The drought has obstructed the migratory journeys of many coho salmon on California's North and Central Coast, putting them in immediate danger.

DAVENPORT, Calif. — By now, water would typically be ripping down Scott Creek, and months ago it should have burst through a berm of sand to provide fish passage between freshwater and the ocean.

Instead, young coho salmon from this redwood and oak-shaded watershed near Santa Cruz last week were swirling around idly in a lagoon. There has been so little rain that sand has blocked the endangered fish from leaving for the ocean or swimming upstream to spawn.

Scott Creek is one of dozens of s... Continue Reading »

The Metropolitan Water District finds itself in the politically awkward position of being flush with reserves while the rest of California faces economy-crippling water shortages.

The looming choice posed to the Los Angeles-based wholesaler is this: Gamble the drought will break and agree to share its vast backup supply or play it safe, guard those stockpiles and risk public and political backlash.

Thus far, no formal requests for water have been made and Metrop... Continue Reading »

Californians accustomed to complaining about the slightest change in the weather welcomed a robust weekend storm that soaked the northern half of the drought-stricken state Saturday even as rain and snow brought the threat of avalanches, flooding and rock slides.

In Willits, one of 17 rural communities that California's Department of Public Health recently described as dangerously low on water, City Councilman Bruce Burton said he was cheered seeing the water levels in a local reservoir and his back... Continue Reading »