Environment

Water conservation efforts faltered in January

Californians slipped on water conservation in January, reducing their consumption only 8.8 percent. This marks significant backsliding from December, in which residents conserved 22 percent, raising some alarm as a fourth drought year begins.

Environment

Central Valley, Delta water rights under scrutiny

More than 1,000 property owners in California’s Central Valley and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta are struggling to satisfy a state order to prove their water rights are valid. The order arose from a battle over scarce water during the prolonged drought. In many cases, the proof exists only in property records that date to the 1800s.

Environment

Feds say many Central Valley farmers will get no water deliveries

Hundreds of farmers in the Central Valley were told Friday they can expect zero water deliveries this year from the federal government, the latest fallout from what is likely to be a fourth straight drought year in California. The announcement came from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which operates a system of reservoirs and canals that make up the Central Valley Project.

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