California officials don’t have to pay property owners to access their land to conduct preliminary testing before deciding whether to move forward with a $15.7 billion plan to build two giant water tunnels to supply drinking water for cities and irrigation for farmers, the California Supreme Court ruled Thursday. … Officials promoting the tunnels will present plans to state water regulators in hearings starting Tuesday.
Two federal agencies could face a third legal challenge over alleged Endangered Species Act violations on the Klamath River after a group of environmental and fishing organizations filed a notice of intent to sue this week.
The “Godzilla” El Niño is gone. But its sibling climate pattern, La Niña, which typically emerges in the aftermath with a cooling effect on the globe and potentially drier weather in California, has yet to show.
A stretch of coastline in Seal Beach reopened to swimmers and surfers Thursday following a roughly three-day closure due to a sewage spill near downtown Los Angeles, but all coastal beaches in Long Beach remain under closure orders.
The California Supreme Court cleared the way Thursday for state water authorities to do environmental and geological testing on private land for a proposed project to divert Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta water to the south.
In a win for the state, the California Supreme Court declared Thursday that the state has the right to go on private property for soil and environmental testing as part of a plan to divert fresh water under or around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta on its way to Central and Southern California.
Farmers caught off guard by the Oakdale Irrigation District’s new by-volume water billing schedule won’t face delivery shutoffs this year for late payments, OID leaders said Wednesday in a tentative decision.
Orange County’s infrastructure is in better shape than much of the nation’s, but will still require an investment of more than $22 billion over the next decade to make systems sustainable long term, civil engineering experts announced Thursday, releasing a C-plus report card for the county.
Summer isn’t the easiest time to save water, but users in the Sacramento-area reduced their water use by 22 percent in June compared to the same month in 2013. The savings is the first following the end of mandatory statewide conservation rules.
The Sacramento Regional Water Authority, an umbrella group representing water agencies in a five-county area, said Thursday that the region’s residents cut water usage by 22 percent last month compared with June 2013, the baseline month.
The 280-ton dredge was formally christened the “Twin Lakes” during a ceremony including [Congressman Leon] Panetta’s successor, outgoing Rep. Sam Farr on Wednesday. It’s arrival and reassembly on the harbor’s public boat launch in June and July came after one of the worst recent winters for the harbor, as crews raced to dig out accumulating silt continuously since December in the face of storms and large ocean swells.
A $1.4 million effort to dredge three Novato creeks aims to ease flooding and help the environment. Sediment will be pulled beginning Monday from portions of Arroyo Avichi, Novato and Warner creeks to extend the waterways’ capacity and prevent flooding during winter storms.
As a veteran, Oakley’s Larry Jones often enjoys stopping by Oakley’s Veteran Memorial. The memorial, which is in downtown Oakley at City Park, has a small garden featuring roses and other flowers circling the monuments, plaques and flag.
In a paper published Wednesday in American Anthropologist, [Northwestern University archaeologist Amanda] Logan reports that food security in Banda peaked about 500 years ago, smack in the middle of an epic drought.
Understanding California’s balance sheet for water—how much there is, who has claims to it, and what is actually being “spent”—is key to effectively managing the state’s limited water supply in support of a healthy economy and environment. This report compares California’s water accounting systems to those of 11 other western states, Australia, and Spain. It identifies gaps in California’s water information systems, and proposes a dozen ways to bridge them.
Californians living through a fifth year of historic drought received what seemed like a bit of good news last month: Researchers at Stanford found significantly larger-than-expected groundwater supplies 1,000 to 3,500ft (300 to 1,000m) below the state’s surface, in a first ever assessment of water supplies in California’s deep underground aquifers.