Cleaning up and rebuilding after a wildfire levels a home is challenging enough, as thousands of Sonoma County residents can now attest. But when a homeowner can’t even reach their property because the bridge to it also has burned down, the rebuilding process gets a whole lot more complicated. … [Roger] Maples’ bridge crossed what is known locally as Linda Lane Creek, which feeds into Mark West Creek, a key habitat for protected steelhead trout and coho salmon.
Lucas RossMerz, the executive director of the [Sacramento River Preservation] trust, led a conversation on projects and impacts on the Sacramento River in the past year. Topics discussed included the status of the salmon runs, an update on the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan, the proposed Sites Reservoir, the Hamilton City “J Levee” project, the Central Valley Salmon partnership, and the Sacramento River Water Trail.
Who owns the water pipes beneath your street? Increasingly, it is a private company, a shift from the mostly public ownership of the systems used to provide drinking water and remove waste that has prevailed in the U.S. since the early 1900s.
Every day, Mike Thompson hears a new story about how last month’s fires in Northern California have affected people’s lives…. And yet none of the $44 billion that the White House requested of Congress on Friday for supplemental disaster aid includes funding to rebuild California after the fires — which killed 43 people and destroyed nearly 9,000 structures — a move that’s sparked an outcry from Thompson and his fellow lawmakers.
Hypodermic needles are being flushed so often down the toilets in McKinley Park, damaged sewer systems have forced the city to shut down the bathrooms twice in recent months. City officials think they may have found a fix.
President Trump says he is frustrated with the slow pace of major construction projects like highways, ports and pipelines. Last summer, he pledged to use the power of the presidency to jump start building when it became bogged down in administrative delays.
A controversial security gate at the Scotts Flat dam spillway has been reopened — at least for now. The board of directors for the Nevada Irrigation District has agreed to reopen the gate installed this summer that was blocking easy access to the other side of the reservoir and nearby trails.
San Francisco Public Works is celebrating World Toilet Day with the rollout of its new Painted Ladies-style, two-in-one portable toilets — modeled after the city landmark homes that are a draw for tourists from around the world.
A new option has entered public discussion of Delta water supplies, having only one cross-Delta tunnel instead of two. The official State WaterFix proposal is for two tunnels (totaling 9,000 cfs capacity) under-crossing the Delta for 35 miles to allow up to 60% of Delta water exports to be directly from the Sacramento River for a variety of water supply, water quality, and Delta fish benefits. Implementing such a major project requires extraordinary political and financial support.
This year’s record hurricane season has been a wake-up call when it comes to water infrastructure. It has also been a reminder of how the public sector plays a crucial role in promoting more resilient investments, managing runoff concerns, and preventing floods. Many communities, though, still lack the financial and technical capacity to support clean, safe, and reliable water infrastructure.
The thousands of miles of concrete channels diverting street water from the San Gabriel and Los Angeles rivers represent the last major water project in Los Angeles County, built almost 100 years ago. On Thursday, Dave Sorem, owner and vice president of Mike Bubalo Construction Co., showed off the first of a second wave of street-water projects that elevate what is essentially water pollution into a drinkable water source.
After months of study, ten carefully-picked design teams are unveiling their first ideas for giving the Bay Area a makeover to cope with rising sea levels. It’s the latest phase of the Resilient by Design challenge, which aims for nothing less than the remaking of waterfront communities with forward-looking design.
JPMorgan Chase is making a $900,000 investment to support sustainable infrastructure projects in Detroit. … The updates to bank branches also seek to cut water consumption from irrigation systems by 20 percent.
The Klamath River is the site of what could be the largest dam removal project in the nation’s history, but there are still several hurdles to jump before the dams come down and many more if they do. Fortuna resident Neil Palmer was one of more than 40 people who attended an open house at Eureka’s Adorni Center on Thursday evening to learn more about the now 7-year-old project.
A test of a different way to get water to residents of Oroville has proved successful, and it will now be extended for at least 10 years. The California Water Service Co. buys part of the water for its Oroville customers from PG&E’s Miocene Canal Project along the West Branch of the Feather River.
In the weeks after Labor Day, one dozen people who live in or visited Anaheim, California fell ill with a common set of symptoms: fever, chills, and coughing. Ten of the 12, all between the ages of 52 and 94, required treatment at a hospital and were diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease, a pneumonia-like illness that attacks the lungs. One person died.
It’s been more than half a century since Californians started talking seriously about building a new conveyance system – canals or tunnels – to divert water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta to south Delta pumps for export to farms and cities in the south.