Northern California Rep. Jared Huffman came to Southern California to push his $1.4 billion drought bill and find some common ground in what he called the state’s water wars being waged in the halls of Sacramento and Washington.
The city sued the state this month after it learned it would be rejected for inclusion in a special reduction tier that allows suppliers to reduce water use by just 4% if they do not import water and have at least a four-year supply.
Thirteen states led by North Dakota filed a lawsuit Monday challenging an Obama administration rule that gives federal agencies authority to protect some streams, tributaries and wetlands under the Clean Water Act.
Breeding waterfowl populations have suffered a 19 percent drop in the Sacramento Valley this year and a steeper decline statewide due to the drought and poor habitat conditions, according to the latest annual survey released by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Farmers criticizing the Oakdale Irrigation District’s relationship with a recently annexed almond company are water wasters upset at having to make do with less than an unlimited supply, General Manager Steve Knell recently told a regional growth-guiding panel in a stinging rebuke of “a small group of disgruntled landowners.”
With the declaration of a local drought emergency, a slew of drought-response strategies and stepped-up water patrols, San Luis Obispo officials have been hammering a point home to residents: Conserve.
In Yosemite National Park, officials need roughly $19 million to upgrade an aging sewer system to prevent spills like the one that leaked thousands of gallons of raw sewage into the Merced River 15 years ago.
The Public Utilities Commission is scheduled next month to overhaul how households pay for electricity. Meanwhile, the state Water Resources Control Board will ponder a similarly radical upending of how millions of people pay for water.
The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is $24 billion dollars in debt and the impacts of the program are currently being reassessed as part of Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS). The question is: who suffers from the poor implementation of this program?
A new screening tool to assess the potential risk posed by contaminated groundwater moving from landfills to nearby streams, wetlands and residences has been developed by the U.S. Geological Survey and the New Jersey Pinelands Commission. The recently published article in Waste Management Journal presents the innovative method to assign “levels of concern” to landfills based on a new modeling method.
The lawsuits hit the courts within days of the state mailing notices to some Central Valley irrigation districts: They were to stop diverting from rivers and streams because there wasn’t enough water to go around.