A series of late-season storms has vaulted this winter into the history books, making it the wettest winter for California’s northern Sierra Nevada in nearly a century of record-keeping, according to the California Department of Water Resources.
It has been almost seven years since a rupture in a pipeline owned by Enbridge, Inc. poured 1.2 million gallons of Canadian tar sands oil into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River and tributaries. … The Michigan disaster alerted the country to the risks that fossil fuel pipelines pose to freshwater resources. Ensuring the safety of rivers, lakes, and aquifers is now the primary civic principle driving public protests against fossil fuel pipelines all across the country.
A water sample from Lake Michigan near a wastewater spill at a U.S. Steel plant in Indiana contained an elevated level of a potentially carcinogenic chemical but well below federal safety standards, the Chicago Department of Water Management said Thursday.
Less than a year after one of the strongest El Niños on record, forecasters see an increasing possibility that another will begin later this year. There is no word yet on how strong a new El Niño might be, but even a mild one could affect weather patterns around the world.
The record precipitation in 2017 in many parts of California has impacted travel and infrastructure throughout the state. Unfortunately, the unusually high snowpack has also caused us to postpone our Headwaters Tour until the fall. The 2017 Headwaters Tour, which was planned for April 27-28, will now be held September 13-14. At that time, we will be able to safely travel the Lake Tahoe Basin and beyond to view meadow restoration sites, wildfire impacts and our national forests.
It’s not just the residents of Oroville, Gridley and Yuba City who are frustrated with the Department of Water Resources’ lack of transparency concerning the Oroville Dam spillways. Two California legislators who represent those living downstream from the dam are also upset that they aren’t getting answers. … The state Senate’s Natural Resources Committee has a hearing scheduled at 9 a.m. April 25 that will go over what happened with the Oroville Dam spillway.
A state-commissioned report on climate change released Wednesday raises the stakes for fighting global warming, offering a clearer and, in some cases, more catastrophic picture of how much sea levels will rise in California.
Not only will this week’s incoming storms be packing their usual grab bags of mischief for Northern California – widespread and heavier precipitation, winds gusting up to 30 mph, snowfalls dropping from 5,000 to 3,500 feet – but the systems appear to have their hearts set on breaking one big thing: The all-time wettest water year on record for the Northern Sierra, the most important source of water for the entire state.
Full water deliveries have returned to the last of the West Side irrigation districts affected by federal water cutbacks in recent years. … The news came too late for some farmers, who have already planted based on the earlier projection of 65 percent for 2017.
Increases in California’s gas tax and vehicle fees approved last week are expected to raise $52.4 billion over 10 years for the state’s backlog of road and bridge repairs. It is, by any measurement, a significant amount of money — Gov. Jerry Brown dubbed the proposal “a hell of a good deal” — but only about half of what the state would ultimately like to put behind large-scale improvements in the Inland Empire and beyond if the federal government is willing.
Hundreds of residents were stranded in waterlogged towns, homes destroyed, a hospital flooded, and highways cut off after three Humboldt County rivers swelled on Wednesday in the worst flood event since the devastation wrought in December 1964. Luckily for all of us, this catastrophe was only a figment of imagination in the minds of county officials and first responders.
Weary of the stormy and record-breaking wet weather? Better get used to it.That’s because more of the same — with a possible tornado or two thrown into the mix — is on the way for most of the North State.
The adult female sea lion lay thrashing, half-covered in mud, in a marsh Wednesday at the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station. A ranger from the Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge spotted her and called the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, describing the sea lion’s odd behavior.