A 2007 law in California requires the state’s irrigation districts to report how much water they deliver to farmers, but a newspaper investigation reveals that most ignored the ruling during the drought.
According to March survey results released by Fresno State, local San Joaquin Valley residents are more concerned about water than they are about crime, job creation and global warming.
Engineers are examining the damaged main spillway at Oroville Dam after a break there led to mass evacuations a few weeks ago. Along with geologists, they will try to determine how best to repair the eroded concrete.
In response to California’s lingering drought, which continues to threaten the state’s crucial agricultural economy, state water regulators may force utilities to sell less water and raise customer rates.
The ongoing drought has resulted in hundreds of thousands of dead and dying trees across California. Cal Fire has responded to more than 5,700 wildfires this year alone – an increase of 23 percent from last year.