The legislation, which now goes to the governor, would bar elected water board members throughout California from accepting campaign contributions of more than $250 from donors with business pending before their boards.
Targeting San Francisco’s Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite National Park, a Fresno group is asking a federal court to stop the Bay Area city’s Tuolumne River diversions until the Endangered Species Act is fulfilled.
Lobbyists have launched a frenzied eleventh-hour effort to kill a bill that would make California the first state to outlaw flimsy plastic grocery bags, delaying a key vote and setting up one of the fiercest legislative battles of the year.
California regulators over the past century have awarded rights to divert five times as much water as is actually available in the state’s rivers and streams, adding to the conflict over limited water supplies this summer, a new study finds.
The use of landscape watering systems between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. has been banned by the Marin Municipal Water District in response to a state call for water savings in the face of the drought. And the North Marin Water District has taken similar action.
With California zeroing in on a thousand days of drought, people here shifted their gaze this week with a sense of dreadful certainty, from the cracked soil and parched tinderbox at their feet toward a plume of smoke rising from the woods somewhere off Quail Drive.
California is “woefully unprepared” for the challenge of accelerating sea-level rise and could potentially lose billions of dollars in revenue due to related impacts, according to a final report recently issued by the Assembly Select Committee on Sea Level Rise and the California Economy.
The Department of Water and Power began 107 years ago, after Los Angeles bought back the civic water system from a group of privateers. Like its top man, William Mulholland, who began as a ditch-digger, the new DWP chief, Marcie Edwards, also started at the bottom, as a clerk.
If anybody lived the American dream, it was Fresno’s Jack Hall. … He headed former-Gov. Gray Davis’ Central Valley office and was Rep. Jim Costa’s first district director after Costa was elected to Congress in 2004.
The Helix Water District on Wednesday ended its six-year litigation with a business partnership that claimed the water district obstructed plans for a wildlife habitat and water recharge basin in Lakeside’s El Monte Valley.