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Latest Survey of California Snow Pack Measures Below Normal

PHILLIPS STATION — The last seasonal survey of snow in the Sierra Nevada confirms that California had a dry winter that will leave much-needed runoff levels below normal, authorities said Thursday. The snow was only 1 ½ inches deep at the traditional manual measuring site at Phillips Station in the...

State Says Urban Water Agencies Must Report on Usage and Conservation Efforts

SACRAMENTO — California’s largest water suppliers will have to report their monthly use and conservation efforts under a measure approved Tuesday by state regulators. More than 400 urban systems that supply 90% of the state’s population will have to make monthly reports to the State Water Resources Control Board under...

California Braces for Wildfire Season After Dry Winter

SAN FRANCISCO — A winter with little precipitation has left most of California abnormally dry and officials are bracing for the possibility of an early and more intense wildfire season amid record-breaking temperatures. Drought has expanded to nearly a quarter of the state, mainly in central California, the heart of...