Drought area triples in 3 months, now affecting 92 percent of…

SF Gate – About 92 percent of California is under some level of drought, according to a report released by the National Drought Migration Center on Thursday. That's a three-fold increase from conditions just three months ago, when only 26 percent of the state was experiencing drought. The drought conditions are broken down into five categories, ranging from abnormally dry to Read More…

Climate change could take a $1 billion bite from winter sports, new…

KPCC – It's been a painfully slow start to the ski season in the Western U.S. Some places have seen record warm temperatures and record low snowfall, prompting resorts to open late. Those that cranked out fake snow had trouble attracting avid skiers who prefer the real stuff. And all this means an economic hit. A new report finds that a low-snow year can cost the U.S. winter sports Read More…

White House’s “Jump Ball” Infrastructure Financing Plan:…

Planning Report – The White House’s long-awaited proposed national infrastructure financing plan was unveiled earlier this month. Given the country’s substantial water infrastructure needs that NACWA has identified over the years, please share your reactions. Adam Krantz: There are two ways we evaluate proposals like this. First: Is water included in the proposal in a serious way? In Read More…

SJ water users, cut off during drought, win a round in court

Stockton Record – Thousands of water-right holders who were told to cease diversions during the last drought were deprived of due process, a judge found Wednesday, raising questions about how the state will handle future shortages. Santa Clara Superior Court Judge Brian Walsh ruled that the water users, including some mostly agricultural districts in the Delta, were not afforded Read More…

Sacramento Valley left out of initial federal water allocations

Chico ER – An initial allocation of water has been announced for some of the water users of the federal Central Valley Project, but those in the Sacramento Valley were not included. In a press release Tuesday, the Bureau of Reclamation said the decision was delayed north of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta due to low snowpack levels and uncertainty about whether Shasta Lake can provide Read More…

Involving the public in water policies is key to successful municipal…

Science Daily – Informing residents about local water issues and involving them in local water policies are the keys to building healthy and resilient city water systems, according to a Portland State University study. Melissa Haeffner, a PSU environmental science professor and the study's principal investigator, said that residents who received communications from their local water Read More…

Deeply Talks: Groundwater Banking Potential

News Deeply – In this episode of Deeply Talks, Tara Lohan, Water Deeply’s managing editor, speaks with Philip Bachand, a water engineer and founder of the environmental engineering firm, Bachand & Associates; Daniel Mountjoy, the director of resource stewardship at Sustainable Conservation; and Don Cameron, vice president and general manager of Terranova Ranch, about recharging Read More…

Facing specter of drought, California farmers are told to expect…

The Sacramento Bee – It's starting to look like a drought year for California farmers who depend on water from the federal government. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced Tuesday that most farmers south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta who get water from the federal Central Valley Project will receive just 20 percent of their requested allocation this year. Although the numbers Read More…

The Most Important New Water Bills Facing California Lawmakers

News Deeply – With the snowpack in California’s Sierr­a Nevada now at 20 percent of average – lower than at the same time three years ago, the driest year on record – Californians are girding for a repeat of drought conditions. Water scarcity seems likely to be a recurring part of our future. Legislators in Sacramento, therefore, would be remiss to delay the adoption of a group of Read More…

Judge Orders a New Look at California Water Transfer Program

Courthouse News – A federal judge ordered federal regulators to reevaluate the environmental impacts of a popular California water program that allows farmers to sell water to parched southern cities and water districts during droughts. In a 133-page ruling on Feb. 15, U.S. District Judge Lawrence O’Neill declared “unlawful” parts of environmental reviews approved by the U.S. Bureau Read More…