For the first time in more than 7 years, the state of California is drought-free. A national academic center that studies drought produced a report that shows California has officially emerged from drought. More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.
A recent report says California cities and suburbs responded well to the state's unprecedented mandate to cut water use by 25 percent during the drought. But as Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton explains, it also examines what policies could work better in future droughts.
Scientists fro the first time have quantified how much groundwater was lost in California's Central Valley in the most recent drought. As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, farmers pumped enough water out of the ground to fill Lake Mead.
California has gone from drought to deluge in the past year. Snow now blankets the Sierra. As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, results of the manual snow survey yesterday (Thursday) have Californians wondering when the Governor declare the drought over.
After five years of drought followed by all of the precipitation we've had so far this winter, there's so much snow in the Sierra Nevada that state water officials are preparing for a massive runoff year. But the traditional way of calculating the snowpack has a huge margin of error. As Valley Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports, a new way to measure it could greatly decrease that inconsistency.
The Sierra Nevada snowpack is at near-record levels, according to the latest statewide survey taken yesterday (Wednesday). But as Capital Public Radio's Randol White explains, that doesn't mean the state's drought issues are fully erased.
Officials from local water districts in the Inland Empire and elsewhere around the state argued unsuccessfully at a California Water Resources Control Board hearing yesterday that the state's drought-imposed water conservation measures should be lifted. More in a California Report story from KQED's Sciece Editor Craig Miller.
A new report shows land in the San Joaquin Valley continues to sink at an alarming rate, putting federal and state aqueducts and flood control structures at risk. As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, this comes at the same time water managers work to repair a huge hole in a spillway of the Oroville Dam.
A group of Republican state lawmakers is calling on Governor Jerry Brown to formally declare an end to California's drought -- and the water conservation regulations that came with it. Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler has more.
Statewide, the water content in Sierra Nevada snowpack is 173-percent of average. Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports on what that could mean for farmers who are worried about this year's water supply.
January's heavy rains are erasing years of extreme drought in many areas of California, when it comes to the state's surface supplies of water. But, as reporter Randol White explains, the same can't be said yet for the state's groundwater basins.
California water agencies told state regulators yesterday (Wednesday) that rules requiring water conservation should end. As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, regulators have proposed extending them at least until May.
The first manual snow survey of the season yesterday (Tuesday) found the amount of water in California's Sierra Nevada snowpack below average. As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, the snowpack supplies about a third of the state's water needs.
California state agencies have released a draft plan for long-term water conservation across the state. The water-saving practices we thought were temporary during the worst of the drought may now be made permanent, although different regions of the state may have different conservation mandates. We have details on the draft plan from KVCR's Rebekah Stone.
For the last several months, water use in California has increased despite the ongoing drought. The latest conservation figures, however, show improvement. Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton has this report.
Californians saved less water in June than they have in previous years. It's the first month under new rules giving suppliers more autonomy to set their own conservation standards. From CPRN, Amy Quinton Reports.
A new poll shows Californians support the goals of the state's landmark law to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, the poll also found that Californians want state and local governments to do more when it comes to the drought.
A new study finds California's farm-heavy Central Valley has three times more water beneath it than previously estimated. As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, researchers say that doesn't mean accessing the groundwater will be cheap or easy.
The "dry season" in the Western U.S. is not expected to bring any major changes to the level of drought, but four consecutive years of drought has increased wildfire concerns in California. Capital Public Radio's Ed Joyce reports.
A new UCLA study shows that it will likely take until 2019 before California's Sierra Nevada snowpack recovers from the drought. As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, researchers say climate change makes it more likely that drought recoveries in the state will take several years.
Even though the statewide drought has eased - resulting in the California Water Resources Board's decision yesterday to lift the mandatory water conservation restrictions in place since last year - Californians will still be expected to save water, and local water districts will still be expected to set their own water conservation standards. That could be a difficult mandate for some Inland Empire-area water districts, based on their past performance during the height of the drought. The top
Californians will still be expected to save water, but state regulators yesterday (Wednesday) lifted strict mandatory conservation measures in place since last year. Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports.