Amid a crippling state drought, several state Assembly members are pushing a bill intended to speed up construction of water storage facilities by changing the state-mandated environmental review process.
Farmers along the Sacramento River who have long-time water rights will receive 75 percent of their historic supply again this year. Last year cutbacks occurred as well for these growers, known as Sacramento River settlement contractors.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s call for mandatory water reductions is not sitting well with some Californians, particularly those in the crosshairs of a sweeping plan to make the state’s biggest guzzling communities trim the most. … The state plan is scheduled to be finalized Friday and adopted the first week of May.
You might have water rights in California, but that doesn’t guarantee you’ll have water. It seems the perhaps government has promised more than it can deliver – a headline that has been widely circulated this week.
As California inches closer to implementing its first mandatory statewide limits on water use, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday said he won’t relax the new rules following complaints from some cities that they’re too tough.
Adam Gray on Wednesday was booted off the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee, one day after an unlikely victory when the committee narrowly approved his legislation aimed at protecting communities near the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced rivers.
Representatives of the state’s almond farmers defended the decision to expand California’s orchards, saying growers with adequate water supplies are making rational economic decisions based on the price they can get for their crop.
In the midst of a historic drought, Californians have no way of knowing who’s guzzling the most water. That’s not an accident. It’s by design, thanks to an obscure 1997 measure that weakened one of the state’s chief open government laws, the California Public Records Act.
There’s something bad about the water in some pockets of North County, but the unincorporated neighborhoods, often small and isolated, have not been able to organize well enough to change the status quo. A recent environmental justice grant from California’s Environmental Protection Agency seeks to change that
The state Public Utilities Commission has levied an $870,000 penalty on California American Water for failing to disclose how many projects statewide it had already charged its customers for but which remained unfinished.
It’s not clear exactly when almonds became the scapegoat for the California drought. … Almond Girl is standing in her lush almond orchard on the outskirts of Wasco, a small town on Highway 46 about half an hour northeast of Bakersfield.
The first wonder on my agenda was Hoover Dam. Marc Reisner’s epic book, “Cadillac Desert” (1986, Viking Press), later the basis of a PBS series about water in the West, offered an eye-opening environmental perspective on this iconic American structure.
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has completed the Groundwater Update to the California Water Plan Update 2013 with essential data, information and analyses that will be important to the successful implementation of a statewide groundwater sustainability management process. … The Update contains readily-available groundwater information to characterize California’s groundwater basins, aquifers and well infrastructure.