The increase was driven mainly by the heavily populated Southern California coastal communities that increased water use by 8 percent in May and the rural northeastern area of the state where use jumped 5 percent.
The study released by the University of California-Davis Center for Watershed Sciences, used computer modeling, NASA satellite data and estimates provided by state and federal water agencies to examine the impact on California if the next two years continue to be abnormally dry.
California Water Board Chairwoman Felicia Marcus said the vote is historic not only because the steps are unprecedented in California but because the board is trying to spread the burden of the drought beyond farmers and agencies that are trying to protect wildlife.
Jay Chamberlin of the Owyhee Irrigation District in Nyssa says he’s been telling farmers who still have some of their allotments that they should use the water wisely.
Extreme heat throughout Idaho to start July has raised concerns from some potato and onion growers.
A separate case involving bull trout is pending in federal court in Oregon, where environmentalists sued federal officials in April for failing to develop recovery plans for the fish.
Scientists estimate cormorants on East Sand Island ate 18 million protected salmon and steelhead last year and are regularly consuming 10 to 15 percent of the populations swimming through the Columbia River estuary.
The Bureau of Reclamation has delayed construction of a new hydroelectric generating unit at Black Canyon Diversion Dam because the cost of the project may exceed its benefit. Irrigators in southwestern Idaho and eastern Oregon hope the power produced by...
How much fish people eat is part of a complicated formula that determines how clean waters should be. A higher rate theoretically would mean fewer toxic chemicals would be allowed in waters.
A combination of mandatory and voluntary restrictions so far has resulted in a statewide water use reduction of 5 percent through May — far short of the 20 percent sought by Gov. Jerry Brown.
California's State Water Resources Control Board is set to adopt fines for urban dwellers who waste water outdoors, but the regulations would only apply in communities that don't already have conservation plans in place and wouldn't be mandatory for...
The lake on Tuesday was just under 1,082 feet above sea level, and the reservoir was about 39 percent full.
The chairwoman of the California State Water Resources Control Board has rebuffed a state senator's request to reconsider ramped-up enforcement of stop-diversion orders issued to water rights holders.
Violations would be infractions punishable by fines of up to $500 a day, and tickets could be written by any public employee empowered to enforce laws.