About 130 private property owners around Lake Shasta could be forced to move if a plan to raise the height of Shasta Dam goes forward. That was just one of the pieces of information that came out of a community meeting about the project Monday night in Lakehead. … About 90 people attended the meeting to hear from U.S. Bureau of Reclamation officials about how Lakehead residents and business owners will be affected if the height of the dam is raised 18½ feet.
When it comes to the top three crops, Glenn and Butte counties are pretty similar, as you’d expect neighbors to be. But after that, they become distant strangers. The Glenn County crop report for 2017 was released last week by Agricultural Commissioner Marcie Skelton, and the top three crops were almonds, walnuts and rice. That’s the same three as Butte County, although the order was different.
There was a little party Monday evening under the old water towers at East Third and Orient streets in Chico, to celebrate that the towers will be standing there for some time to come. California Water Service Co. had announced in June 2017 that the towers would have to come down as they were not earthquake safe, and the cost of repairing them would run into the millions of dollars.
Humboldt County and most of northwest California will be either “completely dry or all wet” for the next two weeks as the National Weather Service provided an “uncertain” forecast for the coming days through the end of October.
The ease with which residents can rebuild depends on resources such as time and money, of course, but also location. … In Fountaingrove, most of the homes sat on large lots with uneven topography, making them tricky to clear and more expensive to rebuild. On top of that, the neighborhood was plagued with water contamination issues after the fire, which melted plastic pipes and leaked benzene and other contaminants into the water supply.
A request from the state Department of Water Resources to temporarily make more than 50 miles of trails in Oroville open to multiple user groups has been denied by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. DWR proposed this with backing from the Oroville Recreation Advisory Committee, or ORAC, as a compensation for trail closures as a result of the 2017 Oroville Dam spillway emergency.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is moving forward with a flood control project along Corte Madera Creek in Ross and Kentfield. A draft environmental impact report on the project was released Friday. Comments are being accepted on the findings through Nov. 27.
Heavy equipment is digging a deep hole in the parking lot at Montgomery and Huntoon streets in downtown Oroville, trying to undo a bit of dangerous history. The location was the site of a manufactured gas plant that operated from 1876 to 1926, according to PG&E.
A Marin Audubon Society-led marsh restoration project in San Rafael’s Canal area seeks to pack a double punch on the environmental front by both restoring some of the state’s dwindling wetland habitat and bolstering defenses against sea level rise. The project at the 20-acre Tiscornia Marsh near Pickleweed Park is in its early planning and fundraising stages, but has already gained widespread support among San Rafael officials and departments.
Larkfield fire survivors have launched a new nonprofit to help them recover and improve their community one year after the Tubbs fire destroyed hundreds of homes in the unincorporated area just north of Santa Rosa. … [Brad] Sherwood, a spokesman for the [Sonoma] county Water Agency, said residents wanted to “bring some good vibes into our neighborhood on an otherwise somber night.”
Firefighters have mostly surrounded a smoky grass fire in Solano County but the blaze moved into marshland Monday, and officials said it could take a week to extinguish the flames. The Branscombe Fire, near Suisun City, has consumed about 4,700 acres and continues to burn on Grizzly Island, a state wildlife area that features natural tidal wetlands and artificially diked marshes.
Three local fire districts will benefit from a $15,000 grant from the Yuba Water Agency intended to help the recently formed regional Swift Water Rescue Response Team purchase equipment and conduct certification training. The agency announced the grant following last week’s meeting.
Good for Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency officials for pushing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the issue of restoring a damaged portion of levee important to our overall safety. They sent a letter to the assistant secretary of the U.S. Army last week requesting the go-ahead to conduct repairs, rather than waiting for the corps to get around to it.
Marin County had a dry water year in 2017-18, with some areas recording rainfall levels comparable to recent and historic drought years, according to meteorological data. … The low rainfall didn’t concern local water districts in terms of water supply, at least for now. Local reservoirs and water supply are well-above those that would trigger mandatory conservation measures.
More than 20,000 visitors and residents joined in the festivities of Oroville’s annual Salmon Festival on September 22 to welcome Chinook salmon back to the Feather River. Each year, the event brings street fairs, salmon barbeques, music, and kids’ activities to Oroville’s historic downtown. Across the “Green Bridge”– built in 1907 – the Department of Water Resources (DWR) led tours of the Feather River Fish Hatchery
A price tag has been calculated for keeping Chico’s trash out of nearby rivers and streams: $5.4 million, plus $122,000 a year. The city is being required by the State Water Resources Control Board to implement a plan to capture the trash that washes into the city storm drain system, to keep it out of waterways.
In the early years of the nuclear age, scientists at UC Davis began studying the impact of radiation on beagles in a laboratory complex a mile south of the main campus. The lab and an adjacent landfill became a Superfund site, a toxic stew of chemicals, contaminated soils and dangerous metals such as hexavalent chromium and strontium-90.
Complications stemming from the fire — including debris removal, the hilly terrain and water contamination issues — have slowed rebuilding in Fountaingrove. … Separately, an outside consultant’s report commissioned to examine the performance of the city’s water system concluded that it was solidly designed, but was overwhelmed during the Tubbs fire.
Two longtime incumbents on the Marin Municipal Water District Board of Directors who have a combined tenure of 38 years are facing two challengers this November who are critical of how the district has handled its finances and rates. At the same time, the North Marin Water District Board of Directors is set to have its first contested election since 2007.
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) wants to sell its two dams on California’s upper Eel River as soon as possible. Part of a diversion scheme called the Potter Valley Project, the utility wants to get the dams off its balance sheet so badly it is moving to auction them off right in the middle of a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) relicensing process. Scott Dam will be 102 years old, and Cape Horn 112 years old, when their current federal license expires in 2022.