Archive for the ‘ Water Resources ’ Category

By Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow
dkasler@sacbee.com
May 1, 2017

The wettest winter in Northern California history ended the drought and produced an abundant Sierra Nevada snowpack.

Now it’s starting to melt, and quickly.

Read the rest of this entry »

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
April 15, 2017

Blowing past state officials’ financial projections, three construction contractors submitted bids for the Oroville Dam repairs that begin at $275 million, the Department of Water Resources said Saturday.

Read the rest of this entry »

Los Angeles Times: Northern California gets its wettest winter in nearly a century

Recent record storms blanket Northstar California Ski Resort in Truckee with snow. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

Sarah Parvini
April 13, 2017

A series of late-season storms has vaulted this winter into the history books, making it the wettest winter for California’s northern Sierra Nevada in nearly a century of record-keeping, according to the California Department of Water Resources.

Read the rest of this entry »

By Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 04/07/17 – 6:34 PM PDT |

After a record-breaking winter rainy season, plus an impressive effort by Southland residents at conserving water in the first two months of 2017, California’s devastating five-year drought is finally over.

Read the rest of this entry »

Frank Gehrke, right, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program for the Department of Water Resources, plunges the survey tube into the snowpack as he conducts the third manual snow survey of the season at Phillips Station, Wednesday, March 1, 2017, near Echo Summit, Calif. The survey showed the snowpack at 179 percent of normal for this location at this time of year. The state’s electronic snow monitors say the Sierra Nevada snowpack is at 185 percent of normal. At left is Armando Quintero chairman of the California Water Commission. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli/File)

By Paul Rogers, Bay Area News Group
Posted: 03/29/17 – 5:54 PM PDT |

The biggest blizzards are over. But as state water officials head into the Sierra Nevada on Thursday for the annual April 1 snowpack reading — the most important of the year for planning summer water supplies — California still has a huge amount of snow covering its highest mountain peaks, an avalanche that has buried the state’s punishing drought.

Read the rest of this entry »

Department of Water Resources personnel, left, inspects a hole was torn in the spillway of the Oroville Dam while releasing approximately 60,000 cubic-feet-second of water in advance of more rain on February 7, 2017 in Oroville, California. (Photo: Max Whittaker/Prime, Special To The Chronicle)

By Joaquin Palomino and Cynthia Dizikes, San Francisco Chronicle
February 19, 2017
Updated: February 19, 2017 – 12:05pm

The dam burst on a warm afternoon, unleashing nearly 300 million gallons of muddy water on a Los Angeles neighborhood. Five people died and dozens of homes were swept off their foundations and destroyed.

Read the rest of this entry »

Water & Drought
Sacramento Bee Staff
February 18, 2017 – 10:20 AM

These three graphs show key California reservoir conditions and river stages for the upper and lower Sacramento Valley for Saturday, February 18, 2017. The images are from the California Department of Water Resources’ Data Exchange Center and the National Weather Service.

To read expanded article, click here.

The Sacramento Bee: Feds order independent review of Oroville Dam spillway problems

By Ryan Sabalow
rsabalow@sacbee.com
February 13, 2017 – 6:56 PM

The federal agency that issued the license for the troubled Oroville Dam on Monday ordered state officials to convene an independent panel of five experts to assess the damaged dam and issue recommendations.

Read the rest of this entry »

The Sacramento Bee: Brown’s big legacy projects could be Trump’s targets

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
February 9, 2017 – 2:51 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown devoted most of last month’s State of the State address to excoriating Donald Trump, who had been president for just four days.

Read the rest of this entry »

Snow covers the Sierra Nevada and the shoreline of Lake Tahoe on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, near Memorial Point, Nevada.

By Paul Rogers | progers@bayareanewsgroup.com |

PUBLISHED: February 1, 2017 at 5:00 am |
UPDATED: February 2, 2017 at 5:15 am

  • California Gov. Jerry Brown isn’t likely to amend or rescind the state’s emergency drought declaration until April

After a month of huge blizzards and “atmospheric river” storms, the Sierra Nevada snowpack — source of a third of California’s drinking water — is 177 percent of the historic average, the biggest in more than two decades.

Read the rest of this entry »

Associated Press: When will soggy California drop water restrictions?

AP Nation / World
By Scott Smith
Associated Press
Jan 25, 2017 – 1:59 AM EST

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Much of California has gone from withered to water-logged this winter, but the state’s top water regulator is not ready to lift emergency conservation measures enacted during the height of the drought.

