California and the U.S.

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

ENSO It’s Raining. The 2016 Drought So Far – February 1

January 2016 has been much wetter than the previous Januaries during this drought. Precipitation is modestly above average, as is snowpack, and climatic conditions remain promising. The largest reservoirs are mostly fuller than a year ago, although not nearly to average conditions for this time of year. Groundwater is likely to be recharging, as it […]

Wettest January Since Drought Began

The first month of 2016 was the wettest January in Sonoma County in six years and saw the most rainfall for the period since the start of the current drought, a hopeful sign as the North Coast and the rest of the state struggle to recover from four years of scarce precipitation. The National Weather […]

Record-Breaking Storm Rounds Out a Wet January

The weekend storm brought plenty of rain and records to the central San Joaquin Valley and snow in the Sierra on Sunday, but it looks to be the last storm for a while. Monday’s forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with daytime highs in the 50s, a forecast that is not expected to change much […]

Why the Future of the Delta Tunnels Project Could Be Determined In 2016

On the edge of the Central Valley is the center of California’s water system: the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, where the state’s two largest rivers meet. A plan to restore the Delta by channeling water down south has long been a priority for Governor Jerry Brown’s administration. Despite its various names and strategies, the project […]

California Almonds, Partly Blamed For Water Shortage, Now Dropping In Price

They were blamed for planting too many trees, using too much water and worsening the effects of California’s epic drought. The state’s almond farmers responded by expanding their orchards in a bold wager that the sky-high prices the world was paying for almonds justified both the water use and long-term investment. Now those farmers are […]

BLOG: A Backup Plan for the Delta Smelt

Luke Ellison is holding something most of us will never get to see: a delta smelt. Graceful, iridescent and about as long as my finger, these fish are so rare in the wild that just six adults were found during a sample survey of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta last spring. And the Delta is the […]