How many domestic wells are having trouble throughout the state? More than 2,500. That’s not an exact figure, but its better than the smattering of reports that had been collected before the most recent statewide summary.
A recent study by Pew Charitable Trusts found that greater sage grouse numbers decreased by 56 percent from 2007 to 2013. Because of that decline, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been tasked with determining whether the greater sage grouse needs protections under the Endangered Species Act by the end of the month, a deadline that’s led to hand-wringing across the West.
A new recycled water fill-up station opened in Sonoma Valley this week, becoming the second facility in the county where residents can go to get highly treated wastewater to irrigate their gardens and ornamental landscaping.
After hearing from ranchers across the state about their different grazing practices and the numerous environmental benefits of grazing, the State Water Resources Control Board has decided to scrap efforts to regulate grazing on a statewide basis to address potential water-quality impacts.
While the 2015 vintage appears to be of excellent quality, vintners around the Bay Area who turn grapes into wine could use some divine assistance — El Niño-driven rains, perhaps — to avoid a potentially crippling fifth year of drought.
Modesto and the Modesto Irrigation District have agreed to put on hold their costly legal dispute over which one has to pay $9 million in extra costs for the botched expansion of the Modesto Regional Water Treatment Plant, which is operated by the MID and provides the city with drinking water.
The largest fish farm in America could be built 4 miles off San Diego’s coast. … The Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, the nonprofit research arm of SeaWorld, is partnering with a private investment firm to create the aquaculture project.
Firefighters were still making progress on containment lines of fires in nearby national forests on Tuesday — but despite this past weekend’s rains, drought-stricken grasses, plants and trees are expected to dry out soon.
The drought, and the possibility of an impending El Niño, are offering schools such as King [Thomas Starr King Middle School] the opportunity to expand their outdoor science lessons beyond observing how fruits and vegetable grow. With the hugelkultur garden, students and their teachers are learning to manage resources in California.
With California mired in the fourth year of a drought, Central Basin Municipal Water District officials say their free programs for K-12 schools can serve as another tool to reduce water consumption. The district offers nine programs about water, energy and the need to conserve for teachers to use in their classrooms.
They’re cleaning up Marin creeks, writing energy-conserving apps, harvesting organic tomatoes, and, in a few weeks, students at Terra Linda High’s Marin School of Environmental Leadership will be meeting Al Gore at a Miami climate science conference.
The Sacramento River Discovery Center had a busy and successful summer season thanks to the assistance of the members of the community. … The Summer Camps program provided environmental education to the largest number of students ever.
In a somewhat perverse twist, the city’s [Redding] average reduction in use was blown up by a factor almost completely out of its control — Redding Electric Utility’s power generation. In a normal year, REU would expect to get 30 percent of its power from hydroelectric generation through the Central Valley Project.
In the week that the new Waters of the United States Rule (“WOTUS Rule”) was scheduled to take effect on August 28, 2015, three Federal District Courts issued rulings reaching opposite conclusions on the question of whether District Courts have jurisdiction to hear these cases: one court ruled it has jurisdiction and took the additional step of issuing a preliminary injunction against the rule; two courts dismissed challenges for lack of jurisdiction. Several other challenges remain pending in both Federal District Courts and Courts of Appeal.