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Gov. Brown Makes Drought Water Rationing Permanent

California Governor Jerry Brown signed two bills that will force water districts and municipalities to permanently adopt even more aggressive water rationing level than during the state’s 5-year drought.

FILE - In this May 1, 2014 file photo, irrigation water runs along the dried-up ditch between the rice farms to provide water for the rice fields in Richvale, Calif. The federal government will be pouring nearly a quarter-billion dollars into several dozen projects aimed at tackling the effects of …

Pinkerton: Fixing California’s Wildfire Problem

As the 2017 wildfire season in California recedes in time, if not in memory, the 2018 wildfire season is looming into view. And so if you live in the Golden State—now the Scorched State, as more than 500,000 acres were burned in 2017—you should be worried about a fire-haunted future.

FILE - This Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 false-color image from the European Space Agency's Sentinel-2 satellite via NASA, shows a brown burn scar from the Thomas fire north of the city of Ventura, Calif., at bottom center. The flames stand out starkly as smoke billows toward the Pacific Ocean and …

Trump Admin OKs Cadiz Project for Water to 400,000 in SoCal

The Cadiz Water Project will soon produce enough Mojave Desert groundwater to serve the needs of 400,000 people in Southern California, thanks to President Donald Trump’s Department of Interior reversing his predecessor’s stall tactics.

Mojave Desert (Chris Carlson / Associated Press)

Farmers Applaud Trump for Repealing EPA’s WOTUS Rule

Farmers are applauding President Donald Trump’s executive order Tuesday that reverses the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule, which gave the agency virtually limitless authority to regulate water on private land.

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Rain! California Doubles Water Allocation as Drought Fades

With storms pummeling Southern California, and California’s Northern Sierras receiving the third-highest early season precipitation in the last 50 years, state officials doubled the amount of water they expect to provide next year from the State Water Project.

Drinking-the-Rain-California-Flickr (Candy Beauchamp / Flickr / CC / Cropped)

Can Trump Deliver More Water to California’s Farmers?

President-elect Donald Trump has stated his commitment to helping California’s farmers attain more water, as the Golden State prepares to enter its historic sixth year of a crippling drought, with a federal water policy in place that favors fish over agriculture.

California Drought Lake McClure (Justin Sullivan / Getty)

Sierra’s Best Snow in Years; Ski Resorts Open Early

A fresh blanket of snow in California’s Sierras from this weekend’s winter-like storms has resulted in several of California’s 27 ski resorts opening earlier than expected. The good news follows four winters of drought that severely impacted the resorts’ business operations.

Sierra snow (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Scott Walker Slam Jerry Brown over Drought

California Gov. Jerry Brown is not running for president–yet, anyway–but he came under fire from three Republican presidential candidates in Nevada on Saturday, as they slammed him for his policies on California’s drought, and for linking it to climate change.

Scott Walker Harley shirt (Scott Olson / Getty)

Drought: All Boats Ordered out of Folsom Lake

This Father’s Day, dads with boats at Folsom Lake received disappointing news as they were forced to pull their boats from the marina due to low water levels resulting from California’s fourth year of drought. Sunday also coincided with the first day of summer.

Folsom Lake drought (Justin Sullivan / Getty)

Drought: Lawnmowers Spark Two Summer Fires in California

Fire season has arrived early in California, and the crippling drought has helped an unlikely culprit–lawnmowers–start several blazes in Sacramento, which could have rendered one home a complete loss.

Lawnmower fire (Frank Boston / Flickr / CC / Cropped)

Israeli Experts Offer California Advice on Saving Water

A team of water technology experts from Israel is helping California battle the state’s crippling drought problem by offering ways to implement water conservation. The experts spoke in Sacramento on Thursday to offer their insights, experiences and tips.

Jerusalem water fountain (Menahem Kahana / AFP / Getty)

Would Going Vegetarian Help Curb the Drought?

It’s only getting worse. As a fifth year of crippling droughts dries California up, leaders at local and state levels have been seeking a host of ways to combat the absence of water, the most basic necessity. While desalinization and using recycled waste water are drawing more interest, liberal media outlets have suggested that going vegetarian could be a viable, long-term option.

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Fiorina Slams Liberals: Human Beings Are More Important Than Fish

Potential 2016 presidential candidate and former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina recently penned an op-ed in Time in which she chastises liberal environmentalists for making a species of fish a priority over human beings, resulting in billions of gallons of precious fresh water released to the Pacific Ocean–water that could have been used to help California during it’s fourth year of a devastating drought.

Delta Smelt (AP / Rich Pedroncelli)

Carly Fiorina: Environmentalists to Blame for California’s ‘Tragic’ Drought

In an interview with Glenn Beck on Monday, potential 2016 presidential candidate and former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina said liberal environmentalists are the cause of California’s “man-made” drought, which has created unprecedented water restrictions. She also said this “disaster” could have been avoided.

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Gov Jerry Brown: Californians to Be Heavily Fined for Long Showers

Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA)  said Californians will face heavy fines for taking long showers. Brown said, “This executive order is done under emergency power. It has the force of law. Very unusual. It’s requiring action


Why President–Er, Governor–Brown Took Drastic Action on Water

On Wednesday, California Gov. Jerry Brown made national headlines by announcing that he had “signed an executive order requiring the State Water Resources Control Board to implement measures in cities and towns to cut the state’s overall water usage by

Gov. Jerry Brown sworn in to record-breaking 4th term