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California Snow Forecast
Dec 3, 2021 5:10 PM CST
California Snow Forecast Alarms Researchers
Melting of snowpack, which imperils the water system, is 'already happening now,' they say
- Every spring and summer, the snowpack in the mountains melts slowly, delivering a flow to Californians about the time when rainfall is decreasing and demand for water is rising. The state has "built an entire water supply system around the reliable appearance of snowpack in our mountains," said...
Wriggling Surprise Lurked
Under California Home
Oct 16, 2021 10:02 AM CDT
Wriggling Surprise Lurked Under California Home
Reptile rescuer pulled nearly 100 rattlesnakes out of house's foundation
- The number of snakes under a California house was a surprise to everyone, even the snake wrangler hired to deal with them. “I found a total of 92 rattlesnakes under that house—I was tickled pink,” Al Wolf, also the director of Sonoma County Reptile Rescue, told KGO...
California Has More Than
One Almond Problem
Aug 17, 2021 2:26 PM CDT
California Has More Than One Almond Problem
Almond orchards are thirsty, and the crops that soak up water are largely exported
- A historic drought across the US West is taking a heavy toll on California’s $6 billion almond industry, which produces roughly 80% of the world’s almonds. More growers are expected to abandon their orchards as water becomes scarce and expensive. It’s a sharp reversal for the almond’...
With Water Level Falling,
Power Plant Has to Shut
Aug 7, 2021 2:00 PM CDT
With Water Level Falling, Power Plant Has to Shut
California blames drought, driven by climate change
- Californians could face more rolling power blackouts after a major source of electricity had to shut down. Water levels at Lake Oroville fell to close to the minimum to keep the Hyatt Power Plant operating, CNBC reports, reaching the lowest point since the plant opened in 1967. The plant, which...
to Reduce Water Use
Jul 8, 2021 4:35 PM CDT
Californians Asked to Reduce Water Use
Newsom's request anticipates reservoirs being low at the first of the year
- Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday asked California's people and businesses to voluntarily cut how much water they use by 15%, as the western US weathers a drought that is rapidly emptying reservoirs relied on for agriculture, drinking water, and fish habitat. Newsom's request is not an order, the...
Drought Brings 'Earthy'
Taste to California Water
Jun 23, 2021 12:04 PM CDT
Drought Brings 'Earthy' Taste to California Water
Sacramento suggests adding lemon
- Some people like their wines to have earthy notes. Their drinking water, not so much. With much of California in extreme drought, Sacramento residents have been complaining that their water smells strange and tastes like dirt, CBS Sacramento reports. Authorities say it is the result of harmless organic compounds found...
State Has to Truck
Salmon to Ocean
Apr 29, 2021 6:30 PM CDT
State Has to Truck Salmon to Ocean
California river levels are too low for the fish to travel the usual way
- Because of the drought, California officials will again truck millions of young salmon raised at fish hatcheries in the state's Central Valley agricultural region to the Pacific Ocean. Projected river conditions show that the waterways the fish usually use to travel downstream will be historically low and warm. Officials...
After 7 Years,
Some Good News
Mar 15, 2019 9:48 AM CDT
After 7 Years, California Has Some Good News
Drought is gone from all parts of the state
- Thanks to a very wet winter, California is finally drought-free. A map released Thursday by the US Drought Monitor shows "almost entirely normal conditions" across the state for the first time since December 2011, reports the
Los Angeles Times
. "It's been so wet … that we've...
Historic Calif. Drought Wreaked
Irreversible, Bizarre Damage
Apr 19, 2017 5:03 AM CDT
Historic Calif. Drought Wreaked Irreversible, Bizarre Damage
Central Valley sank 3 feet—and won't be rebounding
- Snowmelt and rain are in abundance for the first time in years in Central Valley, Calif., which boasts so much farmland it helps feed much of the world. But the state's five-year drought was so bad that all those farms sucked up enough groundwater to sink a solid three...
California Governor Declares
End to Drought Emergency
Apr 7, 2017 7:14 PM CDT
California Governor Declares End to Drought Emergency
But some conservation rules will remain in place
- Gov. Jerry Brown declared an end to California's historic drought Friday, lifting emergency orders that had forced residents to stop running sprinklers as often and encouraged them to rip out thirsty lawns during the state's driest four-year period on record. The AP reports the governor's order that...
