New federal rules designed to better protect small streams, tributaries and wetlands – and the drinking water of 117 million Americans – are being criticized by Republicans and farm groups as going too far.
State Route 87, the thin band of pavement that approaches the mostly shuttered town of Coolidge, Ariz., cuts through some of the least hospitable land in the country. … Then Route 87 tacks left and the dead landscape springs to life.
Silicon Valley’s largest water company is changing how it will roll out some of the state’s strictest water conservation rules to address complaints that the new per-household allocations unfairly penalize large families.
Rep. Jared Huffman and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom will hold a public marijuana policy forum in Garberville on Friday to discuss possible legalization, and meet with local stakeholders, including government officials, marijuana advocates, law enforcement, environmentalists, and regulators to look at policy options for an expected post-legalization future in California.
Gov. Jerry Brown and state regulators are trying to get people to cut back with mandates and fines — the stick approach. But a startup in Oakland called MeterHero is trying to change the value of water a different way — with carrots. … [Alice] Green’s Berkeley cohousing community, which is like a hippier version of a condo complex, has signed up for MeterHero.
It doesn’t take much water to wash dishes — not in Jess Cullen’s kitchen, at least. … Cullen is one of a multitude of Southern California residents who grew up in countries where water wasn’t unlimited.
In the film, opening this Friday, a previously unknown fault near the Hoover Dam in Nevada ruptures and jiggles the San Andreas. … U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Susan Hough accompanied The Associated Press to an advance screening of the film.
What should be the “baseline” year for the California environment? What year should we pick as representing the ideal environment that will satisfy activists wishing to impose their vision for allocating our water distribution between fish, farmers and home use?
During times of extreme water scarcity it is hard to find the silver lining. Yet the severity of this drought, including its record warm temperatures, is benefiting us in one way: it is a window into what droughts may look like in the future and gives us something to plan for—a target, if you will.
A week ago, at mid-month, we excitedly were tallying up the already-record-making Mono Basin precipitation totals for May and the rise in Mono Lake. Who would have thought that it would keep raining and snowing—especially during the driest year of one of the worst droughts on record?
Responding to a surge of interest in removing grass amid California’s worsening drought, the Metropolitan Water District agreed Monday to spend an additional $350 million to help homeowners and businesses replace the turf.