When it comes to caring about the Earth, California got to the party long before it was fashionable. We had to; it was either that or learn to enjoy breathing smog. Instead of listening to those who insisted our air, water and earth couldn’t be cleaned up, we put science to work doing just that.
Unfortunately, with some inspiring exceptions, California does not typically manage or store surface water and groundwater conjunctively. But with patterns like a long drought followed by an extremely wet winter, we have the opportunity to prepare groundwater storage infrastructure that will help us to take excess surface water and store it in aquifers.
Most of the groundwater that is accessible by deep wells is old, but still vulnerable to modern contamination, reports a study published today in Nature Geoscience by researchers from University of Calgary, Stanford, and other institutions. The world’s groundwater provides drinking water and irrigation for billions of people around the world.
Official reports released Monday say the catastrophic damage to Oroville Dam’s main spillway probably stemmed from swift water flows under the concrete chute, which was cracked and of uneven thickness.
The damage has been done and the repair contract awarded. … How much will be the responsibility of homeowners, businesses, farmers and other customers of the more than two dozen local and regional agencies that contract with the State Water Project?
The Senate on Monday confirmed former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to be agriculture secretary in President Donald Trump’s administration as the farming industry looks to Washington for help amid a downturn in the market.
Weird weather and climate warming are two separate things, but a Stanford team is linking them. Using math, powerful computers and historical records, research led by Noah Diffenbaugh found that climate change has boosted the odds of extreme heat, drought, punishing rainstorms and retreating sea ice.
Local, state and federal officials over the years have launched numerous efforts to address the problems and avoid potential new ones like invasive mussels, with limited success. … Now, a bill sponsored by Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, D-Winters, is offering new hope for lake improvements.
Responding to criticism about secrecy around the Oroville Dam repair effort, California officials released two redacted reports Monday from outside engineers consulting on plans to fix the dam’s battered spillways.
The management of land as sensitive and rare as the sandhills habitat in the Santa Cruz Mountains is complex — no perfect solution exists for some problems. Such is the San Lorenzo Valley Water District’s current conundrum: how to eradicate 20,000 invasive French broom plants from 40 acres of sandhills without damaging the fragile ecosystem.
City officials say their latest actions have more to do with Sausalito’s role in the Richardson’s Bay Regional Agency than a crackdown on anchor-outs. The agency, formed in 1985 by the county and Sausalito, Mill Valley, Belvedere and Tiburon, is responsible for maintaining and improving the water and shoreline of Richardson Bay.
Despite the area facing multiple devastating natural disasters, the course for the Big Sur International Marathon races Sunday will remain the same. The failure and demolition of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge led officials to change how they drop off marathon runners.