Water & Drought

Water & Drought

Can California’s winter run salmon be saved from extinction? Numbers this year show promise.

California’s population of winter-run Chinook salmon rebounded significantly this year, federal officials said Thursday, November 10, 2016, providing hope that the species can be saved from extinction even as the drought continues. The health of the winter-run Chinook salmon, which are protected by the Endangered Species Act, has major implications for drought management and the way water is allocated to Central Valley farmers.

Water & Drought

La Niña arrives in California. What that means for the drought.

La Niña has arrived, bringing California the possibility of a relatively dry winter. With California entering its fifth year of drought, the National Weather Service made it official Thursday, November 10, 2016, declaring that the country will see a winter of La Niña. That’s a weather phenomenon associated with cooler-than-average temperatures in the surface of the Pacific Ocean.

Videos

Her family's farmhouse will be flooded, and she's all for it

Mary Wells raised a family in a mountain valley near Maxwell north of Sacramento. Find out why she supports building a reservoir that would leave her family's land deep under water.
Ryan Sabalow The Sacramento Bee
Her family's farmhouse will be flooded, and she's all for it 1:25

Her family's farmhouse will be flooded, and she's all for it

San Joaquin Valley farmers keep drilling, even as groundwater limits loom 3:49

San Joaquin Valley farmers keep drilling, even as groundwater limits loom

The Spirit of Sacramento capsized near Bethel Island 1:47

The Spirit of Sacramento capsized near Bethel Island

Will a plankton bloom help bring Delta smelt back from the brink? 1:13

Will a plankton bloom help bring Delta smelt back from the brink?