Read the rest of this entry »

Water & Drought
By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
January 18, 2017 – 12:16 PM

With rivers roaring and more rain coming, California’s drought cops are wrestling with a complicated question: Should they keep patrolling the beat?

Read the rest of this entry »

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
December 12, 2016 – 4:30 PM

Well, we saw the first major impact last week, without Trump even lifting a finger.

Read the rest of this entry »

Sarah D. Wire and Bettina Boxall
December 9, 2016

Over Sen. Barbara Boxer’s objections, the Senate voted 78 to 21 Friday evening to pass sweeping water infrastructure legislation that changes how much water is pumped from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to San Joaquin Valley farmers and Southern California.

Read the rest of this entry »

yosemite

This image made from a webcam video provided by the Yosemite Conservancy shows Sentinel Dome during a snowstorm in Yosemite National Park on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. California has vital snow in the Sierra Nevada and positive rainfall totals in many areas after a stormy autumn weekend up and down the state, which is hoping to avoid a sixth consecutive year of drought conditions. The Sierra Nevada functions as reservoir for much of the state’s water supply. (Yosemite Conservancy via AP)

By Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow
dkasler@sacbee.com
November 28, 2016 – 2:36 PM

It’s only a beginning. But it’s a strong beginning, and it offers at least a rain gauge’s worth of hope to a state enduring its fifth year of drought.

Read the rest of this entry »

The shore of Lake Shasta behind Shasta Dam in Lake Shasta, Calif., is seen Sunday, March 13, 2016. The lake's water level has been rising after a series of storms brought strong winds, periods of heavy rain, snow and high surf to California Sunday, the fourth straight day of wet weather. The lake is rising after several years of dropping water levels due to the ongoing California drought. (Nathan Solis/The Record Searchlight via AP)

Amy Quinton
Monday, October 31, 2016 | Sacramento, CA

Rains have drenched Northern California, where most of the state’s largest reservoirs are located. The state had the second wettest October since the Department began keeping records in 1921.

Read the rest of this entry »

High-Speed Train

Gov. Jerry Brown’s $68 billion high speed rail project could be forced to go before voters again for approval if Proposition 53 passes.

By Paul Rogers | progers@bayareanewsgroup.com
Published: October 18, 2016 at 1:56 pm |
Updated: October 19, 2016 at 6:36 am

With less than three weeks until Election Day, Gov. Jerry Brown and his political allies are suddenly pumping money into the campaign to defeat Proposition 53, a previously low-profile measure that could be the death knell of Brown’s high-speed rail and Delta tunnels projects.

Read the rest of this entry »

The Sacramento Bee: Was Jerry Brown kidding, or is he worried about legacy projects?

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
October 15, 2016 3:00 PM

Jerry Brown and his predecessor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, this month jointly celebrated the 10th anniversary of California’s war against greenhouse gas emissions.

Read the rest of this entry »

Daily Bulletin: Most Inland water suppliers don’t expect shortage

waterdrop

By Suzanne Hurt, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 08/16/16 – 10:14 PM PDT |

California water suppliers have painted a glowing picture of their ability to supply customers even if they get three more dry years — and state water officials said Tuesday they have no plans to investigate those claims.

Read the rest of this entry »

EVWD

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 07/20/16 – 12:16 AM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The sewage treatment plant proposed by the Highland-based East Valley Water District will cost at least $150 million more to build that has been planned, San Bernardino Municipal Water Department officials say.

Read the rest of this entry »

waterdrop

By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/12/16 – 5:30 PM PDT |

HIGHLAND >> The San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District and East Valley Water District announced Thursday a joint $2.65 million purchase of 14 acres of land in Highland that will serve as the location of a wastewater treatment plant that will put back millions of gallons of purified water daily into the local groundwater supply.

Read the rest of this entry »

The Sun: Cadiz water project in Mojave Desert wins big in Appellate Court

Cadiz

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 05/10/16 – 6:53 PM PDT |

Cadiz Inc. won a decisive courtroom victory Tuesday for its plans to transfer ancient groundwater in a remote part of San Bernardino County’s Mojave Desert to parts of Orange County and other locations.

Read the rest of this entry »

Snowpack

Frank Gehrke of the California Department of Water Resources surveys the snowpack at Phillips Station near Echo Summit, Calif. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Jason Song
April 15, 2016

The National Weather Service has confirmed what many Southern Californians suspected during a scorching February: El Niño, and its badly needed rainstorms, are pretty much kaput.

