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Snow covers the Sierra Nevada and the shoreline of Lake Tahoe on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, near Memorial Point, Nevada.

By Paul Rogers | progers@bayareanewsgroup.com |

PUBLISHED: February 1, 2017 at 5:00 am |
UPDATED: February 2, 2017 at 5:15 am

  • California Gov. Jerry Brown isn’t likely to amend or rescind the state’s emergency drought declaration until April

After a month of huge blizzards and “atmospheric river” storms, the Sierra Nevada snowpack — source of a third of California’s drinking water — is 177 percent of the historic average, the biggest in more than two decades.

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Water & Drought
By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
January 18, 2017 – 12:16 PM

With rivers roaring and more rain coming, California’s drought cops are wrestling with a complicated question: Should they keep patrolling the beat?

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Sarah D. Wire and Bettina Boxall
December 9, 2016

Over Sen. Barbara Boxer’s objections, the Senate voted 78 to 21 Friday evening to pass sweeping water infrastructure legislation that changes how much water is pumped from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to San Joaquin Valley farmers and Southern California.

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Snowpack

Frank Gehrke of the California Department of Water Resources surveys the snowpack at Phillips Station near Echo Summit, Calif. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Jason Song
April 15, 2016

The National Weather Service has confirmed what many Southern Californians suspected during a scorching February: El Niño, and its badly needed rainstorms, are pretty much kaput.

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The Sacramento Bee: Largest California reservoirs releasing water for flood safety

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Water & Drought
By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
March 23, 2016 – 11:10 AM

  • El Niño precipitation forces water flow as drought eases
  • Flood releases are first in years at Oroville, Shasta
  • After years of drought, Northern California has so much water that the state’s two largest reservoirs are releasing water to maintain flood-control safety.

The water releases from Shasta Lake and Lake Oroville don’t mean the drought is over. But they represent the latest evidence that drought conditions are easing as El Niño has brought meaningful amounts of rain and snow to Northern California for the first time since 2012.

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The shore of Lake Shasta behind Shasta Dam in Lake Shasta, Calif., is seen Sunday, March 13, 2016. The lake's water level has been rising after a series of storms brought strong winds, periods of heavy rain, snow and high surf to California Sunday, the fourth straight day of wet weather. The lake is rising after several years of dropping water levels due to the ongoing California drought. (Nathan Solis/The Record Searchlight via AP)

The shore of Shasta Lake behind Shasta Dam in Shasta Lake, Calif., is seen Sunday, March 13, 2016. The lake’s water level has been rising after a series of storms brought strong winds, periods of heavy rain, snow and high surf to California Sunday, the fourth straight day of wet weather. The lake is rising after several years of dropping water levels due to the ongoing California drought. (Nathan Solis/The Record Searchlight via AP) (Nathan Solis)

By Paul Rogers, progers@mercurynews.com
Posted: 03/13/2016 – 06:18:16 PM PDT |

Sunday’s storms brought more rain to Northern California, but they also helped the state hit a key milestone in its efforts to recover from the historic four-year drought.

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San Jose Mercury News: El Niño not fizzling: More storms barreling toward California

US-ART-RAIN ROOM-MOMA

By Paul Rogers
progers@mercurynews.com
Posted: 01/14/2016 – 05:42:25 PM PST

Don’t even think about putting that umbrella away.

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California water regulators suggest slight easing of conservation requirements

Bettina Boxall
December 21, 2015

As they look to next year, state regulators are suggesting a slight easing of the conservation requirements that slashed urban water use across California.

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El Nino

Federal forecasters said Thursday, Nov. 19, that the El Niño weather pattern will likely provide some relief to California’s four-year drought this winter. (Photo: Alexander, Kurtis L)

By Kurtis Alexander
Thursday, November 19, 2015 – Updated 9:12 pm

Federal forecasters said Thursday, Nov. 19, that the El Niño weather pattern will likely provide some relief to California’s four-year drought this winter.

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San Jose Mercury News: El Niño still on track to deliver deluges, new report says

El Nino

By Josh Richman
jrichman@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 11/13/2015 – 05:17:09 AM PST
Updated: 11/13/2015 – 05:17:20 AM PST

Bone-dry California remains on track to get a drenching this winter from the weather phenomenon known as El Niño, federal scientists said in new projections released Thursday.

