Running Dry: Explaining reservoirs’ importance in California

KCRA 3 — California's water supply can vary greatly from year to year to the need to manage what we get is a high priority in the Golden State. The Central Valley Project was devised in 1933 as a way to manage water and transport it areas considered more water-rich to the more water-scarce areas in the Central Valley by a series of canals, aqueducts and pump plants. Reservoirs play an Read More…

Drought concerns: new website shows well water users whether they…

ABC 10 — A drought emergency has been declared in California and even expanded upon as of Monday, May 10, 2021 to cover a total of 41 of California's 58 counties. Water is on the forefront of state leaders’ minds. It’s no surprise water supply would be impacted in a drought situation, especially as California is now in its second year of drought. Plus, drought concerns have Read More…

In the wake of Oroville Dam debacle, new drought hits the Sacramento…

Sacramento News and Review — After experiencing a prolonged drought between 2012 and 2016, California enjoyed less than two years of plentiful rains before descending right back into the same arid conditions plaguing it before. Experts held a virtual meeting on May 6 to discuss what the initial data suggests about this re-emerging drought – and their message was especially bleak for the Read More…

California has been in a drought since 2000. What’s in store for…

San Luis Obispo Tribune — In 2002, now retired climatologist Bill Patzert predicted a decades-long drought for California due to changes in the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) and global warming, which he now calls global heating. “Rainfall in California is controlled by natural forces like the decadal PDO signal and the shorter-term phases of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation Read More…

Sierra snowpack is already ‘wiped out’ this year, adding to…

San Francisco Chronicle — The Sierra Nevada snowpack, a crucial water source for California’s cities and farms, has already dwindled to next to nothing this year, adding to the state’s worsening drought situation. The latest data from the state Department of Water Resources on Tuesday showed California’s snowpack was just 6% of normal for May 11, and 4% of the normal average for April Read More…

This is how California’s water use has changed since the last…

San Francisco Chronicle — California is in a serious drought. The National Drought Mitigation Center’s drought monitor puts most of the state in extreme drought zones for the first time since 2015. The latest instance of drought has once again put the state’s water use under the microscope to identify opportunities for conservation, a task that’s expected to become more challenging as Read More…

Gov. Newsom Proposes $220M for Salton Sea as Part of $5.1B Water Plan

Holtville Tribune — Gov. Gavin Newsom’s $5.1 billion water infrastructure, drought response, and climate resilience proposal includes $220 million for the Salton Sea, and Assembly member Eduardo Garcia, D-Coachella, applauded the announcement. Garcia, chair of the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife, stated in a press release from his office that the funding would Read More…

Drought drastically cuts irrigation season for Idaho farmers

KTVB — Ongoing drought in Idaho will drastically shorten this year's irrigation season for some farmers, officials said. Farmers in south-central Idaho's Wood River basin will face some of the biggest shortages, with an estimated 40 to 45 days before water from the Magic Reservoir runs out, according to David Stephenson, manager of Big Wood Canal Co. In a normal season, farmers might Read More…

Drought Emergency Declared In Central Valley, Klamath Region

CapRadio — California Gov. Gavin Newsom today declared a drought emergency in 39 additional counties, including most of the parched Central Valley and Klamath River area. The declaration comes amid mounting pressure from lawmakers and growers in the Central Valley, who this year are receiving only 5% of their expected water allocations from the state. Growers say the sharp cutbacks in Read More…

How ‘sustainable’ is California’s groundwater sustainability…

High Country News — Beneath the almond and citrus fields of the San Joaquin Valley lies an enormous system of aquifers that feeds some of the world’s most productive farmland. Hundreds of miles north and east, along the Nevada border, is the Surprise Valley, a remote, high-desert region undergirded by cone-shaped hollows of sediment that hold deposits of water. Both of these water systems, Read More…