Orange County Public Works released eye-popping figures Thursday, March 8, on the total amount of debris, needles and hazardous waste removed when crews cleaned up the area along the Santa Ana River Trail once populated by the encampments of homeless people.
Three alternatives have been developed to revamp access to Bumpass Hell in Lassen Volcanic National Park, and a 30-day comment period has opened on the environmental assessment of the three options. The preferred option will maintain the current boardwalk configuration in the basin, and make improvements to the trail from the main park road.
When Colorado River District officials caught wind of investment companies recently buying western Colorado ranches with ample senior water rights, including one north of Fruita, it got their attention. The district, which includes Mesa County and 14 other counties and focuses on the protection, conservation, use and development of Colorado River water in western Colorado, long has been concerned about protecting the region’s agricultural sector.
Drought-tolerant yards don’t have to be stark (or dull), says Palm Springs-based author and horticulturist Maureen Gilmer. Her new book, “The Colorful Dry Garden,” is bent on bringing a riot of fertile color into arid Southern California landscapes.
The State Water Board is updating the water quality plan for the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta. This plan sets flow and water quality standards for the Delta and its watershed, affecting water supply to more than 25 million Californians and millions of acres of Central Valley farmland. Parties that would be affected by this plan—water suppliers, fish and wildlife managers, environmental nonprofits—are negotiating voluntary agreements to present to the board for consideration.
In a recent three-part series posted on this website, a group of independent experts (including one of the authors here) proposed new ways to manage the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta ecosystem. The purpose of the recommendations is to inform negotiations on the revised Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan, which will set new water quality and flow requirements for the Delta and its tributaries.
Major parts of San Francisco Bay’s shoreline are slowly sinking, a new scientific study has found, dramatically increasing the risk of billions of dollars of flooding in the coming decades as sea level rise continues due to climate change.
Scientists have been trying to better understand the Sierra Nevada red fox since 1980, when it was listed as threatened in California. They intensified their study in 2008 but were not able to capture an animal until now, said Jennifer Carlson, an environmental scientist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
If you imagine the San Francisco Bay as a bathtub, sea level rise means the bathwater is rising. A new study published today in Science Advances finds the tub is sinking too, and in some places, more than others.
The Marin County Public Health Department has issued a warning to people harvesting mussels, clams and oysters in Marin because of potentially deadly levels of a naturally occurring toxin, paralytic shellfish poison.
A late arrival to winter is taking hold, and every creek, river and waterfall is acquiring its own personality. Some, like Silver Falls in the remote Santa Cruz Mountains, are roaring, having been jump-started by 7 inches of rain in the past week.
March could be the start of a come back for Tulare County’s dry winter. Last week’s three-day storm brought parts of California more rain in hours than the state received the previous month. … Phil Deffenbaugh, general manager with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Kaweah, said the lake is just where it needs to be, for now.
A group that will study possible changes in water rates paid by Riverside agricultural customers is set to be chosen Monday, March 12. The Riverside Public Utilities board will vote on creating the Agricultural Water Rates Task Force at a meeting that begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Riverside City Council chambers, 3900 Main St., according to the meeting agenda.
Alaskan fishing guide Jason Lesmeister stopped fishing for Chinook salmon more than a decade ago. The population, he said, “plummeted” on the Kenai River, his main fishing ground and a watershed renowned for producing enormous Chinooks, also called king salmon. But the fish aren’t just less abundant today. They’re also noticeably smaller.