Still swirling in controversy, Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed $15.5 billion re-engineering of the troubled Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is heading into a critical phase over the next year that could well decide if the project comes to fruition. Crunch time starts Tuesday.
While conditions on the Klamath River are looking more favorable for fish compared to recent years of drought and disease, North Coast researchers and tribes are not expecting fall-run salmon to have an easy journey.
When testimony begins Tuesday in a months-long hearing that could decide the fate of the $15 billion Delta water tunnels, amid all the acronyms and complexities and water-wonk jargon there will be a simple, consistent theme: Trust. Or lack thereof.
This 2-day, 1-night tour travels from the Sacramento region to rural Capay Valley to view sites that explore groundwater, a key resource in California. Examine groundwater monitoring stations where you will learn how this precious resource is measured, tracked and evaluated. Visit local farms and wineries that are mitigating groundwater needs through innovative irrigation techniques. Learn about groundwater contamination and ways to prevent it at a local dairy.
The State Water Resources Control Board is conducting workshops on development of a drinking water standard for 1,2,3-Trichloropropane (or 1,2,3-TCP), a chemical used as an industrial solvent that also was an ingredient in soil fumigants widely used for decades. The first in a series of workshops was held July 20 in Sacramento to discuss development of a maximum contaminant level (MCL) for 1,2,3-TCP and gather input on the State Water Board’s preliminary staff MCL recommendation of 5 parts per trillion (ppt).
The chief of Fresno’s water operations has been placed on administrative leave over discrepancies in the reporting of water quality issues. … The action is related to an ongoing controversy over problems with discolored water in several hundred homes in northeast Fresno and issues of lead contamination in water coming from residents’ faucets in several dozen homes.
The heat wave gripping parts of the country including Philadelphia, where tens of thousands are descending upon the city for the Democratic National Convention this week, is not going away anytime soon and will hit a peak Monday with temperatures in the city feeling like 108 degrees.
High temperatures will dog the North State this week, and recommendations to avoid outdoor activity between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. will be the norm. Several spots in Shasta County are go-to places for people to cool off.
Now, to sustain California’s parks into the 21st century, state officials say the system needs an overhaul. The transformation, as outlined by a panel appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown, is meant to move past a management scandal that engulfed the parks system in 2012 and to extend the promise of places that serve as playground, refuge, classroom and museum for up to 75 million visitors a year.
California is no stranger to drought. When conditions become dry, water storage declines and water conservation mandates make news headlines, questions from the public often surface. Answers can be found in the Foundation’s new Drought FAQs online publication. Comprehensive answers to what seems like an easy question are just a click away for members of the public, journalists, students and others from whether we can modify the weather to how much rain it takes to end a drought.
The water that flows into Sorek desalination plant is drawn from near the Mediterranean Sea floor. Pumped inland, the water is cleansed, step by step, of salts and impurities. The transmutation does not take long. Forty minutes after entering the facility, the stuff of sailboats and sunbathers is now drinkable.
As part of a larger effort to improve California’s governmental transparency, the State legislature enacted Senate Bill 272 (Government Code section 6270.5) to update the Public Records Act with a new mandate. SB 272 requires local government agencies to create and make publicly available a “catalog,” or list, of all “enterprise systems” used in the course of agency operations.
Now that Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has completed its $175 million purchase of four islands in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, totaling almost 20,000 acres in size, it is time to engage in a discussion of how Met can be a good Delta neighbor.