Democrats in Congress have stalled an attempt to jump start an expansion of Shasta Dam, California’s largest reservoir and a major water source for the Central Valley. Their objections blocked a Republican gambit to allow the $1.3 billion project to move forward without full up-front funding and despite objections from Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration.
An already dry winter for the Colorado River has gotten worse in recent weeks, but it won’t be enough to send Lake Mead to a record low — at least not right away. Despite worsening conditions in the mountains that feed the Colorado, forecasters still expect the reservoir east of Las Vegas to contain just enough water by the end of the year to avoid a first-ever federal shortage declaration.
Members of the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board gathered in a closed session on Monday afternoon, debating whether to file a lawsuit against the federal government to stem the cross-border flow of sewage, sediment and other contaminants from Tijuana to San Diego.
An atmospheric river is predicted to dump more rain on Southern California and the Central Coast than any other storm this year, and is expected to drop up to 4 feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada and 2 inches of rain in Sacramento before dissipating over the weekend.
California authorities are urging people living in an area devastated by mudslides to evacuate ahead of a strong Pacific storm that forecasters say is likely to bring an extended period of rain and the threat of flooding and debris flows.
For generations, the city [Antioch] has drawn its water from the Delta and now a $10 million grant for a desalination plant will secure its source from the increasing salinity brought on by diversion, drought and climate change.
A month after a California American Water official said they were not attempting to dissuade Monterey district voters from signing a Public Water Now petition aimed at placing a public buyout of the water provider on the fall ballot, the company is now trying to convince anyone who signed the petition to rescind their signatures.
Starting next week, construction on a Marina Coast Water District recycled water pipeline and distribution system project serving Marina, Fort Ord and the Seaside basin will impact traffic on Gen. Jim Moore Boulevard into summer.
Those interested in learning more about removal of four dams along the Klamath River are invited to attend an open house hosted by Klamath River Renewable Corpration, the dam removal entity, from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Mt. Mazama Room at Oregon Tech, 3201 Campus Drive, Klamath Falls.
Ground was officially broken last week on a $13-million effort to restore a wildlife corridor that will connect the Cleveland National Forest with Orange County wild coastal terrains. The project, in the making for more than two decades, seeks to encourage biological diversity in the animals that dwell in the more than 20,000 acres of coastal chaparral surrounding Laguna Beach.
A major storm is bearing down on California and dairy industry experts are urging operators to keep cows out of harms way. Heavy rains and localized flooding could contribute to a potential increase in disease, a decline in milk production and storm water runoff.
A giant, inflatable flamingo raft carrying three men inched down the Los Angeles River on Monday, carried by the slow current of rainwater captured in the basin. It could’ve been a scene from any lazy river at an amusement park, but in true L.A. pursuit fashion, helicopters hovered overhead.
While Colorado permits 39 major industrial facilities to release thousands of tons of pollutants into waterways each year, 17 of them exceeded their legal limits a total of 241 times in an 18-month period, an analysis of federal compliance data shows.
State wildlife agencies and the country’s wildlife conservation system are heavily dependent on sportsmen for funding. Money generated from license fees and excise taxes on guns, ammunition and angling equipment provide about 60 percent of the funding for state wildlife agencies, which manage most of the wildlife in the U.S.
Efforts to build a sophisticated radar system in the Charlotte area to warn residents of approaching tornadoes and other violent weather has been bogged down by a lengthy delay in the completion of a congressionally-mandated study. With a population of 2.4 million people, Charlotte is the nation’s largest metropolitan area without a Doppler radar system.
A rink like the Williamses’ used to offer good skating in this part of Canada from early December into March. But on this late February afternoon, the temperature outside was 55 degrees and rain had fallen steadily all day. The week before, two feet of snow — mostly gone now, with leftover mounds seeping foggy wisps into the saturated air — blanketed the ground.