As California implements a landmark law to balance demand for groundwater with available supplies, an Indian tribe’s lawsuit in federal court has the potential to add new layers of complexity to managing a prized resource that is in short supply during California’s worst ever drought.
Through July 25, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection had responded to about 3,900 wildfires in 2015 – about 1,300 more fires than the agency typically fights by July’s end, preliminary state data show. California fire officials blame the drought and historically dry conditions.
The depletion of groundwater stores also is a problem familiar to farmers struggling with drought in California, where pumping for irrigation has put the state’s Central Valley Aquifer under the most strain of any aquifer in the U.S., according to NASA satellite data.
The ban was imposed last month when supervisors saw an increase in new vineyard applications just as residents in other parts of the county were being asked to cut back water use because of the statewide drought.
Two months after appointing a new attorney, the Central Basin Municipal Water District Board of Directors voted 4-1 Monday to award a $10,000 contract to controversial attorney Arnold Alvarez-Glasman who had represented the district for the last year.
Residents’ concerns about contamination at a former Riverside sewer plant site have prompted a state agency to seek new soil and groundwater tests, a little more than a year after the same agency declared the site clean.
The clusters of solar powered homes won’t have big yards, but instead will sport small strips of drought resistant plants. … The community [Kings River Village] will also have a ponding basin for groundwater recharge. The amount of water recharged could be surprising to some.
The program is an offshoot of the “One Tam” effort, part of the new Tamalpais Lands Collaborative in which the National Park Service, California State Parks, the Marin Municipal Water District and Marin County have joined forces to care for the mountain.
The seepage began with a bore hole drilled on July 8 by a construction company doing preliminary work on a new $70 million hydroelectric plant planned for the reservoir that is envisioned as a way of raising revenue for the city’s water system.
[Ashley] Perl, who was hired two years ago as Aspen’s climate action manager, is among the leaders of a multilayered and often unified effort among resort towns to try to slow and defend against climate change while adapting economically to a world in which snow falls less predictably and summer tourism becomes increasingly important.
Before you get too excited about El Niño, here are five important things to understand. We [Water Deeply] interviewed Jan Null, a consulting meteorologist based in Saratoga and a leading El Niño myth buster.