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How Long Will Regional Storm Repairs Take?

Jan. 18, 2023, 4 p.m.

"It isn't just a slap of the Band-Aid," said one official. "This is going to take some time."

Scientists Say California Storms Were More Hype Than Climate Change

Jan. 18, 2023, 4 p.m.

A number of climate researchers say recent storms appear to be typical of the deluges the state has experienced periodically and not the result of global warming.

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State Water Project increases local allocations in wake of winter storms

In the wake of a series of powerful winter storms that lashed California for three weeks in January, the state announced Jan. 26 that it will deliver more water than expected from its major storage and delivery system. All 29 …

Image caption: Kevin McCarthy (CA-20) is the new House Speaker, but his constituents remain badly short of water.
CNN: Kevin McCarthy AWOL on Central Valley Water Crisis

Kevin McCarthy has reached the top position in the U.S. House, but has still fallen short in addressing the ongoing water crisis in his owndistrict, a new CNN.com report says.

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City applies for state ‘drought relief’ grants

The City of Morgan Hill is in the process of applying for two “drought relief” grants that could increase the city’s water storage capacity and improve flood protection on the south side of town.  According to a city staff report …

Image caption: Sean de Guzman of the California Department of Water Resources conducts the first snow survey of the 2023 season at Phillips Station in the Sierra Nevada Mountains on Jan. 3.
Is California’s Drought Over?

A dozen days of wet and wild weather haven’t ended the drought, and won't cure the driest period in the West in the past 1,200 years.

Image caption: Lake Oroville, one of California's largest reservoirs, is only 59% of capacity as of Dec. 12 — despite recent rains and snow. The reservoir is shown here in May 2022.
Is California’s Drought Over? Water Providers Predict Shortages

Despite December storms, water supplies remain low in many areas. Some managers expect to impose severe restrictions on their customers.

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Dry year in California leads to meager water allocation

As California faces a likely fourth consecutive year of drought, state water managers Dec. 1 announced a meager 5 percent water allocation for 2023.  While allocations could change based on precipitation levels during the next few months, officials at the …

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Santa Clara County Beats Water Conservation Goals Second Month in a Row

For the second month in a row, Santa Clara County exceeded conservation goals set by the Santa Clara Valley Water District and by Gov. Gavin Newsom, reducing water use by 16% compared to 2019. The recommended target was 15%. “It’s …

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It’s Time to Get Your Yard Ready to Save Water All Winter

Be sure to get ready for the cold season by reducing your watering. In the fall, your plants need less than half the water needed during the summer. Over the winter, you can turn off irrigation altogether.

Image caption: Increasing water recycling is one way to increase the state's water supply, a new report says.
Newsom’s New Drought Strategy: Create More Water

Gov. Newsom's calls to reduce water consumption to combat the ongoing drought have fallen short. His new approach? Add more water to the California's supply. A new state report details how to achieve that.

Image caption: An aerial view of the Middle River in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.
Report: Salmon at Risk From Massive Delta Tunnel Project

The tunnel project, which would cost billions and take decades, aims to help shore up water supplies in much of California. The new environmental impact report outlines the impacts.

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