Despite concerns about mudslides in Southern California, this weekend's rain is welcome relief from the drought. Among other things, the state's tight water supplies have put environmental restoration projects in the spotlight, especially the effort to bring salmon back to the state's second longest river, the San Joaquin. Republican House Speaker John Boehner is pushing a bill to kill that project. KQED Science reporter Lauren Sommer looks at how this lack of rain is affecting one of the most ambitious restoration efforts in the state.
Federal water managers have announced some Central Valley farms won?t get any water this year unless the drought lets up. It's a dramatic move, and it comes just a couple weeks after state water managers warned they won't be sending water to customers. This could mean hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland left fallow and mass unemployment in agricultural regions. We talk with Central Valley bureau chief Sasha Khokha to assess what this means going forward.
White House officials met with Governor Jerry Brown and other state and local leaders Thursday in Los Angeles to talk about climate change. It was the first meeting of the president's newly created Climate Change Task Force outside of the White House. The task force is charged with overseeing federal response to floods, wildfires and storms sometimes linked to global warming.