Map of the Madera County groundwater subbasin

State Rejects Initial Madera Groundwater Sustainability Plan

In the first indication of how strict state officials will be with new groundwater sustainability agencies, the Department of Water Resources has refused to accept groundwater plans covering the Madera subbasin because one of those agencies did not sign a coor...
Photo of three snow survey members

Dry January Puts a Hurt on California Snowpack

PHILLIPS STATION — California's weather turned largely dry in January and left the water content of the Sierra Nevada snowpack below average for this time of year, state officials said after measurements Thursd...
Photo of first Sierra snowpack measurement of 2019

Sierra Snowpack Checks in at 67% of Normal

PHILLIPS STATION — Winter storms have coated California's Sierra Nevada mountains in snow, but the drought-prone state is still off to another dryer-than-normal start to the crucial wet season. “About two-thirds of California’s annual rainfall occurs Decemb...