Read the rest of this entry »

waterdrop

Matt Stevens
April 4, 2016

After nine months of fervent conservation, drought-fatigued Californians narrowly missed meeting the water-savings target set by Gov. Jerry Brown a year ago.

Read the rest of this entry »

The Sacramento Bee: Largest California reservoirs releasing water for flood safety

water-dam

Water & Drought
By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
March 23, 2016 – 11:10 AM

  • El Niño precipitation forces water flow as drought eases
  • Flood releases are first in years at Oroville, Shasta
  • After years of drought, Northern California has so much water that the state’s two largest reservoirs are releasing water to maintain flood-control safety.

The water releases from Shasta Lake and Lake Oroville don’t mean the drought is over. But they represent the latest evidence that drought conditions are easing as El Niño has brought meaningful amounts of rain and snow to Northern California for the first time since 2012.

Read the rest of this entry »

The shore of Lake Shasta behind Shasta Dam in Lake Shasta, Calif., is seen Sunday, March 13, 2016. The lake's water level has been rising after a series of storms brought strong winds, periods of heavy rain, snow and high surf to California Sunday, the fourth straight day of wet weather. The lake is rising after several years of dropping water levels due to the ongoing California drought. (Nathan Solis/The Record Searchlight via AP)

The shore of Shasta Lake behind Shasta Dam in Shasta Lake, Calif., is seen Sunday, March 13, 2016. The lake’s water level has been rising after a series of storms brought strong winds, periods of heavy rain, snow and high surf to California Sunday, the fourth straight day of wet weather. The lake is rising after several years of dropping water levels due to the ongoing California drought. (Nathan Solis/The Record Searchlight via AP) (Nathan Solis)

By Paul Rogers, progers@mercurynews.com
Posted: 03/13/2016 – 06:18:16 PM PDT |

Sunday’s storms brought more rain to Northern California, but they also helped the state hit a key milestone in its efforts to recover from the historic four-year drought.

Read the rest of this entry »

Capital Public Radio: Reservoirs Filling, But Snowpack Worries In California

water-dam

Ed Joyce
Thursday, March 10, 2016 | Sacramento, CA |

The early March storms offset three dry weeks in February, in terms of precipitation, and helped fill some California reservoirs. But the U.S. Drought Monitor says warm temperatures did not build snowpack at lower elevations in the Sierra Nevada.

Read the rest of this entry »

Sierra Snowpack

By Emily Benson and Natalie Jacewicz
Staff writers
Posted:    02/29/2016 – 02:56:00 PM PST
Updated: 02/29/2016 – 04:55:23 PM PST

After a dismally dry February, drought-weary Californians are hoping a series of storms predicted to roll through in early March blanket the Sierra Nevada with a much-needed additional layer of snow, building up the state’s vital snowpack that all but disappeared last year.

Starting Friday, forecasters are predicting a chance of rain or snow for 10 consecutive days.

Read the rest of this entry »

The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: Brown’s projects face tests

Dan Walters

Capitol Alert
By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
February 6, 2016 3:40 PM

  • Bullet train, tunnels would be governor’s legacies
  • Both projects, however, face critical tests
  • Financing for both still very uncertain

The two immense public works projects that would be Jerry Brown legacies will soon face pivotal moments.

Read the rest of this entry »

IE Business Daily: Fifty Percent Water Rate Increase Causes Revolt in Redlands

Redlands

IE Business Daily

February 6, 2016

January is a good time for government. While most citizens are recovering from the holidays and getting back to normal life, they aren’t paying much attention to the ramblings of elected officials.

Read the rest of this entry »

The Sacramento Bee: California extends mandatory water cuts despite growing snowpack

Sierra Snowpack

Water & Drought
By Ryan Sabalow, Phillip Reese and Dale Kasler
rsabalow@sacbee.com
February 2, 2016 – 10:12 AM

  • State regulators, urging caution, extend conservation mandates through October
  • Latest tally shows Sierra snowpack above normal
  • Sacramento water officials sought more leniency on conservation

The snow keeps piling up, but the rules requiring water conservation aren’t going away.

Read the rest of this entry »

Snow People

Snow people were close by as the California Department of Water Resources collected samples during the first snow survey of the season, at Phillips Station, Calif., on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015. (Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle)

By Peter Fimrite
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 – Updated 4:04 pm

The heavens have opened up this winter and are dumping gobs of snow on the Sierra Nevada.

