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  • Mandatory usage cuts loom even for those with senior water rights

    Mandatory usage cuts loom even for those with senior water rights
    In the 1976-77 drought, the state ordered growers with some of the oldest water rights in California to stop pumping from many rivers and streams. Now, in a sign of the spreading pain of another punishing drought, regulators are preparing to do the same thing.
  • Drought cuts power production of California dams

    Shasta Dam, looming more than 600 feet tall and gatekeeper of the largest man-made lake in California, was designed to perform two crucial functions: Store water and generate power. And for decades, the massive concrete structure has channeled water...

    By the numbers

      Amid four years of drought, reservoir levels have plunged across California. These dams are typically a small but important producer of power. Reservoir levels at some major California dams: Shasta: 50% Trinity: 36% Folsom: 54% New Melones:...

    Drought urgency hits rain country: Washington governor declares state emergency

    Drought urgency hits rain country: Washington governor declares state emergency
    Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared a statewide drought Friday — citing historically low snowpack, dwindling rivers and rising temperatures that have plunged nearly the entire West Coast into official emergency status. “The drought has...

    Shad fish stage an uneven Chesapeake comeback

    Once severely depleted, American shad — the fish that fed the nation's founders — are finally making a comeback in the Chesapeake Bay. Their return, however, so far has been uneven. Spawning runs of the migratory fish have surpassed...