A law signed late Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown requires retail urban water suppliers with more than 3,000 customers to put in place rules that define “excessive water use” and impose them during drought emergencies.
Farm revenue in California dropped by more than $9 billion last year as the drought forced farmers to scramble for water and crucial commodities declined in price, according to data released by the state and federal governments Tuesday.
As the western United States struggles with chronic water shortages and a changing climate, scientists are warning that if vast underground stores of fresh water that California and other states rely on are not carefully conserved, they too may soon run dry.
An agreement by California to draw less water from the Colorado River to help boost water levels at Lake Mead could accelerate the shrinkage of the already precarious Salton Sea, endangering air quality and wildlife habitat.
The U.S. government agreed Tuesday to decide over the next several years if federal protections are needed to help a small, fanged predator of the Northern Rockies, massive alligator snapping turtles in the South and seven other troubled species that in some cases have awaited action for years.
Federal wildlife authorities on Tuesday said that a review of genetic tests has led them to conclude that the coastal California gnatcatcher is a valid subspecies and therefore worthy of protections that have barred development on tens of thousands of acres of prime Southern California real estate for two decades.
Developers working to build Banning Ranch, a cluster of homes, hotels and retail on a strip of land that touches coastal Newport Beach, said Monday that the project might be killed if the California Coastal Commission follows the advice of its environmental scientists.
Bull kelp forests on Northern California’s coastline are disappearing at an alarming rate, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, with many marine animals now showing signs of starvation as a result.
Five years into a drought, California is facing essential decisions about its water future. It’s implementing new groundwater law, weighing the pros and cons of a large infrastructure project for water supply and beefing up its data collection. But there’s more to do.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump swept through the central San Joaquin Valley in a few hours Tuesday, scooping up a record amount of money at a Tulare fundraiser and briefly talking water with a largely agricultural crowd who paid between $2,700 and $25,000 per person to attend.
Those seeking a recall of Linda Santos from the Oakdale Irrigation District board are resorting to “outright lies, malicious rumors and unfounded accusations,” Santos said in a strongly worded response.
A fast-moving vegetation fire north of Beaumont spread to 1,000 acres Tuesday afternoon, briefly displacing hundreds of residents from rural communities in Riverside County, although evacuation orders were lifted later in the day, authorities said.
On Friday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill extending special California Environmental Quality Act litigation streamlining provisions for large, jobs-producing development projects that meet certain cost, employment, and greenhouse gas emissions requirements. The program is expected to shorten litigation timelines for qualified projects by two to four years.