A coalition of scholars across the West is urging the federal government to partner with the National Academy of Sciences to study the future of the Colorado River, including if climate change is leading to reduced stream flow.
Among the batch of bills signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last week is one that sets new water quality regulations on certain types of mining popular in the North Coast area and could result in the state lifting its ban on new mining activity that began in 2009.
Californians sharply cut water use this summer, prompting state officials to credit their new conservation policies and the sting of thousands of warnings and penalties that they had issued to people for overuse. But the most effective enforcers may be closer to home: the domestic water police.
A groundwater replenishment project aimed at providing the Monterey Peninsula with potable recycled water continued to forge ahead of California American Water’s desalination project during a state Public Utilities Commission hearing Monday.
The [Delta Protection Commission] project included the commissioning of four scholarly essays about the Delta, containing hundreds of pages of details that in some cases are little-known even to those living there.
Evidence is mounting that the El Nino ocean-warming phenomenon in the Pacific will spawn a rainy winter in California, potentially easing the state’s punishing drought but also bringing the risk of chaotic storms like those that battered the region in the late 1990s.
Monday’s announcement was a blow for those hoping that an extra $4 million dedicated to hyacinth control efforts and a more aggressive schedule for applying herbicides would lead to noticeable improvement in 2015.
The passage of Proposition 1 is a promise to make things better. The largest component was the $2.7 billion set aside to fund the public benefits of increased statewide storage. The commission I [Joe Del Bosque] serve on, the California Water Commission, is the state agency tasked with allocating those funds.
On Thursday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that gives Californians the right to hang their laundry on clotheslines. … Monday in Sun Valley, I [Robin Abcarian] met up with the bill’s author, San Fernando Democratic Assemblywoman Patty Lopez.
When the Metropolitan Water District offered her a $4,210 rebate for the swap, the project seemed to make financial sense. … But the calculation of conservation changed when [Tina] House realized that Uncle Sam could pocket much of her rebate.
Drought is usually thought of as a natural disaster beyond human control. But as researchers peer deeper into the Earth’s changing bioclimate — the vastly complex global interplay between living organisms and climatic forces — they are better appreciating the crucial role that deforestation plays.
On a bright October morning in a hotel parking lot, Greg Scott turns on the rainfall simulator. … A soil scientist with the Oklahoma Conservation Commission and a cattle rancher, Scott uses the contraption, hauled like a magician’s prop out of a trailer and onto the asphalt lot, to demonstrate how biologically diverse, untilled soils that are rich in organic matter can help solve agriculture’s twin challenges of water pollution and water scarcity.