drought http://kvpr.org en Madera County's 'French Fire' Burns In Sierra National Forest http://kvpr.org/post/madera-countys-french-fire-burns-sierra-national-forest <p>A 1,000 acre wildfire is burning today in the Sierra National Forest below Mammoth Pool Reservoir in Madera County. <a href="http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4013/">The French Fire</a> was discovered this morning in steep terrain near the San Joaquin River. &nbsp;</p><p>Authorities have evacuated the Fish Creek and Rock Creek campgrounds and residents are being advised to avoid using Minarets Road out of North Fork. The cause of the fire is unknown.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 02:28:17 +0000 Joe Moore 36365 at http://kvpr.org Madera County's 'French Fire' Burns In Sierra National Forest NASA Photos Document Drought's Toll On California Landscape http://kvpr.org/post/nasa-photos-document-droughts-toll-california-landscape <p>If you drive through Central California, it might be easy to forget the state is in the midst of a drought of historic proportions. Almond orchards and vineyards are green and full with crops awaiting harvest, and in cities green lawns still outnumber brown ones.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:02:31 +0000 Joe Moore 36183 at http://kvpr.org NASA Photos Document Drought's Toll On California Landscape Enforcement of Watering Rules Varies Around State http://kvpr.org/post/enforcement-watering-rules-varies-around-state <p>California is enacting tough water restrictions after voluntary conservation efforts failed to work. But, as Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, the restrictions won’t be uniformly enforced.</p><p>Some communities already have strict local penalties in place. Others are just beginning to implement water shortage plans. In some cities a police officer may fine you for wasting water, in others water department employees might cite you.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:10:54 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 36246 at http://kvpr.org Enforcement of Watering Rules Varies Around State In Farmersville, Vilsack Announces Aid For Residents With Failed Wells http://kvpr.org/post/farmersville-vilsack-announces-aid-residents-failed-wells <p>California homeowners who have seen their wells fail during the drought are getting some assistance from the federal government. FM89's Joe Moore reports on today's &nbsp;announcement from U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.</p><p>-----------</p><p>The well at Carlen Overby's rural Tulare County home went dry on July 4th, when she was taking a shower.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:57:56 +0000 Joe Moore 35920 at http://kvpr.org In Farmersville, Vilsack Announces Aid For Residents With Failed Wells Drought Could Lead To Financial Hardship for Water Agencies http://kvpr.org/post/drought-could-lead-financial-hardship-water-agencies <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Conserving water could cost some California water agencies. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento on a notice issued today from Moody’s Investors Service.</span></p><p class="p2"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Moody’s says state-wide water restrictions approved this week could eventually lead to lower credit ratings for California water agencies. That’s because less water use means lower water sales, which in turn means less revenue. </span></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:49:01 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 35879 at http://kvpr.org Drought Could Lead To Financial Hardship for Water Agencies New Survey Says Californians Overwhelmingly Support Statewide Groundwater Plan http://kvpr.org/post/new-survey-says-californians-overwhelmingly-support-statewide-groundwater-plan <p class="p1">An overwhelming majority of likely California voters say they favor a statewide groundwater management plan over the status quo. The results are part of a new survey released today. Capital Public Radio’s Max Pringle reports.&nbsp;</p><p class="p3">The survey was commissioned by the non-profit California Water Foundation. It finds the prolonged drought has focused public opinion on the need to regulate groundwater. Pollster David Metz says few Californians think the state is doing an adequate job of managing.the resource.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:41:04 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 35878 at http://kvpr.org New Survey Says Californians Overwhelmingly Support Statewide Groundwater Plan Fresno City Council Puts Off Measure W Decision, Asks For Study http://kvpr.org/post/fresno-city-council-puts-measure-w-decision-asks-study <p class="p1">Fresno voters may get to weigh in on a referendum that would overturn a planned hike in water rates, but the final decision didn't come Thursday.