California Rain (Robert Couse-Baker / Flickr / CC / Cropped)

California Rain: Dam Spillway Opened for First Time in 20 Years

As rain continues in California, officials in San Joaquin County issued evacuation orders after a levee breach, and Turlock Irrigation District officials opened the spillway on the Don Pedro Reservoir for the first time in 20 years.

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.

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.


California Cuts Water to Agriculture

On Friday, California’s top water regulators issued new cutbacks on farmers holding senior water rights dating back more than 100 years.