If you live in Utah, chances are good that you’re getting a sweet deal on water for your lawn and landscaping. In fact, you might be paying next to nothing for it, at least compared to nearly everywhere else in the West.
South Bay elected officials said they are filing a lawsuit Friday in the most dramatic attempt in decades to force the federal government to plug up the millions of gallons of sewage and polluted water that routinely stream over the border from Tijuana into the San Diego region.
One day after an avalanche roared down Mammoth Mountain, danger was hardly on the mind of snowboarder Caleb Hill as he carved through fresh powder under clear skies Sunday. Like hordes of other visitors to the Sierra Nevada resort, Hill, 24, was undeterred by avalanches at two of California’s largest ski resorts that closed runs and triggered rescue operations in recent days.
Sand replenishment began last week at Cardiff State Beach, one of the first milestones in a $120 million, four-year effort to restore the San Elijo Lagoon. Improved water quality, greater wildlife diversity, more public recreational trails and a greater resilience to environmental change are among the long-term goals of the restoration, which has been planned for decades.
Most summer days, Cowell Beach, just west of the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf, is a haven for tourists, surfers, sea otters and sea lions. But beneath the surface lurks a dirty, persistent problem: high bacterial counts.
The candidate forum at Scholz Garten, a stone’s throw from the Texas State Capitol, was organized by 350.org, a liberal group focused on climate change. So there was little doubt what answer the moderator was seeking when he asked about support for “a complete nationwide fracking ban.”
Off-road vehicle users would have more legal access to areas around Lake Powell but could also be required to purchase a permit and abide by new seasonal beach closures under a set of regulations being considered at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
The decision of the Port of San Diego and the cities of Imperial Beach and Chula Vista to sue the U.S. branch of the binational International Boundary and Water Commission for allegedly violating the federal Clean Water Act is a proportionate, necessary response to a grave problem that only seems to get worse, not better.
A new University of California report forecasts kick-to-the-gut climate-change realities for California farmers, especially those who grow permanent crops in the Central Valley. In a nutshell, the report anticipates big trouble ahead for crops such as almonds, peaches, table grapes, corn and rice.
Joaquin Arambula was a student at Edison High when the state of California backed the concept of a recreational parkway between Friant Dam and Highway 99. Twenty-six years later, the San Joaquin River Parkway remains mostly that: a noble concept that has yet to be realized.
Sierra snow is not only vital for Tahoe’s recreation-based economy and the summer water supply on both sides of the range, but also helps many of our local animals withstand Tahoe’s winters. Many of Tahoe’s animals flee the freezing temperatures of winter and others sleep away the difficult months.
With about four weeks left in the normal wet season, the Sacramento Valley is at about 65% of average precipitation (less than 1/3 of last year’s precipitation). The southern Central Valley has less than 50% of average precipitation and southern California is still drier. Snowpack is much less, at 28% statewide. Surface reservoirs, which almost all refilled and spilled in record-wet 2017, are now at 98% of average for this time of year, and will fall quickly as there is well-below-normal snowpack to melt.
Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman announced that five private sector and citizen solvers shared a prize competition purse of $50,000 for their submissions of concepts to improve arsenic measurement technologies in water. “Current analytical methods are suitable for ensuring regulatory compliance, but there remains a need for rapid, low-cost monitoring of arsenic,” Commissioner Burman said.
On our three-day journey along the Colorado River, April 11-13, you will learn about one of the largest and most managed rivers in the nation and go deep inside Hoover Dam, one of the nation’s most iconic structures. The Bureau of Reclamation takes us on a special “hard-hat tour” of the dam. You’ll pass through elevators and doors that are closed to the public as managers give you an inside look at its operations.