California and the U.S.

The latest news and analysis covering water issues in Caliornia and the rest of the United States.

El Niño Expected to Stay Strong, Finish Wet

To the untrained eye the three images looked practically they same. They showed the El Niño pattern from 1982-83, 1997-98 and 2015-16. The first two brought crazy weather to Northern California and Northern Nevada. It’s usually the first quarter of the year where the moisture really starts to fall.   “So far we’ve got out […]

California Drought: How Will We Know When It’s Over?

Now that 2016 has gotten off to a wet start, with a series of El Niño storms drenching California in recent days, the question is turning up with increasing frequency at dinner parties and coffee shops:   “How will we know when the drought is over?” The answer, water experts say, is more complicated than […]

VIDEO: El Nino Peaks, Parts of California Face Flooding

Despite of all the rain, California’s reservoirs are still very low. The storage system is used to capture rainfall and snowmelt runoff for use later in the year.   El Niño is producing snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The snowpack is looking promising according to the California Department of Water Resources (DWR). Current snowpack […]

Lawmaker Wants To Throw the Checkbook at Water Hogs

A California lawmaker is dramatically raising the stakes when it comes to water, proposing fines that could reach thousands of dollars a day and public shaming of everyone who fails to conserve.   Legislation introduced this week would require the state’s 411 urban water districts to set a local limit on household water consumption for […]

As Rain Pummels California, Some See a Missed Opportunity for Drought Relief

Much of the torrential rain that fell on Southern California this week flowed right into the ocean, just like it did before the state’s epic drought.   That seemed like a good idea for many years, as storm drains provided a crucial defense against flooding. But with California entering what may be a fifth year […]

30 Feet in 30 Days: El Niño Storms Help Folsom Lake

Folsom Lake, one of the water storage areas in northern California, rose almost 30 feet in just 30 days. The increase was thanks in big part to the recent series of storms, bringing multiple days of rain to the Central Valley.   According to the National Weather Service, Folsom Lake rose steadily at the end […]