Central Valley

April 14, 2015--California’s rainless summer will dry up drinking water supplies (Circle of Blue)

Communities in California’s seared Central Valley and arid mountain foothills are expected to end this year’s rainless summer with drinking water supplies so tight they may give out by September, according to state and local water administrators.


February 28, 2015--Calif. farms to go without federal water again in 2015 (Capital Press)

Many farms in California’s Central Valley will have to do without federal water again this year unless big spring storms replenish the state’s woeful mountain snowpack. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s initial allocation, announced Feb.


February 2, 2015--Groundhog Day & California’s drought (Circle of Blue)

For the past four months, the Circle of Blue team, some contracted photographers, and our various partners — Google, Columbia University, NOAA, NASA, etc. — have been working hard to bring you Choke Point: Index, a data-driven narrative out of three U.S.


December 16, 2014--Desalination out of desperation (MIT Technology Review)

Even in drought-stricken California, San Diego stands out. It gets less rain than parched Los Angeles or Fresno. The region has less groundwater than many other parts of the state. And more than 80 percent of water for homes and businesses is imported from sources that are increasingly stressed.


October 4, 2014--NASA satellite images show severity of California water storage loss (Southern California 4 News)

NASA images released this week show the severity of drought-stricken California's declining water storage over the past decade. The images from the space agency's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment satellites (GRACE) show the state's accumulated water loss from June 2002 to June 2008 and June 2014.


August 7, 2014--California century-old water rights profit from drought (Bloomberg)

Last summer, in the second year of California’s latest dry spell, Michael Perez, a farmer in the state’s Central Valley, paid $250 an acre-foot for water to irrigate his almonds, cherries, tomatoes, and cotton.


July 19, 2014--Drought pushing water prices to record levels (Times Herald)

Rumors drifted across the parched Central Valley that a bidding war for water might push auction prices as high as $3,000 an acre-foot, up from $60 in a normal year. Yet, Ray Flanders needed water to keep his orchards alive.


June 23, 2014--California’s thirst is moving mountains (Postmedia)

California may be in the midst of a severe drought, but plump, juicy strawberries and raspberries continue to roll north by the truckload. And they are still affordable despite predictions of price shocks for Canadian consumers who gobble up California fruits, veggies and nuts worth close to $2.4 billion a year.


June 6, 2014--Poll finds little support for drought spending despite broad awareness (Los Angeles Times)

Most Californians surveyed say the statewide drought has had little or no impact on their daily lives, and a majority oppose the suspension of environmental protections or large-scale public spending to boost water supplies, a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll has found.


December 13, 2013--NASA’s GRACE satellites show Colorado River Basin’s biggest water losses are groundwater (Circle of Blue)

As a first-ever declaration of water shortage in the Colorado River Basin approaches, water managers are paying keen attention to shrinking supplies in two bellwether reservoirs--Mead and Powell, which are both less than half full.


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