One of the biggest lasting problems from the state’s five-year drought is a vast quantity of dead trees. … The dead trees represent a massive fire risk that could harm nearby communities, habitat, water quality and air quality. Scott Stephens, a U.C. Berkeley professor and an expert on fire ecology, says the only realistic solution is to begin a massive program of controlled burning.
When it comes to caring about the Earth, California got to the party long before it was fashionable. We had to; it was either that or learn to enjoy breathing smog. Instead of listening to those who insisted our air, water and earth couldn’t be cleaned up, we put science to work doing just that.
Local, state and federal officials over the years have launched numerous efforts to address the problems and avoid potential new ones like invasive mussels, with limited success. … Now, a bill sponsored by Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, D-Winters, is offering new hope for lake improvements.
City officials say their latest actions have more to do with Sausalito’s role in the Richardson’s Bay Regional Agency than a crackdown on anchor-outs. The agency, formed in 1985 by the county and Sausalito, Mill Valley, Belvedere and Tiburon, is responsible for maintaining and improving the water and shoreline of Richardson Bay.
The early 1990s were the start of a sizzling decade for ChemFab, a producer of specialized plastics. The company’s water-repelling, heat-resistant fabrics were everywhere. … In several New England states, though, the company’s shine has worn away in the last year. State officials identified Saint-Gobain’s Merrimack facility, along with sister production sites in New York and Vermont, as sources of chemical contamination of household wells and public drinking water supplies.
A state agency has issued a notice of violation to Modesto for discharging roughly 755 million gallons of partially treated waste water in to the San Joaquin River in March because the city’s sewer system had been overwhelmed by storms and rising river water.
The latest round of water tests found no high levels of lead at 15 campuses in the San Diego Unified School District. The City of San Diego, the district’s water-supplier, is testing all schools in San Diego Unified at the district’s request under a new state program.
It has been almost seven years since a rupture in a pipeline owned by Enbridge, Inc. poured 1.2 million gallons of Canadian tar sands oil into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River and tributaries. … The Michigan disaster alerted the country to the risks that fossil fuel pipelines pose to freshwater resources. Ensuring the safety of rivers, lakes, and aquifers is now the primary civic principle driving public protests against fossil fuel pipelines all across the country.
A bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday, July 21, clears the way for two water districts to extend their systems to a neighborhood on the Wildomar-Menifee border that has been plagued by a poor quality, unreliable water supply.
Healdsburg Mayor Jim Wood is a dentist who believes in the effectiveness of fluoridated water in combating tooth decay. But he won’t be writing the argument against a November ballot measure to remove fluoride from the city’s water.
From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Linda S. Adams and Karen L. Hathaway:
As early as next month, the State Water Resources Control Board could take up the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board’s recommendation for the maximum level of copper particulates allowed in Marina del Rey, one of the largest man-made harbors in the world.
From the San Jose Mercury News, in a commentary by Richard Santos:
In the midst of exceptional drought conditions, a new, locally controlled, drought-proof water source for Silicon Valley could not have come at a better time. The Santa Clara Valley Water District, in partnership with the cities of San Jose and Santa Clara, is celebrating the completion of the Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center.
A proposal that federal officials said was intended to simplify federal water laws has instead been interpreted to do the opposite – and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is scrambling to defend itself to agriculture and other industries.
A small water agency that pumps water from Clear Lake expects to declare a water shortage emergency as early as this week, not because it’s running out of water but because thick algae growth is putting a strain on its purification system.
From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):
Cindy Forbes, a veteran of the California Department of Public Health’s former Drinking Water Program, was named July 1 as the new Deputy Director of the State Water Resource Control Board’s (State Water Board), Division of Drinking Water.