Representatives of California Gov. Jerry Brown and the Obama administration began making their pitch for approval Tuesday to build a pair of massive water tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.
State Water Resources Control Board officials issued a warning last week for the North Coast, noting that high temperatures and continuing drought conditions increase the likelihood of potentially lethal algal blooms in area streams, rivers and lakes.
Marking the first full-scale public examination of the [California WaterFix] proposal, the hearings before the State Water Resources Control Board are focused on a comparatively narrow issue: whether California’s giant water-delivery projects should be allowed to carve three new intake points in the north Delta to pull water from the Sacramento River and feed into the proposed tunnels.
By the time the Sacramento River winds its more-than-400-mile course from the slopes of Mount Shasta past the state capital, it’s well into its leisurely stride, running slowly by fields of sweet corn, tomatoes and alfalfa. But this lazy stretch of river, just south of Sacramento, is a metaphorical whitewater.
Visitors to Pyramid Lake are allowed to go back into the water, though state water officials caution they should still enter at their own risk after a large algae bloom pumped toxins into the lake last month.
Backers of a new Monterey Bay desalination project think they have found a fix for the environmental problems posed by most seawater intakes: Instead of drawing seawater from the beach, they plan to draw from the one of the world’s deepest marine canyons.
As California relaxes its emergency drought regulations across the state, business owners and residents in San Diego County have continued to conserve notable amounts of water during summer months — when reductions in outdoor irrigation provide a chance for significant savings.
Faced with furious protests by marijuana advocates, Nevada County supervisors on Tuesday approved a restrictive plan to allow limited outdoor marijuana growing in a Sierra Nevada county long known for its cannabis culture.
Fire officials said Tuesday morning the priority in fighting the Soberanes Fire was protecting the Carmel Highlands, but by that afternoon more evacuation orders for that area were issued. … Also on Tuesday, California American Water and Monterey County issued a boil water advisory for those on the Garrapata water system due to a power outage and resulting emergency water outage.
More than two dozen organizations around the county will jointly receive about $400,300 to expand open space and environmental education in low-income neighborhoods, The San Diego Foundation announced on Monday.
While [Dennis] Rodoni and [Dominic] Grossi, both political moderates, share many points of view, they were on different sides in the Oyster War, the battle over the future of oyster farming in the Point Reyes National Seashore.
Times photographer Allen Schaben and I [Steve Lopez] have begun Week 2 of our coastal trek from Oregon to Mexico, and it began with a kayak tour of Drakes Estero with Amy Trainer of the California Coastal Protection Network and Cicely Muldoon, superintendent of Point Reyes National Seashore.