For Shasta Marina, where about nine out of every 10 customers come from out of the area, 2018 business could be better than last summer, when high water levels were a welcome change from the drought that made it tough on lake businesses, owner John Harkrader said.
This spring, a diverse group of partners worked together to install informative signs at popular access points along the Sacramento River in Redding to inform those entering the river that stepping on redds can destroy salmon eggs. This is of particular concern in Redding as it is the spawning area of the endangered winter-run Chinook salmon.
Planning to go to Lake Tahoe for Memorial Day weekend? You may need to bring your winter coat. An unseasonably cool weather system is moving into California on Friday, the National Weather Service said.
Local residents’ and environmental groups’ legal challenge to Caltrans’ controversial highway widening project through an old-growth redwood stand in Richardson Grove State Park will remain in play, at least for now, while a local judge determines whether the project’s environmental review complied with state laws.
“We had a slow start to the water year, but several late spring storms greatly improved conditions and have left us in a good position heading into the summer,” said Scott Matyac, water resources manager for the Yuba County Water Agency. Along the Yuba River, New Bullards Bar Reservoir was at 94 percent of its capacity as of Wednesday, or 111 percent of its historical average for the date. Englebright Lake was at 95 percent of its capacity, or 99 percent of its historical average.
Bureau of Reclamation’s Klamath Basin Area Office announced late Wednesday afternoon that up to 3,500 acre feet is available for delivery to Klamath Project irrigators starting today and running through May 31 before deliveries start on June 1.
Densely populated forests filled with dead or dying trees substantially increase the chance of a wildfire. That’s no different in the North Yuba Watershed, which is why the Yuba County Water Agency is contributing $1.5 million to a pilot project in the region intended to reduce that risk and improve water runoff.
While the cause hasn’t been determined, a University of Oregon student’s death at Lake Shasta over the weekend should be a reminder for people who visit in the future to take their safety there seriously, Shasta Caverns General Manager Matt Doyle said. … Doyle said visitors to the lake need to remember to have “respect for the environment,” which includes bears, extreme heat, rattlesnakes and, of course, a huge body of water.
California State Parks and the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) today [May 22] announced the Thermalito Diversion Pool and trails along its northern shore at Lake Oroville State Recreation Area will be open to the public for Memorial Day weekend, from Friday through Monday, 8 a.m. to sunset. … Not only will the public be able to use the Diversion Pool and the Brad Freeman Trail, they will also get a safe and up-close view of ongoing construction at the Lake Oroville spillways.
The second and final phase of reconstruction continues at the Oroville Dam spillways. … A flight over the location last week during a break in Butte County Sheriff’s Office helicopter training exercise, showed that much original concrete at the top of the chute has been removed, along with the walls.
The boat ramps at Copco and Iron Gate reservoirs are temporarily closed through June, and possibly later, due to a draw-down of water requested for use by Bureau of Reclamation for Klamath Project irrigators. … Reclamation will use the water to keep elevations up to standard at Upper Klamath Lake and to support water deliveries to Klamath Project irrigators to cover a shortfall until water deliveries to the Klamath Project take place in June.
A proposed San Anselmo flood control project would reduce the flood risk for more than 500 properties in the Ross Valley during a 25-year flood, but could cause problems for others if barriers are not placed in the creek, according to a draft environmental impact report.
Lassen Peak had been rumbling for days. Glowing hot rocks bounded down the slopes. Lava was welling up into a freshly created crater. Then, on this day 103 years ago, it exploded in a way California would never forget.
A bright blue machine that resembles a cross between a bulldozer and side-wheel paddleboat is busy cleaning up a big mess Mother Nature left this year at Spring Lake. The 32-foot-long aquatic harvester operated by a Windsor company is traversing the lake, collecting more than a ton of a floating weed called Azolla in its 8-foot-wide steel mouth on each foray over the 72-acre recreational lake.
Two water districts have hammered out an agreement to help Nicasio residents whose wells sometimes go dry. While the community of Nicasio is near the Marin Municipal Water District’s massive Nicasio Reservoir, it does not draw water from it.
The process of managing the groundwater beneath Butte County may take another step forward Tuesday, as the Board of Supervisors are being asked to provide direction on how to set up the agency that would actually do the managing.
The California Water Commission – the entity responsible for awarding $2.7 billion in Proposition 1 funds to water storage projects in a few months – didn’t quite see eye-to-eye with officials pushing for Sites Reservoir, primarily on the benefits to salmon the project would provide.
Water will be flowing higher and faster than normal on a stretch of the North Fork of the Feather River starting Monday. PG&E said flows from Belden Reservoir on Caribou Road to the Belden Powerhouse on Highway 70 in Plumas County will rise for a few weeks.
Is it too difficult to plant in Napa, or not difficult enough? That’s now a matter of considerable controversy, as county residents prepare to vote in June on Measure C, a ballot initiative that would curb further vineyard development on Napa’s hillsides to preserve oak trees and water sources.
A newly completed county study of a proposal to extend a road in a hilly residential area in unincorporated Mill Valley to allow development of up to 10 single-family homes has found that the proposed project may have significant effects on the environment.