The City of Fresno has long relied on groundwater to meet its needs, but a new surface water treatment plant is slated to begin operating this summer. While the city faced complications with their last treatment plant, they’re hoping the lessons learned help solve problems before they start.
The San Joaquin Valley—which has the biggest imbalance between groundwater pumping and replenishment in the state—is ground zero for implementing the 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). Expanding groundwater recharge could help local water users bring their basins into balance and make a dent in the long-term deficit of nearly 2 million acre-feet per year. The experience with recharge in 2017―the first wet year since the enactment of SGMA―offers valuable insights in how to expand recharge.
The “triple threat” of invasive rodent species has made its way to the edge of the delta, officials said, putting the state’s fragile water infrastructure at risk. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife said Tuesday that it had discovered the nutria, a large rat-like mammal that inhabits wet, rural areas, on agricultural land west of Stockton.
How big of a deal is the proposed Temperance Flat dam on the San Joaquin River? An April 27 forum hosted by the Friends of the Madden Library at Fresno State will help you learn more. … Speaking on behalf of the Temperance Flat project will be Mario Santoyo, executive director of both the San Joaquin Valley Water Infrastructure Authority and the California Latino Water Coalition. … Speaking in opposition will be Chris Acree, executive Director of Revive the San Joaquin.
The Bureau of Reclamation released the draft Environmental Assessment and draft Finding of No Significant Impact for public comment that analyzes the inclusion of additional design constraints to the Delta-Mendota Canal Groundwater Pump-in Program. The design constraints have been developed in order to minimize potential contribution of the program’s impacts to subsidence along the Delta-Mendota Canal.
The Porterville City Council selected concept design number one as the preferred alternative for the Drought Tolerant Exhibition Garden. … Elena Barragan, a member of the LP2018 [Leadership Porterville Class of 2018], said one of the main goals of the project is to provide an example of sustainable landscaping that is most appropriate for the region.
A million people live in the Northern San Joaquin Valley. If Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to siphon water to Los Angeles is completed, all of us are going to suffer. In building two tunnels under Brown’s California WaterFix, the state will be forced to confiscate ever more of the Tuolumne, Merced and Stanislaus rivers.
This time of year, May Vu’s farm in Sanger should be carpeted with blooming flowers and a bounty of vegetables. But a failing irrigation pump and a nearly empty well have dried up Vu’s farm and with it, her source of income.
A state official confirmed Friday that a potentially toxic form of blue-green algae is blooming in the San Joaquin River. It’s unknown whether this is the same algae greening up the waterfront area only a few miles away.
If 200-year flood protection isn’t secured — or at least a financial and implementation plan in place by July 1, 2016 — development of the Great Wolf Resort and family entertainment zone, The Trails at Manteca, and other residential projects in southwest Manteca won’t take place.