President Trump’s budget would eliminate federal funding for an earthquake early warning system being developed for California and the rest of the West Coast which, if enacted, probably would kill the long-planned effort. The budget proposal for the year ending in September 2018 also seeks to eliminate U.S. funding for critical tsunami-monitoring stations in oceans and reduce funds for a next-generation weather forecasting system.
California Gov. Jerry Brown and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown called on the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross on Thursday to declare a federal fisheries disaster due to this year’s unprecedented low number of ocean salmon, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Republican Assemblyman Jim Patterson of Fresno recently claimed Gov. Jerry Brown has slashed nearly all the money in the state’s budget to help local governments remove dead and dying trees in California’s forests. More than 100 million trees have died in the forests due to drought and bark beetle infestations since 2010.
It has been a painful 10 months for California’s Central Coast. It started with a scorching summer that dried out hillsides and invited a devastating wildfire. That was followed by deadly winter rains that knocked out critical roads and bridges, and it worsened this weekend when a massive landslide collapsed the side of a mountain on top of Highway 1, burying it likely for months.
More than 11,000 foreign guest workers like [Alfredo] Betancourt were approved last year to harvest the lettuce, fruit and vegetables for California’s $47-billion agricultural industry — a fivefold increase from 2011, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis of U.S. Labor Department data. … If growers have their way, they will get even more under the visa program known as H-2A and face fewer barriers, delays and regulations.
Geologists and engineers crowded a conference room in San Luis Obispo on Wednesday to address the latest assault upon California’s most revered roadway. Yet another stretch of Highway 1, that improbable serpentine hemming the continent’s western edge, had abruptly disappeared.
It will take approximately a year and millions of dollars for Caltrans to repair and reopen Highway 1 at Mud Creek in southern Big Sur following the massive landslide Saturday that covers one-third of a mile of the scenic road.
You may have rushed through Big Sur Village in the past on your way down Highway 1 to Los Angeles. Now it’s as far as you’ll get if you’re driving south down Highway 1 from the Bay Area this Memorial Day weekend.
“Four or five Friday nights” of work has paid off for Briana Conners, who recently won $10,000 for her winning entry in a contest seeking proposals to get fish past tall dams like Shasta Dam. … While the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation sponsored the contest to solicit ideas for getting fish around tall dams, the agency is specifically interested in finding ways to get young endangered salmon around Shasta Dam.
State Parks expects a busy Memorial Day weekend at Lake Oroville even with the spillway dominating the news. … A portion of Lake Oroville remains closed as construction continues at the Oroville Dam spillway.
San Franciscans take pride in drinking pristine water from Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, which they treasure as among the purest in the nation. So a recent move by the Public Utilities Commission to introduce groundwater gradually into the city’s drinking supply prompted anxiety and suspicion.
The Delta Stewardship Council held an informational hearing today where scientists, landowners and others weighed in on the council’s draft Delta Plan amendment on conveyance, storage and their joint operations in the Delta.
Visitors to the lake will be able to enjoy an improved swim beach, which has been dredged of sediment and given fresh, new sand. Removing sediment that flows into the lake from the local watershed makes the lake deeper and cooler, according to a County of San Bernardino news release.
A project where Alpine County school children raised Lahontan cutthroat trout wrapped up last week when they released their fish at Lake Tahoe. … Trout-in-the-Classroom is sponsored every year by the California Fish and Wildlife and Nevada Department of Wildlife.
U.S. Border Patrol agents chasing people who crossed illegally into the United States through the Tijuana River Valley often get covered in toxic mud and must wade through hazardous wastewater. That’s according to union officials representing the agents, who said respiratory problems, rashes and nausea have become an increasingly routine part of patrolling the border with Mexico.
The creek behind Maryann Borden’s house was once “a lovely little stream that just babbled along and never changed for decades,” she says. Now it is perhaps 12 feet across — half what it was, she reckons — with grassy islands impeding what used to be an uninterrupted flow.
During the drought Californians answered the call to reduce water demand, showing that we have a remarkable capacity to use water more efficiently. Now we need to keep this momentum going. That’s why eight Connect the Drops business partners from a variety of sectors support a group of bills and associated budget allocation being considered by the California legislature that are aligned with the state’s April 2017 report, Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life.
Agriculture accounts for roughly 80 percent of the water used by people in California. “Roughly” because, unlike urban water districts, farm-water suppliers reveal little about how much of the state’s most precious resource goes into irrigation ditches and fields.