Record drought continues in California

Will California's drought be broken this winter by another record-breaking El Nino? Some think so... others are not so sure. Time will tell.

10 must-read drought stories for June 10


  1. Imperiled fish add to California’s drought stress: State regulators hold back on releases from Shasta Lake in effort to protect winter-run Chinook. Net effect is less water for farmers.
  2. BoM: El Nino strengthening: Australian Bureau of Meteorology sees similar sea surface temperatures that heralded record-breaking 1997-’98 El Nino.
  3. California drought: El Nino won’t end dry times in California: Not everyone is on the band wagon claiming that a forecasted strong El Nino will break California’s drought this winter.
  4. Who needs an ocean? San Joaquin Valley projects give new life to salty water: California Central Valley contains a sea of brackish irrigation water that could benefit from new technology.
  5. Which crops produce most ‘pop per drop’ of water? For all the discussions about which crops generate the most bang for the buck when it comes to irrigation water, the facts remain that agriculture is pushing $2 billion in lost revenue and nearly 20,000 fewer jobs because of the drought.
  6. California’s war over water has farmer fighting farmer: Not every farmer in California is suffering for lack of water. Some in the Sacramento Delta region say that, barring an increase in water transfers, they have ample water to grow crops.
  7. Hot temperatures play critical role in drought, USGS study says: The Association of California Water Agencies reports on USGS data to suggest that higher-than-normal temperatures have as much to play in drought impacts as lack of rain.
  8. No Klamath water left to combat salmon-killing parasite: Parasite to blame for killing juvenile Chinook salmon in the Klamath River.
  9. Arizona stuck in prolonged drought but sees no California-style restrictions: Even with Lake Mead levels dropping to unseen levels Arizona does not foresee California-like water restrictions.
  10. California’s congressional delegation can’t agree on response to drought: For years they’ve been calling it a “drought emergency,” yet some of California’s elected leaders refuse act with the urgency such an emergency demands. 
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