Snowmelt flowing over the roadway, along with a variety of infrastructure repairs being made, combine to keep Highway 120/Tioga Road closed through Yosemite National Park, according to the park and Caltrans.
All politics are local. That’s long-proven dogma. One gleaming example involves the Los Angeles River. The L.A. River is a key negotiation point in legislative talks to create a state water and parks bond proposal.
The extended heat wave the Northern San Joaquin Valley had last week is resulting in more water down this way this week. The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department on Friday issued a warning about the rising level of the Tuolumne River.
The California Department of Parks and Recreation is recommending that people stay away from the South Yuba River. The river is seeing higher flows due to the Sierra snowmelt, according to the release.
Fire Department officials have expressed concern that this year could be a bad one for fires along the American River Parkway, where accidental and arson blazes regularly consume acres of grasslands and trees in the summer.
Santa Rosa officials working to boost the city’s backup water supply have tapped into deep fears among residents of a Rincon Valley neighborhood that the installation of an emergency well near their homes might threaten their own water supplies.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will investigate whether the chemical company Chemours complied with a federal permit for the production and cleanup of an industrial chemical that has been detected for at least four years in the Cape Fear watershed in southeastern North Carolina, an agency spokeswoman told Circle of Blue.
Pumped up by snowmelt from the High Sierra, the South Fork of the American River was running high, fast and cold when the eighth-graders from Sonoma Country Day School arrived on its banks for their traditional graduation river trip.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has designated Camp Far West Reservoir a “high and significant hazard dam” that should have a “focused spillway assessment” this year. … The 170-foot-high Camp Far West Dam on the Bear River in Nevada, Yuba and Placer counties holds about 94,000 acre-feet of water.
When it comes to managing water in uncertain times, few things are more important than knowing how much is flowing in the river alongside your city, or filling the reservoir that irrigates local farms. … But this basic information is at risk across the West because the nation lacks a reliable funding source for the simple stream gages that measure river flows.
A disputed 2-year-old plan to log along several miles of the Gualala River floodplain remains in limbo five months after a Sonoma County judge nullified its approval and sent it back to state forestry officials for revision and additional public review.
Fresno is expected to either beat or tie heat records Monday through Thursday, and even then, the area won’t see a relief from triple digits until early next week, according to Jim Bagnall, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Hanford. … The Merced River near Pohono Bridge reached flood stage as of 10 a.m. Monday, and the flood warning remains in effect.
In singing about the Kern River, Merle Haggard put it best: “It’s a mean piece of water, my friend.” As a heat wave tightens its grip on California, the water in the massive Sierra Nevada snowpack is being squeezed into the state’s rivers and reservoirs, creating dangerous conditions downstream.
On a recent, sweltering Monday afternoon, the winding road tracking the Whitewater River and leading up to the preserve of the same name was dotted with parked cars. Their drivers and riders could be found in the river or toweling off on its banks, in full view of signs letting them know the area was closed for the summer due to wildfire hazards.
Riverbend Park is about to get some much-needed TLC. The recreational hot spot along the Feather River has been closed since February after the park was badly battered during the Lake Oroville spillway crisis.
The seemingly contradictory weather conditions — a heat wave and mountains still piled high with snow — are one final legacy of a historic winter that brought the most rain ever recorded in Northern California. Months of back-to-back storms finally pulled California out of its five-year drought. But they left behind up to 200 inches of snow.
As Western states grapple with the best way to allocate dwindling water resources to meet multiple needs, water markets have emerged as one tool. But the idea is not without critics, such as Gary Wockner, who wrote a recent op-ed for Water Deeply about his skepticism that water markets will protect Western rivers. … I [University of Colorado law professor Mark Squillace] see things differently.