The previously secret state Department of Water Resources memorandum explaining the hairline cracks in the Oroville Dam spillway is now public. The document provides more details on how Kiewit Infrastructure West Co., the contractor for spillway reconstruction, tried to reduce shrinkage, which leads to cracking in concrete.
California’s forests are seeing a continued die-off of trees even a year after last year’s heavy rains ended the state’s crippling drought. The U.S. Forest Service announced Monday that 27 million trees died over the past 13 months after five dry years left them severely dehydrated and vulnerable to bark beetle attack.
The Water Education Foundation has hired veteran journalist Douglas E. Beeman as its news & publications director as it prepares to move more of its journalism online, announced Jennifer Bowles, the Foundation’s executive director Starting in 2018, the Foundation’s premiere water resources magazine, Western Water, will join the world of online media where it will increase the pace of its coverage and expand its reach via social media. … “Western Water has been the go-to source for coverage of water news since 1977,” Bowles said.
The tide watchers start patrolling whenever the celestial forces align. From coast to coast, hundreds of tide watchers come out with their cameras to record the latest ‘king tides,’ brief episodes of tidal flooding that could become the norm, with expected sea-level rise.
A landmark agreement on the Santa Margarita River Conjunctive Use project between the Fallbrook Public Utility District and Camp Pendleton Marine Base promises to be signed Dec. 11, after 66 years of litigation in the U.S. courts and could be good news for the 10-year-old water rights settlement case that is hindering development along state Route 371 in the Valley.
An Imperial Irrigation District attorney said there have been “legitimate issues” surrounding California’s conflict-of-interest law at the public utility, and that he’ll make recommendations to the board of directors “to correct any problems that we have.”
The scene from this month’s Thomas fire is all too familiar in the Los Padres National Forest, where jagged ridges and steep canyons of chaparral have been tinder for some of the state’s biggest wildfires. … As of Monday, federal, state and local fire agencies had spent more than $38 million battling the Thomas, which was 20% contained and had destroyed more than 600 homes, most of them in the Ventura area.
Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada will continue to see dry conditions for the next week, and possibly longer, according to the National Weather Service. Sunshine and clear skies are in the forecast for the Tahoe Basin through the week.
Santa Rosa is open to a large-scale composting operation on city-owned property near the Laguna Road wastewater treatment plant, an option that could provide curbside garbage customers some monthly savings. The Sonoma County Waste Management Agency has been looking for a new site for an organic composting facility since a longtime operation atop the Central Landfill west of Cotati was shut down by regulators in 2015 over water pollution concerns.
The Sacramento County Planning Commission voted Monday to allow developer Angelo K. Tsakopoulos to develop open space in Sacramento County’s Vineyard area that many residents believed would remain a protected wetland preserve. The proposal must still be approved by the county Board of Supervisors.
To help fund a project to bring water from the Mokelumne River to replenish groundwater supplies on lands south of the river, the North San Joaquin County Water Conservation District Board is seeking public input on how to proceed with the project, according to board president Joe Valente.
After 14 years, the wait is nearly over for mountain biking and walking trails at the Glenwood Open Space Preserve. Last week, the City Council approved the long-term management plan, a document that required scrutiny by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
California’s dam inspectors appear to be doing their jobs well. Unfortunately, too many dam operators are falling down on the job, and could be placing the public at risk. That’s the message of a report by The Sacramento Bee’s Ryan Sabalow and Dale Kasler.
The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) was enacted 1970, with modest changes since then. However, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) has published its most significant proposed updates to the Guidelines in the past 20 years for administrative review and approval by the Agency of Natural Resources. While not yet law, once approved, the Guidelines will become regulations by which public agencies and private organizations alike must abide by, as the Guidelines are given great weight by California Courts.
Effective Jan. 1, filing fees by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife will increase for all CEQA Notices of Determination filed on or after that day, as shown below. As was the case in 2017, no DFW fee will be assessed for the filing of Notices of Exemption in 2018.
At some point during the lengthy and often heated debate over the most tantalizing but unrealized public land in Fresno, we’ve lost sight of something central. Something that should help us move on after the San Joaquin River Conservancy Board (hopefully) reaches a consensus during Wednesday’s meeting at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District hall.