San Joaquin County cannot survive in isolation. So says farmer and prominent developer Fritz Grupe, who spent the past year quietly helping experts across the state develop a 15-year, $40 billion-plus plan to address California’s perpetual water problems.
Big water customers in San Francisco, such as universities, shopping centers and the city itself, will have to reduce their outdoor watering by 10 percent starting Oct. 1 or see their rates double for any overage, according to new penalties city utility officials approved Tuesday.
More than seven months into the California drought, San Jose has officially declared a citywide water shortage, asking the city’s 1 million residents to cut their water use by 20 percent — but there will be no new consequences for those who don’t.
The Central Basin Municipal Water District board of directors has asked the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office to investigate the payment of $16,000 to a woman injured in a 2010 car accident caused by Director Art Chacon, according to documents obtained by this news organization.
A city water line burst open in northwest Santa Rosa on Tuesday afternoon, damaging a residential street and creating a small sinkhole. Public Works officials said the break wasn’t caused by Sunday’s magnitude-6.0 earthquake centered in Napa County, but the failure of corroded bolts securing a valve on the water main.
A recent image captured by NASA’s Aqua satellite provides a stark reminder of how Northern California continues to grapple with a series of wildfires, many of them sparked by lightning, while the southern part of the state enjoys relative calm.
California is pumping itself dry. … Two bills on the topic are before the Legislature in its final days of lawmaking. The measures require local water agencies to manage – not ignore – the underground water supplies and make sure the supply lasts for the future.
The Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District, which supplies water to farmers on the west side of the Sacramento River, is spending a significant amount of money to help salmon in the river. … It’s because the water district knows the value of a healthy river.
Currently, the severity of California’s drought has made the failure in updating the state’s water infrastructure even more troubling. Failure to update our water infrastructure while our population and industries have grown and changed has forced an over-reliance on groundwater and our antiquated conveyance system.