Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke says he would never sell, give away or transfer public lands, a crucial stance in his home state of Montana and the West where access to hunting and fishing is considered sacrosanct.
Donald Trump made some big campaign promises about water during his election campaign. Now that he has been elected president, those promises could dramatically shake up how water is managed in the arid West. … One water arena where Trump’s team may have a lot of influence is dams.
A levee break reported Monday afternoon on the north bank of the Mokelumne River levee near Lodi is being filled while crews are sandbagging a second break on the river’s south bank, the San Joaquin County Office of Emergency Services reports.
A powerful series of storms is expected to hit San Diego County from Thursday until Tuesday, dropping 2’’ to 4’’ of precipitation along the coast in the rainiest period the region has experienced since late 2010.
Rain and snow will fall on the Southland between Thursday and Monday amid strong winds and choppy seas as a result of three Pacific storms that are lined up to strike the region and threaten to unleash flash flooding and slides of mud, rock and debris, forecasters said today.
The Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday it will not repay claims totaling more than $1.2 billion for economic damages from a mine waste spill the agency accidentally triggered in Colorado, saying the law prohibits it.
Former California State Librarian Kevin Starr, who is deemed the pre-eminent historian of the Golden State, has died. He was 76. … Starr, a professor at the University of Southern California, researched and wrote “Americans and the California Dream,” a series of books considered the definitive account of the California story.
Kevin Starr, who many consider to have been California’s greatest historian, was a writer, a teacher, a librarian and an adviser to governors on both sides of the aisle; the kind of charming companion who could make any meal memorable. … Starr died of a heart attack Saturday, and his passing has been mourned by a veritable who’s who of politicians, writers and intellectuals.
Environmental objectives have become a major factor in operating water systems in the U.S. Since the 1970s, environmental regulations have prevented many environmental impacts, provided minimal environmental flows and prevented construction of large environmentally damaging projects. But environmental regulations have not succeeded in developing reliable programs and operations for restoring the sustainability of native species.