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Lake Oroville before and after
Lake Oroville before and after

 

Drought In The News

2017

Sacramento Bee: Water, Water Everywhere in California - And Not Enough Reservoir Space to Store It, Feb. 2

Sacramento Bee: Sierra Snow Survey Shows Snowpack at 153 Percent of Average, Feb. 2

L.A. Times: In Six Month, L.A. Went From High and Dry to Wet and Wild., Jan. 24

Sacramento Bee: Gov. Brown Declares State of Emergency in Sacramento, Most Other Counties Following Storms, Jan. 24

Water Deeply: Five Things to Know About California’s Drought After Big Storms, Jan. 24

KPCC: How Much Storm Water Is L.A. Catching?, Jan. 23

L.A. Times: Week of Rains Are Rapidly Reviving California’s Drought-Ravaged Lakes, Jan. 11

San Francisco Chronicle: “This is a Big Deal”: Storms Could Spell End to Historic Drought, Jan. 10

Public Policy Institute of California: From Drought to Deluge, Jan. 10

L.A. Times: Storms Are Making a Dent in California’s Drought, Jan. 10

East Bay Times: California Storms Add 350 Billion Gallons to Parched Reservoirs, Jan. 10

L.A. Times: Neither Snow Nor Rain Nor Sleet Nor Hail Can End California’s Drought? Really?, Jan. 6

Sacramento Bee: Obama Says Full Speed Ahead on Delta Tunnels Project, Jan. 4

San Francisco Chronicle: Obama Looks to Speed Gov. Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels Plan, Jan. 4

East Bay Times: Obama Speeds Up Review of Twin Delta Tunnels, Jan. 4

2016

New York Times: California, at Forefront of Climate Fight, Won't Back Down to Trump, Dec. 26

Sacramento Bee: To Solve the West's Water Problems, California Needs to Solve the Salton Sea, Dec. 23

Sacramento Bee: Jerry Brown Plunges Ahead on Twin Tunnels, Dec. 22

Sacramento Bee: With Environmental Review Finalized Could Construction on the Delta Tunnels Begin in 2018?, Dec. 22

L.A. Times: Many Questions Linger in Water Tunnel Project, Dec. 22

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Problems in California Complicate Negotiations to Boost Sinking Lake Mead, Dec. 19

Water Deeply: Think Tank Urges Fresh Look at the Delta Water Tunnel Plan, Dec. 19

Sacramento Bee: California WaterFix is the "Grand Compromise" for the Delta, Dec. 16

L.A. Times: A $1-Billion Desalination Plant Might Be Coming to Huntington Beach, Dec. 16

San Diego Union-Tribune: U.S. and Mexico Push to Extend Accord on Colorado River, Dec. 16

L.A. Times: California’s Drought Divergence: Wetter in the North, Still Bone Dry in the South, Dec. 15

Washington Post: Trump Taps Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke as Interior Secretary, Dec. 13

L.A. Times: A Problem “Too Big to Ignore” – How Years of Congressional Wrangling Led to a Water Compromise, Dec. 12

Sacramento Bee: Feinstein, McCarthy Strike Water Deal, But War Goes On, Dec. 9

Sacramento Bee: House Approves California Water Plan That Splits State’s Democratic Senators, Dec. 9

L.A. Times: Could Rice Fields Save Endangered Salmon in the Sacramento Valley?, Dec. 9

Sacramento Bee: A Grand Compromise for the Delta Outlined, Dec. 2

Orange County Register: Orange County Water District Should Distance Itself from the Cadiz Water Project, Dec. 2

Sacramento Bee: Wettest Start in 30 Years to Rainy Season in Northern California, but Don't Forget the Drought, Nov. 28

L.A. Times: New Parklands and a Shimmering Transit System Won't Matter if LA Doesn't Solve Water Woes, Nov. 21

Sacramento Bee: Trump Promised California Farmers More Water. Can He Deliver?, Nov. 19

L.A. Times: 102 Million Dead California Trees "Unprecedented in Our Modern History," Officials Say, Nov. 18

KQED Science: Drought on the Colorado River Sparks Revolutionary Idea: Sharing Water, Nov. 16

L.A. Times: The Drought Eased Up, And These Californians Turned On The Spigot. Oct. 31

San Francisco Chronicle: In California, A $350 Million Social Experiment Over Lawns, Oct. 30

San Diego Union-Tribune: Unity Needed For Statewide Water Solutions, Oct. 28

Sacramento Bee: The Value Of Central Valley Farmlands Is Falling. Here’s Why, Oct. 26

