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What the season’s first Sierra Nevada snowpack survey tells us about California’s drought

What the season’s first Sierra Nevada snowpack survey tells us about California’s drought

December 31, 2014 at 12:54 pm Comments are Disabled

The first manual snow survey in the Sierra Nevada since last spring revealed a small but significant increase in water content but not nearly enough to end California’s stubborn drought, state water regulators announced Tuesday. Water surveyors’ snow poles measured 21.3 inches of snow at Echo Summit, 90 miles eastRead 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 brings smaller harvests, more hunger among farmworkers

California drought brings smaller harvests, more hunger among farmworkers

December 28, 2014 at 6:46 pm Comments are Disabled

DUCOR — Here in the produce basket of the nation, the drought so dried out the farm economy that farmworkers depend on charity to fill their pantries. These are the human faces of the diminished winter harvests: Manuel Avila, Jorge Rivera, Adriana Garcia, Jessica Yanez, Salud Santacruz and more thanRead More

California drought: Natural patterns, not human-caused climate change, federal study finds

California drought: Natural patterns, not human-caused climate change, federal study finds

December 11, 2014 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

Natural patterns, not human-caused climate change, produced one of California’s worst droughts, researchers have concluded. An atmospheric ridge over the North Pacific, which limited rain and snowfall over the past three years, was “due to natural variations of ocean systems, with sea surface temperatures largely responsible,” said Richard Seager, leadRead More

California drought the worst in 1,200 years, new study says

California drought the worst in 1,200 years, new study says

December 10, 2014 at 9:00 am 1 comment

The last three years of drought were the most severe that California has experienced in at least 1,200 years, according to a new scientific study published Thursday. The study provides the state with breathtaking new historical context for its low reservoirs and sinking water tables, even as California celebrated itsRead More

Drought dries rural wells, residents carry water in buckets

Drought dries rural wells, residents carry water in buckets

December 8, 2014 at 8:57 pm Comments are Disabled

The water vanished from Olivia Vargas’ modest East Porterville home on an ordinary morning as she was rinsing her breakfast dishes. It left Yolanda Serrato’s house just as suddenly, sputtering, then stopping, as she held a garden hose. Soon, the faucets at Iglesia Emmanuel went dry as parishioners tried toRead More

Water conservation must become norm, experts say at Long Beach gathering

Water conservation must become norm, experts say at Long Beach gathering

December 1, 2014 at 2:35 pm Comments are Disabled

LONG BEACH >> With the state’s reservoirs and groundwater supply hitting historic lows, Californians must adapt to a new culture of water conservation, according to experts from around the state who gathered at the Aquarium of the Pacific on Monday. This means tighter water restrictions for residents across the Southland,Read More

A Stanford study concludes California's extraordinary drought is linked to the abundance of greenhouse gases created by burning fossil fuels. (Altaf Qadri/Associated Press)

California’s drought linked to greenhouse gases, climate change in Stanford study

October 1, 2014 at 10:06 pm 1 comment

The stubborn high-pressure systems that block California rains are linked to the abundance of human-caused greenhouse gases that heat the oceans, according to a major paper released Monday by Stanford scientists. But two other new studies disagree — saying there’s no evidence that warming ocean waters are to blame forRead More

California drought: Some Central Valley wells running dry

California drought: Some Central Valley wells running dry

September 21, 2014 at 3:54 pm Comments are Disabled

EAST PORTERVILLE >> Hundreds of domestic wells in California’s drought-parched Central Valley farming region have run dry, leaving many residents to rely on donated bottles of drinking water to get by. Girl Scouts have set up collection points while local charities are searching for money to install tanks next toRead More

Sweeping new California groundwater pumping rules signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown

Sweeping new California groundwater pumping rules signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown

September 16, 2014 at 8:41 pm Comments are Disabled

SACRAMENTO — For centuries, California’s groundwater has been freely available to anyone who could siphon the coveted natural resource from the earth. But that changed Tuesday with the stroke of a pen. Seeking to replenish a depleted water table and catch up with the rest of the West, Gov. JerryRead More