drought News

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 …

Californians Favor Mandatory Rationing to Battle Drought, Poll Shows

Nearly every Californian sees the drought as a big problem and more now say they favor mandatory rationing, according to a survey released Thursday. The Field Poll found 94 percent of registered California voters consider the shortage serious, and 68 …

Climate Change Modeling on Cusp of Paradigm Shift

In the face of growing interest in climate change impacts, several big catastrophe modelers said they’ve heard from more clients interested in receiving climate-related data and they believe the field is on the cusp of a change in the way …

New Drought Rules at Restaurants, Hotels Considered in California

Officials are considering new water restrictions as California’s drought drags on, possibly forcing residents to ask for water at restaurants and for fresh towels and sheets at hotels. The State Water Resources Control Board floated the ideas at an informational …

Disaster Declaration For Most of Nevada Due to Drought

The U.S. Agriculture Department has declared most of Nevada a natural disaster area due to lingering drought. And state water officials say more trouble is brewing for ranchers and farmers in western Nevada where cutbacks have been ordered in irrigation …