In what could be a fourth year of drought, virtually all Californians say the state’s water situation is serious — but the majority still favors voluntary rather than mandatory restrictions, a new Field Poll released Thursday found.
Support for rationing swelled to more than a third of voters in the latest statewide Field Poll, a rise of 7 percentage points since last spring. … Pollsters also found growing concerns about water storage and supply facilities.
Rainfall, snowpack and runoff estimates are way below average, indicating the state will continue in drought-emergency mode throughout the year, state and regional water experts told a gathering of 120 water managers Wednesday at a forum sponsored by the Southern California Water Committee and the National Water Research Institute.
Top officials with the State Water Resources Control Board and the state Department of Water Resources took different approaches to emphasize that public health and safety will be the key issue when the [Fresno] City Council on Thursday evening debates the mayor’s plan.
New regulations designed to protect spawning steelhead and salmon during exceptionally low stream-flow conditions already are putting a crimp in the fishing season, prompting closures of most coastal freshwater fisheries in Marin, Sonoma and Mendocino counties beginning today, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The city of Dixon is suing a taxpayers’ group, trying to block an electoral challenge to a sewage rate increase in a growing rift over how to pay for $23 million or more in state-mandated improvements to the town’s wastewater treatment plant.
A court ruling determining that the Ross Valley Sanitary District has a right to sue over losing San Quentin State Prison as a ratepayer should bring both sides together to settle this longstanding and costly legal fight.
In any lowland, levees define how humans live and how they disrupt native habitats. This is as true for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta as it is for coastal Louisiana, Vietnam and the Netherlands. Flood safety in the Delta is a statewide concern because the region serves as a hub for delivering water to most Californians and supports native fish.
Flushing a toilet eliminates waste, but when we flush information about our health circles down the pipes too. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) scientists have launched the Underworlds project to study community health by monitoring sewage.
DWR has been honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its actions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In announcing the award on February 24, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said that “DWR exemplifies the dedication and accomplishments that make a difference in the fight against climate change and sets a high standard for other organizations to follow.”
The Bureau of Reclamation has launched a new Twitter account for its largest water project – the Central Valley Project in Northern California. Follow @ReclamationCVP for the latest information about water operations, storage status and breaking news about the CVP’s 19 dams and reservoirs, 11 powerplants, and 500 miles of major canals and related facilities.
Both humans and wildlife depend on water for survival. This episode explores how a misuse of water can lead to unparalleled destruction; however, sharing our water with wildlife does not only benefit the wild, it may also be a crucial step in our own survival.