One day after the largest water district in America pulled out of a $17 billion state project to build twin tunnels under the Delta, a water supplier for 220,000 Alameda County residents supported the plan and said it wants to join in.
It was 11:59pm last Friday, and Assembly Bill 313 sat silently in the Senate Appropriations Committee, where it had slumbered untouched for weeks. … It’s a bill backed by water agencies and despised by environmentalists – and its passage was crucial to the fate of the four-billion-dollar parks and water bond.
Just because drought-ravaged California has spent years urging residents to conserve water doesn’t mean it wants people to actually stop drinking the stuff. When a Gatorade cellphone game suggested doing just that state Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a complaint accusing the popular thirst-quenching drink’s maker of false advertising.
Poseidon Water announced this week that its proposed ocean desalination plant in Huntington Beach would employ an environmental protection and energy efficiency plan. But that didn’t halt criticism of the controversial facility.
[Zach] Hamill’s department looks at every major disaster as an opportunity to learn, and to improve the county’s own disaster plan. … This year’s focus [at California Emergency Services Association conference] will be the response to the Oroville Dam failure and resulting evacuation of nearly 188,000 people in Butte County.
Levee improvements, a raised roadway and highway widening could help rescue flood-prone Highway 37, Marin transportation officials said this week at the first in a series of meetings aimed at brainstorming solutions to protect the roadway from sea-level rise.
Armed with a new study that blames oil pollution for leaking sewage pipes beneath Carson’s Carousel housing tract, city leaders again are asking state water regulators to step in to help residents of the contaminated neighborhood.
Raisin farmers woke to an unwelcome surprise Thursday morning – more rain. This is the second time in two weeks that Fresno County’s valuable raisin crop has been dumped on, further squeezing the size of this year’s crop and possibly pushing prices higher.
The federal agency tasked with managing billions in long-term hurricane-relief money is on the Trump administration’s chopping block. … [Rep. Mario] Diaz-Balart’s office cited the sewer system in Everglades City as an example of a public project that would benefit from HUD funding after Hurricane Irma.
More than a dozen years after a massive plume of contamination was discovered in the groundwater below Los Alamos National Laboratory — the result of the lab’s poor waste management practices four decades ago — a U.S. Department of Energy official told New Mexico lawmakers the agency is still uncertain about the extent of the pollution.
Recently, the US Bureau of Reclamation announced that Lake Mead has enough water in it to avoid cutbacks in use for Nevada and Arizona — barely. We must get educated and engaged if we want to protect this precious resource and millions who depend on it. And Latinos, whose cultural and historical roots have been watered by the Colorado River, must lead in this effort.
California is world-renowned for its protection of natural resources, and its environmental laws are America’s strongest — far more stringent than their federal equivalents. In fact, the rigor of California’s environmental process has caused many high-profile projects to seek legislative exemptions from state review.
A report by the nationally recognized Aspen Institute notes that much of the United States lacks the data needed to sustainably manage our water supplies and pursue innovative solutions to meet our water challenges. The report, “Internet of Water: Sharing and Integrating Water Data for Sustainability,” makes key recommendations for improving the accessibility of water data and engaging the public on issues important to them, like safe drinking water and water availability.
The city of Laguna Beach, South Coast Water District and Emerald Bay Service District have asked, insisted and pleaded with the Moulton Niguel Water District for more than a year that it simply pay its bills. In that time, Moulton Niguel has racked up a shocking $950,000 in unpaid invoices dating back to July 2016.
Where would California be without the ability to store water? We talked to Jay Lund―an adjunct fellow at the PPIC Water Policy Center and director of the Center for Watershed Sciences at UC Davis—about the often contentious and always complex topic of water storage.
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today [Sept. 21] upgraded its algal bloom advisory from “Caution” to “Warning” based on tests of lake water this week. “Warning” signs have been posted around the lake, and Emigrant Landing and Vaquero swim beaches are closed to swimming. A “Caution” advisory had been in effect for the lake since August 4.
The Bureau of Reclamation has completed an analysis of purchasing up to 6,000 acre-feet of groundwater from Modesto Properties for the East Bear Creek Unit of the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge Complex, under authorization of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act.