While a nearly record-breaking rainy season has battered California’s dams and stretched the limits of local levees, the storms that began to hit Sacramento on Tuesday aren’t expected to put much additional strain on the state’s flood-control system.
A second opening of the Don Pedro Reservoir spillway is unlikely this year, managers said Tuesday, despite a “staggering” amount of snow waiting to melt. … The snowpack in the Tuolumne watershed stood at 186 percent of average as of Monday.
In November 2016, California legalized recreational marijuana. The decision, supported by 56 percent of the state’s voters, allows marijuana to be shared, traded, grown at home and smoked without a medical reason. Using it medically has been legal for 20 years. Though complex and strict regulations still apply to growing, selling and buying marijuana, things will probably simplify over the next year.
The North Marin Water District has embarked on a pilot program that will feed data to its headquarters in real time, a change that will help the public and utility save water, according to officials. The district — which serves 60,000 people in Novato and parts of West Marin — now relies on a crew of three to read 20,500 meters, logging in water use totals into hand-held computers while making the rounds.
From the water safety crisis in Flint, Michigan to the near-disaster with the Oroville Dam in California, a string of water-related events have made headlines, and called into question the U.S. focus on keeping critical water systems safe and functioning. In advance of the U.S.-focused Water Week and the U.N. World Water Day, Brookings experts have explored many dimensions of water infrastructure.
In the nearly 50 years since the Oroville Dam was completed, construction methods have changed. Chico State University construction management professor Chris Souder consulted on the Folsom Dam auxiliary spillway project which began construction in 2008 and is on pace to be completed in October.
In their 70s and 80s now, some men who built the Oroville Dam still remember those tough days well, some 50-odd years later. Most of the people they worked with have since passed on, but some of the former construction workers who are living in Oroville have continued to meet up over the years.
The Newport-Inglewood fault has long been considered one of Southern California’s top seismic danger zones because it runs under some of the region’s most densely populated areas, from the Westside of Los Angeles to the Orange County coast.
As the first wet storm of the spring sweeps into the mountains around Lake Tahoe, wary water managers are watching the sky and already releasing water from swollen reservoirs to guard against flooding across northern Nevada.
Volunteers and state employees were on the verge of reconnecting the two severed parts of Big Sur with the completion of a trail that circumvents the condemned Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, which is under demolition — but then the rain returned.
The wet weather of winter 2016-17 continued into the spring as the Sacramento area absorbed plenty of rain overnight and big downpours of precipitation Tuesday as a storm front marched through the area.
Powerful Republican congressmen and governors are pressing President Donald Trump to take an unprecedented step: Reverse his predecessor’s creation of several national monuments under a law that dates back to Theodore Roosevelt.
Circle of Blue reporter Brett Walton spoke with Dr. Jeremy Schmidt, lecturer in geography at the University of Durham, about his new book, Water: Abundance, Scarcity, and Security in the Age of Humanity.
The last decade or so has brought ample evidence that Americans are gradually changing their diets, driven by health concerns and other factors. But a new study points to one change that is starker than many have thought: Americans cut their beef consumption by 19 percent — nearly one-fifth — in the years from 2005 to 2014, according to research released on Wednesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Fathers & Families of San Joaquin and a host of volunteers will be spending the next several weeks turning a vacant lot at the corner of Lafayette and Sutter streets into an urban forest the entire community can enjoy. The nonprofit organization recently was awarded a grant of about $50,000 from CalFire’s Urban and Community Forestry program.
A mighty darkness is about to descend upon the land, and sky watchers couldn’t be more thrilled. On Aug. 21 the Earth, sun and moon will blow our minds during a total solar eclipse that will last a little more than an hour and 33 minutes, coast to coast.