California just ordered the largest ever water restrictions on farmers

California just ordered the largest ever water restrictions on farmers

June 12, 2015 at 1:37 pm Comments are Disabled

SACRAMENTO — Drought-stricken California has ordered the largest cuts on record to farmers holding some of the state’s strongest water rights. State water officials announced the decision Friday to tell more than a hundred senior rights holders in California’s Sacramento, San Joaquin and delta watersheds to stop pumping from thoseRead More

Gov. Jerry Brown defends historic drought mandate that doesn’t limit farmers

Gov. Jerry Brown defends historic drought mandate that doesn’t limit farmers

April 7, 2015 at 8:18 am Comments are Disabled

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday defended his order requiring Californians statewide to cut back on their water use in a historic mandate that spares those who consume the most — farmers. As California endures a fourth year of drought, Brown’s order this week requires towns and cities statewideRead More

Get ready for more ‘Megadroughts’ in Southern California

Get ready for more ‘Megadroughts’ in Southern California

February 25, 2015 at 2:23 pm Comments are Disabled

As bad as recent droughts in California, the Southwest and the Midwest have been, scientists say far worse “megadroughts” are coming — and they’re bound to last for decades. “Unprecedented drought conditions” — the worst in more than 1,000 years — are likely to come to the Southwest and CentralRead More

Barbara Boxer, Kevin McCarthy trade blame over California drought relief bill

January 23, 2015 at 11:04 am Comments are Disabled

WASHINGTON — Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy are publicly blaming each other over who derailed congressional efforts last year to pass a drought relief bill for California. McCarthy, a Republican, has maintained that lawmakers were close to passing legislation last year, but objections from BoxerRead More

California Drought: Sierra Nevada has more snow than last year, but not enough

California Drought: Sierra Nevada has more snow than last year, but not enough

December 30, 2014 at 1:55 pm Comments are Disabled

ECHO SUMMIT, Calif. — The winter’s first survey of the Sierra Nevada snowpack on Tuesday found more snow than last year at this time, but officials said much more is needed to end the California drought. The Department of Water Resources conducted the survey at an elevation of about 6,800Read More

California drought worries pool industry

California drought worries pool industry

October 7, 2014 at 10:01 pm Comments are Disabled

SANTA ANA >> California swimming pool companies just regaining their financial footing after the recession are now facing a new challenge: a devastating drought that has put the state’s ubiquitous backyard pools under the microscope. More than three dozen water agencies and local cities are cracking down on water useRead More

Wildfires burn homes in Yosemite and Oakhurst, hundreds flee flames

Wildfires burn homes in Yosemite and Oakhurst, hundreds flee flames

September 15, 2014 at 12:48 pm Comments are Disabled

OAKHURST >> Two raging wildfires in California forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes, including one near a lakeside resort town that burned nearly two dozen structures, many of them homes. The blaze, sparked Sunday afternoon near a foothill community south of the entrance to Yosemite National Park inRead More

Napa earthquake shakes loose unknown ground water

Napa earthquake shakes loose unknown ground water

September 7, 2014 at 1:11 pm Comments are Disabled

VALLEJO, Calif. >> A major Northern California earthquake that caused an estimated $400 million in damage also unloosed torrents of groundwater that may help ease the region’s drought. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday that the magnitude 6.0 earthquake on Aug. 24 unexpectedly forced groundwater to the surface, filling dry creekRead More

Northern California wildfire forces evacuation of 200 homes near Gold Rush-era town

August 25, 2014 at 11:57 am Comments are Disabled

WEAVERVILLE  >> Crews working in steep terrain were building containment lines around a wildfire that chased people from about 200 homes near the California Gold Rush-era boomtown of Weaverville. CalFire spokeswoman Cris Hartman said early Monday that the fire was 25 percent contained. Firefighters worked through the night to keepRead More

Crews battling two wildfires in northern California

August 4, 2014 at 8:52 am Comments are Disabled

BURNEY, Calif. — Firefighters were focusing on two wildfires near each other in northern California that together have burned through more than 100 square miles of terrain — one of which was menacing a small town and prompted the evacuation of a long-term care hospital. The Shasta County sheriff hadRead More