Drought often means not having enough water to satisfy all water-right holders. Assessing which water-right holders should curtail their use and by how much is not simple. California’s complex water rights system includes two water law doctrines: seniority-based appropriative water rights (“first in time, first in right”) and older and generally higher-priority English common-law-based riparian rights (where shortages are shared proportionally across all riparian right-holders).
Assemblyman James Gallagher rounded up a group of bipartisan legislators to visit Oroville on Thursday, where they met with community members and toured the now-infamous dam. Representatives of districts ranging from southern to northern California came to better understand the place where the evacuation of about 188,000 people occurred just over a year ago.
The odds of a March miracle rescuing California from a desperately dry winter are not looking good. Thursday’s monthly report from the federal Climate Prediction Center cites below-average rain and snow as the most likely weather scenario for almost all of the state for the next three months.
We all know Hoover Dam, and you might know about the Imperial or other dams that manage the Colorado River. But the very first completed dam on the Colorado was the Laguna Dam. … Doug Cox at the Imperial Irrigation District manages the dam.
Our tours are famous for not only being packed with diverse educational opportunities about California water, but showcasing local culture. Our Central Valley Tour on March 14-16 lets you unwind at a few San Joaquin Valley gems and hear stories that go back generations. Act now to take advantage of our special early bird discount, it expires Tuesday, Feb. 20th at 6:00 p.m.
Hundreds of frustrated and angry residents turned out Thursday night for a city-held public forum at Mira Mesa Senior Center to address surging water bills — a long-simmering controversy that has now reached a boiling point.
Overall water use is climbing in Southern California as that part of the state plunges back into drought, driving state and regional water managers as they consider permanently reinstating some watering bans and conservation programs.
In these three graphic sliders of satellite images from Yosemite, Tahoe, and Mammoth Lakes, you can see the dramatic difference in the snowpack — a key source of water for the state — from just a year ago.
Although there’s no immediate need for an umbrella, don’t pack those winter jackets away just yet. A cold snap is expected to deliver mostly near-freezing overnight low temperatures across the Bay Area beginning Sunday night, as well as cold and windy daytime conditions to begin the work week.
For five months last winter, Christina Borsos’ 10,000-square-foot property on Woodbine Road was covered in water. Borsos home sits near Bijou Park Creek, which once naturally flowed into Lake Tahoe unimpeded. Over time houses, businesses, roads and parking lots were developed in the creek’s path and surrounding stream environment zone (SEZ).
Less than 25 percent of the 39.2 acre site will be developed with a significant portion being set aside as open space while incorporating programs to restore and protect the native habitat, species and sand dunes on the site including the snowy plover, Smith Blue Butterfly and the Spine Flower.
Boris Salomatin has lived his entire 60 years down a dirt road in the tiny village of Khudaiberdynsk, a few miles from the entrance to the massive Mayak nuclear fuel reprocessing complex. … From March 1949 to November 1951, environmental activists have learned, radioactive waste was poured directly into the nearby Techa River, and nearby lakes were inundated with pollution as well.
We’re glad to see the state government is finally realizing Californians just aren’t going to save water merely because it’s the right thing to do. The signs of a dry winter have been piling up for months, and yet the statewide water saving rate has continued to decline.
It was a great exam question (at least I [UC Berkeley Professor Holly Doremus] thought so — you’ll have to ask my Environmental Law and Policy students if they agree): does the disposal of treated wastewater from a municipal wastewater treatment plant into the ground through injection wells located a short distance from the ocean require an NPDES permit under the Clean Water Act? Like most great exam questions, this one was drawn from real life.
As the world celebrates the achievements of athletes gliding over, down and across snow, I’ve been reflecting on what I [snowboarder Jeremy Jones] see in the mountains and for the future of these very [Olympic] Games. And for good reason.
As another drought looms in California, I’ve [organic farmer/author David Mas Masumoto] been thinking about a whimsical project at a statewide think tank where I serve on the board. The Water Policy Center at the Public Policy Institute of California recently made a “Water Playlist.”
The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy has completed its third citizen science monitoring project, designed to survey some of San Diego County’s most valuable open space areas. The goal of the program is to create a cost-effective and continuing monitoring effort for the San Dieguito River Park.