The pair of giant water diversion tunnels proposed in the Delta could violate the federal Clean Water Act and increase harm to endangered fish species, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which released its formal comment on the project Thursday.
With groundwater levels falling across the Golden State—causing dried-up wells, sinking roadbeds and crumbling infrastructure—the state legislature is considering regulating underground water for the first time.
The California state Senate on Thursday unanimously approved a bill requiring oil companies to report how much water they use in their drilling operations and the water’s source, a move that comes amid a severe statewide drought.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will resume issuing oil and gas leases next year for federal lands in California after a new study found limited environmental impacts from fracking and other enhanced drilling techniques, the agency said Thursday.
Fracking for oil in California happens at shallower depths than previously realized and could pose a risk to precious groundwater supplies, according to a federally commissioned report released Thursday.
Drought was the word of the day at the San Bernardino County Water Conference on Friday, where leaders preached the need for more local storage and passage of a $7.5 billion water bond to cope with future dry spells.
The San Jose Mercury News is hosting a free public forum, entitled “Dry Times: An in-depth discussion about Bay Area water issues,” scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Martin Luther King Jr. King Public Library, Room 225, 150 E. San Fernando St. in San Jose, adjacent to the San Jose State University campus.
A shy, endangered bird that inhabits the marshes along the Colorado River is at the center of notices filed Thursday by an environmental group that says President Barack Obama’s administration hasn’t protected the bird from commercial solar projects.
Representatives of two counties in far Northern California petitioned state officials Thursday for the right to form a 51st state called Jefferson, formally asking state lawmakers to vote on their proposal.
The northern arm of the Rocky Mountains is sometimes called “the crown of the continent,” and its jewels are glaciers and snowfields that irrigate large parts of North America during spring thaw. But the region is getting warmer, even faster than the rest of the world.
In the blue half-light of the Antarctic autumn, a thin film spreads across the continent’s coastal waters. It’s an embryonic form of sea ice: a mush of microscopic crystals that floats on the dense, salty water of the Southern Ocean.
Had Sunday’s magnitude 6.0 Napa earthquake been located a few miles to the southeast, it could have caused a severe shortage of fresh water felt up and down California, exacerbating the effects of our historic drought.
In a historic decision, the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously ruled earlier this summer that First Nations (native people) have “title” to their ancestral lands and hence significant control over the management of their natural resources and local long-term economic development.
Among the big remaining battles to watch out for as Sunday’s deadline to pass legislation looms ever closer: a bill that would authorize regulation of California’s diminishing groundwater supply, a historic change that is strongly opposed by Republicans, and the plastic bag ban, which has been grabbing headlines all session long.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management took a big step toward resuming auctions of federal property in California for oil and gas production with its release Thursday of an independent scientific review of well stimulation activities in the state.