Over 40% Of California Out Of Drought After Storms, Feds SayFederal monitors announced Thursday that 42 percent of California has emerged from a five-year drought after some of the heaviest rain and snow in decades.
California Snowpack At 53% Of Normal Ahead Of Winter StormsSurveyors plunged a pole into the Sierra Nevada snowpack on Tuesday and took the first measurement of the season.
Officials: Still Too Early To Declare Drought OverIt's too soon to declare an end to California's five-year drought despite the heaviest rain in three decades falling early in the wet season, officials said.
New Federal Law Brings Stormy Times To California Fish v. Farms Water FightThe new law dictates that the federal portion of California's water system gives farm districts and human users the biggest possible share.
Congress Approves $558 Million California Drought Relief; Millions For Flint, Mich.Sen. Barbara Boxer, one of the bill's key authors, urged senators to vote no because of a last-minute rider that she said puts interests of big farms over the fishing industry.
Study Blames High Temperatures For Low 2015 SnowpackThe western United States set records for low winter snowpack levels in 2015, and a new report blames high temperatures rather than low precipitation levels.
Water Agencies To See If $350M Lawn Removal Experiment Was Worth ItCalifornia water agencies that spent more than $350 million in the last two years of drought to pay property owners to rip out water-slurping lawns are now trying to answer whether the nation's biggest lawn removal experiment was all worth the cost.
Major Stretch Of San Joaquin River To Flow Year-Round In Effort To Restore SalmonThe milestone is expected by the end of the month, when a 150-mile stretch of the river begins flowing year-round for the first time in more than 60 years.
Feds Forecast Short-Lived La Niña For November, Drier Weather LikelyFederal forecasters see a weak and short-lived La Niña coming, probably next month.
Southwest Faces Very High Likelihood Of Decades-Long MegadroughtAlready dealing with parched conditions, the U.S. Southwest faces the threat of megadroughts this century as temperatures rise.
California Water Board: Cutbacks May Return As Conservation LagsState regulators say they fear some water districts in drought-stricken California have abandoned conservation efforts as saving dropped off significantly.
Central Valley Farmers Drill More, Deeper Wells As Drought Limits LoomSan Joaquin Valley farmers drilled 2,500 wells last year, 5 times the annual average for the previous 30 years.

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