The Coachella Valley’s biggest water district recycles wastewater at three of its six sewage treatment plants, churning out water to irrigate golf courses, parks and lawns at housing developments. Now it’s proposing to reuse more water by converting a sewage plant in Thermal to a water-recycling plant.
Winter is off to a dry start across the West, raising the specter of ongoing drought in many locations. The culprit could be La Niña – a periodic cooling of Pacific Ocean waters near the equator that often brings drought. And not just any La Niña, but a “double whammy” effect, which latest research concludes may cause even worse water shortages.
California has filed a double-digit number of lawsuits against the Trump administration since January. … In some cases, California is leading the legal battle, taking on the Trump administration on immigration, health care and the environment.
Yuba-Sutter residents voiced concerns to the Department of Water Resources over a variety of issues Thursday night, including the hairline cracks that have appeared on the reconstructed spillway, a need for more transparency moving forward, and the significant amount of sediment buildup in the Feather River brought about by the Lake Oroville incident last February and plans – or lack thereof – to clear it out.
Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt on Thursday defended his frequent taxpayer-funded travel and his purchase of a custom soundproof communications booth for his office, saying both were justified. Pruitt made his first appearance before a House oversight subcommittee responsible for environmental issues since his confirmation to lead EPA in February.
Gary Kremen—the founder of Match.com, former owner of Sex.com, and serial investor—is into water. The entrepreneur started investing in water tech startups a few years ago. Today he’s an elected member of Silicon Valley’s water district, an agency that manages water and flood control for 2 million people.
What has caused the record number of valley fever cases in California? El Nino and other winter storm phenomena are most likely to blame, according to the best available information on the disease. Stanislaus County’s almond harvest dust is off the hook.
Comanche Creek Greenway is called “mini Bidwell Park” for a reason. It’s a welcome respite for many people living and working in a more industrial part of Chico. … Comanche Creek, also known as Edgar Slough, carries water taken from Butte Creek for irrigation.
Ed McCormick, hailed as a superstar of the industry, was chosen this week as the general manager of the West County Wastewater District, pending the drafting of a mutually agreeable contract. Hired in April as the district’s interim GM, McCormick currently is paid at the rate of $250,950 a year, not counting benefits, after an almost $22,000 raise last month.
Tom Ward plays the long game when it comes to business. As the owners of Ward Ranch, Ward and his family grow Christmas trees year-round for the holiday season. … But the California drought in recent years — and the winter storms that battered much of northern California — cost tree growers.
Sunday was an historically hot day in Orange County. Santa Ana, at 88 degrees, registered the highest temperature in the continental United States, according to the National Weather Service. And Newport Beach, at 85 degrees, broke a nearly century-old heat record for Dec. 10, sizzling past its previous high of 80 degrees set in 1924.
Residents of Sacramento County’s Vineyard area are angry about the prospect of losing open space they thought the county had protected permanently more than 25 years ago. It turns out the land, known as Silver Springs Lot P, has been owned all along by developer Angelo Tsakopoulos, whose company now wants to build houses on it.
In central Montana, drones are dropping peanut butter pellets on prairie dog colonies. It’s part of an effort by biologists to save North America’s most endangered mammal — the black-footed ferret (or as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service calls it, the BFF).
Julie Cart, the environmental writer for CALmatters who covered [Gov. Jerry] Brown’s European sojourn, delved into the [Air Resources Board] report’s data and discovered that the major reason for last year’s drop in emissions wasn’t cap-and-trade, or any other state action. Rather, it occurred because unusually heavy winter rain and snow storms allowed utilities to depend less on generating electricity by burning fossil fuels and more on hydroelectric power from dams in California and other states.
At the height of our state’s historic drought in 2014, more than two thirds of California voters cast their ballots in favor of Proposition 1, a $7.5 billion water bond to fund water quality, supply, treatment and storage projects. Three years later, the drought has ended – at least for now.
In January and February, no less than 125 million gallons of rain fell upon my 200-acre farm, located off Highway 80 between Dixon and Davis. Our soil, blanketed with an annual winter cover crop of mixed grass and legumes, absorbed all of those 24 inches of rain. Not one single gallon left our property.
California’s management of water for is not working for anyone. Environmental advocates argue that state and federal regulators have set water quality and flow standards that do not adequately protect fish and wildlife, and have not enforced these requirements when they are most needed. Farm and urban interests claim that these regulations have been ineffective and cause unnecessary economic harm.