The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has made its initial allocation of Central Valley Project water for 2015, announcing that agricultural users without senior water rights will likely get no water again this year. Thousands of acres in the San Joaquin Valley...
The snow level in the moountains will be around 3,000 feet, forecasters say.
Last year farmers in the district left thousands of acres unplanted or irrigated by pumping scarce ground water.
Half of Californians also said that in dry years, the state should help farmers by easing environmental regulations that protect fish in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, but the survey found 46 percent disagreeing.
The rain is letting up, but more showers are expected for Monday afternoon.
Idaho groundwater users have decided to appeal a recent ruling by Idaho Department of Water Resources Director Gary Spackman denying them a water right to mitigate for damages their operations have caused to the Rangen, Inc., trout farm in Hagerman.
In western Colorado the snowpack is at 90 percent of the long-term average.
The dairies also are talking about settling a federal court case in which environmental groups accuse them of fouling groundwater.
Northern California could be in for a wet march after a series of strong mid-February storms punctuated an otherwise dry start to 2015.
The group wants the agency to make sure Oregon has limits on four chemicals: copper, cadmium, aluminum and ammonia.
One bill expands the power of the state’s water authority to govern and manage groundwater shortages in areas suffering from severe drought.
Despite heavy rain in February, Oregon and the rest of the West face a dry summer.
Senate committee hears bill to make Department of Ecology to collect more proof before telling rancher his has may cause pollution.
A pending rule that could make an additional half a million irrigated acres in the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer subject to future water calls has run into trouble in the Idaho Legislature.