Vast areas of California’s Central Valley are sinking faster than in the past as massive amounts of groundwater are pumped during the historic drought, NASA said in new research released Wednesday.
A California judge has rejected a challenge by a farmers’ group to agricultural water cuts sought by state regulators during the drought.
The California water board has proposed the first-of-its-kind, $1.5 million fine for water-taking during the drought.
Homes in a Central Valley neighborhood are the latest casualty of California’s historic drought. The parched, dry weather is causing them to literally sink into the ground.
More than one-tenth of a threatened population of California Central Valley salmon has perished after a utility diverted some water from their creek.
The Masumoto Family Farm hopes to start a “small fruit revolution,” growing smaller peaches during the drought that are still bursting with flavor.
Weeks after he declared a state of emergency, Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration set aside $687 million to help house farmworkers and others struggling in drought-devastated counties. Nearly half of it has not been awarded or spent.
The “Hyperloop,” floated in 2014 by Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, is a futuristic high-speed transit system in its nascent stages of development, but it’s closer to reality with plans for a test track in the Central Valley.
Regulators are ordering farmers with California’s oldest water rights to stop pumping from the San Joaquin River watershed for the first time in memory.
Families in one Central Valley farming community are coping with a lack of running water as the drought deepens and their remaining wells run dry.