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The Press-Enterprise: UC RIVERSIDE: There’s no drought, expert says

Christopher Thornberg

Without significant economic consequences, it’s just a water shortage, expert tells business leaders.

Published: Oct. 30, 2015 – Updated: 4:31 p.m.

UC Riverside economist Christopher Thornberg told hundreds of business leaders at a recent economic forecast that there is no drought.

To read article by Janet Zimmerman in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

US-ART-RAIN ROOM-MOMA

By Paul Rogers
progers@mercurynews.com
Posted: 10/15/2015 – 11:44:06 AM PDT

In the latest sign that El Niño conditions are likely to bring wet weather to drought-parched California, federal scientists on Thursday announced for the first time that the entire state — including the northern part of California from the Bay Area to the Oregon border — is now expected to receive average or above-average rainfall this winter.

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Los Angeles Times: Massive El Niño is now ‘too big to fail,’ scientist says

El Nino

Satellite images comparing Oct. 1, 2015, and Oct. 2, 1997, show large areas of white, which indicate high sea levels — a reflection of high sea temperatures. The images show how this year’s El Nino could be as powerful as the one in 1997, the strongest El Nino on record. (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

Rong-Gong Lin II
October 9, 2015

An El Niño that is among the strongest on record is gaining strength in the Pacific Ocean, and climate scientists say California is likely to face a wet winter.

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Los Angeles Times: A monster El Niño is likely, but there are ‘no guarantees’

El Nino

Cars move slowly along the northbound 14 freeway in the Santa Clarita area Wednesday as storm clouds and rain pass over the area. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)

By Rong-Gong Lin II
September 10, 2015

El Niño is on track to become one of the most powerful on record, strongly suggesting California could face heavy rainfall this winter, climate scientists say.

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El Nino Heat Map

A comparison of the November 1997 and July 2015 El Niños in the Pacific Ocean west of Peru. Areas of warm water, shown in red, in 1997 contributed to relentless, damaging storms in California that winter. Note: This image has been edited to add a key and to express degrees in Fahrenheit. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Environmental Visualization Laboratory)

By Rong-Gong Lin II
August 12, 2015

For months, scientists have been saying that the El Niño weather pattern this winter could finally put a dent in California’s four-year drought.

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El Nino Heat Map

The present El Niño formation has the potential to become the strongest on record. The yellow areas indicate concentrations of warming water. (Photo: Earth.nullschool.net)

Mike Moffitt
Monday, July 27, 2015 – Updated 11:45 am

New computer models suggest that the current El Niño formation brewing in the Pacific could become the strongest in recorded history.

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Sierra Nevada Mountains

Fresh snow coats peaks in the Sierra Nevada on July 9. The strange weather is thought to be related to El Nino. (Bartshe Miller / Mono Lake Committee)

By Hailey Branson-Potts and Rong-Gong Lin II
July 23, 2015

It’s the middle of the summer, but it felt a bit like winter in the Sierra this week as a storm dumped four inches of hail on Interstate 80 around Donner Summit.

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The Sacramento Bee: Ballot measure threatens California water tunnels plan

Delta Tunnels

An aerial photo from 2013 shows the region to be affected by the Delta water tunnels and intakes near Walnut Grove. | Randall Benton Sacramento Bee file
Water & Drought

By David Siders and Ryan Sabalow
dsiders@sacbee.com
July 11, 2015

  • Wealthy Stockton-area farmer’s initiative expected to qualify for 2016 ballot
  • Measure would force vote on some projects costing more than $2 billion
  • Initiative backers have poured $2 million into effort, alarming tunnels proponents

Amid long-standing controversy surrounding Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to build two tunnels to divert water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the south, one advantage the project appeared to hold was that Brown could forge ahead without a public vote.

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Malibu Pier

Christian Rodriguez, 19, of Santa Barbara skimboards at the Malibu Pier with low clouds in the background on Thursday, June 11, 2015 in Malibu, California. Forecasters say chance for strong El Nino increased to more than 90%. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

By Veronica Rocha
July 11, 2015

Californians should brace themselves for one of the strongest El Niño events to hit the Pacific Ocean in years.