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">Instead of moving forward with putting Measure W on the November ballot, or repealing the rate hikes - the city council voted to commission an expedited study on the issue.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:37:09 +0000 Joe Moore 35877 at http://kvpr.org Fresno City Council Puts Off Measure W Decision, Asks For Study Fines Now Possible for California Water Wasters http://kvpr.org/post/fines-now-possible-california-water-wasters <p>A state agency took a major step to encourage water conservation Tuesday. As Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, it voted to allow large fines for wasting water.</p><p>The State Water Resources Control Board has adopted emergency regulations that allow local water agencies to levy fines up to $500 a day for people who waste water outdoors. Board Chair Felicia Marcus says collecting money isn’t the goal. Convincing urban water users to conserve is.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 02:01:01 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 35763 at http://kvpr.org Fines Now Possible for California Water Wasters Groundwater Helping Farmers Endure California Drought, UC Davis Says http://kvpr.org/post/groundwater-helping-farmers-endure-california-drought-uc-davis-says <div><p>Research from UC Davis suggests California farmers are mostly able to maintain production during the drought because of their use of underground water– but environmentalists, scientists and farmers agree the practice is not a long term solution. Pauline Bartolone has more from Sacramento.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 01:37:53 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 35762 at http://kvpr.org Groundwater Helping Farmers Endure California Drought, UC Davis Says Drought Could Cost California Economy $2.2 Billion In 2014, Says Study http://kvpr.org/post/drought-could-cost-california-economy-22-billion-2014-says-study <p>The California economy could lose $2.2 billion this year because of the drought. Max Pringle reports on <a href="http://news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=10978">a UC Davis study</a> that shows the agriculture industry alone could lose $1.5 billion.</p><p>The study says California will have to make do with a third less water this year and that could lead to 430 thousand acres of fallow farmland. Former UC Davis Economist Richard Howitt says the pain won’t be spread evenly throughout the state.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:05:33 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 35760 at http://kvpr.org Drought Could Cost California Economy $2.2 Billion In 2014, Says Study Report: Groundwater Management Plans Need Significant Improvement http://kvpr.org/post/report-groundwater-management-plans-need-significant-improvement <div><p>A new report finds local water agencies need to do a better job managing groundwater in California. Amy Quinton has the details from Sacramento.</p></div><p><a href="http://www.californiawaterfoundation.org/uploads/1405009350-GMPReport2014(00256304xA1C15).pdf">The California Water Foundation</a> looked at 120 groundwater management plans adopted by local water agencies. In a nutshell, the results aren’t good. Almost 30 percent were written in 2002 or earlier. Many lacked objectives and an implementation strategy.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 01:34:27 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 35522 at http://kvpr.org Report: Groundwater Management Plans Need Significant Improvement Forecasters: El Nino Not Likely To Help Ease Drought http://kvpr.org/post/forecasters-el-nino-not-likely-help-ease-drought <p>It's less likely an El Niño event will bring rain to parched California next fall or winter. And, as Ed Joyce reports from Sacramento, the drought is expected to continue next year.</p><p>National Weather Service <a href="http://www.climate.gov/news-features/blogs/enso/en-so">forecasters say</a> the chance of El Niño is about 70 percent during the Northern Hemisphere this summer and is close to 80 percent during the fall and early winter.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 01:08:32 +0000 Ed Joyce - Capital Public Radio 35521 at http://kvpr.org Forecasters: El Nino Not Likely To Help Ease Drought Referendum On Fresno Water Rate Hike Qualifies For November Ballot http://kvpr.org/post/referendum-fresno-water-rate-hike-qualifies-november-ballot <p>Fresno voters may soon get a chance to overturn the City Council's planned hikes in water rates.</p><p>Fresno City Clerk Yvonne Spence confirmed today that a referendum petition submitted in late June has over 5,500 valid signatures--more than enough to put Measure W on the ballot.