Signaling a cutback in water supplies for farming and cities, California regulators on Wednesday issued a new scientific analysis that proposes overhauling the management of the Sacramento River and devoting more water to Northern California’s dwindling fish populations. … The proposal comes a month after the water board called for people to take far less water out of the San Joaquin River system.
Lawyers for the Coachella Valley’s largest water districts and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians presented their arguments to a federal appeals court in a water rights case that could set a precedent for tribes across the country.
For those with a financial stake in water, drought can mean boom or bust, depending on the investment. And even without a specific market to trade water, there are numerous ways to invest in it – from buying land with water rights to stocks in water-dependent companies to municipal bonds. Take Michael Burry, for instance, the hedge fund manager featured in the book and movie “The Big Short” who outsmarted the subprime housing market crash.
Several environmental groups returned to their natural habitat in the courthouse on Wednesday in hopes of securing Endangered Species Act protections for the Pacific fisher, a mink-like creature found partly in California’s southern Sierra Nevada mountains.
California should leave more water in the state’s most vital river delta to save crashing populations of native fish, state regulators said Wednesday in findings that could cut the amounts that cities and farms can take from the Sacramento and San Joaquin waterways.
A plan to leave more water in streams feeding the San Joaquin River will benefit Delta water exporters while letting the government off the hook for failing to meet water quality standards, San Joaquin County water wonks said Wednesday.
Sacramento County will pay $795,000 to settle a class-action lawsuit by county water-treatment plant operators over owed wages and overtime pay after a Sacramento Superior Court judge approved the settlement Tuesday.
Last week’s deluge was just what our rivers — and our salmon — desperately needed. From the Chetco to the Eel, all of the rivers saw huge flow increases, allowing the late run of fall kings to make their way from the estuaries upriver and closer to their final destinations.
Michigan should consider abandoning its one-person emergency management structure and instead install a team of three experts when deficit-ridden municipalities and school districts fall under state control, according to a report released Wednesday by a legislative committee that investigated Flint’s lead-tainted water crisis.
In a move that could have significant implications for water purveyors, residential developers, and landlords and tenants throughout California, Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed Senate Bill 7 into law. Intended to encourage water conservation in apartments and other multiunit developments, SB 7 requires the owner of any multiunit residential and/or mixed-use development constructed after January 1, 2018 to install individual or submeters that measure the quantity of water supplied to each individual unit.
Our communities already suffer from a massive backlog of infrastructure needs: water systems, bridges, overpasses, freeways and public universities. Proposition 53 will cause additional delays and increase costs.
You don’t have to look hard for proof that Californians are making permanent changes to the way they use water. In communities up and down the state, turf removal is a common sight as homeowners say goodbye to lawns and hello to water-wise landscapes.
Be prepared and join millions of people participating in Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills worldwide on Oct. 20. During the drill, participants practice “Drop, Cover, and Hold On.” This is the recommended safety action to take during an earthquake. … Most people will hold their ShakeOut drills at 10:20 a.m. local time on Oct. 20 (though drills can be held anytime and on other days if necessary).