Under the White House’s latest budget proposal, released Tuesday, the EPA would fare worse than any other federal agency. … The White House also proposes nearly halving categorical grants, which support state and local efforts to address everything from pesticide exposure to air and water quality, to $597 million.
A wet winter may have finally pulled the state out of its historic drought, but the tail is long for California salmon fishermen. … The Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture will try to bring further attention to the salmon fishing crisis with a [May 24] hearing on its causes, impacts and possible policy actions, 1 p.m. in Room 2040 of the Capitol.
The Department of Water Resources invited downstream levee maintaining agencies and county emergency operators to a meeting in Oroville on Monday to discuss ways of improving operations and planning for future emergency situations.
A massive landslide that went into the Pacific Ocean is the latest natural disaster to hit a California community that relies heavily on an iconic coastal highway and tourism to survive, and it adds to a record $1 billion in highway damage from one of the state’s wettest winters in decades.
The proposed Environmental Protection Agency budget for fiscal 2018 released Tuesday calls for eliminating a series of initiatives targeting regional waters plagued with pollution that threatens human health, kills fish and harms tourism.
The East Bay Municipal Utility District is spending $120,000 to resend all of its 385,000 account holders a notice of a proposed 19 percent rate increase after discovering the first mailing omitted 15,000 to 20,000 customers. … Under the state’s voter-approved Proposition 218, public agencies must mail out a notice of rate increases 45 days before adopting them.
Resolving contamination issues with the quagga mussel, a small invasive shellfish, could make the difference between a slightly balanced budget and one that is seriously in the red for Central Basin Municipal Water District.
Selling Tuolumne River water to growers just outside borders of the Modesto Irrigation District for $60 an acre-foot should cover the district’s costs while remaining low enough to attract buyers, the MID board agreed Tuesday.
The cleanup of contaminated groundwater in South Lake Tahoe dating back to the 1970s from a leaky laundromat at the South Y Center remains uncompleted — but a recent order from a local water board is calling for additional study and remedial work by the responsible parties.
A dire wildfire season may already be upon us in San Diego County, state and local fire officials said Tuesday. It’s not just the dead trees and brush covering much of the region’s back country, it’s thigh-high grass that sprouted just about everywhere during an exceptionally wet winter, including urban canyons in highly populated areas.
Seismologist Lucy Jones has spent her career trying to understand public attitudes about earthquakes, with a focus on moving people past paralysis and denial. Jones said the way experts like her used to talk about earthquakes wasn’t very effective
The [Modesto] City Council on Tuesday night approved increasing outdoor watering from two days to three days a week from June through October. … The city is easing up after winter storms drenched the valley and covered the Sierra Nevada in snow.
A piebald dolphin called “Patches” is back off the coast of Orange County again. The black and white speckled leucistic offshore bottlenose dolphin, first seen off Southern California in 2006, was seen four miles off the Dana Point headlands swimming southwest in a pod of 40 other bottlenose dolphins on Monday, May 22.