A massive storm, reaching across about half of the state, is expected to move in Tuesday and peak Wednesday, where it will drop up to 18 inches of snow on mountain summits from Shasta County and Lake Tahoe to Yosemite, said Nathan Owen, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento.
Should El Niño not live up to the hype and dump heavy snow on the Sierra, skiers and sledders at one resort could be gliding downhill this winter on snow that comes from an unusual source: purified water from the local sewage-treatment plant.
According to the report from the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, the United States has had the highest number of weather-related disasters in the past two decades, but China and India have been the most severely affected, enduring floods that had an effect on billions of people.
The winter’s first exceptionally high tides, or king tides, are striking Monterey Bay this week. Rain on Tuesday and Wednesday, as well as ongoing El Niño conditions, may exaggerate the high water in the Santa Cruz area.
Water infrastructure in America is rapidly aging and widely neglected. Nearly a quarter-million water mains break each year, wasting 2 trillion gallons — about 15 percent — of the nation’s drinking water.
I [Lois Henry] said more than a year ago that groundwater had become the new black. I was right then, so listen up when I tell you that “on-farm recharge” is the coming season’s must have companion piece to groundwater.
It was the first thing I [Chris Clarke] learned about California, really: that north and south don’t get along. … The division between Northern and Southern California definitely qualifies. Whatever parochial differences once seemed to divide the two ends of the state are increasingly trivial.
California forests give us clean water, clean air, wildlife habitat, lumber and recreation. But they are threatened by a maelstrom of environmental drivers of change, which have intensified across four years of drought.
In a week that began with Governor Brown extending the statewide water conservation mandate into next year, a panel of experts testified about how to improve drought management. They spoke before the Assembly Select Committee on Water Consumption and Alternative Sources on November 17. … I [Ellen Hanak] talked on key areas where we need to do better, as documented in our report What If California’s Drought Continues?
After years of watching their state do little to address stormwater runoff, polluted wells, and noxious algae blooms in once clear waters, 16 Wisconsin citizens last month decided enough was enough. They filed a petition with the federal Environmental Protection Agency to force Wisconsin to correct failures in its clean water program or else take away Wisconsin’s authority to administer permits under the Clean Water Act.
The tensions in Kings County offer just a taste of what’s expected in cities and towns throughout California’s farm belt over the next few years as local officials work to enact the state’s first-ever groundwater regulations.
The nation’s largest distributor of treated drinking water became the largest landowner in a remote California farming region for good reason: The alfalfa-growing area is first in line to get Colorado River water.