An effort to place a $4.9-billion water bond on the November statewide ballot has officially ended before it began, with supporters saying they’re putting their hopes on the Legislature crafting a bond measure later this year.
New research shows people living behind levees on flood plains may have a greater risk of flood damage than if the levees had not been built. The research examined the long-term flood risk, probabilities of levee failures and resulting economic losses along the Mississippi River, but the science applies to levee systems worldwide.
A new state report shows California farmers reaping record sales despite the epic drought, thriving even as city-dwellers have been forced to conserve water, household wells have run dry and fish have died.
The federal government plans to spend $3 million this year constructing a new wetland along the Alamo River in order to rehabilitate habitats and help clean up some of the polluted water flowing into the Salton Sea.
The types of storms that have been bringing heavy snow and rain to the West this winter, triggering landslides and floods while easing stubborn droughts, are likely to become stronger and more frequent, according to the results of a conclusive new study.
Nearly 9 in 10 respondents say they strongly or somewhat agree that “I’ve already cut back on water use at my home as much as I can” and “There’s not much more I can do to save water,” according to a recent survey commissioned by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
Warm days and sunny skies are ahead, but the National Weather Service says El Niño isn’t over. … The temperature Tuesday surpassed Chico’s record high of 72 degrees set in 1988, when the mercury rose to 74 degrees measured at the Enterprise-Record’s weather station.
The expo is the largest gathering of farm equipment and technology in the world. … Also expected to draw visitors is new technology aimed at reducing emissions on tractors, improving food safety and reducing water use.
The first stop on the “California Coastal Swing” featured 40 mph gusts and rain that led to a Monday finish at Torrey Pines with no spectators and hardly any volunteers. And that’s all it takes to revive memories of what once was referred to as the Wet Coast Swing.
We go to the doctor for the latest in medical care, not outdated treatments from the medieval period. Yet when it comes to California’s greatest natural treasure, the estuary of the San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the State of California is using leeches to try to cure the estuary’s ills.
In early 2015, participants at the World Economic Forum, a who’s who of the political and business elite, ranked water crises as the top global risk. Water was also a key factor in the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a blueprint for international development over the next 15 years. … In December at the UN climate change conference in Paris, world leaders acknowledged the instrumental role that water will play in a warming planet.
The FY 2017 budget proposes a total of $1.1 billion for Reclamation. The $813.4 million proposal for Reclamation’s Water and Related Resources account includes $383.5 million for resource management and development activities. … The proposal also emphasizes reliable water delivery and power generation by including $429.9 million to fund operation, maintenance and rehabilitation activities at Reclamation facilities, including dam safety.
EPA’s FY 2017 budget request of $8.267 billion provides resources vital to that overarching vision. … Building on the strong funding level of $2.0 billion provided through the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds, $42 million is included for loan financing, technical assistance, training, and other efforts to enhance the capacity of communities and states to plan and finance drinking water and wastewater infrastructure improvements. Twenty million dollars and 12 staff will support the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program.
The Pacific Institute has released a comprehensive assessment of the costs to California of lost hydroelectricity during the four years of drought from October 2011 to the end of September 2015 (the official California “water year” runs from October 1 to September 30).
Last fall, the consensus was that El Niño would give Southern California the best chance for above-average rains and much less of a chance to Northern California. But the opposite has turned out to be true.