California Drought Stories

Drought Emergency: Valley Of The Moon Water District, Sonoma Urge Limiting Groundwater Use By 20%As the region faces its second dry year in a row, the Valley of the Moon Water District and the city of Sonoma are asking residents to cut back their water usage by 20 percent.
Drought Emergency: Healdsburg Orders Shutdown Of Outdoor Watering As Lake Mendocino Dries UpResidents of Healdsburg have been ordered shut down all outdoor watering systems as its only source of water begins to dry up amid a worsening drought.
Drought Emergency: State Water Board Orders Reductions In Russian River Minimum Flows, DiversionsThe California State Water Resources Control Board ordered reductions this week on minimum instream flows and diversions from the Russian River as drought conditions worsen in the river's watershed.
UPDATE: Temperatures Will Soar Into Triple Digits By Mid-WeekTemperatures will begin a steep climb Wednesday, reaching triple digits for communities away from the coast, straining California's power grid and sucking out even more moisture from the already tinder-dry hills, fields and forests.
California Drought: Healdsburg Bans Sprinklers; Sets Personal Water Use To 74 Gallons A DayAs an extreme drought strengths its grip on Sonoma County, Healdsburg officials have unveiled tough new restrictions on water use including limiting individuals to 74 gallons a day and ordering sprinklers and drop irrigation system to be shut down immediately.
Park Service Installs Water Troughs at Point Reyes to Help Tule Elk Survive DroughtCreeks and springs at Point Reyes National Seashore are parched enough that park staff set up three large troughs last week to ensure tule elk herds get enough water to make it through what could be an unprecedented drought.
Amid Extreme Drought, Contra Costa County Steps Up Battle Against Illegal FireworksWith a dry summer looming, authorities in Contra Costa County said the crackdown on illegal fireworks is about to ramp up.
California Drought UPDATE: Santa Clara Valley Water Board Declares EmergencyThe board of the largest water agency in Santa Clara County on Wednesday unanimously declared a water shortage emergency,
Fires, Outages, Dried-Up Wells Expected In Contra Costa County Amid Exceptional DroughtThe Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday heard a report from local emergency service officials saying residents should expect to not only see fires, but power outages, bone-dry vegetation, smoky skies and wells drying up this year.
California Drought: Sonoma City Council Declares Stage 1 Water ShortageCity officials in Sonoma on Tuesday declared a Stage 1 Water Shortage and are seeking voluntary conservation from residents and businesses.
California Drought: Water Emergency Declaration Coming To Santa Clara County; Mandatory Restrictions SoughtSanta Clara County’s main water provider announced Monday that it plans to declare a water shortage emergency and urge local municipalities to impose water use restrictions.

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