On a mostly party-line 23-16 vote, the House Natural Resources Committee approved the bill to settle the irrigation dispute between the mammoth Westlands Water District and the federal government. The measure relieves Westlands of a big construction debt, and in turn shifts the burden for solving the toxic drainage problem from the government to the water district.
In a Trump administration beset by lost opportunities, muddled strategies and frequent missteps in its first 100 days, one area stands out for its disciplined approach and early successes: the multi-front assault on environmental regulations. … Planned action on climate change has been shelved, national monuments are imperiled, clean air and water rules have been eroded.
“I’m sorry. I’m sorry for the impact on your lives,” Bill Croyle told a crowd of more than 250 people at the Butte County Fairgrounds. Croyle, the acting director of the Department of Water Resources, answered questions and listened Thursday evening as people stepped up to a microphone and were heard during the first of the water agency’s community meetings about the Oroville Dam spillway disaster and evacuations.
A bill intended to prevent dying trees damaged by drought from falling onto utility lines on publicly owned federal land, sparking wildfires and electricity blackouts, passed out of the House Natural Resources Committee on Thursday.
California officials are keeping another document on the Oroville Dam recovery sealed from public view but promise to release a redacted version within a week. The Department of Water Resources filed an update Thursday from the outside consultants advising DWR on Oroville repairs.
A power industry consulting firm has proposed a design for the Oroville Dam spillways which involves not repairing the current one, but building a new, wider spillway. … Kenneth Viney, manager of CoastalGen Inc., based in Napa, filed suggestions Monday with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC.
The Sacramento Kings emcee Scott Freshour, Kings mascot Slamson and the team’s dancers hosted rallies at Golden Hills Elementary School, Nelson Avenue Middle School and the county fairgrounds in Gridley to celebrate Butte County students’ “strength and resilience” during the Oroville Dam emergency evacuation in February.
Working to dismantle his predecessor’s environmental legacy, President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order Friday that could lead to the expansion of drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans.
A slow-moving emergency is lapping at California’s shores— climate-driven sea-level rise that experts now predict could elevate the water in coastal areas up to 10 feet in just 70 years, gobbling up beachfront and overwhelming low-lying cities.
A robot zaps and vacuums up venomous lionfish in Bermuda. A helicopter pelts Guam’s trees with poison-baited dead mice to fight the voracious brown tree snake. A special boat with giant winglike nets stuns and catches Asian carp in the U.S. Midwest.
Not my avocados! President Trump’s tough talk on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada has raised many questions — including how such a move might negatively affect the flow of beloved produce to the U.S.
Mapping water use, engaging under-represented communities and showcasing integrated water projects will be on tap for the upcoming Santa Ana River Watershed Conference, which will be held on May 25 in Ontario, Calif. Working together to make a finite resource infinite will be the focus of the one-day event, convened by the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA) and coordinated by the Water Education Foundation. Up to 300 attendees from across the watershed and California are expected to attend the event at the Ontario Convention Center.