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Senate Democrats Propose Drought Water Package

May 4, 2022 at 11:00am


Democrats in the California released their budget priorities, which includes the CSAC supported request for Dam Safety funding.

Rain, heat, repeat: What does erratic weather mean for California drought and fires?

May 11, 2022 at 12:15pm


The pendulum of Northern California weather is getting ready to swing once again, from rain, hail, thunderstorms and snow showers at the start of this week to sunny and much warmer than average temperatures by the weekend.


Are there microplastics in the Napa River? According to experts, probably

May 9, 2022 at 12:10pm

Sam Jones

Plastic seems to be everywhere nowadays, and based on existing research on the greater San Francisco Bay, it is highly likely that the Napa River and its watershed are filled with it, too.

California water reservoirs peaked a month early this year

May 10, 2022 at 12:10pm

Susan Carpender

California’s water reservoirs have already peaked, one month earlier than normal, according to the state’s Department of Water Resources.

Voluntary Drought Initiative Power Point Presentaion

May 11, 2022 at 7:45am

Shay Richardson, California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Rick Rogers, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service

How to participate in the voluntary drought initiative.

AENR Bill of the Week: AB 2201 -Groundwater Extraction Permits

May 11, 2022 at 7:35am


The groundwater management wars are heating up at the Capitol.

California urban water use rose 19% in March despite worsening drought

May 11, 2022 at 7:35am


Despite official calls to increase conservation amid worsening drought, urban water use across California increased by nearly 19% in March

A Life Written in Water: Susan Tatayon Reflects on Her 40-year Career

May 5, 2022 at 11:25am

Sarah Bardeen

Susan Tatayon has spent four decades working in California’s water world, most recently as chair of the Delta Stewardship Council. (She was appointed by Governor Brown in 2014 and reappointed in 2018.) She retired from state service in 2022

Ag well drilling still under a cloud of confusion from Newsom’s drought order

May 1, 2022 at 11:10am


Gov. Newsom’s emergency drought order that singled out agricultural wells for extra scrutiny is continuing to cause confusion and angst in some parts of the San Joaquin Valley, while other areas are stutter-stepping forward.

New research explores how farmers can help California rebuild its groundwater supply

Apr 27, 2022 at 11:10am

Heather Waldman

In any given year, agriculture uses the largest fraction of groundwater in the state. But new findings show that empty farm fields could be key in putting that water back underground when storms come through.

Lake Berryessa receives $637,000 state grant to fund drought infrastructure improvements

May 5, 2022 at 11:10am

Eli Walsh, Bay City News Foundation

Napa County’s Lake Berryessa Resort Improvement District will receive a $637,000 grant to support local water infrastructure amid the state’s ongoing drought, the state Department of Water Resources announced.