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El Nino Heat Map

By Paul Rogers
progers@mercurynews.com
Posted: 07/10/2015 – 06:38:27 AM PDT

As Pacific Ocean temperatures continue to warm and trade winds shift, federal scientists now say that the El Niño weather event that’s emerging could be one of the strongest on record.

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Drought in California

By Lisa M. Krieger, San Jose Mercury News
Posted: 06/12/15 – 8:49 PM PDT |

SACRAMENTO >> In a historic step, California is cutting water allotments to some of the state’s most senior rights holders, who have depended upon essentially unlimited water from the state’s rivers and streams for more than a century.

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El Nino Heat Map

This map shows the change in ocean water temperature above or below normal in Celsius. The warming ocean temperatures along the equator indicate the strengthening El Niño weather pattern, which if it persists and is strong through the winter, could help bring storms to California during its rainy season. (National Weather Service)

By Rong-Gong Lin II
June 11, 2015

  • Good news for California: El Niño is showing some staying power

Will California get a wet winter and maybe a little drought relief? Scientists are beginning to think so.

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Drought Watch

By Geoffrey Mohan
June 3, 2015

The drought is on track to dry up $2.7 billion in revenue and erase more than 18,600 jobs from the California economy this year, according to a preliminary report.

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Drought

By Matt Pearce and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
May 24, 2015

Look east, California.

Five years of extreme drought have come to a dramatic end in Texas and Oklahoma as a month of heavy rains has replenished reservoirs, dampened parched soil across both states and unleashed floodwaters on vulnerable residents.

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Los Angeles Times: Drought update: Dry wells, debate over water cutbacks

Water

Lawmakers received an update Tuesday on the drought, which “is going to change California,” said the director of the Department of Water Resources. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

By Matt Stevens
May 12, 2015

With Californians increasing efforts to deal with the drought, lawmakers got an update Tuesday on exactly how bad things are and heard little to cheer them.

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By David Siders and Phillip Reese
May 1, 2015
dsiders@sacbee.com

For years, Gov. Jerry Brown used the promise of habitat restoration to broaden the appeal of his plan to build two tunnels to divert water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the south.

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Sacramento Bee: California almond growers to expand orchards, despite drought

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By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
04/16/2015 11:25 PM

Almond orchards have become ground zero in the debate over California’s epic drought, the focal point of criticism that agriculture uses too much water.

The response? More almond trees.

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Drought Watch

By Chris Megerian
April 16, 2015

With criticism of new conservation regulations pouring in from local officials, Gov. Jerry Brown and other state leaders defended Thursday his executive order requiring a 25% reduction in water use.

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LAO

By Chris Megerian
April 14, 2015

California’s drought has threatened farmers, ski resorts and golf courses, but it’s unlikely to do much damage to the state’s overall economy or budget, according to a new report.

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InlandPolitics: Brown needs reality check, and maybe a calculator

Reality Check

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

California Governor Jerry Brown says he’s forcing residents to cut water use in light of the drought-induced water shortage.

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The Sacramento Bee: Opinion: Jerry Brown now a champion for farmers

Dan Walters

Dan Walters
Observations on California and its politics
dwalters@sacbee.com
04/07/2015 – 7:37 AM

It was somewhat incongruous to watch Gov. Jerry Brown defend California’s farmers and their water use on national television Sunday.

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MWD

By Bettina Boxall
April 6, 2015

Southern California’s water wholesaler is planning to wield its powerful hammer to force more urban conservation this year by cutting water deliveries.

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Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown, announcing an order to slash urban water usage last week, said California’s agricultural needs are best kept separate from its policies for cities and towns. But if the drought goes on, he said, state water allocations to farms could also be reduced.

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
04/05/2015 – 4:36 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown defended the agriculture industry’s heavy water use in an interview aired Sunday, but he said historic water rights are “probably going to be examined” if the drought persists.

