A top regional official of the Environmental Protection Agency visited a community center in Thermal on Tuesday to mark the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act, saying much work still needs to be done to provide clean water for everyone in the country.
NASA satellites that have been tracking California’s troubled water supplies from space generated a first-ever estimate of how much water the state needs to recover from the drought — an astonishing 11 trillion gallons. In other words, a whole lot.
An organic farming seed planted in the latest farm bill sprouted Tuesday, broadening exemptions from conventional crop promotion fees. From almonds to watermelons, the proposed new fee exemptions cover myriad organic crops across different U.S. regions.
After California’s driest three years on record, there have been few sounds as disturbing to water conservationists as the whisk-whisk-whisk of automatic lawn sprinklers kicking on directly behind TV reporters covering some of the state’s first heavy downpours in years.
The last Humboldt County Board of Supervisors meeting of 2014 on Tuesday focused on many aspects of the Mad River, with a local water district presenting outlines to potentially transport water out of the county and increase flows for native species, and the board approving an update to its environmental review of current mining operations along the waterway.
The State Water Resources Control Board announced yesterday that it has appointed Michael George to serve as the new Delta Watermaster. George, who is only the second Watermaster to be appointed since the position’s inception in 2009, will replace outgoing Delta Watermaster Craig Wilson and serve a four-year term.
Tricolored blackbirds, once one of the most abundant birds in California, now depend largely on Central Valley dairy farmers for their survival. Millions of the gregarious birds used to build their nests in wetlands.
While the Bay Area’s “storm of the decade” left many residents shrugging about its strength (San Francisco got less than 3.5 inches of rain), our infrastructure tells a different story. Local school districts and businesses closed their doors in droves. … Power outages throughout the Bay Area, and overwhelmed sewage systems in different places, including San Francisco, showed how stressed our infrastructure has become.
This week we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act knowing more Americans enjoy safe drinking water than ever before. Nowhere can you find more protective drinking water regulations than in California.
Gov. Jerry Brown and the other West Coast leaders – Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and British Columbia Premier Christy Clark – who have pledged to solve global warming deserve a heartfelt “thank you” from the people of California and around the world, especially as Congress stalls on climate change.
If I have sugar in my pantry and flour in my cupboard, does that make me a baker? No. But The Bee continues to assert that since the Oakdale Irrigation District pumps groundwater and sells surface water that makes it guilty of pumping and selling groundwater out of the county.
Cloudy tap water may have a greater effect on California’s rural immigrants than merely leaving behind a bad taste, according to a new policy brief released by the Center for Poverty Research at UC Davis.
Groundwater adjudications, notoriously expensive and time consuming, emerged as an issue during the development and ultimate passage of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014, and the Brown Administration has made it a priority to consider possible reforms.
Data, believe it or not, are critical in our lives and influence a broad range of decisions from personal through global significance. The management and use of environmental data, to support science and policy, is not a simple once size fits all issue.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy today [Dec. 16] joined U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary (USDA) Tom Vilsack, Mike Boots of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), Commonwealth of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a private investor and an Appomattox, VA, farmer to recognize an innovative, market-based nutrient trading program run by Virginia to improve the water quality of Chesapeake Bay.
Los Angeles gets 88% of its water from three major aqueducts, flowing from the Colorado River, Owens Valley and the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. … Officials have long warned that a massive temblor on the San Andreas could destroy key sections of the aqueducts, cutting off the water supply for more than 22 million people in Southern California.