Lake Oroville in August . Water levels remain low, about half what they usually are at this time of year. Photograph: Ethan Swope/AP
California water districts to get 0% of requested supplies in unprecedented decision
Only water required for health and safety will be allowed as drought continues to grip the state
Water agencies in drought-stricken California that serve 27 million residents and 750,000 acres of farmland won’t get any … [more…]
Water in the San Luis reservoir, which was constructed as a storage reservoir in California’s Central Valley. Groundwater in this region may never be able to recover from past and future droughts, according to new research published in Water Resources Research. Credit: Fredrick Lee
Groundwater in California’s Central Valley is at risk of being depleted by pumping too much water during and after droughts, according to a new study … [more…]
Photo: Stuart Woolf stands near piles of almond tree wood chips that will get spread out on the his ranch. Caroline Champlin
When Stuart Woolf was growing up on his dad’s ranch in Huron, California, he never liked working the tomato harvest.
“I thought, ‘I am never going to do this.’ Everything was kind of wet, hot and stinky,” Woolf said.
These days, though, now as president of the 20,000-acre … [more…]
When a fire started on the property next door to Ray Cano’s home, the neighbors used Cano’s hose and well to fight the flames. Running the pump at full throttle, they managed to control the blaze until the fire department arrived. Then, the well’s pump sputtered to a stop.
Cano later called a well inspector, who did some basic probing and discovered the problem: The well had run dry, causing … [more…]
Snow geese erupt against a blue sky trimmed with fresh, white clouds. The air is so clear you can see for miles, east to the distant peaks of the Sierra Nevada and west to the gentle slopes of the Coast Ranges. But Carson Jeffres and Jacob Katz are less interested in the view above them than the one at their feet. Standing knee-deep in a flooded field at Knaggs Ranch, … [more…]