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Golf Course

Sprinklers water the grass at Gleneagles Golf Course on April 2, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Significant cuts in use will be imposed on cemeteries, golf courses and facilities with large landscapes. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

By Jeff Guo
April 3, 2015

On Wednesday, California Gov. Jerry Brown took the unprecedented step of forcing urban water agencies to reduce their water use by 25 percent. Cities and towns are now prohibited from using more than three-quarters the amount of water they used in 2013. This will save an estimated 1.5 million acre-feet, or nearly 500 billion gallons of water, between now and February.

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Drought

By Chris Megerian, Matt Stevens and Bettina Boxall
April 1, 2015

Standing in a brown field that would normally be smothered in several feet of snow, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday ordered cities and towns across California to cut water use by 25% as part of a sweeping set of mandatory drought restrictions, the first in state history.

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The Sacramento Bee: Opinion: What if California’s drought is permanent?

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
03/22/2015 12:01 AM

California’s prolonged drought drew a bit of official attention last week.

The state Water Resources Control Board tightened, ever so slightly, water conservation rules on local water agencies and users.

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LATimes: California drought weakens, forecasters have ‘cautious optimism’ for future

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By Joseph Serna
December 18, 2014

For the first time in five months, a majority of California is no longer considered to be in an exceptional drought, the most severe level possible under federal guidelines, the U.S. Drought Monitor announced Thursday.

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SacBee: California harvest much smaller than normal across crops

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Sep. 28, 2014 – 12:00 am

It’s harvest time in much of California, and the signs of drought are almost as abundant as the fruits and nuts and vegetables.

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LATimes: Parched California expected to miss out on typical fall rains

Drought

By Veronica Rocha
September 24, 2014

Northern and Central California typically receive 30% to 40% of their precipitation over the next three months, but this year, forecasters say the upper two-thirds of the state can expect to miss out on much of that badly needed moisture.

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Bloomberg/Businessweek: Megadroughts Worse Than the Dust Bowl Could Hit the Southwest

Bloomberg-Businessweek

By Karen Weise
September 04, 2014

The drought in California has already devastated the environment and upended the state’s economy. Imagine if it were to last for a decade. Or four decades. Or longer. So-called megadroughts are increasingly likely as the earth warms, according to a new scientific paper that paired historic drought patterns with climate change models.

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WashPost: California’s drought: What losing 63 trillion gallons of water looks like

Drought

The Enterprise Bridge passes over a section of Lake Oroville that is nearly dry on Aug. 19 in Oroville, Calif. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

By Nick Kirkpatrick
August 28, 2014

A new study says that California’s drought is so severe it’s causing the ground to rise. Angela Fritz of The Washington Post reported scientists estimate 63 trillion gallons of water have been lost in the past 18 months.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: Drought leads California to rethink water management

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 – 12:00 am

On average, rain and snow storms drop about 200 million acre-feet of water on California each year – 65 trillion gallons of the life-giving liquid.

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LATimes: California drought continues to take heavy toll on reservoirs

Drought Watch

By Veronica Rocha
August 21, 2014

The severe drought gripping nearly all of California eased ever so slightly this past week, but the state’s reservoirs remain “seriously low,” according to the latest figures released Thursday.

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LATimes: Crippling California drought levels off, latest map shows

California Drought Levels

The latest U.S. Drought Map shows the level of drought in California remains unchanged. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

By Veronica Rocha
August 14, 2014

After months of worsening drought across California, conditions appear to have leveled off, at least for now.

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El Nino

A federal drought expert said on Friday that California’s drought, its worst in decades, is likely to hold steady through the summer months and may not ease in the fall even with an anticipated El Nino…

By Paul Rogers
progers@mercurynews.com
Posted: 08/07/2014 06:00:00 AM PDT30 Comments
Updated: 08/07/2014 12:06:35 PM PDT

A powerful El Niño that had been emerging in the Pacific Ocean is fizzling out, evaporating hopes it will deliver a knockout punch to California’s three-year drought.

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Drought

By Joseph Serna
August 8, 2014

A series of thunderstorms that have hit California in recent weeks may have delivered devastating torrents of rain in some areas, but on the whole they were “inconsequential” in terms of easing the state’s worsening drought, according to a report issued Thursday.

