Publicly and privately, California lawmakers are pushing to get a big water bill off its current glacial pace. But history cautions that California legislation this ambitious always takes time, and plenty of it.
A federal plan to prevent a potential fish kill this summer on the lower Klamath River drew criticism on Monday from Hoopa Valley and Yurok tribe officials, who condemned the proposal as a lukewarm response to the threat of rising water temperatures and deadly parasites.
Last fall, farmers working the flat land along the Colorado River outside Blythe, California, harvested a lucrative crop of oranges, lettuce and alfalfa from fields irrigated with river water. But that wasn’t their only source of income.
The fire was burning in the Lower Lake area, about 100 miles north of San Francisco and 10 miles from Clear Lake, the largest freshwater lake entirely within California and a popular spot for boaters and campers.
This is the blaze that firefighters have braced for all year, the ferocious Rocky Fire burning near Clear Lake that has destroyed more than two dozen homes and hit with the kind of force long-dreaded because of California’s historic drought.
Janice Hobbs and Roula Fawaz are avid fitness enthusiasts. … But plans for their tranquil, dream pool might just be, well, dreams, after a recent ban on all new pool and spa construction citywide until the end of August because of the drought.
Gov. Jerry Brown has to be pleased by the response of Californians to this historic drought. … Unfortunately for thousands of residents in the Central Valley and elsewhere in California, however, the governor is not keeping his end of the deal.
As part of the SGMA [Sustainable Groundwater Management Act] legislation, WC 10729 (c), DWR [California Department of Water Resources] is required to prepare and publish a report by December 31, 2016, that presents the department’s best estimate, based on available information, of water available for replenishment of groundwater in the state. DWR has developed an issue paper highlighting relevant sections from the SGMA legislation, a summary of recent outreach, potential technical options and questions to consider.
A new NASA study has concluded California accumulated a debt of about 20 inches of precipitation between 2012 and 2015 — the average amount expected to fall in the state in a single year. The deficit was driven primarily by a lack of air currents moving inland from the Pacific Ocean that are rich in water vapor.
It’s something of a relief, if a mixed one, that the drought has surged into the role of the latest scourge to freak out California. … But it’s mixed, of course, because the drought carries its own dangers, and the ultimate solution — rain — remains wholly out of the power of politicians or everyday Californians.