“In a rare moment of unity for two ideological antagonists, Rep.
John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, and Rep. Doug LaMalfa,
R-Richvale, on Wednesday unveiled legislation to build a new
large-scale reservoir in Northern California.”
“Groundwater dependency in the North State, because of
population, climate change, and environmental regulations, is
likely to increase, and so to could groundwater impairments, an
environmental scientist with the state’s Department of Water
Resources said last week.”
“A year after it was sued by the Yolo Ratepayers for Affordable
Public Utility Services, the city of Davis has won a lawsuit
regarding water and sewer rates.
“Yolo County Superior Court Judge Daniel Maguire issued a final
determination Monday holding that the city’s water and sewer
rates meet the requirements of the California Constitution,
commonly called Proposition 218, and are proportional and
“Eureka broke a record Sunday for daily rainfall with 2.58 inches
of rain, the National Weather Service said Monday morning. … The
drenching rainfall was caused by an atmospheric river that moved
through and stalled over the North Coast on Sunday, according to
“As the state
begins to regulate and track the well stimulation practice
called “fracking,” [Kelly] Swanson is not the only Yuba-Sutter
resident wondering if the extraction method is employed in
local gas fields.
“So far, fracking of local wells has been relatively uncommon
and has produced mixed results, according to officials.”
“Northern California crops are dominated by orchards and rice,
which make up the bulk of farm income. …
“Both the Department of Water Resources and the Bureau of
Reclamation have said water deliveries will be very low or
nonexistent for growers. Some districts with senior water
rights have been told water delivery will be 40 percent.
“The Willits City Council unanimously approved a resolution to
move forward immediately on a $2.1 million drought emergency
project. While the city has only received $250,000 in drought aid
to date, the resolution relies upon state and federal promises of
funding assistance for the full scope of the project.”
During a marathon Shasta Lake City Council meeting Tuesday
night, councilors approved an excess-use penalty fee for water
customers and established a plan on how to replace resigning
council member Ron Dixon.
“In response to California’s extreme drought conditions that,
though helped, have not been fixed by the recent rainfall, the
“What a difference a month makes, when it comes to the weather.
“A month ago, less than half an inch of rain had fallen since
Jan. 1 at the Redding Municipal Airport, where the National
Weather Service keeps its official rain gauge. … But in
the past month, more than 9 inches of rain has fallen, slaking
the thirst of a dry North State, according to the weather
“Until the federal government fulfills water obligations in the
north, don’t send it south.
“That was the message from Sacramento River settlement
contractors, through an attorney, to the Bureau of Reclamation,
which recently forecast the water deliveries to the districts
and water companies along the river would be cut by 60