpack and reservoir levels to decide if it's time to change conservation mandates, said Felicia Marcus, the board's chair.
Rain-Swollen Sacramento River Flows Over Fremont WeirWater from the rain-swollen Sacramento River is spilling over a 33.5-foot-high concrete wall and into a bypass built to divert flood water.