California Senate proposes to spend $3.4 billion on drought

California gets nearly all of its rain and snow in the winter and early spring. But this year, snowpack in the Sierra Nevada mountains is less than half of normal and most of the state is well below normal precipitation amounts.

Sonoma County water agency inflating rubber dam early due to lack of rain

The rubber dam, typically inflated in spring or early summer when demand for potable water increases, is being put to use now because of the lack of measurable rainfall in February and warm temperatures, coupled with increased water demand at a time when the river is relatively low.