Last year we published a story about a small city in Northern California battling a lumber company over access to water. The article focused on the city of Weed, a faded mill town of 2,700 residents in the foothills of Mt. Shasta.
Major investors are increasingly on the lookout for water risks in their portfolio companies or across industries in which they may be invested. For instance, a savvy investor may be wary of buying stock in companies whose operations need more water than is readily accessible, like a food company depending on crops from drought stricken areas, or in companies that might be liable for tainting local water supplies – as has been alleged of oil and gas extraction companies, including those doing business in California.
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.
At the Indian Wells Valley Water District monthly board meeting on Monday evening, the board voted to approve an advance of up to $500,000 from the IWVWD’s future alternative water supply funds to the IWV Groundwater Authority. IWVGA will likely pay back this amount either with funds from future grants or through a credit on IWVWD’s account.
While fire officials tell SCV residents they’re not out of the woods when it comes to brush fires, water officials are saying the SCV isn’t out of the woods when it comes to drought, either. Castaic Lake Water Agency board members are expected to receive an update on the status of Santa Clarita Valley’s water resources when they meet Wednesday night.
The worst drought in California’s history ended in April when Gov. Jerry Brown declared it officially over after an especially wet winter. But one city isn’t backing down on water conservation. Santa Monica, a progressive town on the Southern California coast, is proceeding as if the drought were still under way, and it still requires residents to meet water conservation targets.
About 7,000 firefighters from 11 western states have poured into Ventura and Santa Barbara counties to try to contain the Thomas fire. Firefighting efforts have cost about $48 million. In the last week, helicopter crews alone have dumped 1.7 million gallons of water on the blaze. That’s enough water to fill roughly 70 backyard pools.
December has been bone dry in California, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to get much wetter by the time the 2018 rolls around. Precipitation levels in Sacramento and most major California cities are below average for this time of year. The Sierra Nevada snowpack is just 37 percent of normal.
Monterey County supervisors will delay for at least three months considering adoption of a recommended moratorium on new wells in parts of the Salinas Valley groundwater basin where data shows seawater intrusion has been worsening.
At the height of our state’s historic drought in 2014, more than two thirds of California voters cast their ballots in favor of Proposition 1, a $7.5 billion water bond to fund water quality, supply, treatment and storage projects. Three years later, the drought has ended – at least for now.
California’s management of water for is not working for anyone. Environmental advocates argue that state and federal regulators have set water quality and flow standards that do not adequately protect fish and wildlife, and have not enforced these requirements when they are most needed. Farm and urban interests claim that these regulations have been ineffective and cause unnecessary economic harm.
The Coachella Valley’s biggest water district recycles wastewater at three of its six sewage treatment plants, churning out water to irrigate golf courses, parks and lawns at housing developments. Now it’s proposing to reuse more water by converting a sewage plant in Thermal to a water-recycling plant.
There is a sense of urgency regarding how the overallocated Colorado River is managed amid looming shortages and a grim climate change forecast. People who have dealt with river management issues for decades are girding for a heightened degree of activity that calls upon years of trust and collaboration to compose a plan for equitably sharing a vital resource.
Those tasked with managing water in Olympic Valley, in particular Squaw Creek and the surrounding aquifer, are taking a more methodical approach to studying trends and potential impacts. The Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board is one of the regulators of this body of water between Tahoe City and Truckee and had requested a workshop on the item; which occurred at the last meeting.
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.
During California’s five-year drought, many companies that make the food we eat and the beverages we drink saw impacts on their businesses. And companies across the Western United States are seeing water challenges not just from drought, but also from climate change, pollution, failing infrastructure and weak regulations.
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.