It might seem easy, summarizing the conflict over the Trinity River in Northern California. But amid record drought, this long-running and singular battle has become a case study about the difficulties in balancing Western water use.
Armed with evidence captured by surveillance cameras, California regulators have ordered a business to stop tapping Sierra Nevada spring water that is later bottled and sold in stores, officials said Wednesday.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors wants to know how much water is consumed by the county government’s roughly 1,200 facilities — parks, museums, office buildings and other properties — and what officials are doing to conserve during the drought.
Here is a pop quiz: How many trees are on the planet? … Thomas Crowther was inspired to do this tree census a couple of years ago, when he was working at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s emergency water restrictions expire in February. In coming weeks, working groups of water officials are expected to begin meeting to shape proposals on what should come next if expected winter El Niño storms don’t save California from a fifth year of drought.
Join us as we venture into Inland Southern California, a major hub of the region’s water operations where both the Colorado River Aqueduct and the State Water Project bring imported water. But while much of the region depends on imported supplies, it is also blessed with ample groundwater and has strived in many cases to make every drop count through water recycling and other innovative means. Early bird prices good until Sept. 9.
How many domestic wells are having trouble throughout the state? More than 2,500. That’s not an exact figure, but its better than the smattering of reports that had been collected before the most recent statewide summary.
A recent study by Pew Charitable Trusts found that greater sage grouse numbers decreased by 56 percent from 2007 to 2013. Because of that decline, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been tasked with determining whether the greater sage grouse needs protections under the Endangered Species Act by the end of the month, a deadline that’s led to hand-wringing across the West.