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LATimes: Groundwater level in California basin hits historic low

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By Veronica Rocha
July 22, 2014

The groundwater level in the San Bernardino Basin area is at its lowest point in recorded history, officials say.

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LATimes: 80% of California is now in extreme drought, new data show

Drought Watch

By Los Angeles Times staff
July 18, 2014

More than 80% of California is now in an extreme drought, according to new data by the National Weather Service.

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Drought Watch

By Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 06/27/14, 12:49 PM PDT |

Not too long ago in this season of California’s massive and extended drought, climate experts saw a small glimmer of hope on the horizon: Predictions for a wet El Niño season coming in the winter that would bring badly needed rain and relief to a parched state.

Now that glimmer is fading fast and the drought has gotten even worse.

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SacBee: Delta tunnels, conservancy in spotlight as Senate bond proposal falters

Thumbs Down

By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jun. 23, 2014 – 9:02 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jun. 24, 2014 – 7:53 am

With the governor’s controversial Delta tunnel project a key part of the debate, lawmakers on Monday failed to advance a leading Senate proposal to put a revised water bond on the November ballot.

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LATimes: The price of your Starbucks venti latte is going up

Starbucks

Starbucks is raising prices on some of its drinks by 5 cents to 20 cents starting next week.

Javier Panzar
June 20, 2014

Some coffee prices at Starbucks are going up.

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LATimes: California’s drought getting even worse, experts say

Drought Watch

Caitlin Owens
June 19, 2014

California’s drought conditions have worsened over the past week with the percentage of the state suffering from the highest category increasing, the National Weather Service said Thursday.

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By Paul Rogers
progers@mercurynews.com
Posted: 05/08/2014 12:54:58 PM PDT
Updated: 05/09/2014 05:35:25 AM PDT

Drought-weary California, heading into a long, hot summer of water shortages and extreme fire risk, received some potentially good news Thursday: Federal scientists announced there is now a 4-in-5 chance of El Niño conditions developing by the end of the year.

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The Sun: Controversial pipeline project in the Mojave Desert surges forward

Gavel

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
and Leslie Parrilla, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 05/02/14, 7:32 PM PDT

Orange County Superior Court Judge Gail Andler’s ruling Thursday dismissed each of six complaints filed against the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project, according to a news release and attached court order.

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SacBee: Report: Well water under strain across California

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By Matt Weiser
mweiser@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, May. 1, 2014 – 10:15 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, May. 1, 2014 – 11:10 pm

A new analysis of groundwater levels across California has found historically low water levels in thousands of wells in all areas of the state, another telltale of the drought’s intensity.

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SacBee: Gov. Brown orders more emergency drought measures

By Matt Weiser
mweiser@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Apr. 25, 2014 – 2:32 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Apr. 25, 2014 – 3:25 pm

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed a sweeping new emergency drought proclamation, cutting red tape for a variety of government functions to help water agencies find new supplies, and to press the public to use water carefully.

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Drought Watch

By Jason Wells
April 25, 2014, 6:53 a.m.

A prolonged period of below-average rainfall has put the entire state of California under some level of drought, ranging in severity from moderate to exceptional, for the first time in 15 years.

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SFChronicle: California drought: Snowpack grows, but not enough

Kurtis Alexander
Updated 6:40 am, Friday, February 28, 2014

Fresh snow is blanketing the Sierra this week, but not enough to put a big dent in the statewide drought.

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SacBee: California analyst suggests drought solutions

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
February 25, 2014

Saying Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal “includes little to address the effects of the current drought,” a new report by the Legislature’s nonpartisan fiscal analyst suggests anti-drought and conservation steps that lawmakers could take.

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LATimes: Rainstorm could be Los Angeles’ wettest in 2 years

Rain

By Rong-Gong Lin II
February 23, 2014, 5:10 p.m.

Get ready, L.A. — the winter storms headed to Los Angeles this week could be the wettest in two years.

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US-ART-RAIN ROOM-MOMA

By Paul Rogers
progers@mercurynews.com
Posted: 02/22/2014 04:09:15 PM PST
Updated: 02/22/2014 07:20:33 PM PST

Here’s something you haven’t heard much around California during the past 14 months: Get out your umbrellas.

