The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service concluded that the construction of new diversion points on the Sacramento River and two massive water tunnels would not jeopardize the existence of endangered species in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, which is the hub of California’s waterworks.
President Trump announced yesterday that he will nominate a widely respected veteran of Western water issues to lead the Bureau of Reclamation. Trump said he will tap Brenda Burman to be commissioner of the bureau.
Homeowners along the Kings River forced to evacuated by rising water cannot return yet, but the river is receding and it’s possible they can go back soon. … Army Corps of Engineers data show 12,700 cubic feet per second of water was being released down the spillway of Pine Flat Dam at 2 p.m. Monday, down from a peak of 14,950 cubic feet per second Friday afternoon.
[Matthew] Fienup, the director for economic research and forecasting at California Lutheran University, helped lead the charge to create the first groundwater market in California. For seven months, Fienup and Edgar Terry, a local farmer and senior adjunct professor at Cal Lutheran, worked with the Water Market Group – a coalition of regulators from the Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency, farmers, urban officials and environmentalists – to create a pilot of the first groundwater market in California.
Federal wildlife agencies gave the controversial Delta tunnels a partial approval on Monday, announcing that the $17 billion project to replumb the dying estuary will not jeopardize threatened and endangered fish.
Eleven national marine sanctuaries and monuments — from Monterey Bay to New England to the South Pacific — could lose protections under new details of a Trump Administration plan released Monday that seeks to expand offshore oil and gas drilling.
Bill Croyle, acting director for the state Department of Water Resources, has announced his retirement, effective July 1. … Croyle said he had his resignation letter in hand when he was called to meet with then-DWR Director Mark Cowin, who was retiring after 36 years with the agency.
California regulators reached an agreement with a Mexican company to shut down the last coastal sand mine in the United States and avoid a legal battle over a dredging operation that experts say has caused devastating erosion in Monterey Bay, officials said Monday.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s most powerful union went into contract negotiations late last year convinced its workers deserved more money. For three years, the union’s 9,000 members had gone without raises, even as other city workers won pay increases.
Snowmelt flowing over the roadway, along with a variety of infrastructure repairs being made, combine to keep Highway 120/Tioga Road closed through Yosemite National Park, according to the park and Caltrans.
Our Headwaters Tour, Sept. 13 - 14, travels through two national forests and around Lake Tahoe to visit rivers, forests, meadows and California’s most iconic lake. Topics will include forest management, California’s tree mortality epidemic, meadow restoration, wildfires, water quality, energy production, and more. We will spend the night in South Lake Tahoe at Forest Suites Resort at Heavenly Village, the popular skiing destination.
The nation’s largest wildfire has forced more than 1,500 people from their homes and cabins in a southern Utah mountain area home to a ski town and popular fishing lake. … Meanwhile, a wildfire surging out of control on California’s Central Coast has forced about 250 people to evacuate from their homes.