Water & Drought

Water & Drought

You could fill Shasta Lake 7 times with farm groundwater lost during state drought

During the California’s epic five-year drought, Central Valley farmers pumped enough groundwater to fill an empty Shasta Lake seven times.

Water & Drought

Thinking about going in the Kings River? Think again.

Portions of the Kings River will be closed for Memorial Day weekend and indefinitely after. Sheriff Margaret Mims made the safety announcement Wednesday and Jeff Nowlin, who's been coming to the river for 20 years, reiterated the dangers while pointing out how high and fast the river is moving these days.

Water & Drought

Brown says California’s drought is over. But some restrictions will remain.

The drought officially ended in most of California on Friday, April 7, 2017, but state officials vowed to clamp down on wasteful water use and impose a long-term conservation program that could create friction with urban water users. Following a deluge of wet weather that left reservoirs brimming and the Sierra snowpack bulging, Gov. Jerry Brown declared an end to a drought that brought California some of the driest periods in recorded history.

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California's rise from the drought as told through satellite images

Not so long ago, California was in the middle of a deep drought but in June its snow water equivalent rose to a heaping 170 percent of normal. NASA shows in its latest video that satellites were capturing that change.
NASA Earth Observatory
California's rise from the drought as told through satellite images 1:42

California's rise from the drought as told through satellite images

Down go the Oroville spillway walls in controlled blasts 1:39

Down go the Oroville spillway walls in controlled blasts

Thinking about going in the Kings River? Think again. 0:59

Thinking about going in the Kings River? Think again.

Rushing to avoid a flood 1:27

Rushing to avoid a flood