Santa Rosa officials working to boost the city’s backup water supply have tapped into deep fears among residents of a Rincon Valley neighborhood that the installation of an emergency well near their homes might threaten their own water supplies.
Tuesday is the official start of summer, but Bay Area residents are already getting a taste of the dog days of August, with temperatures that broke records over the weekend forecast to stay sweltering in much of the region for the rest of the week.
Blistering heat baked the North Coast Sunday afternoon, shattering temperature records across the county for a second day and forcing residents indoors to avoid the scorching sun or fleeing to seek relief at local pools, rivers and beaches.
The thermometer inched above 100 at the Dairy Queen in Antioch on Sunday, which you would think would be a good thing if you happen to be in the business of selling New York Cheesecake Blizzards in Antioch.
Heat records were melting away just as quickly as Bay Area residents’ will for the outdoors Sunday, with high-90 and triple-digit temperatures turning neighborhood streets into desolate asphalt skillets abandoned for the relief of swimming pools, air-conditioning, and whatever shady spots were around.
The winter rains were good for Marin’s reservoirs, but not so great for water quality at county beaches, according to a new report. Bacterial pollution at Northern California beaches spiked dramatically in 2016, according to Heal the Bay’s 27th annual Beach Report Card, released Thursday.
In 2015, Steven Horowitz was watching one of the summer’s big blockbuster action flicks, San Andreas. In the movie, the San Andreas fault shifts, triggering a magnitude 9.6 earthquake in San Francisco. Disaster ensues — and for the rest of the movie we watch as all of the West Coast’s greatest landmarks are destroyed one by one in an epic, computer-generated spectacle.
Working to preserve key corridors for deer, mountain lions and other wildlife so they can roam and expand as Silicon Valley’s population continues to grow, the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority and the Peninsula Open Space Trust on Thursday will unveil a long-range blueprint to link 1.1 million acres of open space in the Diablo Range and the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Despite drought-related increases in cancer-causing compounds, tap water for 1.4 million East Bay residents is safe to drink, state regulators said Wednesday. … State drinking water officials agreed with EBMUD that the water is safe to drink.
Ross Valley’s controversial flood fee was hiked 3 percent Tuesday, helping pay for a public relations campaign smoothing the waters for projects that will turn key park areas into flood retention basins.
Healdsburg Mayor Jim Wood is a dentist who believes in the effectiveness of fluoridated water in combating tooth decay. But he won’t be writing the argument against a November ballot measure to remove fluoride from the city’s water.
From the San Jose Mercury News, in a commentary by Richard Santos:
In the midst of exceptional drought conditions, a new, locally controlled, drought-proof water source for Silicon Valley could not have come at a better time. The Santa Clara Valley Water District, in partnership with the cities of San Jose and Santa Clara, is celebrating the completion of the Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center.