The state Senate on Wednesday approved a $1 billion proposal to speed up spending on water projects and offer about $75 million in immediate aid to residents and wildlife in drought-stricken California.
Sen. Bob Hertzberg proposed a Water Seismic Safety (SB664) bill on Tuesday requiring local water agencies to evaluate their earthquake risks and suggest ways to keep the water flowing in the event of a disaster.
Returning the Los Angeles River to a more natural state has long been a dream of city officials, who see it as a way of adding parkland, restoring habitat and attracting investment along its curving path from Griffith Park to downtown.
Wednesday night’s poll from the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California suggests a growing sense of gloom and frustration across the state about the historic drought that’s now in its fourth straight year.
Fontana Water Co. officials say they are “working diligently” to find new drinking water supplies in the wake of a court decision that has taken four wells out of production as the system enters its period of peak demand.
This project was special, No. 500 for the Students and Teachers Restoring a Watershed program — known as STRAW — which has been lauded by environmentalists, land preservationists and educators for helping repair the environment. … It also has been the subject of a documentary.
An unusual North Coast forest that includes both naturally stunted trees and giant redwoods has been purchased by Save the Redwoods League, adding 83 acres to some 200,000 acres the organization has conserved statewide since its inception 97 years ago.
Some scientist claimed the other day that California has one year’s worth of water left. Notwithstanding the many assumptions he makes, I [Jack Ohman] wondered what a post-water California would look like.
Senators approved Assembly bills 91 and 92 on votes of 35-1 and 24-14, respectively, after Republicans deliberated in a lengthy caucus meeting and then castigated the bill for broadening government powers over water. The Assembly expects to take up the measures Thursday, after which the package would go to Gov. Jerry Brown if passed.
Grassland habitats on rangelands in California’s Central Valley and surrounding foothills could decline by as much as 37 percent by 2100 due to changes in land use and climate, according to new scientific projections by the U.S. Geological Survey. … The peer reviewed, scientific paper was published recently in the journal Landscape Ecology. In addition to habitat loss, the study shows that increased development of rangelands for urban use exacerbates the ongoing issues surrounding rainwater runoff.
After several years in the field assessing cannabis cultivation sites, counting plants from Google Earth views and calculating stream flows, a California Department of Fish and Wildlife team has released a comprehensive paper revealing the affects of marijuana cultivation on the North Coast’s watersheds.
Fresno County Board of Supervisors declared a drought emergency Tuesday so it can obtain state and federal government reimbursement for local drought emergency costs. … The board also supported water restrictions in five unincorporated areas with about 400 customers.