drought News

Parts of Nevada, Utah, Idaho Declared Drought Disaster

The U.S. Agriculture Department has declared two northeast Nevada counties natural disaster areas due to the lingering drought with an emergency order that also makes emergency low-interest loans available to farmers, ranchers and businesses in parts of neighboring Idaho and …

Floods & Drought Amid Climate Change Cost Global Economy Billions: Oxford

A new report on water insecurity says floods and drought amid climate change and a lack of investment in reliable water supplies is weighing on the global economy by tens of billions of dollars a year. “Water is productive and …

El Nino May Develop by June; Australia Issues Alert on Tropical Pacific Ocean

An El Nino may develop by June, according to Australia’s state forecaster, which upgraded its outlook for the weather-altering pattern to Alert. Ocean temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean continue to be warmer-than-average, trade winds remain weaker-than- average and all …

Mandatory Water Restrictions Ordered by California Governor

California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered officials Wednesday to impose statewide mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history as surveyors found the lowest snow level in the Sierra Nevada snowpack in 65 years of record-keeping. Standing in dry, brown …

California Senate Approves $1B Water Plan Amid Drought

The state Senate has approved a $1 billion proposal to speed up spending on water projects in drought-stricken California. The Senate this week voted 35-1 on the package to accelerate infrastructure spending. An accompanying measure authorizing fines for illegal water …

California Bill Seeks Reports on Water Infrastructure Vulnerability to Quakes

At the start of a fourth-straight year of drought, California state Sen. Bob Hertzberg has introduced a bill requiring regional water-management officials to report the vulnerability of their water systems to an earthquake. Senate Bill 664 addresses Integrated Regional Water …

Sugar Bowl in California Suspends Skiing as Drought Takes Toll

Yet another Northern California ski resort is closing early due to a lack of snow amid the state’s historic drought. Sugar Bowl resort near Truckee in the Sierra Nevada says Sunday will be the last day of the season. Officials …

NOAA: No Spring Drought Relief for California, Nevada, Oregon

Californians facing a fourth year of drought conditions – and some other parts of the West – shouldn’t count on any relief in the coming months. In California this doesn’t bode well for chances of a mild wildfire season, and …

For Dry California Another Year of Water Restrictions Likely

Californians won’t be able to water their lawns more than twice a week under tougher drought regulations that were expected to be approved this week as the state heads into a fourth particularly dry year. The State Water Resources Control Board is considering …

Washington Officials Seek $9M in Case of Drought

The state of Washington has not yet declared a drought this year, but they’re asking the Legislature for $9 million for drought relief in case it’s needed. The Department of Ecology says snowpack level statewide is about 28 percent of …