Voices of the Drought http://kvpr.org en Waterless Madera County Locale Hears The Faucet Run http://kvpr.org/post/waterless-madera-county-locale-hears-faucet-run <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the last three days a water crisis in a small community outside Madera left its residents without potable water. </span>FM89’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Ezra David Romero has more on how Madera County is bringing water to this parched community.</span></p><p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:44:09 +0000 Ezra David Romero 35520 at http://kvpr.org Waterless Madera County Locale Hears The Faucet Run In Clovis, Purple Pipes Give Recycled Water New Life http://kvpr.org/post/clovis-purple-pipes-give-recycled-water-new-life <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This is </span>Pasa<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Tiempo<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Park in Clovis.&nbsp; It’s 5 acres of green grass tucked between suburban homes and an orange grove.&nbsp; It’s a lot like any other neighborhood park:&nbsp; benches, fruit trees, and lots of space for kids.</span></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 23:39:43 +0000 Kerry Klein 35386 at http://kvpr.org In Clovis, Purple Pipes Give Recycled Water New Life Levee Break On Canal Will Delay Water Deliveries http://kvpr.org/post/levee-break-canal-will-delay-water-deliveries <p class="p1">A major canal that supplies Kings River water to east side valley farmers will be out of commission for one week at the height of the&nbsp; growing season.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">A levee on the Alta Irrigation's District's Alta Main canal east of Sanger gave way on Sunday evening, flooding several homes and closing Highway 180 for a short time. Crews were able to control the flooding and turn off the water supply.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 01:25:18 +0000 Joe Moore 35322 at http://kvpr.org Levee Break On Canal Will Delay Water Deliveries Instagram Art Show Highlights KVPR's #droughtvoices http://kvpr.org/post/instagram-art-show-highlights-kvprs-droughtvoices <p><em>Guests in interview above: Don Martin of Metro Galleries and KVPR&nbsp;Reporter and Producer Ezra David Romero.&nbsp;</em></p><p>Over the past few months Valley Public Radio Reporter <a href="http://kvpr.org/people/ezra-david-romero">Ezra David Romero</a> has covered California's historic drought.</p><p>He's written stories, snapped photos and launched an Instagram reporting collaborative with youth reporters, farmers and other social media users called "<a href="http://voicesofthedrought.tumblr.com/">Voices of the Drought</a>" using the hashtag #droughtvoices.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 19:30:51 +0000 Ezra David Romero 33664 at http://kvpr.org Instagram Art Show Highlights KVPR's #droughtvoices Valley Growers At Odds Over Millerton Lake Water http://kvpr.org/post/valley-growers-odds-over-millerton-lake-water <p class="p1">The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced today that for the first in this history of Friant Dam, the oldest water rights holders on the San Joaquin River - the Exchange Contractors &nbsp;- will begin to draw down water from Millerton Lake.</p><p class="p1">The move pits farmers in Merced County against those on the east side of the valley from Fresno to Kern, and underscores the divide between the holders of historic water rights, and those whose supplies came about in the middle of the 20th century.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 01:29:38 +0000 Joe Moore 32623 at http://kvpr.org Valley Growers At Odds Over Millerton Lake Water California's Drought Triggers Drop In School Attendance http://kvpr.org/post/californias-drought-triggers-drop-school-attendance <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Schools on the east side of Fresno County are already feeling the impact of California’s ongoing drought.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Education officials from the Kings Canyon Unified District say they have seen a significant drop in attendance this year.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Superintendent Juan Garza says families have been forced to relocate, taking their school aged children with them.</span></p> Tue, 13 May 2014 01:47:53 +0000 Diana Aguilera 32560 at http://kvpr.org California's Drought Triggers Drop In School Attendance Voices Of The Drought: The Man Inside Fresno's Friant Dam http://kvpr.org/post/voices-drought-man-inside-fresnos-friant-dam <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This past weekend’s summer-like temperatures mean the state’s already meager </span>snowpack<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is quickly melting. And for much of the Central Sierra, those waters will eventually find their way into </span>Millerton<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Lake, behind </span>Friant<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Dam. But as </span>FM89’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Ezra David Romero tells us in our series Voices of the Drought, managing those waters is a tough job, especially this year.