The cost of repairing the crippling damage to Oroville Dam’s spillways caused by last winter’s fierce storms has almost doubled, state water officials said Thursday. … Jeff Petersen, project manager for Kiewit, said that once construction workers got on the site they discovered they had to dig much deeper to get down to bedrock than they had expected.
The final round of battles between the people who want to build the Poseidon desalination water plant, and the grass roots environmental groups who oppose it, began Thursday in a crowded city hall chamber in Huntington Beach. … The three-member [State Lands] commission voted late Thursday to approve the project as long as the operators agree to eliminate or reduce carbon emissions.
After enduring the driest stretch of years in our history, and then logging the wettest spell on record this past winter, befuddled Californians have one question on their minds these days: What’s next? In two words: La Niña.
At the end of an unpaved road that snakes through the San Bernardino National Forest, you come to Strawberry Creek, which flows down from the mountains through a rocky canyon. Head upstream and you’ll clamber over boulders and through the brush until you arrive at a fork in the creek.
In response to a hepatitis A outbreak that was incubated in unsanitary conditions among the homeless, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a public health emergency last week to contain an epidemic that has killed 19 people this year in California. … Access to adequate sanitation is presumably a component of the state’s human right to water law, which was passed in 2012.
Santa Fe Springs officials are scrambling to find cheaper sources of water after having to close two wells that were found to be contaminated from a now-closed Whittier chemical plant that leaked hazardous materials into nearby areas.
Trouble with the Upper Berryessa Creek flood project between North San Jose and Milpitas continues to work its way downstream, as a group of residents plan to legally challenge the Santa Clara Valley Water District and California Department of Fish and Wildlife in court over “unmitigated” environmental impacts from the Lower Berryessa Creek project.
Nevada Irrigation District customers suggested the district build a tunnel, hire security guards or install surveillance cameras, among other options, at the Scotts Flat spillway in order to address safety concerns.
The reconstruction of Oroville Dam’s flood control spillway is likely to cost as much as $500 million, state officials said Thursday, as design changes and unexpected additional work has inflated the cost of the project.
In one of the fastest-paced civic construction jobs in recent U.S. history, hundreds of carpenters, operating engineers and iron workers are rushing to complete repairs to the damaged Oroville Dam spillway. The crews are trying to beat a Nov. 1 deadline and the Northern California rainy season, which once again will begin to fill the massive reservoir behind the nation’s highest dam.
A proposed Huntington Beach seawater desalination plant passed a major regulatory hurdle Thursday when a marathon session at City Hall concluded with an endorsement from the California State Lands Commission.
In a major victory for dog walkers, the National Park Service announced Thursday it has stopped plans that would have expanded on-leash areas in Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties. … Park officials had cited protection of the recreation area’s sensitive resources, ranging from snowy plovers to mission blue butterflies, as well as safety for other users as reasons why off-leash dog walking needed to be limited.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday forecast a warmer winter from California through the Midwest to Maine. A colder than normal winter is predicted for southern Alaska, the Pacific Northwest and the Northern Tier states. Normal temperatures are forecast for a thin swath of states from Indiana to Idaho.
Environmental pollution — from filthy air to contaminated water — is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. More than smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.
A few tickets are still available for our Nov. 1-2 San Joaquin River Restoration Tour, a once-a-year educational opportunity to see the program’s progress first-hand. The tour begins and ends in Fresno with an overnight stay in Los Banos. With the ultimate goal of restoring populations of spawning salmon, the restoration program remains controversial. We will travel from Friant Dam in the Sierra Nevada foothills and through the San Joaquin Valley along more than 100 miles of the watershed.
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today [Oct. 18] lifted its algal bloom caution advisory at Pyramid Lake in Los Angeles County. Caution signs have been removed from the lake’s shoreline, and all areas of the lake are open to boating and swimming, including Emigrant Landing and Vaquero swim beaches.
The Bureau of Reclamation and State of Utah are initiating negotiations for a water exchange contract, which proposes exchanging the state’s assigned Green River water right for use of Colorado River Storage Project water from Flaming Gorge Dam.