Delta Smelt

Lake David (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Lake Davis Overflows for First Time Since 1996

With heavy rain and snow slamming into the Central Sierra Mountains, the spillway at Lake Davis overflowed for the first time in 21 years, re-igniting concerns about the downstream water level rising at Oroville Dam.

California flooding (Justin Sullivan / Getty)

Storms Add 350 Billion Gallons of Water to CA Reservoirs

California’s crippling five-year drought has come to a temporary halt in the northern part of the state, as roughly 350 billion gallons of water came pouring into the region’s biggest reservoirs over the past few days, boosting storage to levels not seen in years.

Tulare Central Valley (Justin Sullivan / Getty)

Historic Water Bill Passes, Promising Relief to Central Valley

The Senate overcame a filibuster effort by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) to pass the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) early Saturday morning, bringing relief to farmers in the Central Valley — and potential lawsuits by environmental groups.

Barbara Boxer (John Minchillo / Associated Press)

In Final Act, Boxer to Filibuster Bipartisan Water Compromise

Retiring U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer of California is determined to be remembered as a defiant and dogmatic leftist, as she plans Friday to filibuster a bipartisan water bill that gives her state’s farmers more access to water after six years of drought.

Dianne Feinstein Barbara Boxer (Chris Pizzello / Associated Press)

Boxer vs. Feinstein over Bipartisan Federal Water Bill

Outgoing Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) is challenging fellow California Senator and liberal Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) over the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which emerged from bipartisan compromise in both houses.

California Drought Lake McClure (Justin Sullivan / Getty)

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.

Tulare Central Valley (Justin Sullivan / Getty)

Donald Trump Talks Water at Central Valley Fundraiser

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump made a quiet, lightning-fast visit to California’s Central Valley on Tuesday, listening to local concerns about federal water policy, which continues to divert water from farms to an endangered fish.

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California Plans to Flush More Water to Sea to Save Delta Smelt

The State of California has released a new plan to save the endangered Delta Smelt, including a proposal to flush up to 250,000 acre-feet of water from reservoirs into the Pacific Ocean in the summertime, despite ongoing drought.

Delta Smelt (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Ted Cruz: ‘Environmental Policies’ Kill California Jobs over ‘Bait Fish’

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) waded into California water politics on Saturday, suggesting at the California Republican Party convention in Burlingame that eating the three-inch Delta Smelt with “cheese and crackers” rather than allowing “out of control environmental policies” to kill California jobs, including those for Hispanic farm workers.

Bouldin Island (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

SoCal Water District Buys S.F. Island for $175M

Southern California’s largest water district has secured a $175 million deal to purchase five small islands in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta in a move that frightens some of the state’s agricultural interests, but could serve as a boon to Gov. Jerry Brown’s controversial water tunnel project.

Klamath Dam (Jeff Barnard / Associated Press)

Feds Plan to Go Around Congress to Remove Klamath Dam

Proponents of removing the Klamath Dam — the largest dam removal project in U.S. history — are seeking to bypass Congress and use a nonprofit private corporation to decommission four hydroelectric dams by 2020, four of which are located in California, going directly through the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Central Valley aqueducts (Joel Pollak / Breitbart News)

Water Deliveries up in Central Valley — From 0 to 5%

On Friday, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced that the federal Central Valley Project (CVP) would boost water deliveries to California farmers to five percent from the zero percent the CVP had allocated the past two years.

Jones Pumping Plant intake (Joel Pollak / Breitbart News)

Dianne Feinstein to Obama: Turn on the Taps!

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) penned an open letter to President Obama on Thursday urging an increase in water pumping from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to thirsty farms and communities in Southern California.

Delta Smelt (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Delta Smelt, Farmers’ Nemesis, May Disappear Due to Drought

The delta smelt may disappear from California because of the extreme drought. Farmers in the Central Valley may soon receive the water denied them for years because of environmentalists’ desire to flush fresh water out to sea for the smelts’ sake.

Delta Smelt (AP / Rich Pedroncelli)

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.

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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.

California drought (AP)

50 Percent of CA Voters Want Fish Regulations Lifted During Drought

California voters are evenly divided over whether the state should bypass fish and wildlife regulations to allow for more access to water during a punishing fourth year of drought, according to the results of a Field Poll released this week.

Delta Smelt (AP / Rich Pedroncelli)

CA Water Districts, Growers Take Delta Smelt Fight to Supreme Court

On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court will evaluate two appeals filed by California water agencies and a coalition of Central Valley farmers that urge the court to strip away strict regulations regarding agricultural and commercial water deliveries under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).