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 06 May 2014 00:57:49 +0000 Ezra David Romero 32124 at http://kvpr.org Voices Of The Drought: The Man Inside Fresno's Friant Dam Voices Of The Drought: Rushing To Measure The Snowpack http://kvpr.org/post/voices-drought-rushing-measure-snowpack <p>Traditionally the April 1 snow survey marks the peak of the year’s&nbsp;snowpack, but with a string of early spring storms surveyors are rushing to measure the pack with just days to get their measurements in. Valley Public Radio reporter Ezra David Romero helped in the effort as a snow surveyor on a recent trip.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">---</span></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:54:40 +0000 Ezra David Romero 30548 at http://kvpr.org Voices Of The Drought: Rushing To Measure The Snowpack Voices Of The Drought: Mendota Mayor Prepares For The Worst http://kvpr.org/post/voices-drought-mendota-mayor-prepares-worst <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>California is in the midst of one of the driest years on record and with over a third of the Central Valley’s jobs tied to agriculture and hundreds of thousands of acres going fallow leaders in the region are expecting ag jobs to be few and far between. FM89 reporter Ezra David Romero reports from one west side Valley town that is already feeling the pinch.</p><p>---</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 01:45:27 +0000 Ezra David Romero 30188 at http://kvpr.org Voices Of The Drought: Mendota Mayor Prepares For The Worst Along The Pacific Flyway, California's Drought Raises Concerns For Wildlife http://kvpr.org/post/along-pacific-flyway-californias-drought-raises-concerns-wildlife <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The area around Los </span>Banos<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> isn't just a stopover for valley travelers along Highway 152 who are headed for the Central Coast. It's also a vital rest stop for millions of birds from across North America on the Pacific Flyway.</span></p><p>Ric Ortega: "If you come out here, you really don't see it all off of any of the major highways. But here we have something that definitely at least from an ecological perspective is equivalent to Yosemite Valley."</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 16:05:45 +0000 Joe Moore 29731 at http://kvpr.org Along The Pacific Flyway, California's Drought Raises Concerns For Wildlife Voices Of The Drought: Hatcheries, Where Will The Fish Go? http://kvpr.org/post/voices-drought-hatcheries-where-will-fish-go <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are over 1.5 million fish at the San Joaquin Fish Hatchery at the base of </span>Friant<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Dam, which holds back </span>Millerton<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Lake on the border of Fresno and Madera Counties.</span></p><p>Greg Paape runs the hatchery for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Today he’s inspecting the health of rainbow trout that he and his team have watched grow from eggs to four to six pounders.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 02:29:55 +0000 Ezra David Romero 29852 at http://kvpr.org Voices Of The Drought: Hatcheries, Where Will The Fish Go? Voices Of The Drought | Blog #droughtvoices http://kvpr.org/post/voices-drought-blog-droughtvoices <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">In this occasional series the Valley Public Radio news team explores the impacts of the drought through the <em>voices </em>and <em>sounds </em>of Central California.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 23:13:26 +0000 Ezra David Romero 29729 at http://kvpr.org Voices Of The Drought | Blog #droughtvoices Voices Of The Drought: Nurseryman Jon Reelhorn http://kvpr.org/post/voices-drought-nurseryman-jon-reelhorn <p></p><p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This is the second piece in Valley Public Radio's occasional series, called Voices of the Drought. This week FM89&nbsp;reporter Ezra David Romero visits with Fresno nurseryman Jon Reelhorn.</em></p><p>Jon Reelhorn wasn’t always a nurseryman<a>. </a>Back when he was a student at Fresno State he spent more time in the dugout than in the greenhouse.</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 05:58:29 +0000 Ezra David Romero 28799 at http://kvpr.org Voices Of The Drought: Nurseryman Jon Reelhorn Voices Of The Drought: Small Farmer Chia Lee http://kvpr.org/post/voices-drought-small-farmer-chia-lee <p><em>Starting this week, Valley Public Radio will share an occasional series, called Voices of the Drought. First up, is the story of small farmer Chia Lee.</em></p><p>Back in Laos, Chia Lee grew rice and corn on a mountainside. He never worried about rain there.</p><p>“We’re waiting for the monsoon rain in Laos, once a year, so we don’t worry about anything,” Lee says.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 17:08:18 +0000 Rebecca Plevin 28025 at http://kvpr.org Voices Of The Drought: Small Farmer Chia Lee