El Niño, which helped increase precipitation in California last month, is taking a break. … The U.S. Drought Monitor says “exceptional drought” was reduced slightly in just one area of the northern Sierra this week: El Dorado County.
A 2005 spate of quakes in California’s Central Valley almost certainly was triggered by oilfield injection underground, a study published Thursday said in the first such link in California between oil and gas operations and earthquakes.
Planners working on the preservation of the Salton Sea envision a smaller version surviving indefinitely, with some of the costs for its maintenance recovered by economic development which may include geothermal, the harvest of algae, or something else, officials said during a conference at the UC Riverside.
The U.S. Drought Monitor says exceptional drought was reduced in one area of the northern Sierra this week, “despite heavy precipitation and rebounding stream flows in the short term the past few weeks.”
Traces of lead have been found in water samples taken from some northeast Fresno homes, but city and state officials say the water is safe to drink as long as homeowners flush their taps for a minute or two.
Drought followed by the rains of El Niño, and heat followed by cold snaps created a cauliflower price boom that now has turned to a bust, and a celery inflation that lingered just long enough, growers and industry experts say.
Recent North Coast Dungeness crab tissue testing shows lowered neurotoxin levels, but not yet consistently low enough to reopen the commercial fishing season. Meanwhile, federal loans to small businesses affected by the closure are now available after Gov. Jerry Brown requested a crab disaster declaration in late January, according to a U.S. Small Business Administration news release.
Fire is good. That’s the theory behind a new partnership between federal and state agencies aimed at promoting prescribed burns – controlled fires that authorities purposely set to help prevent catastrophic blazes.
The monarch butterfly population is on an upward swing, based on numbers released Thursday by the Xerces Society from its Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count. … However, the society found that although the count was up, the estimate represents a 39 percent decline from the long-term average.
This week I [California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird] testified at a legislative hearing on implementing the $7.5 billion water bond passed by voters in November 2014. One legislator asked me if the state was positioned to capture extra rainwater if El Niño brings a strong rainy season.
During California’s historic drought, as fish populations have crashed, toxic algae blooms have begun to proliferate and in some areas, delta water has turned too salty for irrigation or consumption. The drought is one important driver of this destruction, but it isn’t the only problem.
The snows have returned to the Utah high country, but — after 15 years of record-breaking drought — the Colorado River and water in the Southwest remain critically challenged resources. As citizens of the West, among our most important challenges are how to use water efficiently, manage our water resources and keep our rivers, and the manifold benefits they provide, whole.
It was 22 degrees and snowing Tuesday morning. State snow surveyor Frank Gehrke slowly crossed a blanketed field. … In the age of satellites and computer telemetry, what Gehrke was doing seemed oddly old-fashioned.
Juliet Christian-Smith, a climate scientist with the Union of Concerned Scientists, talked to Water Deeply about the two things we need to ensure a reliable water supply in the future. And she explained why the best climate science should guide our water resources planning.
In the strongest indication yet that the California drought could be easing, officials said strict water conservation orders could be dramatically scaled back or even ended if El Niño storms keep pummeling the state into the spring.