Over the weekend, 147 acres along the Mad River just north of state Route 36 were scorched by the River Fire. It’s estimated to be fully contained by Tuesday as crews continue to put out hot spots in the area, according to Six Rivers National Forest spokesperson Bridget Litten.
The state Department of Water Resources intends to open the spillway boat launch ramp after construction at the dam is complete, but there is a possibility it will stay out of commission, according to a department official. The spillway boat launch is the largest on the lake, with up to 12 lanes when the water is high enough.
With just more than two weeks until the initial reconstruction of the main spillway at Lake Oroville is supposed to be completed, the Department of Water Resources released operations plan for the reservoir for this coming flood season.
This fall, the number of chinook salmon making their way from the ocean up the Klamath River in the far northwest corner of California is the lowest on record. That’s devastating news for the Yurok tribe, which has lived along and fished the Klamath for centuries.
In the political arena of Muir Beach, with its electorate of about 300 registered voters, a few votes can be the difference between victory and failure. … The [Muir Beach Community Services] district says water rates have been static for seven years and it needs money to compensate for deferred maintenance.
[Mario] Maldonado, a Guatemalan immigrant with U.S. residency, focused on the task at hand: harvesting some of the last Cabernet Sauvignon grapes of the wine harvest at Slinson Vineyard, owned by C. Mondavi and Family. This particular fruit would go to make prized reserve wine — which is picked by hand only, said Judd Wallenbrock, the winery’s president and chief executive.
The 2016-2017 water year set records in the northern Sierra Nevada, which recorded a total of 94.7 inches of rain throughout the year. … While wildland vegetation grows every year during the wetter months, the heavy rains led to a larger amount of growth in areas like Santa Rosa and Napa, which hadn’t seen large fires in several years. … This summer was the hottest ever recorded in California, allowing for new vegetation to dry up.
A new boat launch ramp at Loafer Creek Recreation Area should be under construction by the end of next year, according to state Department of Water Resources officials. The boat ramp should be accessible year-round, with the lake as low as 700 feet.
Fire is tearing through a region that produces some of the world’s priciest wines. The Atlas, Tubbs and other devastating wildfires roaring through parts of Northern California have taken aim at the world-renowned vineyards and wineries of Napa and Sonoma counties, thrusting a multibillion-dollar industry into chaos.
The Tahoe National Forest and the South Yuba River Citizens League are making plans to restore Van Norden Meadow, a collaborative project they hope will improve water quality along the South Yuba River.
The Northern California wildfires this week have destroyed at least seven marijuana farms just months before the state begins licensing legal sales of cannabis, making it the “worst year on record” for loss of crops, an industry leader said Tuesday.
A dull red sun rose over the Signorello Estate in Napa Valley on Tuesday, casting pale shadows over the stone building now reduced to smoldering rubble. A downed oak tree, its interior still burning with hot, red flames, lay over several rows of vines, their purple fruit coated in ash.
Environmental advocates are calling on state officials to notify the public about past tests showing high levels of E. coli in Folsom Lake and Lake Natoma, two of the region’s most popular areas for open water swimming and boating. But officials responsible for recreational use on the lakes say the test results cited are too old, while the agency that conducted the tests says it has no responsibility for public notices.
The Redding Area Groundwater Basin underlies south central Shasta County. It is a healthy basin with minimal water elevation changes over the past fourteen years as you can see from the four locations shown on the graph below.
Residents in the Larkfield area north of Santa Rosa were urged not to drink tap water there for the foreseeable future, as the devastating Tubbs fire ravaging the region has damaged storage tanks and a pumping station, officials said Monday.
It’s a crisp September night at Clockspring Vineyards in Plymouth, in the Shenandoah Valley region of Amador County. Tension is in the air. Owners Kathy and Frank Alviso are about to witness a machine harvest of organic Zinfandel grapes in their vineyard.
As massive fires continued to burn in the epicenter of the U.S. wine industry Monday, Napa and Sonoma vintners braced to confront the long-term consequences of a disastrous event that could affect the supply of grapes, the quality of the region’s wines and the local tourism industries for years to come.
Fueled by howling autumn winds, the fires stretched from Oroville to points east of Marysville and cut across communities that had endured a round of wildfires in July and August and a near-catastrophe at Oroville Dam in February.