In the workshop, California Water Resources Control Board explained regulations governing how marijuana growers can comply with state laws on water use, how to legally set up a grow and control waste and irrigation runoff.
The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency pledged that lead regulations will be a prominent feature of the agency’s work in 2018 — but that work will take longer than anticipated. The agency expects that a revision to federal rules that are designed to reduce the risk of lead in drinking water will be published in draft form in August 2018, a seven-month delay from a timetable announced this summer.
The San Diego River is getting an unprecedented makeover — the largest effort perhaps in recent history to address the pollution that has for decades plagued watersheds throughout the region. Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced Wednesday that the city will remove trash and homeless encampments along the river twice a week through the end of March.
Water prices likely will double for most families over the next five years, city leaders decided Tuesday after a lively hearing lasting nearly three hours. Several people objected, citing pain in the pocketbook and the prospect of losing the great taste of Turlock well water as it’s mixed with Tuolumne River water.
While Measure Z’s restrictions on Monterey County oil and gas operations has been stayed due to a pending lawsuit, the county Planning Commission appeared to send a message to the fossil fuel industry anyway on Wednesday. … Under Measure Z approved by the voters in November last year, new oil and gas wells are prohibited along with enhanced extraction techniques and land uses in support of wastewater impoundment and injection, after a phase-out period.
California has many unmet needs in its water system—most notably in the areas of flood protection, safe drinking water, stormwater treatment, and ecosystem support. While dedicated funding over the long term has been hard to come by, water bonds have helped fill some gaps in these areas. Looking at how the 2014 water bond is being spent can give us some insights into how bonds are turned into projects on the ground. This is particularly important as three new bond proposals are floated for 2018.
President Donald Trump’s choice to head a federal coal mine regulator, like more than one of his nominees, is a vocal critic of the very agency he’s being asked to lead. Steven Gardner is a longtime coal industry consultant, and he has called the agency’s marquee Obama-era regulation the product of “one of the most disingenuous and dishonest efforts put forward by a government agency.”
Santa Rosa is open to a large-scale composting operation on city-owned property near the Laguna Road wastewater treatment plant, an option that could provide curbside garbage customers some monthly savings. The Sonoma County Waste Management Agency has been looking for a new site for an organic composting facility since a longtime operation atop the Central Landfill west of Cotati was shut down by regulators in 2015 over water pollution concerns.
Although the Oakland Unified School District is addressing high lead levels in water taps at several schools, consumer group CalPIRG says more needs to be done to keep children safe. Fourteen Oakland Unified schools have been found to have at least one drinking fixture with lead levels exceeding the federal recommended cap of 15 parts per billion, according to the district’s website, where test results are posted as they are received.
They lie washed up on the side of levees, they sit silently moored in the quiet sloughs of the vast Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, sometimes drifting aimlessly down the middle of the waterways. There are hundreds of these abandoned recreational watercraft and commercial vessels in the Delta, and some of them have been slowly wasting away for 60 years or more.
The California Attorney General’s Office filed a civil complaint in Trinity County Superior Court against a Redding man and several corporations he’s associated with, alleging they developed properties in the Indian Creek watershed in Trinity County in violation of federal and state law.
After seven years in the making, Pacific Grove officials on Wednesday celebrated the completion of its Local Water Project that will now see reclaimed water go to irrigate the Pacific Grove Golf Links and the city’s El Carmelo Cemetery. But when it comes to the potable water that will be saved by the project, there is still some uncertainty as to exactly where those water credits will go.
In the latest step toward the effort by dentists and health officials to end San Jose’s status as the largest city in America without fluoride in its drinking water, Santa Clara County has contributed $1 million to add fluoride for the first time to drinking water from wells operated by the San Jose Water Company.
For almost a half century, the Clean Water Act has protected many of America’s rivers, lakes and bays from harmful pollution. But still too many of our nation’s waters remain at risk. That’s why, a few years ago, through an extensive public process involving rural communities and industry, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a new rule, the Clean Water Rule (also known as the Waters of the U.S. Rule), to further protect precious sources of drinking water.
The Bureau of Reclamation has released final environmental documents for a pilot project for Widren Water District that would allow the district to convey up to 1,000 acre-feet of reverse osmosis treated groundwater through the Delta-Mendota Canal and potentially store it in San Luis Reservoir. The pilot project is part of a larger effort aimed at reducing dissolved minerals like salt and selenium in a 97,000 acre area known as the Grassland Drainage Area.
In a commentary in The San Diego Union-Tribune last month, San Diego businessman Jon C. Jacobson made a persuasive case that repeated sewage spills at the California-Mexican border should be addressed as the Trump administration tries to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.
Marijuana growers who plan on growing cannabis on private land next season will encounter new state requirements to address the crop’s impact on California’s creeks and streams. … The State Water Board recently adopted interim policies that will affect the license, including checks on a grower’s water rights, restrictions on the diversion of water for irrigating cannabis crops, and site-specific requirements to control runoff into local streams from growing operations.
It can be very expensive, for instance, to build a new water treatment plant or connect with one in the next closest town. … Now a team of engineers and students at the University of California, Los Angeles, has developed a water treatment system that fits in a 40ft shipping container.
President Donald Trump’s administration announced Friday that it won’t require mining companies to prove they have the financial wherewithal to clean up their pollution, despite an industry legacy of abandoned mines that have fouled waterways across the U.S.