</p><p>The measure aims to allow voters to overturn a water plan approved last summer by the Council.&nbsp; The plan would on average double water rates over the next 3 years in order to fund a $410 million upgrade to the city's water system.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 01:01:03 +0000 Kerry Klein 35391 at http://kvpr.org Referendum On Fresno Water Rate Hike Qualifies For November Ballot 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 Valley Edition: July 8 - Asm. Kristin Olsen; John Cox On Wells; Alex Karner On Sprawl; Joe Matthews http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-july-8-asm-kristin-olsen-john-cox-wells-alex-karner-sprawl-joe-matthews <p>This week on Valley Edition we talk with <a href="http://kvpr.org/post/modesto-assemblywoman-kristin-olsen-chosen-lead-assembly-gop">Assembly Republican Kristin Olsen</a>, KVPR reporter Kerry Klein reports on turning waste water into usable water in Clovis, Bakersfield Californian reporter John Cox talks about the state ordering <a href="http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/business/kern-gusher/x634489929/State-poised-to-shut-down-11-local-oil-injection-wells">11 Valley injection wells to halt work</a>, Alex Karner chats about his latest column on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.zocalopublicsquar Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:04:04 +0000 Ezra David Romero 35358 at http://kvpr.org Valley Edition: July 8 - Asm. Kristin Olsen; John Cox On Wells; Alex Karner On Sprawl; Joe Matthews 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 Much Of California's Emergency Drought Relief Money Still Unspent http://kvpr.org/post/much-californias-emergency-drought-relief-money-still-unspent <p>It’s been four months since Governor Jerry Brown signed what he and Democratic lawmakers called “emergency drought legislation.” It promised nearly $700 million in immediate drought relief. But as Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, nearly 90 percent of that money has yet to be spent.</p><p>It was late February when Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders announced – with great fanfare – emergency drought legislation.</p><blockquote><p><strong><em>Brown:</em></strong><em> “What needs to be done will be done – and is being done.”</em></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:42:00 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 35249 at http://kvpr.org Much Of California's Emergency Drought Relief Money Still Unspent As Drought Worsens, Fresno Turns Attention To Wastewater http://kvpr.org/post/drought-worsens-fresno-turns-attention-wastewater <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jim </span>Quist<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> farms 700 acres next to the one of the most secure water sources in Fresno County.</span></p><p>“It might be providence," Quist says, about what&nbsp;brought his grandfather to&nbsp;the property&nbsp;in 1933.&nbsp;</p><p>A portion of Quist's irrigation water was once&nbsp;raw sewage. Quist’s farm is just across the road from the City of Fresno’s wastewater treatment plant. It’s been giving him water for 50 years.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:13:15 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 35084 at http://kvpr.org As Drought Worsens, Fresno Turns Attention To Wastewater Bakersfield Man Recalls Kayak Trip From Kern County To SF Bay, 30 Years Later http://kvpr.org/post/bakersfield-man-recalls-kayak-trip-kern-county-sf-bay-30-years-later <p>This month CNN journalist John D. Sutter is on a&nbsp;mission to kayak the San Joaquin River from Fresno to San Francisco Bay. We <a href="http://kvpr.org/post/cnn-journalist-aims-kayak-san-joaquin-river-fresno-san-francisco?nopop=1">spoke with him last week</a> on Valley Edition as he seeks to document the stories along what has been called America's most endangered river.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:51:12 +0000 Joe Moore 35040 at http://kvpr.org Bakersfield Man Recalls Kayak Trip From Kern County To SF Bay, 30 Years Later California Assembly Committee Passes Groundwater Rules Bill http://kvpr.org/post/california-assembly-committee-passes-groundwater-rules-bill <p>Local California water agencies would be able to establish rules governing groundwater use for the first time under a bill that passed an Assembly committee Tuesday.&nbsp;</p><p>Backers of the bill say years of ground water over-pumping has led to wells drying up around the state and has also depleted surface water supplies. Maurice Hall is with the Nature Conservancy.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 17:45:08 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 34738 at http://kvpr.org California Assembly Committee Passes Groundwater Rules Bill