The state Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed California regulators to order farmers along the Russian River to reduce cold-weather water sprays that have helped preserve their crops while killing thousands of endangered salmon.
A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a federal water agency did not violate the law when it made special reservoir releases last year to help salmon in Northern California’s Klamath River survive the drought, rather than save it for farms.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s veto of a bill to reform the California Department of Toxic Substances Control is drawing indignation from community groups and state legislators who had pressed for broad changes at the troubled agency.
The legislation, authored by State Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Watsonville, is designed to fast-track the proposal by using a design-build process on the $25 million project, which calls for construction of an 8-mile pipeline between Lakes Nacimiento and San Antonio in South County.
The ink was barely dry on the governor’s signature to ban plastic bags when foes of his decision filed paperwork with the state attorney general’s office for a referendum in 2016 to overturn the new law.
Monterey County supervisors expressed skepticism on Tuesday about funding the Monterey Peninsula Water Authority beyond what the county has already paid or promised amid concerns about the authority’s past and future spending.
As temperatures ascended and warm breezes stirred the Bay Area on Wednesday, some fire officials couldn’t help but be wary. … The Oakland hills firestorm resulted in 25 deaths and burned more than 1,500 acres and 3,300 homes on Oct. 20, 1991.
As the King Fire grew quickly in size the week of Sept. 15, public agencies who were fighting or monitoring the blaze were posting indispensable and timely information to the public on Facebook and Twitter.
The Friends of the Lower Calaveras River are holding their eighth Riverwalk of the year on Saturday to walk the river, learn about environmental journalism, and learn about balancing opposing viewpoints.
Here’s what Proposition 1 would do: finance efforts to safeguard California’s existing water supplies by, among other things, cleaning up polluted groundwater basins, restoring watersheds and expanding recycling programs.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s efforts to clean up California have been impressive in the past four years, but he outdid himself Tuesday when he signed the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores.
We talked the other day about the most exciting project now going on in California, public or private. That would be Poseiden Water’s Carlsbad desalination plant north of San Diego, scheduled to begin operating next year.
In the midst of a record-smashing dry cycle in the United States, the organization with the most influence over state and federal drought policy wants to do a better job managing the crisis. … On September 18 and 19, the Western Governors’ Association, a forum for state leaders, will welcome to Norman, Oklahoma, agency officials, industry representatives, and technical experts who will offer insight on how a multi-year drought in the western United States is challenging the energy sector.
As the state ends the fourth-driest water year on record with no guarantee of significant rain and snowfall this winter, Californians face the prospect of stricter rationing and meager irrigation deliveries for agriculture.