Stockton Record: Six Takes On Six Years Of Drought, Oct. 26

U-T San Diego: Drought’s Grip On Southern California To Tighten With La Niña, Forecasters Say, Oct. 20

Sacramento Bee: California Eyes More Sacramento River Water For Fish, Less for Farms, Cities, Oct. 19

Sacramento Bee: Will the Delta Tunnels Get Built? Plan Enters Critical Make-or-Break Phase, July 24

Wired: SoCal’s Massive Water Agency Grabs Up Land On NorCal’s Wettest River, July 21

L.A. Times: California Needs To Conserve Water Like The Drought Is Here To Stay, June 23

L.A. Times: Snowpack Unlikely To Recover From Drought Until 2019, Study Finds, June 21

Sacramento Bee: Melting Snow, Water Releases and La Niña Complicate California’s Drought Picture, June 20

Sacramento Bee: Delta Tunnels Bill Mandating Voter Approval Advances, April 19

Sacramento Bee: Delta Pumping To Southern California Restricted Despite Rainy Weather, April 16

L.A. Times: Is The California Drought America’s Water Wake-Up Call?, April 16

L.A. Times: Scientists Confirm: El Niño A Disappointment In Still-Too-Dry Southern California, April 15

L.A. Times: Drought Is The New Normal. We Need Less Shaming And More Incentivizing, April 11

New York Times: Sierra Nevada Snow Won’t End California’s Thirst, April 11

Sacramento Bee: Southern California Water Agency Signs $175 Million Deal To Buy Delta Islands, April 11

Sacramento Bee: Drought Still Grips Southern California, Keeping Pressure On State Water Supplies, April 4

L.A. Times: No, California’s Drought Isn’t Over. Here’s Why Easing The Drought Rules Would Be A Big Mistake, April 4

L.A. Times: Californians Fall A Bit Short Of Brown’s Call For 25% Cut In Water Use After 9 Months of Conservation, April 4

Sacramento Bee: California’s Most Pressing Need: Water, April 1

L.A. Times: State Snowpack Has Changed A Lot In The Last Year – As Have Californians’ Attitude Toward Water, March 30

Sacramento Bee: New Dispute Erupts Over Sacramento Delta Tunnels Project, March 22

Sacramento Bee: Weak El Niño Fails To Fix California’s Drought, Feb. 28

L.A. Times: Clean Water Versus The Sucker Fish: Drought Creates A Bizarre Dilemma, Feb. 26

L.A. Times: Without A “March Miracle,” Drought-like Conditions Will Continue In Southern California, Feb. 22

Christian Science Monitor: How California Residents Are Changing The Water Landscape, Feb. 20

New York Times: Storm Water, Long A Nuisance, May Be A Parched California's Salvation, Feb. 19

KQED: El Niño Weakening, Stage Set For La Niña and Possible Dry Winter Next Year, Feb. 18

The Christian Science Monitor: As California Enters A "New Era" On Water, Cities Seek Their Own Solution, Feb. 18

L.A. Times: In Post-Bankruptcy Stockton, A Mayor And Erin Brockovich Team Up To Scare People About Water, Feb. 18.

Sacramento Bee: Why Release Water From Folsom Lake During Drought?, Feb. 15

Christian Science Monitor: Are Drought Conditions in The U.S. Here to Stay?, Feb. 7

Sacramento Bee: To Make Most of Rain, State Needs Delta Tunnels, Feb. 4

San Diego Union-Tribune: Now is Not The Time to Stop Saving Water, Feb. 3

Sacramento Bee: Agencies Deserve Credit For Water Supply Investments, Jan. 11

 

Headlines Archive

Drought Impacts

Agriculture/Food

Sacramento Bee: Farms and Cities Need Groundwater to Survive, Sept. 30

Sacramento Bee: Farmers Say, ‘No Apologies,’ As Well Drilling Hits Record Levels in San Joaquin Valley, Sept. 26

KCET: Fish Fight! Leaving Water in River For Threatened Salmon Sparks Controversy, Sept. 23

Sacramento Bee: An Era of Limits: California Proposes Steering More Water to Fish, Less to Farms, Cities, Sept. 15

Associated Press: In Drought, Drones Help California Farmers Save Every Drop, Aug. 29

