Three months after Coyote Creek overflowed its banks and caused $100 million in damage to homes and businesses in San Jose, a flood control project straddling the city’s northern edges with Milpitas may be in danger of being shut down because of red tape. …
During California’s epic five-year drought, most of the state’s irrigation districts didn’t comply with a 2007 law that requires them to account for how much water they’re delivering directly to farmers, a Bee investigation has found. State regulators are largely powerless to stop them, but they don’t seem too bothered by it.
The Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency is close to finishing the nearly $300 million levee improvement project on the west bank of the Feather River, officials said during the agency’s annual levee meeting Wednesday.
President Trump’s nominee for the No. 2 position in the U.S. Department of the Interior found himself caught in a partisan, California-focused crossfire at his Senate confirmation committee hearing Thursday.
The herd was stranded on an island for months after the Merced River became too swift and too deep to cross. Merced Irrigation District since January kept the water levels high to make room in Lake McClure for this winter’s record snow pack.
A lawyer and former lobbyist for California’s politically active Westlands Water District and other special interests pledged at a sometimes testy Senate hearing Thursday to recuse himself from issues related to his former clients if confirmed as deputy Interior Department secretary.
Belying their reputation as conservative institutions that resist change, large U.S. water utilities, in response to slow-motion social and hydrological shifts that alter water availability and use, are showing signs of creativity. The inspiration is reflected in their rates, which continue a relentless, but slowing, upward climb. … The challenge for utilities today is threefold: earn enough revenue to repair broken pipes, keep water affordable for the poor, and do so while selling less of their product.
The World War II-era water tower is the first of six owned by the California Water Service Co. that will be taken down over the next several years, to be replaced with ground-level tanks that are considered safer in the event of an earthquake.
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has announced the release of its 2017 Draft Proposal Solicitation Package for Groundwater Sustainability Plans and Projects. The grant program is funded by Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion water bond overwhelmingly approved by California voters in 2014.
Water rates for most of Marin will go up July 1, but a second hike in 2019 is less certain after the Marin Municipal Water District board wrestled with the increases this week. … The agency says money is needed to improve the district’s aging water system, parts of which date back more than 100 years.
Learn more at the Santa Ana River Watershed Conference May 25 in Ontario. Water is expensive – and securing enough money to ensure reliability and efficiency of the state’s water systems and ecosystems is a constant challenge. In 2014, California voters approved Proposition 1, authorizing a $7.5 billion bond to fund water projects throughout the state. This included investments in water storage, watershed protection and restoration, groundwater sustainability and drinking water protection.
La Quinta will settle a lawsuit filed against the city by residents whose homes were damaged in a 2014 storm that brought major flooding to the area. … The full settlement amount of the lawsuit, which also named as defendants the Coachella Valley Water District and Haciendas La Quinta HOA, is about $1.6 million, according to the settlement agreement.
When President Trump nominated David Bernhardt for the No. 2 spot at the Interior Department, the administration cited his extensive expertise. … The web of potential conflicts of interest is likely to be a major focus of Bernhardt’s confirmation hearing Thursday before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
The Nevada Irrigation District has adopted a resolution approving a Memorandum of Agreement that unifies nearby water districts hoping to promote groundwater sustainability. NID will join the cities of Lincoln and Roseville, Placer County Water Agency and Placer County in forming the West Placer Groundwater Sustainability Agency.
An historic series of storms this winter roared through a section of the new Carmel River channel, rearranging a multimillion-dollar creation effort by casting aside boulders and rocks that made up dozens of step pools designed to accommodate migrating steelhead, carrying away giant piles of wood and uprooting much of the fledgling vegetation.
California’s largest lake, the Salton Sea, is an accident. It was created in 1905 when a levee broke on an irrigation canal, flooding a giant desert playa. Today it has become a sticking point in negotiations between three states over the future of the Colorado River. … To help us understand all this, Water Deeply recently spoke with Michael Cohen, a senior research associate at the Pacific Institute, a water policy think-tank based in Oakland.