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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 …

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.

Oroville Dam Spillway (Joel Pollak / Breitbart News)

Oroville Dam Repair Cost Spikes to $870 Million

The California Department of Water Resources’ (DWR) cost estimates for the Oroville Dam crisis and repair have spiked to $870 million, after an independent forensic report blamed the state for misleading the public about its knowledge of dangerous conditions.

Oroville emergency spillway (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

DWR Report: 75% of Rebuilt Oroville Dam Spillway Has Cracks

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) technical report has admitted that 75 percent of the newly repaired cement slabs in the Oroville Dam’s spillway already have cracks. The DWR report for the California-owned dam was issued on Nov. 2

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.

Oroville Lake and Dam (Breitbart News)

California Rain Expected to Boost Hydro-Electric Revenue

Data from the U.S. Energy Information Agency suggest that the state could receive an extra $900 million in new hydro-electric revenue as a result of record California rain — and that the cash could pay for some of the damage to the Oroville Dam, the Los Angeles Aqueduct, and much of California’s key flood control infrastructure.

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.

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

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.

California Aqueduct (Reed Saxon / Associated Press)

Leak Shuts Down California Aqueduct

A leak Wednesday forced state water officials to shut down the California Aqueduct, the canal that delivers water from Northern California to tens of millions of residents and farms in Southern California. Water officials first discovered the leak on January 2

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NASA: California Has One Year of Water Left

In an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, NASA senior water scientist Jay Famiglietti warned that California only has about one year’s worth of water supply left in its snowpack, reservoirs, and groundwater storage. If conservation efforts are not ramped up, and soon, the state could be facing a full-blown “crisis.”

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Agencies Increases CA Water Allocation to 20% After Storms

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) raised the annual water allocation it provides to the State Water Project (SWP) to 20 percent on Monday following several large storms that have brought much-needed rain to northern California’s reservoirs.