For decades, California oil companies have disposed of wastewater by pumping it into aquifers that were supposed to be protected by federal law. California regulators mistakenly granted permits to do it, through a combination of poor record keeping, miscommunication and permitting errors.
When President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency first took office as Oklahoma’s attorney general, he disbanded the unit responsible for protecting the state’s natural resources.
Three more winter storms will hit the Sacramento area and Northern California starting Wednesday afternoon, dumping more water into the region’s swollen rivers while adding to the Sierra Nevada snowpack.
A potentially epic “three-punch” series of storms that could pound the region with rain not seen in a half-dozen years is barreling toward Southern California, promising to bury the local mountains in snow and threatening to unleash mudslides and floods.
Long Beach, along with cities up and down the state of California, is having an excellent rain year so far, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – and more is on the way this week.
Sonoma County road crews have been scrambling this week to patch potholes and make other repairs ahead of more storms expected to arrive today, while delaying the longer-term fixes likely to further strain the county’s road maintenance budget.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved a “customer bill of rights” backed by Mayor Eric Garcetti and criticized by some leaders from neighborhood councils, but also moved to open up public comment and revisit the bill of rights in about 90 days.
The city of Watsonville is another step closer to detoxifying Pinto Lake, one of the few natural freshwater lakes of its size on the Central California Coast. … Pinto Lake’s current problems with toxicity can be traced to 1980 when a spike in harmful algae blooms plagued the 110-acre lake.
The valley’s fruit and nut trees need cold temperatures in the winter in order to go to sleep and wake up healthy in the spring. New research suggests that in as little as 30 years, it may be too warm in the valley to grow these trees due to climate change.
About a month from now, billions of bees will get to work pollinating nearly 1 million acres of California almonds. On a small part of that acreage, growers are providing other flowers for the bees to dine on before and after the almond bloom.
Fresno State received a $500,000 grant for the International Center for Water Technology on campus, which will create a program to guide entrepreneurs through the water, energy and agricultural industries, university spokesman Geoff Turner said.