A small-island owner already threatened with a $4.6 million fine by one state agency has been fined $772,000 by a state commission for changing levees and waterways to create a private kite surfing club for business executives.
The lead contamination scandal that unraveled in Flint the last two years and the failure of local, state, and federal officials to address it brought drinking water safety to the forefront of U.S. public policy. For good reason.
A wet start to the rainy season boosted the water conservation effort of urban Californians to 19.5 percent in October, climbing above last month’s totals but less than the 22.3 percent savings realized last year, the state water board reported Tuesday.
Urban Californians used about 1.8 percent more water in October compared with a year earlier, state officials said Tuesday. It marked the fourth straight month in which conservation has slipped following the state’s decision to relax drought mandates.
A $10 million state storm water grant has been awarded for the $25.6 million Salinas-area portion of the Pure Water Monterey groundwater replenishment project aimed at diverting Salinas city industrial wastewater for treatment and use as part of a new recycled water supply for the Monterey Peninsula.
More than a year has passed since Santa Cruz and Soquel Creek Water District opted to join forces to give each others’ customers a bit of extra water security through a short-term water sharing agreement.
The U.S. Forest Service recently estimated that 102 million trees have died in California’s forests since 2010. In response, Amy Horne and Jim Branham suggest logging “millions of acres” in national forests to save them (“A new, better way to deal with dead trees in Sierra,” Viewpoints, Nov. 30.)