california water policy

Two different water bonds are set to appear on the ballot this election season. The Secretary of State's Office announced the latest on Wednesday. It is a nine billion dollar measure that has gathered enough signatures to appear in November. Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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Do you think you could tell the difference between the taste of tap water, bottled water, and recycled water?  A UC Riverside researcher recently published a study including the results of a blind, "toilet-to-tap" water taste test.  The California Report's Penny Nelson has the story.

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The third snow survey of the year yesterday (Monday) revealed promising results for the state's water supply.  But as Capital Public Radio's Ezra David Romero reports, it's going to take a few more storms to make up the deficit.

State lawmakers are considering a tax to help poor rural communities provide safe drinking water.  Agriculture and environmental groups are backing the bill -- but water companies, not so much.   Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter explains.

A Bill introduced in the California Legislature this week would strengthen protections for groundwater resources in the state's deserts. KVCR's Ben Purper has more.

In what could be a significant decision concerning groundwater rights in California, a federal court panel has affirmed that an Inland Empire-area Indian tribe does have rights to groundwater supplies below its lands.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Is California Out Of The Drought?

Jan 13, 2017

Is it time to declare that the California drought is over?  Some water experts say yes... sort of.  Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports.


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.

California is moving forward with rules for how water districts can turn what goes down your toilet back into drinking water.  State regulators are taking comments on a kind of water recycling where wastewater sits in a lake before being treated.  Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports next up might be a way to skip the wait.

California regulators are considering nearly doubling the amount of water for threatened fish in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, a coalition of south Delta farming and community groups call the plan devastating.

Nitrogen is essential for growing crops and producing food, but too much of it pollutes the water and air. A  new assessment looks at nitrogen’s impact in California and how it’s affecting human health and the environment. Amy Quinton reports from Capital Public Radio.

An Executive order from Governor Jerry Brown and a new proposal from the State Water Board would do away with the current system of water conservation.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.


10 new groundwater basins in California have been added to a list of more than 20 total groundwater basins around the state considered to be in "critical overdraft."  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, agencies using water from those basins now have to come up with plans to manage them sustainably.

The latest federal forecast shows the recent storms have helped the Sierra snowpack, but haven't helped dwindling reservoirs in California.  Capital Public Radio's Ed Joyce reports.

A new study finds that California's system for allocating water is fragmented, inconsistent, and lacks transparency.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, the study says the problems keep the state from adequately managing water in a drought.

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Facing a fifth year of drought, Governor Jerry Brown instituted mandatory water cutbacks in April, and this week indicated that the conservation mandates may be extended well into next year. 

Most communities across the state -- including in the Inland Empire -- have met or exceeded  their water reduction targets.  However, three California communities did not: the water district serving the Coachella Valley city of Indio,  the city of Beverly Hills... and, Redlands.

It's been one years since California Governor Jerry Brown signed a landmark law to manage the state's groundwater.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, the California Water Commission yesterday (Wednesday) approved key provision to implement the regulations.

If there's a villain in the devastating drought, many fingers point at the California farmer.  It's true that Central Valley farms are pumping out groundwater faster than it can be replenished.  But farmers in recent years have switched to more efficient drip irrigation, replacing the old method of flood irrigation that was seen as wasteful.  But what if that old method wasn't such a bad thing -- in fact, a good thing for those thirsty aquifers.  One farmer wants to bring flood watering back to the farm.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, he's using his own farm and his own fu

Most Californians are willing to sacrifice to address the drought.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, a new poll shows voters support water cuts and are willing to restrict groundwater use.

Just a year after California voters approved a multi-billion dollar water bond, another may be on the way.  Governor Jerry Brown's former top water official is pushing another initiative to upgrade the state's water system.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

California has a 100-year-old system for managing who gets to take water from rivers and streams.  As Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports, that system got tested this summer.

Water Ruling Clears The Way For Enforcement

Aug 5, 2015

A judge has denied a water district's request for a preliminary injunction against California water regulators. The ruling clears the way for the State Water Resources Control Board to pursue enforcement actions against districts accused of illegal water diversions. Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports.

California has launched a website which allows residents to notify local agencies about water wasters. KVCR's Rick Dulock has more.

Water regulators are praising Californians for reducing their water use by 27 percent in June. However, some communities still have a long way to go to meet mandatory requirements. Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports.

The Inland Empire, along with the rest of California, is in the fourth year of sustained drought. When mandatory water cutbacks went into effect in June, the water shortage went from an inconvenience to a fact of life. Governor Jerry Brown has ordered water use to be cut eight to 36 percent from 2013 levels. While IE communities and water agencies adjust, pockets of resistance are springing up. KVCR's Matt Guilhem looks at what is - and isn't - being done around Riverside County.

The Byron-Bethany Irrigation District is facing a heavy fine for ignoring California water regulator instructions. KVCR's Rick Dulock has more.

For the first time in nearly 40 years, California regulators have ordered some of the oldest water rights holders to stop diverting water from rivers and streams.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, the move affects hundreds of farmers and communities.

As California's water supply dwindles after four years of drought, there is increasing scrutiny being given to a number of facilities around the state that draw water from wells and bottle it for sale around the nation.  One of those facilities is the Nestle Arrowhead water facility near the eastern Inland Empire city of Banning. NPR's Steve Inskeep talks with Ian James, a reporter for Palm Springs' daily newspaper the Desert Sun.

California Governor Jerry Brown says opponents of his Delta water tunnel project should just "shut up."  Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler has more on the Governor's speech to local California Water agencies yesterday (Wednesday).

California's system of water rights is coming under scrutiny as the state's drought gets worse.  Last Thursday, Governor Jerry Brown indicate there may be some changes coming to the century-old system.