Irrigation leaders complied with California open-meetings law when they agreed to sell Stanislaus River water to Fresno-area buyers at a Tri-Dam meeting in Manteca, an attorney representing the Oakdale Irrigation District said in a written response to a customer’s formal complaint.
Situated on nearly 12,000 acres along the Santa Clara River, the planned community would house 58,000 people and offer stores, golf courses, schools and recreational centers. … But the plans hit a major roadblock Monday when the California Supreme Court rejected the environmental report …
Pushing seine nets ahead of them like vacuum cleaners, biologists and a dozen volunteers on Friday launched the first inventory of fish in the Los Angeles River to determine the effects of the coming El Niño-fueled rainy season.
This is Bean Meadow in Mariposa County in the Sierra Nevada foothills. The [Sierra Foothill] Conservancy has embarked on a project to return 39 acres back to what it once was, before people built roads and ditches and turned it into ranchland in the 19th century.
With some in these parts seemingly seeing every overnight drizzle as a harbinger of vast El Niño downpours, perhaps it’s understandable that Southern Californians dream of soon being freed from drought-induced watering restrictions.
Congratulations to San Diego for finally completing your 50 million-gallon-per-day Carlsbad desalination plant, scheduled for opening Dec. 14. When project developer Poseidon and the San Diego County Water Authority started this journey 18 years ago, Australia had no major seawater desalination plants.
While hitting the slopes at Lake Tahoe this winter, scientists from the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center are encouraging people to hit the beach, too — and record what they see there on the “Citizen Science Tahoe” mobile app.
This time, it’s a hotter, waterier, wilder Earth that world leaders are trying to save. … Some differences can be measured: degrees on a thermometer, trillions of tons of melting ice, a rise in sea level of a couple of inches.
Largely lost in the statewide discussion about fallowed crops, depleted reservoirs and brown lawns, is the impact of California’s drought on hunting. The succession of four dry years has dried up many of the natural marshes and rice fields used by the estimated 55,000 people who hunt waterfowl in California.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest executive order provisionally extends California’s drought restrictions into next fall and calls on the State Water Resources Control Board to consider adjusting the rules in the coming weeks.
California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, set to take effect in 2020, will limit how much groundwater can be extracted over the long haul. While details of what constitutes “sustainable” pumping are still being fleshed out, water policy experts say many farmers will gradually have their water supplies curtailed – and the nation’s leading agricultural state will farm fewer acres.