California's Biggest Reservoir
Just Hit a Happy Milestone
Feb 24, 2017 11:41 AM CST
California's Biggest Reservoir Just Hit a Happy Milestone
Gates of Shasta Dam opened for first time in nearly 20 years
- For the first in almost two decades, water spilled from the top of Shasta Dam in California this week—another sign that the state's long drought is all but over. With Lake Shasta, California's largest reservoir, at 93% capacity, officials opened Shasta Dam's topmost gates one at...
An End to California's 5-Year
Drought? It's on Mother Nature
Jan 12, 2017 10:43 AM CST
An End to California's 5-Year Drought? It's on Mother Nature
If storms keep raining precipitation down, Cali could be sitting pretty
- Sorry, Lena Horne, but stormy weather may be just what California's been looking for. The Golden State has been getting bombarded with precipitation—rain, snow, hail, sleet—making even Los Angeles feel "more like London than Southern California," the
Los Angeles Times
notes. But for a parched...
This State's 102M
Dead Trees 'Should Be
Concerning for Everyone'
Nov 19, 2016 1:05 PM CST
This State's 102M Dead Trees 'Should Be Concerning for Everyone'
California's wildfires are getting more common and more dangerous
- In drought-stricken California, 36 million trees have died since May, the
Los Angeles Times
reports. They're part of 62 million trees that have died in the state since 2016 and 102 million trees that have died over the past six years. "It's not beyond the pale to...
This California Couple Uses
Mind-Boggling Amount of Water
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Aug 14, 2016 10:19 AM CDT
This California Couple Uses Mind-Boggling Amount of Water
Megafarmers Lynda and Stewart Resnick have built a multi-billion dollar empire
- While you may not be familiar with California power couple and megafarmers Lynda and Stewart Resnick, it's highly likely you've heard of some of the things they own. There's flower delivery service Teleflora; Fiji Water; Pom Wonderful juices; Halos mandarin oranges; groves upon groves of navels, grapefruits,...
Scrapping Lawns in LA
Would Change City's Temps
Aug 6, 2016 11:00 AM CDT
Scrapping Lawns in LA Would Change City's Temps
How much depends on what lawns are replaced with
- The typical California home's biggest area of water usage is beyond its four walls: its outdoor landscaping . So in the face of drought, tens of thousands of Los Angeles homeowners made a change last summer, reports the
swapping their grass for artificial turf, gravel, or drought-tolerant shrubs. And...
May 19, 2016 8:49 AM CDT
What Drought? Still-Parched California Lifts Water Limits
The power to conserve now shifts to the hands of local communities instead of the state
- It used to be you'd be heavily fined if you turned on your water too much or for an unapproved reason in parched California. Now many of those restrictions are about to be dismissed, with a reversal of the state mandate for a 25% drop in city water use,...
California's Pricey Drought
Problem: Sinking Land
Dec 28, 2015 8:49 AM CST
California's Pricey Drought Problem: Sinking Land
As more groundwater is pumped, the danger grows
- A canal that delivers vital water supplies from Northern California to Southern California is sinking in places. So are stretches of a riverbed undergoing historic restoration. On farms, well casings pop up like mushrooms as the ground around them drops. Four years of drought and heavy reliance on pumping of...
Key Calif. Lake
Near 'Dead Zone'
Nov 18, 2015 1:48 PM CST
Drought Drops Key Calif. Lake Near 'Dead Zone'
Folsom Lake is less than 15% full with little relief in the forecast
- It was already one of the most iconic visuals of California's historic drought, and things have only gotten worse. Gizmodo reports few people—even in California—were aware of the severity of the ongoing drought when it was officially declared in 2012. That changed in 2014 when before and...
Oct 17, 2015 4:28 PM CDT
Subject Among Biggest Water Wasters
He's using nearly 24 times more water than most East Bay residents
- Billy Beane—Oakland A's executive and the inspiration behind the film
—is one of the San Francisco area's worst water wasters, the
San Jose Mercury News
reports. According to a partial list of customers made public by the East Bay Municipal Utility District Thursday, Beane uses 5,...
Nestle's Been Bottling Calif.
Water With Expired Permit
Oct 14, 2015 3:06 PM CDT
Nestle's Been Bottling Calif. Water With Expired Permit
Environmental groups file suit against US Forest Service
- In the midst of a historic drought, Nestle bottled approximately 68,000 gallons of water from California's San Bernardino National Forest every day last year. It paid only an annual fee of $524 for the privilege. Oh, and its permit to do so expired 27 years ago. The
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