A multiyear fight over a proposed water bottling plant in Northern California has taken a new turn. California’s Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) has launched an investigation into alleged violations of campaign finance rules by Crystal Geyser Water Company and the Committee for a Strong Siskiyou Economy, No on Measure H. Galena West, chief of the commission’s enforcement division, announced the probe on March 2.
Rep. Jared Huffman and environmentalists are concerned that a House subcommittee hearing Wednesday on Capitol Hill marks the beginning of a Republican assault on a national marine sanctuary system that protects 350 miles of California’s coast from offshore oil development and pumps millions of dollars into local economies, including Sonoma County.
California’s chinook salmon — or some of them — are in trouble again. And under a set of proposed rules approved Monday, that’s likely to mean a very restricted salmon season for both commercial fishers and recreational anglers alike.
By the time a lawsuit over pollution from a nuclear weapons plant had reached Judge Neil Gorsuch, it had crawled through the courts for more than two decades, outliving some of the landowners who said the contamination destroyed their property values.
For a while, it seemed as though California’s five-year drought would never lift. But thanks to the winter’s deluge of rain and a record-setting snowpack, the San Joaquin Valley’s reservoirs and lakes are brimming with water.
Marin County public works, parks and flood control officials Tuesday presented Marin supervisors with a list of 24 sites damaged by severe rain storms in January and February that will cost an estimated $8.76 million to repair.
The Santa Cruz City Council, joined by the city Water Commission, heard a quarterly update on city efforts to stave off a worst-case scenario projecting a future 1.2 billion gallon water shortage in future years.
It’s been a rough winter for Highway 1, but finally there’s a little good news. The coastal route that has been dogged by mudslides, downed trees and damage from heavy rains reopened Tuesday afternoon between Big Sur and Carmel, Caltrans reports.
Three weeks after closing Highway 1 between the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge and just south of Palo Colorado due to dozens of landslides, Caltrans reopened the coastal stretch of road to the public Tuesday evening.
Where’s the visitor center? That’s the first question that comes to mind these days if you take a trip to Lassen Volcanic National Park. The snowbanks rise higher and higher beside the road to the north to the park from Highway 36.
The areas around Sacramento City Hall are taking on a new look. Six years of drought led to several conservation measures in the last two years. One of those is new landscaping around Old City Hall and New City Hall.
With drought-stricken California enjoying its wettest winter in decades, it can be easy to forget that water scarcity is among the globe’s most deadly threats. This week on Sea Change Radio, we discuss groundwater with Bill and Rosemarie Alley, the authors of High and Dry: Meeting the Challenges of the World’s Growing Dependence on Groundwater. They take us on a journey around the world and back in time to examine how humans scheme for and squander earth’s most precious resource.
Comfortable clothes are emerging as a source of plastic that’s increasingly ending up in the oceans and potentially contaminating seafood, according to Gulf Coast researchers launching a two-year study of microscopic plastics in the waters from south Texas to the Florida Keys.
The Heidi-Renee appeared on the water in early December. One day, it was business as usual in the channel leading from Marina del Rey to the sea: kayakers, sailboats, water-skimming pelicans, the occasional sea lion.