California’s Republican members of Congress want to raise Shasta Dam to increase the reservoir capacity and provide more water for San Joaquin Valley farmers. To pull that off, they’d have to gut part of the legacy of Republican Gov. George Deukmejian, who died last week.
Save the Redwoods League, based in San Francisco, will pay $3.3 million to buy 160 acres of sequoias — some more than 250 feet tall and 1,500 years old — in an area known as the Red Hill property. The trees sit in a remote, mountainous part of Tulare County adjacent to Giant Sequoia National Monument in the Southern Sierra, and survived a logging boom that decimated similar ancient trees from the 1850s through the 1950s.
This spring in California several orchards around Solano and nearby counties sported a new look: lush carpets of mixed grasses growing as tall as 3ft beneath the trees’ bare branches. By summer the scene will change as farmers grow and harvest their nut crops, but the work of the grasses will continue unseen. Cover cropping, an agricultural technique as old as dirt, is taking root in California.
The boy who left the streets of Long Beach for the flowing rivers and dark canyons of the San Gabriel Mountains and who, as an adult, led millions down a similar path of discovery through his 26 hiking guides and historical books has died.
Michael Kiparsky, director of the Wheeler Water Institute within the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, recently co-authored a report that focuses on a pilot project in Santa Cruz County’s Pajaro Valley that he says has intriguing potential for broader applicability. … The latest Western Water also takes readers On the Road to Lake Tahoe — or, as California once called it, Lake Bigler.
A group of Mendocino Coast residents working to save the historic Albion River Bridge is intensifying its efforts amid plans by Caltrans to conduct drilling and seismic exploration in the area this fall to aid site selection for a new span. … Hazardous chemicals including arsenic and chromium used to treat the lumber used in construction have leached into the water and surrounding soil at the base, as well, increasing the wood’s vulnerability to decay, Caltrans said.
The first six months of 2014 were the hottest January-through-June on record in California, the National Weather Service said Monday — nearly five degrees warmer than the 20th century average and more than a degree hotter than the record set in 1934.
Just how fast the state’s climate is changing became apparent Monday when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released figures showing the first six months of this year were the hottest the state has ever recorded — breaking the mark by a single degree after 80 years.
The U.S. Geological Survey joins its many partners in other federal agencies, at universities, and in state and local governments in recognizing the importance of the Water Resources Research Act (WRRA) of 1964.
Signed into law 50 years ago by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 17, 1964, the WRRA established a Water Resources Research Institute in each state and Puerto Rico.
Rainy seasons over the last two years were the driest in downtown Los Angeles since record-keeping began in 1877, and forecasters now say the El Niño that had been predicted to bring some relief may not materialize.
With reservoirs headed for historic lows, the [California Archaeological Site Steward] program has taken on added importance. … As water levels gradually drop across the state, cutting grooves into the slopes like bathtub rings, archaeological sites are becoming more accessible — offering a chance for new knowledge as well as temptation for looters.
[Jim] Walker and construction crews building a new 220-foot-high dam at Calaveras Reservoir in the remote canyons east of Milpitas have been digging up a prehistoric treasure trove: the teeth of an extinct hippopotamus-like creature called a Desmostylus, clams, barnacles and the giant teeth from a 40-foot-long shark — and what could turn out to be an entire whale skeleton.