Department of Water Resources
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.
Back in March, Lady Gaga took some flack from water conservationists when she filmed in Hearst Castle’s famed swimming pool, which required it to be drained after. Gaga responded by pledging to participate in a PSA for California Department of Water Resources.
The $200 million comes from a 2006 general obligation bond, Proposition 84, approved to help regional water systems.
NASA scientists have begun deploying satellites and other advanced technology to help California water officials assess the state’s record drought and better manage it, officials said Tuesday.
Amid California’s drought, state officials have announced they won’t be able to provide water to agencies serving 25 million people and nearly 1 million acres of farmland.
As California endures one of its driest winters, on record, some state water managers are focused on the opposite end of the precipitation spectrum — the one in five residents who live in regions susceptible to catastrophic flooding.
There’s more bad news for California water users: the snow pack is just half the amount of normal and has already begun to melt.
It’s official, and it’s not good news for thirsty Californians: January and February have been the driest on record.
State water managers say a recent spate of storms has brought California’s water supply up to more than half of normal levels, but that is still not enough rain to change dry conditions in Southern California.
There’s more bad news for Californians dependent upon Sierra snowmelt for water—the state snow survey on Tuesday measured just 30 percent of normal.