Thousands of Sonoma County residents who rely on groundwater will likely see new fees on their property tax bill next fall, helping pay for a legally required groundwater regulatory plan. Local agencies governing groundwater resources were created in 2017 following the passage of a landmark California law intended to safeguard the previously unregulated water supply.
A water district that provides irrigation to San Joaquin Valley farmers heard mostly negative comments in Redding on Wednesday about its role in the ongoing proposal to raise the height of Shasta Dam. The Fresno County-based Westlands Water District, which has stepped forward to help pay the cost to raise the dam, held a meeting at the Holiday Inn to take comments that will be used to develop an environmental impact report on the project.
The Trump administration signaled its support Wednesday for Rep. Jared Huffman’s controversial bill to extend the leases of several historic Point Reyes National Seashore ranches. Huffman, D-San Rafael, said with the end of the congressional session looming, the Senate’s intent may be to adopt an end-of-year public lands legislative package in which his bill could be included.
Fairfax resident Larry Stratton was one attendee who spoke at the Marin Municipal Water District’s public forum on e-bikes at the Corte Madera Community Center on Tuesday. The district is considering revising its e-bike prohibition on the Mount Tamalpais watershed and held the forum to garner the public’s views.
Dam inspectors overlooked technical details during safety evaluations that could have identified structural problems with the Oroville Dam spillway before it broke during heavy rains in February 2017, according to an assessment ordered by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. FERC assembled an independent, six-person panel to assess the safety inspections that are required every five years for the roughly 2,500 hydropower facilities that FERC regulates.
More than three months after the Carr Fire was contained, the burned out hillsides the deadly blaze left behind continue to pose a threat to water quality in western Shasta County. The barren fire-scarred hillsides could cause drinking water quality problems for communities that rely on water from Whiskeytown Lake, according to a report written for the Shasta County Public Works Department.
Supervisors will consider the possibility of issuing a request for proposals from developers for the sale of the Chanate Road land, comprised of 12 separate parcels, in its entirety or smaller pieces. Certain parcels would be excluded from a potential sale, including a 26-acre plot owned by the Sonoma County Water Agency and a nearly 10-acre parcel that will be dedicated for public access and use, according to a staff report.
Some of that Bay Area tax voters approved for saving and restoring baylands is making its way back to Marin. In 2016, 73.5 percent of Marin voters endorsed a $12 annual parcel tax to create and fund the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority, and the agency just awarded Marin a $520,000 grant to help design a project that would restore 85 to 155 acres of wetlands around Novato’s Deer Island.
After months of hauling water from Corning, recent rains have eased Paskenta’s water crisis. “We have water in the creek,” said Paskenta Community Services District Secretary Janet Zornig. “It’s starting to get a little low but we’ve been running the plant.”
Interested in birdwatching, but not sure where to start? The California Department of Fish and Wildlife has you covered with naturalist-led free tours that travel around the Marysville area to the best spots for seeing several bird species.
After nearly a year of public input on the issue, the Marin Municipal Water District is considering revising its electronic bike restrictions in the Mount Tamalpais watershed. … “We’re doing our due diligence to explore all the pros and cons of allowing e-bikes on fire roads,” said Crystal Yezman, the district’s facilities and watershed division manager.
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) will begin construction Monday to improve pedestrian access to Lake Oroville Marina at Lime Saddle. The Low Water Access Trail project will enhance public safety and provide reliable pedestrian access to the marina during low lake level conditions. Construction activities are scheduled to occur from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the Lime Saddle State Recreation Area.
Paradise Irrigation District President Dan Wentland announced at the end of Wednesday’s special meeting that he is resigning from his position and moving to Crossville,Tenn. Wentland’s house was destroyed in the Camp Fire early last month.
A toxic waste removal crew Thursday sifted through the ash and rubble of a burned-out garage near the southeast edge of Paradise, shoveling asbestos-containing debris into plastic bags. … Officials say they hope to finish the operation within 9-12 months, an aggressive target that will comprise hundreds of workers and coordination between the state Department of Toxic Substances Control, United States Environmental Protection Agency and Butte County Environmental Health.
A water rate hike being proposed by the Nevada Irrigation District, once set for its next board meeting on Dec. 12, has been postponed. The decision to table the hearing until January reverses an earlier decision to put the water rate hike on the same agenda as approval of the district’s 2019 budget.
A trio of tiny salamanders could stand in the way of a massive $1.4 billion project to raise the height of Shasta Dam. An environmental organization has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, asking a judge to force the federal agency to make a determination on whether three salamander species living around Lake Shasta should be protected under the Endangered Species Act.
The Northern California Water Association (NCWA) applauds Lundberg Family Farms as the recent recipient of the prestigious Leopold Conservation Award as described below. The award is a valued testament to Lundberg Family Farms and many other leaders in the Sacramento Valley who live and embody the spirit of Aldo Leopold with their land ethic and numerous efforts for conservation, including the improvement of fish and wildlife. Bryce Lundberg is the Chairman of the NCWA Board of Directors. He joins several other NCWA Board members who have previously received the award, including Montna Farms and Mary and Jim Richert.
A rare fire tornado that raged during this summer’s deadly Carr Fire in Northern California was created by a combination of scorching weather, erratic winds and an ice-topped cloud that towered miles into the atmosphere, according to a study announced Wednesday.