Read the rest of this entry »

Cadiz

.
California Water News

By California Water News Daily
January 15, 2016

Before leaving Washington for Christmas break, nine Members of Congress sent a letter to Neil Kornze, the Director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), encouraging him to reconsider the agency’s recent guidance regarding the Cadiz Water Project.

Read the rest of this entry »

US-ART-RAIN ROOM-MOMA

By Paul Rogers
progers@mercurynews.com
Posted: 01/14/2016 – 05:42:25 PM PST

Don’t even think about putting that umbrella away.

Read the rest of this entry »

Los Angeles Times: California snowpack exceeds average for first time in years

Sierra Snow

A worker walks past heavy snowfall on the deck of the lodge at Big Springs on Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, in Truckee, Calif. (Northstar California Resort)

Bettina Boxall, Frank Shyong and Joseph Serna
December 22, 2015

A series of powerful snowstorms in the Sierra Nevada has resulted in a small milestone in drought-stricken California: The snowpack is now higher than average for this time of year.

Read the rest of this entry »

waterdrop

California water regulators suggest slight easing of conservation requirements

Bettina Boxall
December 21, 2015

As they look to next year, state regulators are suggesting a slight easing of the conservation requirements that slashed urban water use across California.

Read the rest of this entry »

El Nino

Federal forecasters said Thursday, Nov. 19, that the El Niño weather pattern will likely provide some relief to California’s four-year drought this winter. (Photo: Alexander, Kurtis L)

By Kurtis Alexander
Thursday, November 19, 2015 – Updated 9:12 pm

Federal forecasters said Thursday, Nov. 19, that the El Niño weather pattern will likely provide some relief to California’s four-year drought this winter.

Read the rest of this entry »

Los Angeles Times: As huge El Niño brews, California fights to keep drought mentality

Los Angeles

Los Angeles is hoping the coming rains expected from El Niño will help alleviate some of the damage of the drought. (Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images)

Rong-Gong Lin II and Shelby Grad
November 16, 2015

As experts continue to predict a wet winter because of El Niño, California officials continue to take a cautious approach when it comes to easing water conservation measures amid the state’s four-year drought.

Read the rest of this entry »

The Union Democrat: Ballot proposal would divert high-speed rail money to water

Ballot Measures

AP California News

By Juliet Williams
Associated Press
Nov 12, 2015 – 6:57 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Two well-known Republican state lawmakers submitted language Thursday for a ballot initiative that would ask California voters to redirect about $8 billion in bond money from the state’s high-speed rail project to build water storage.

Read the rest of this entry »

El Nino

By Josh Richman
jrichman@bayareanewsgroup.com
Posted: 11/13/2015 – 05:17:09 AM PST
Updated: 11/13/2015 – 05:17:20 AM PST

Bone-dry California remains on track to get a drenching this winter from the weather phenomenon known as El Niño, federal scientists said in new projections released Thursday.

Read the rest of this entry »

LA County Seal

By Mike Reicher, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 11/08/15 – 4:23 PM PST |

After criticism, LA County government limits car washes to once a month

Read the rest of this entry »

The Press-Enterprise: UC RIVERSIDE: There’s no drought, expert says

Christopher Thornberg

Without significant economic consequences, it’s just a water shortage, expert tells business leaders.

Published: Oct. 30, 2015 – Updated: 4:31 p.m.

UC Riverside economist Christopher Thornberg told hundreds of business leaders at a recent economic forecast that there is no drought.

To read article by Janet Zimmerman in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: Half-a-loaf solutions fall short

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
October 25, 2015

  • California has many pending issues
  • Comprehensive approaches difficult
  • Politicians settle for patchwork

Were the El Niño phenomenon to actually generate copious rainstorms in California, it could create a dilemma for homeowners with elderly roofs – patch the leaks or spend big bucks for a new roof.

Read the rest of this entry »

water-dam

Sarah D. Wire
October 21, 2015

The Republican members of California’s delegation are demanding a government plan to store the deluge of water that could come with El Niño this winter.

Read the rest of this entry »

US-ART-RAIN ROOM-MOMA

By Paul Rogers
progers@mercurynews.com
Posted: 10/15/2015 – 11:44:06 AM PDT

In the latest sign that El Niño conditions are likely to bring wet weather to drought-parched California, federal scientists on Thursday announced for the first time that the entire state — including the northern part of California from the Bay Area to the Oregon border — is now expected to receive average or above-average rainfall this winter.

