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Colorado River water managers have plenty to argue about. But there’s one thing on which nearly everyone who relies on the southwestern river can agree. The foundational document that divvies up the water — the Colorado River Compact — has some big flaws. Discussion on how to fix the compact’s problems is where that consensus breaks down, often with the invocation of one word: renegotiation.
Forecasters say rain might arrive by Thanksgiving to clear away the smoke and mercifully reduce fire danger. But the optimism is tempered by a grim reality. … California has warmed roughly 3 degrees Fahrenheit since 1980 during the autumn months of September, October and November. Rainfall in those months has fallen by about one-third over the same time.
There wasn’t a flake of real snow anywhere in the Sierra, but that didn’t matter to Andy Melendes, who was first in line Friday for opening day at the Alpine Meadows ski resort. … Forecasters say the dry weather, which has increased the fire danger across California, is likely to end Wednesday, but the snowfall next week is not likely to make up for the lack of precipitation this fall.
REGISTRATION OPEN FOR LOWER COLORADO RIVER AND CENTRAL VALLEY TOURS; NEW TOUR OF CENTRAL COAST ADDED
Our slate of water tours for 2019 will include a new tour along the Central Coast to view a river where a dam was removed, check out efforts to desalt ocean water, recycle wastewater and manage groundwater and seawater intrusion. We’ll also take a new route for our Headwaters Tour to check out a pilot project for thinning the forest in the Yuba River Watershed.
Five months after Monterey County officials signed off on an agreement on how to handle non-native, predatory white bass through the Interlake Tunnel project, a final agreement may finally be coming to fruition.
The deadly blazes burning in California have put a spotlight on the crucial role of evacuation. To save lives and property, firefighters must predict where a fire will spread within moments after it starts. Now, California firefighters are getting some help from a powerful new tool: supercomputers.
Imperial Beach is surrounded by water. It has the Pacific Ocean to the west, San Diego Bay to the north, and the Tijuana Estuary to the south. Because of this, the city is particularly vulnerable to sea-level rise.
Coastal officials knew decades ago it would take money to open Hollister Ranch to the public. So they entrusted Santa Barbara County with $1 million to someday be spent on land acquisition, trails and bike paths while they duked it out with powerful property owners over access to some of California’s most coveted surf breaks and beaches.
The arduous wait for rainfall continues to drag on. For coastal salmon anglers waiting to drift the Smith, Chetco or Eel, it seems like a lifetime ago when the rivers last had enough flow for salmon to maneuver upriver. Hardly a drop has hit the ground since late October, when enough rain fell in the Smith Basin to put the Smith on the rise.
Staff at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area won’t let the Carr Fire snuff out their holiday spirit. … The fire did serious damage to Whiskeytown National Recreation Area’s Oak Bottom Marina and other parts of the park. It destroyed buildings and infrastructure, including a wastewater treatment plant, power lines, parts of the N.E.E.D. Camp environmental school and the Tower House Historic District.
When Rick Hutley begins his discussion of the horrific wildfires in Butte County, he starts by taking his listener back several centuries. “If we go back into the 1700s, 1600s and before, the economic value of the world was driven by how well you could manage animals and plants. We were farmers,” Hutley, a 63-year-old professor of data science at University of the Pacific, said last week.
A disaster like the Camp Fire, which has destroyed thousands of homes and killed dozens of people, invariably requires the assistance of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which was created by President Jimmy Carter in 1979 to help state and local governments handle disasters.
Poor countries around the world are facing a dangerous shortage of toilets that puts millions of live at risk, according to campaigners marking World Toilet Day by urging governments and businesses to invest more in sanitation.
A Denver suburb has finalized an unusual deal to acquire water from an inactive gold mine. Aurora city officials said Friday the $34 million deal gives the city the rights to about 1,400 acre-feet of water a year from the London Mine outside Alma, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) to the west.
In our never-ending quest for the ultimate form of hydration, alkaline water has emerged as the eau du jour, touted as “energizing,” “detoxifying” and a cure-all for ailments that seem to afflict people who congregate at yoga studios and juice bars.
As the Civil War raged, William Brewer, a young botanist from upstate New York, spent five years cataloging California’s natural attributes for its Legislature. As he and his crew traversed the state by mule in their annual sojourns, living off the land, Brewer found much to commend. But in letters to his brother, decades later assembled into a must-read book (Up and Down California), Brewer also wondered whether its climate would impede its development.
Earlier this week, Pacific Institute Communications Manager Rebecca Olson sat down with Pacific Institute Senior Researcher Dr. Sarah Diringer to talk about the challenges and promises of a multiple benefits approach to water management.
It’s a refrain that Californians have heard all too often in recent years: yet another extremely destructive, fast-moving wildfire has torn through multiple communities, leaving widespread destruction in its wake. But this time, the numbers and details are staggering even by comparison to recent disasters in the fire-weary Golden State. The Camp Fire, which ignited in a wooded area in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Butte County and quickly overran the town of Paradise last Thursday, has been responsible for over 70 deaths.
Striped bass are well known throughout California as a hard-fighting game fish, excellent table fare, and a voracious predator on other fish. Striped bass were introduced into the San Francisco Estuary in 1879 and are often cited as a major cause of native species decline. Historically they were valued as a strong indicator of estuary health, as well as a very important game fish. In fact, key ecological monitoring programs in the estuary were established in the 1950s and 60s to keep track of striped bass populations.
California’s many water challenges are complex, with many possible solutions and even more opinions about best approaches. How can a new governor forge a path forward in this critical area? The PPIC Water Policy Center assembled a group of 16 experts this week for a half-day workshop in Sacramento to discuss how the new administration can promote water policies and practices that benefit the state’s people, economy, and environment.