Last year we published a story about a small city in Northern California battling a lumber company over access to water. The article focused on the city of Weed, a faded mill town of 2,700 residents in the foothills of Mt. Shasta.
California Olive Ranch, a Chico-based producer of extra virgin olive oil, recently received an equity investment of $35 million. This contribution will allow the company to more than double its acreage, add jobs and produce more organic extra virgin olive oil.
Water conservation statewide dipped into single digits during October according to a report issued last week by the State Water Resources Control Board. … Locally, conservation was generally somewhat better than average.
Mount Diablo’s summit in Contra Costa County has a wonderful visitors center in an historic stone building. Mount Tamalpais in Marin honors the scenic railway and cool “gravity cars” that charmed tourists a century ago. Mount Hamilton in eastern Santa Clara County is home to the Lick Observatory, a research center since 1888. And what about the South Bay’s Mount Umunhum, the latest to open to the public.
Santa Rosa is open to a large-scale composting operation on city-owned property near the Laguna Road wastewater treatment plant, an option that could provide curbside garbage customers some monthly savings. The Sonoma County Waste Management Agency has been looking for a new site for an organic composting facility since a longtime operation atop the Central Landfill west of Cotati was shut down by regulators in 2015 over water pollution concerns.
The previously secret state Department of Water Resources memorandum explaining the hairline cracks in the Oroville Dam spillway is now public. The document provides more details on how Kiewit Infrastructure West Co., the contractor for spillway reconstruction, tried to reduce shrinkage, which leads to cracking in concrete.
Yesterday [Dec. 6], partners collaborating in efforts to enhance the habitat values of lands contributing to the Pacific Flyway in the Sacramento Valley gathered at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area to recognize the work that had occurred during the past year. For the first time in several years, the Flyway was not suffering from conditions related to the most recent drought.
Comanche Creek Greenway is called “mini Bidwell Park” for a reason. It’s a welcome respite for many people living and working in a more industrial part of Chico. … Comanche Creek, also known as Edgar Slough, carries water taken from Butte Creek for irrigation.
Yuba-Sutter residents voiced concerns to the Department of Water Resources over a variety of issues Thursday night, including the hairline cracks that have appeared on the reconstructed spillway, a need for more transparency moving forward, and the significant amount of sediment buildup in the Feather River brought about by the Lake Oroville incident last February and plans – or lack thereof – to clear it out.
In January and February, no less than 125 million gallons of rain fell upon my 200-acre farm, located off Highway 80 between Dixon and Davis. Our soil, blanketed with an annual winter cover crop of mixed grass and legumes, absorbed all of those 24 inches of rain. Not one single gallon left our property.
The California Attorney General’s Office filed a civil complaint in Trinity County Superior Court against a Redding man and several corporations he’s associated with, alleging they developed properties in the Indian Creek watershed in Trinity County in violation of federal and state law.
On the face of it, Marin Municipal Water District’s proposed Azalea Hill Project near Fairfax sounds like a good idea, and the part of the plan that reroutes and restores damaged areas near the trail will benefit the environment and all parties.
Northern California residents living in the shadow of the nation’s tallest dam vented decades of frustration with state water managers Wednesday, telling officials they have no credibility when they say hairline cracks in a newly rebuilt spillway are nothing to worry about.
The Solano County Water Agency Board of Directors (SCWA) has approved a $1.2 million dollar contract with the University of California, Davis for the three-year Cache Slough Complex Water Quality, Productivity and Fisheries Study.
The Bureau of Reclamation proposes to allow Placer County Water Agency to move up to 100 acre-feet a year through Folsom Reservoir that will ultimately be delivered to Granite Bay’s Los Lagos subdivision in Placer County. Reclamation has released for public review a draft Environmental Assessment for the 5-year Warren Act contract.
These are historic times for groundwater management in California, with the onset of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), and recent extreme drought conditions that were followed by one of the wettest winters on record. Prior to this last winter, a ten year stretch of generally dry conditions existed in the Sacramento Valley, creating many challenges for water managers.
Was it politics or paperwork that led to the Trump administration’s decision last month to disband a public watchdog group tasked with overseeing a multi-million dollar, publicly-funded Trinity River restoration project last month?