Californians agree their state is parched, but they diverge by region on how supplies dried up and what should be done about the drought, according to the latest Field Poll.

As the drought has taken hold in California, recycled water programs are winning acceptance. It's expected to be a significant source of landscaping and drinking water for many Californians in years to come.

In 2010, John Koeller and a colleague studied sensor-flush toilets in the real setting of a Florida office building. After months of monitoring, they found that sensor-flush toilets actually increased water consumption by 45 percent compared to manual-flush toilets.

The scarcity of irrigation water in drought-stricken California has created such a demand for well drilling services that Central Valley farmer Bob Smittcamp is taking matters into his own hands.

Two Sacramento area experts say shortage of bugs to eat threatens bat population.

A new drought operations plan, unveiled Wednesday by California and federal officials, warns of threats to endangered salmon and drinking water quality.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is accepting public comments through April 16 on California’s proposal to build temporary dams across three Delta sloughs due to the drought.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Thursday she has dropped $300 million in emergency spending from drought-relief legislation to try to improve prospects for getting the bill passed.

Environmental groups have filed a complaint with California regulators, alleging that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s operation of Folsom and Nimbus dams is harming salmon and steelhead.

San Joaquin Valley lobbying priorities this week can be summed up simply.

Farmers on the Klamath Reclamation Project straddling the Oregon-California border are facing irrigation cutbacks caused by drought for the third year in a row.

Water managers are determining if recent storms helped California's dwindling water supplies enough to warrant increases in water deliveries to farms and thirsty cities.

Water is the lifeblood of a rice farm, and Sacramento Valley’s recent rains have given grower Tom McClellan a bit of hope that 2014 will not be a wasted year.

The city of Sacramento has the most unmetered water connections – about 65,000 – in California, according to a recent analysis of state data by the San Jose Mercury News. The Sacramento Suburban Water District, Sacramento County Water Agency and city of Galt also were among the 10 agencies with the most unmetered connections.

The San Joaquin Valley is facing a crisis of geological proportions: Large stretches of the valley floor are sinking, as groundwater stores are depleted, crippling the region’s irrigation and flood control infrastructure. At the root of the crisis is the frontier-style exploitation of the last unregulated resource in California: groundwater.

Runoff from recent storms will allow wildlife officials to temporarily stop transporting hatchery salmon by truck, and instead release them at hatcheries as usual.

The Sacramento region is on the cusp of change when it comes to planting lawns as a matter of course, some experts contend.

Mosquitoes tend to gravitate to any standing water, no matter how small the amount. And now is the time of year when mosquitoes come out of hibernation and start breeding. But there are ways to save water and help prevent mosquitoes, too.

Seasonal storms have exposed once more some perennial political divisions over California water.

State and federal agencies are transporting millions of fall-run Chinook salmon from hatcheries by truck this year to avoid the harmful conditions of rivers shrunken by drought.

In drought-hit California, marijuana growers are feeling the heat, accused of using too much water for their thirsty plants and of polluting streams and rivers with their pesticides and fertilizers.

A spike in water use on no-irrigation days prompted the water cops to issue 350 citations in Sacramento.

The city will ask customers to reduce water use by 20 percent, but it will not impose a surcharge or penalty on residents who do not meet that target. Despite a lack of strict enforcement, the city is calling the reduction “mandatory.”

After publication of a story on synthetic lawns in our Home & Garden section on March 15, several readers wrote in with their recommendations and personal experiences. Most loved it, but artificial turf is not for everybody.

Water theft is rarely prosecuted in California. Even when it is, years may pass before the state punishes a violator. Critics say improving this process is critical if the state hopes to stretch water supplies in this year's drought.

Federal officials on Monday will begin trucking 12 million baby salmon from Red Bluff to Rio Vista to bolster survival rates amid the drought.

One leaky sprinkler can waste 20 gallons of water a day.

Ray Hartman hybrid performs well in low-water landscapes.

In a rare moment of unity for two ideological antagonists, Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, and Rep. Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale, on Wednesday unveiled legislation to build a new large-scale reservoir in Northern California.

When spring arrives, the Central Valley farm fields owned by Harris Ranch normally come to life with tomatoes, lettuce and watermelons. This year, much of the land has been left dry and bare.

California and federal water officials say runoff from February storms means they can send some Delta water to farms, reversing an earlier situation in which diversions were limited to urban purposes.

There are several towns across California that are in danger of running out of water in the short term. The state Legislature recently passed a bill to bring them relief. But Sacramento is not one of those communities, and because it traditionally has been among the state’s biggest water users per capita, there is a lot more that can be done through conservation to stretch its freshwater resources.

With water in short supply in California, a Healdsburg brewery is using new technology to recycle water. Microbes are used to treat the wastewater to generate clean water and energy needed for brewing, the Associated Press reports in this video.

In yet another sign of the severe drought facing California, state water officials are planning to temporarily dam three channels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to control salinity intrusion from San Francisco Bay.

On Monday, state and federal wildlife officials announced a plan to move hatchery-raised salmon by truck in the event the state’s ongoing drought makes the Sacramento River and its tributaries inhospitable for the fish.

Whom do you call to report an incident of water waste? The answer depends on the area where you spot the water being wasted. Read on to get the specifics to that question and others posed by Bee readers. Got a drought question of your own? Ask our staff at

The ongoing drought has cities across the Sacramento region urgently trying to cut water use. Some have a lot further to go than others.

Starting Sunday, Sacramento city residents can start watering their lawns twice a week. But city and state water officials are urging them not to turn on the sprinklers at all.

The Sacramento region is getting $120 million in new federal funding for water and flood-control projects.

The latest rains have spared a summer of swimming in Placer County – for now.

The American River is flowing higher through Sacramento today, part of a federal effort to help young salmon at risk during the drought.

The city of Sacramento wants to pay you to rip out your water-guzzling lawn.

The Sacramento City Council will consider giving its approval tonight to a “cash for grass” incentive program that would provide homeowners with incentives for replacing grass lawns with drought-tolerant landscapes. The plan is being dubbed the River Friendly Landscape Program.

The House of Representatives, in a bipartisan vote of 306-91 Tuesday night, agreed to limit premium rate increases under the National Flood Insurance Program.

Eyeing the snow on the East Coast, a Davis resident sees an easy fix to California’s drought. But getting all that white stuff here isn’t simple. Got a drought question? Submit it to The Bee’s team of drought reporters at

With drought conditions still challenging California, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a $687 million relief package Saturday, including money for infrastructure improvements, emergency water shortages and aid to farmworkers.

In a concerted effort to aid California’s drought-stricken communities, the Legislature on Thursday sped a $687 million relief package to Gov. Jerry Brown. One week after Brown and legislative leaders unveiled the emergency legislation, both houses of the Legislature approved the bill with little resistance.

San Juan Water District adopted a Stage 3 water warning, requiring customers to cut their water use by 25 percent. Meanwhile, the latest Sierra snow survey revealed only small benefits from the latest storm.

The California drought is stoking a congressional appetite for additional water storage, with new and larger dams back on competing menus.

NASA scientists gave California state water managers an idea of what space technology can do to help them manage the state's drought.

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