Tribes are apprehensive, cities are more upbeat and farmers stand somewhere in between over a proposed plan to cut CAP water deliveries to keep Lake Mead from falling to dangerously low levels. … The drought-contingency plan is being discussed by Arizona, California and Nevada as a way to avert catastrophic cuts later.
A poll by the Public Policy Institute of California shows, despite a partisan divide, 62 percent of likely voters favor the law [AB 32]. … The poll also found that water supply and drought remain the top environmental concern for Californians.
As Operation Yurok — which the Yurok Tribe carries out each summer with help from local, state and national agencies — continues this week, Yurok Tribe Chairman Thomas P. O’Rourke Sr. said Wednesday the tribe may carry out similar raids later this year. … Illegal diversion of water from stream and creeks lead to less water for the Yurok people and the salmon that live and spawn in the rivers.
While the early wrath of California’s fire season has mostly afflicted the bone-dry southern part of the state, residents here say the flames racing through Big Sur this week are a reminder that one rainy winter after years of drought is no fix for Northern California.
Sixteen years after the completion of the Seven Oaks Dam, two environmental advocacy groups on Monday announced their intent to sue the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for its failure to assess how the dam may have harmed the federally protected Santa Ana sucker fish and San Bernardino kangaroo rats.
California wildfires often become massive infernos that destroy lives and livelihoods, especially during the summer and fall months. Because of a drought that has persisted since 2012, the fire season seems to be expanding, with some fires even occurring during the winter months.
As fire crews made progress controlling a deadly wildfire in Southern California on Wednesday, another blaze continued to rage along the state’s picturesque Central Coast, killing a heavy equipment operator and triggering numerous trail closures and hiker rescues in Los Padres National Forest.
A top Salton Sea official is suing a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary, saying the Warren Buffett-controlled company illegally fired him from his job running geothermal power plants in the Imperial Valley.
David and Joy Nahigian are surprised, and very pleased, that their first in-depth exercise in civic engagement resulted in the best possible outcome – a more environmentally friendly development plan they can support for the Mather Field south area.
The water at a North Carolina whitewater recreation center will be treated with 10 times the amount of chlorine typically needed to kill a brain-eating amoeba to get rid of the microorganism that caused the death of a rafter from Ohio last month, scientists said.
Despite the government’s promises seven years ago to stem the waste that fouls Rio’s expansive Guanabara Bay and the city’s fabled ocean beaches, officials acknowledge that their efforts to treat raw sewage and scoop up household garbage have fallen far short.
Like many people who work on forestry issues in California, Jim Branham, executive officer of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, is still trying to wrap his head around the drought’s toll on the region’s forests and the 66 million dead trees reported in the Sierra Nevada last month.