Notorious winds linked to many of California’s worst wildfires are known by various names — Diablo, Santa Ana and Sundowner — but all share the common trait of being able to whip a spark into a deadly inferno that seems to come out of nowhere.
The California National Guard steps in to help state agencies in major disasters, including the near catastrophic Oroville spillway failure earlier this year, by supplying additional resources or military equipment the state may not have. More than 250 service members of the National Guard have been deployed to help in the Northern California fires, some bringing with them helicopters to drop water on the fires.
A new boat launch ramp at Loafer Creek Recreation Area should be under construction by the end of next year, according to state Department of Water Resources officials. The boat ramp should be accessible year-round, with the lake as low as 700 feet.
After dealing with the Soberanes Fire last year, torrential winter rainfall led to the massive Mud Creek landslide keeping Highway 1 closed to the south and a separate slide 37 miles north that damaged a support column, which caused the bridge to be condemned and demolished. The newly completed bridge should open to traffic Friday evening.
Geological coincidence makes Ely — one three-square-mile town in the northernmost reaches of the continental United States — a focus of a national debate about the proper use of public lands. … But there’s a generations-long rift in Ely — between those who believe minerals are the region’s greatest asset and those who believe clean waters are — that has been laid bare recently.
Rob Gimpel is usually thinking about getting tulip bulbs in the ground this time of year, but right now he’s ready to harvest pumpkins. It’s an unusual activity for Gimpel, the lead gardener of the areas around the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., but one that he’s been thoroughly enjoying as part of this year’s War Garden project.
Tuesday, they voted to join a growing legal effort that includes Imperial Beach, Chula Vista, the Port of San Diego and the city of San Diego to force the federal government to better block sewage from flowing into the U.S. from Mexico and fouling beaches.
Big deadly fires are nothing new to California, particularly during fire season when the Santa Ana or Diablo winds blow hot and dry, making tinder out of trees and bushes that have been baking all summer long. But the firestorm now raging through Northern California isn’t the typical wildfire.
The Cucamonga Valley Water District is a public agency responsible for the water needs of the community, and we are constantly planning in order to prepare for and avoid as many disasters as possible. … Just as investments are made in our local water infrastructure, investments must be made in our statewide infrastructure as well.
The possibility that humans will tinker with nature to try to stop climate change from ravaging the planet has filmmakers projecting their worst fears onto audiences. Next week, Warner Bros. releases “Geostorm,” about the calamity that ensues after world leaders build satellites to manipulate the atmosphere.
Explore more than 100 miles of Central California’s longest river while learning about one of the nation’s largest and costliest river restorations. Our San Joaquin River Restoration Tour on Nov. 1-2 will feature speakers from key governmental agencies and stakeholder groups who will explain the restoration program’s goals and progress. From Friant Dam in the Sierra Nevada foothills downstream to Hills Ferry, you will meander along the banks to visit historic sites, restoration projects, wildlife preserves, fish hatcheries, flood control structures and farms.
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s board voted to pay for about a quarter of the tunnels project, Gov. Jerry Brown’s $17.1 billion effort to re-engineer the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and improve water deliveries to south state cities and farms.
The owners of Don Pedro Reservoir made their pitch Tuesday for how it can serve both people and Tuolumne River fish over the next half-century. The boards of the Modesto and Turlock irrigation districts each voted 5-0 at separate meetings to submit their final application for a new federal license for the project.
Environmental advocates are calling on state officials to notify the public about past tests showing high levels of E. coli in Folsom Lake and Lake Natoma, two of the region’s most popular areas for open water swimming and boating. But officials responsible for recreational use on the lakes say the test results cited are too old, while the agency that conducted the tests says it has no responsibility for public notices.
The Interior Department said Thursday it is withdrawing protections for 10 million acres of federal lands used by the threatened sage grouse to open it up for energy development. … The proposal would affect less than one-tenth of 1 percent of sage grouse-occupied range across 11 states from California to the Dakotas, officials said.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is vowing to speed the cleanup of toxic Superfund sites, part of a shift away from climate change and toward what he calls the “basics” of clean air and water. The EPA’s Superfund program manages the cleanup of some of the most toxic waste sites — Pruitt says the EPA will soon name a top 10 list of sites to focus on.
Los Angeles residents and businesses can expect to see their water utility rates go up under a proposed multi-billion dollar project to build water tunnels in Northern California, but by how much is now being questioned by activists and some city leaders.