The City Council on Tuesday, May 23, will be discussing in closed session the potential sale of land at the corner of Dendy Parkway and Diaz Road, a 32-acre parcel that has long been eyed as a potential site for a water park by city officials and developers, including the team that managed Wild Rivers in Orange County.
With the unofficial start of summer looming over the Memorial Day weekend, outdoor enthusiasts and recreational businesses alike are looking forward to returning to Sonoma County waterways rejuvenated by record rains after five years of drought.
Caltrans said Monday its unclear how long Highway 1 in southern Big Sur will remain closed after a landslide covering between a quarter and a half mile brought millions of cubic yards of dirt and rock down the hillside at Mud Creek on Saturday. According to Caltrans spokeswoman Susana Cruz, there are five active landslides in the area, which is about 9 miles north of the southern Monterey County border.
Plowing a road that cuts through the high Sierra after a record year for snowfall is no easy task in Yosemite National Park. Crews are working hard on clearing Tioga Road, the main artery that connects Yosemite Valley with Highway 395 in the eastern part of the Sierra.
On April 11, the United States Bureau of Reclamation announced that all of its California Central Valley Project water customers will receive 100 percent of their contract supplies this year, for the first time since 2006. This is a remarkable turnaround after five lean drought years, during which some of its agricultural customers received no water at all. But the bureau didn’t mention one group of customers missing out on this liquid largesse: wildlife refuges.
It’s been seven months since the Emerald Fire burned 176-acres of forest on the South Shore, and reforestation efforts are already underway. Under the guidance of the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU), volunteers with the nonprofit Sugar Pine Foundation have supplied and planted approximately 800 six-inch Sugar Pine seedlings over the past two weekends.
Each of the past several years, Paul Adams and his friends got together twice – on the first and last weekends of summer – for a relaxing party disguised as a float trip down the Stanislaus River through Riverbank. … Canceling his event is a bit of welcome common sense considering the Stanislaus is flowing at over 5,300 cubic feet per second when normal for this time of year is anywhere from 350 to 500 feet.
A high school honor student from Fresno drowned in the San Joaquin River over the weekend, marking the latest fatality in the Central Valley as rivers churn violently as a result of California’s rapidly melting snowpack.
Richard Minnich didn’t have to go far on a recent weekday morning to find an immense fire hazard surrounding the resort town of Lake Arrowhead and nearby communities in the San Bernardino Mountains. … Minnich, 71, forecasts the probability of fire risks throughout Southern California based on meteorological and historical records, aerial photographs and ecological studies.
Climate change is causing Lake Tahoe to warm sooner in the spring than it has historically, disrupting the normal mixing of shallow and deep water and undercutting gains made in reversing the loss of clarity of the cobalt mountain lake, scientists say.
Three months after Coyote Creek overflowed its banks and caused $100 million in damage to homes and businesses in San Jose, a flood control project straddling the city’s northern edges with Milpitas may be in danger of being shut down because of red tape. …
That hefty snowpack in the Sierra Nevada is about to start melting more rapidly, setting the stage for spectacular scenery at Yosemite National Park but also raising concerns about public safety from the mountains to the Delta.
We know that California’s aquatic species are at risk from a host of stressors and that drought pushes them closer to the brink. Yet there are significant gaps in our understanding of key factors affecting ecosystem health that make it difficult to effectively manage water for the natural environment. Good practices from other dry places offer lessons for protecting our struggling species and improving conditions in troubled ecosystems.
During California’s epic five-year drought, most of the state’s irrigation districts didn’t comply with a 2007 law that requires them to account for how much water they’re delivering directly to farmers, a Bee investigation has found. State regulators are largely powerless to stop them, but they don’t seem too bothered by it.
California farmers in the Central Valley pumped enough water out of the ground to fill Lake Mead, which can store the entire average flow of the Colorado River for two years. It’s enough to drown the state of Pennsylvania in a foot of water.