With power generation revenues exceeding the Yuba County Water Agency’s expectations this past year – by more than $20 million since taking over responsibility of the powerhouses from PG&E on May 1, 2016 – the board of directors granted its member units’ request to forgo an annual rate increase this year.
North Coast water regulators are taking another run at a comprehensive program to prevent bacterial contamination of the Russian River, one that includes provisions likely to have significant impacts for thousands of homeowners dependent on aging septic systems.
Ancient bones and abundant artifacts lie along Pacheco Creek, just north of Highway 152 at Pacheco Pass, where generations of Native Americans lived, died and now rest in peace. But the site is also where Silicon Valley’s largest water provider plans to expand a reservoir, storing more water for our region’s ever-growing thirst.
A dismal salmon run in the Klamath River has forced the Yurok Tribe — which normally catches its salmon from the Klamath River — to purchase the fish from an outside source for its annual Salmon Festival on Saturday.
Northern California farmer John Duarte spent years fighting the federal government after being fined for plowing over protected wetlands on his property. … But just before his trial was set to start Tuesday, Duarte settled.
The Bureau of Reclamation will host a solar eclipse viewing at Shasta Dam Aug. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon. The last time a total solar eclipse was visible from coast to coast along the same path was almost 100 years ago, on June 8, 1918.
The Sites Project Authority (Authority) today [August 14] has submitted its application to the California Water Commission for Proposition 1 Water Storage Investment Program (WSIP) funding for the Sites Reservoir Project. This important milestone marks substantial project momentum, as demonstrated by the over 170 organizations, agencies, businesses and elected officials that support the project.
The state Department of Water Resources is beginning to lay the gravel foundation for spawning salmon. This comes as much of the gravel was washed away with high flows from the Oroville Dam spillway this winter.
The Russian River tested clean this week for a toxin related to blue-green algae that prompted cautionary signs at 10 popular beaches last month and in each of the past two summers. The river remains open to swimming and other recreation.
Lassen Volcanic National Park has proposed raising its annual fee, but a lower-cost Whiskeytown National Recreation Area pass will still get visitors into both areas. Lassen is in the process of raising the cost of its annual pass from $40 to $50, while Whiskeytown’s yearly fee will remain $40.
Emergency work to repair the levee protecting downtown Yuba City is right on schedule, an official with the Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency said Thursday, and heavy construction is expected to begin the middle of next week.
In a decision that could have far-reaching impacts on other coastal access cases, the First District Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled 3-0 that venture capitalist Vinod Khosla violated the California Coastal Act when he ended decades of public access to Martins Beach, south of Half Moon Bay, after he purchased the 89-acre property surrounding the beach.
Federal disaster officials have agreed to chip in $22.8 million to help California pay the estimated $500 million cost of the Oroville Dam crisis. … Department of Water Resources spokeswoman Erin Mellon said Wednesday during a biweekly conference call with reporters that she expects more money to come the state’s way.
The 2017 grape harvest began early Monday morning as workers in both Napa and Sonoma counties picked pinot noir grapes that will be turned into premium sparkling wine. The small Monday morning pick symbolizes the growing season’s culmination for a crop that has driven the North Coast’s economy for generations.