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Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 – 12:00 am

It’s not that California politicians haven’t talked about the state’s uncertain water supply.

They have – constantly, for decades.

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SFChronicle: Drought: Feds cut water to Calif. farmers to zero

Drought Watch

Kurtis Alexander
Published 11:33 am, Friday, February 21, 2014

(02-21) 11:31 PST SAN FRANCISCO — Federal officials announced Friday that many California farmers will receive no water this year from the federally-run system of reservoirs and canals fed by the drought-stricken Sierra Nevada, a crippling blow for the state’s agricultural industry.

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LATimes: California drought: $687.4-million plan would free up water supplies

Drought in California

A Secret Service agent looks over a parched field as President Obama visited the region to discuss California’s drought. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / February 14, 2014)

By Anthony York
February 19, 2014, 8:14 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — A proposed $687.4-million drought-relief package was unveiled Wednesday to free up water supplies and aid Californians facing financial ruin.

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SJMercuryNews (AP): Calif. water politics complicate Brown’s decisions

Water Politics

By JULIET WILLIAMS Associated Press
Posted: 02/15/2014 07:40:12 AM PST
Updated: 02/15/2014 08:54:08 AM PST

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—As California struggles to cope with its historic drought, Gov. Jerry Brown is facing increasing pressure to tackle longstanding problems in the state’s water storage and delivery systems at a time when the politics of the issue have never been more tangled.

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The Sun: 14 reservoirs in Southern California near record lows

Drought Watch

By Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 02/15/14, 1:41 PM PST |

Late winter in year three of an extended drought and the local picture isn’t pretty.

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SFChronicle: California drought: Storm a reprieve, not a cure

Drought

Bob Kind and Catie Redel of Petaluma visit Phoenix Lake in San Anselmo, a reservoir that has seen its water level rise with the recent rainfall. ( Photo: Lacy Atkins, The Chronicle)

By Kurtis Alexander
Updated 5:01 pm, Monday, February 10, 2014

Last month, the small Mendocino County city of Willits faced a real possibility of running out of water. The city’s two reservoirs were approaching record low levels and the city manager estimated that just three months of drinking water remained.

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By Paul Rogers
progers@mercurynews.com
Posted: 02/07/2014 05:19:57 PM PST
Updated: 02/08/2014 06:36:50 AM PST

The storms expected to finally bring Northern California a desperately needed deepdrenching this weekend after the driest year in state history aren’t just random showers.

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SacBee: Steinberg bill aims to ease California drought

Drought Watch

By Matt Weiser
mweiser@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 – 12:00 am

California’s Senate leader is drafting legislation that would expedite help for communities facing what may become the worst drought in state history.

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The PE: FARM BILL: Five of seven Inland representatives vote no

Ken Calvert

Calvert

January 29, 2014; 10:26 PM

Most of the Inland Empire’s congressional representatives voted against a compromise farm bill Wednesday, Jan. 29, with some objecting to food stamp cuts and others critical of what they saw as wasteful spending.

To read story by Jeff Horseman in The Press Enterprise, click here.

McClatchy DC: As California drought continues, feds could seize water

Drought

Officials from the Santa Clara Valley Water District tour the San Luis Reservoir near Los Banos, Calif., which is at record low levels.(PATRICK TEHAN — San Jose Mercury News /MCT)

By Michael Doyle and Mark Grossi
McClatchy Washington Bureau
January 27, 2014

WASHINGTON — Farmers from California’s San Joaquin Valley set aside precious water last year, like money in a bank.

But now someone else might claim the investment.

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By Jason Dearen, The Associated Press
Posted: 01/27/14, 11:41 AM PST |

In January, business at the 101 Livestock Market’s cattle auction on California’s Central Coast is usually slow. The busy season is normally in June or July, when ranchers have had time to fatten their animals for weeks on spring grasses.

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SacBee: State warned to prepare for 3rd straight dry year

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Published: Saturday, Sep. 7, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 4A

California water officials are urging residents and local water agencies to brace for a third dry year in 2014.

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