KQED: The Biggest California Water Decision You’ve Never Heard Of, Aug. 19

Bakersfield Californian: The Backstory Of A Scare You Never Knew About, Aug. 13

News Deeply: Despite Drought, California Farming Prospered, Aug. 1

Modesto Bee: California Almond Harvest Likely to Set Record, Feds Say, July 6

Los Angeles Times: West Coast Fisheries are at Risk as Climate Change Disturbs the Ocean’s Chemistry, April 19

Associated Press: California Farmers Reap Record Sales in Record Drought, Feb. 9

Burlington Free Press: Opinion: When California Farming Runs Dry, Feb. 3


Jobs

Los Angeles Times: In This California Congressional District, Water is More Important Than Donald Trump, Oct. 24

San Francisco Chronicle: California Farm Revenue Plummets After Years of Drought, Aug. 31

CNBC: California Drought Costs to Top $600 Million, Aug. 15

Sacramento Bee: California Farms Added 30,000 Jobs in 2015 Despite Drought, March 17


Recreation

Sacramento Bee: Seeking a Better Way to Share Rivers Among People, Wildlife, Sept. 14

Press Enterprise: The Rise of Diamond Valley Lake, July 22

Press Enterprise: Diamond Valley Lake to reopen to private boats, May 16


Fire Safety

Sacramento Bee: California Water Districts: We Can Handle Three More Years of Drought, Aug. 16

Associated Press: California Drought Causes Largest Die-Off of Sierra Nevada Forests, June 29

Sacramento Bee: Tree Deaths Rise Steeply in Sierra; Drought and Insects to Blame, May 3

Los Angeles Times: Has El Nino Abandoned L.A.?, Feb. 9


Local

City of Pomona – 5/18/15

Riverside County – 5/18/15

City of Long Beach – 11/25/14

City of Burbank – 11/23/14

City of Anaheim – 8/12/14

City of Pasadena – 7/28/14

San Diego County Water Authority – 7/24/14

City of Long Beach – 7/14/14

City of Torrance – 3/19/14

West Basin Municipal Water District – 3/3/14

City of Long Beach – 2/27/14

Municipal Water District of Orange County - 2/19/14

San Diego County Water Authority – 2/13/14

Las Virgenes Municipal Water District – 2/11/14

Calleguas Municipal Water District - 2/5/14

Foothill Municipal Water District - 1/21/14

Supply Allocation Plan

Water Supply Conditions

Board Policy and Statements

Metropolitan Water District Board Chairman Issues Statement on California Snow Survey, Governor's Drought Emergency Order

Metropolitan Water District GM Issues Statement on Initial State Water Project Allocation

Metropolitan GM Issues Statement on Legislative Passage of $7.54 Billion 2014 Water Bond

Metropolitan General Manager Issues Statement On Proposed Statewide Outdoor Water Restrictions

Heading into Hot, Dry Summer, Metropolitan Ramps up Conservation Call to Preserve Reserves During Drought

Metropolitan Expands Incentive Programs to Boost Region’s Conservation in Response to Drought

Metropolitan General Manager Issues Statement of Support for Governor Brown’s Executive Order to Intensify Drought Actions

Metropolitan General Manager Releases Statement On Water Allocation From State Water Project

Metropolitan’s 2008 Model Water Conservation Ordinance

Metropolitan General Manager Issues Statement Regarding California Drought Legislative Package

Metropolitan General Manager Issues Statement Regarding State, Federal Actions to Address Drought Conditions

Metropolitan Board Declares Water Supply Alert Throughout Southern California in Response to Statewide Drought

Metropolitan General Manager Issues Statement Regarding Governor Brown’s Meeting With Southern California Water Leaders

Metropolitan’ General Manager’s Statement on Governor’s Declaration of California Drought

Metropolitan’s L.A. Times Op-Ed, “We’ve Come a Long Way in Slaking SoCal’s Thirst”

 

State and Federal Information

Video Library and Resources

Australia Dry LakebedWhat California Can Learn From Australia’s Millennium Drought
A new report shows that strategies developed and mistakes made during Australia’s decade-long millennium drought provide a powerful resource for California. View here.

AquaductHow Water Flows
The San Diego-based KPBS production company “A Growing Passion” shows where Southern California gets its imported water in the new show “How Water Flows.” View here.

GovernorGov. Jerry Brown Meets with So Cal Water Leaders
Gov. Jerry Brown met with Southern California water officials at Metropolitan headquarters, including General Manager Jeff Kightlinger (right), to discuss the statewide drought and the need to increase conservation. It was the governor's first visit to MetropolitanGovernor’s Visit to MWD