Read the rest of this entry »

Los Angeles Times: Massive El Niño is now ‘too big to fail,’ scientist says

El Nino

Satellite images comparing Oct. 1, 2015, and Oct. 2, 1997, show large areas of white, which indicate high sea levels — a reflection of high sea temperatures. The images show how this year’s El Nino could be as powerful as the one in 1997, the strongest El Nino on record. (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

Rong-Gong Lin II
October 9, 2015

An El Niño that is among the strongest on record is gaining strength in the Pacific Ocean, and climate scientists say California is likely to face a wet winter.

Read the rest of this entry »

The Sacramento Bee: California’s federal reservoirs even lower than last year

Lake Shasta + Drought

Lake Shasta and Northern California’s other largest reservoirs, Oroville and Trinity, account for almost a quarter of the state’s surface water supplies. Combined, they can hold more than 10.5 million acre feet – or 3.4 trillion gallons – of rainwater and snowmelt. To put that in perspective, the city of Sacramento in 2014 used just 94,000 acre-feet. (Greg Barnette – Redding Record)

Water & Drought
By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
October 6, 2015

In the latest indicator of the severity of the drought, the federal government’s main reservoirs serving California have begun the new “water year” at just a quarter full and in worse shape than last year.

Read the rest of this entry »

Los Angeles Times: BLM decision set backs Cadiz plan to sell Mojave groundwater

waterdrop

Bettina Boxall
October 5, 2015

Cadiz Inc.’s plans to sell Mojave Desert groundwater to Southern California communities have hit a major federal roadblock.

Read the rest of this entry »

US-ART-RAIN ROOM-MOMA

By Joseph Serna, Rong-Gong Lin II and Corina Knoll
September 15, 2015

It swamped streets, spilled into buildings, sent mud in motion and roiled rivers where rescue crews aided those swept up in the water overflow.

Read the rest of this entry »

Los Angeles Times: A monster El Niño is likely, but there are ‘no guarantees’

El Nino

Cars move slowly along the northbound 14 freeway in the Santa Clarita area Wednesday as storm clouds and rain pass over the area. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)

By Rong-Gong Lin II
September 10, 2015

El Niño is on track to become one of the most powerful on record, strongly suggesting California could face heavy rainfall this winter, climate scientists say.

Read the rest of this entry »

Court Filings

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 09/02/15 2:46 PM PDT |

Eleven local governmental bodies, trade groups, labor groups and others have filed amici “friend of the court” support for the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project in a remote Mojave Desert section of San Bernardino County.

Read the rest of this entry »

Daily Bulletin: California keeps on saving water, reduces use by 31% in July

Drought

Rings around Morris Dam in the Angeles National Forest show the declining water level from past years in this Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 photo. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda/ San Gabriel Valley Tribune)

By Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 08/27/15 – 10:48 AM PDT |

California residents reduced water consumption by 31 percent in July, the largest savings in one month since the state began tracking urban water use more than a year ago, state officials announced Thursday.

Read the rest of this entry »

Lou Desmond

Thursday, August 13, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is broadcasting from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

On the show today, Dr. Adrian Moore from the Reason Foundation joins the show. He and Lou talk about the rise of “tiny houses” for the homeless in San Pedro. Why are these a bad idea?

Read the rest of this entry »

El Nino Heat Map

A comparison of the November 1997 and July 2015 El Niños in the Pacific Ocean west of Peru. Areas of warm water, shown in red, in 1997 contributed to relentless, damaging storms in California that winter. Note: This image has been edited to add a key and to express degrees in Fahrenheit. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Environmental Visualization Laboratory)

By Rong-Gong Lin II
August 12, 2015

For months, scientists have been saying that the El Niño weather pattern this winter could finally put a dent in California’s four-year drought.

Read the rest of this entry »

waterdrop

Water & Drought
By Phillip Reese and Dale Kasler
preese@sacbee.com
July 30, 2015

  • June was first month to count toward mandated conservation targets
  • Sacramento-area water agencies cut use about 35 percent
  • Sixteen water agencies statewide missed their conservation target by at least 15 percentage points

California residents reduced their water use 27 percent in June, beating a state-mandated target during the crucial first month of summer, according to figures released Thursday by the State Water Resources Control Board.

Read the rest of this entry »

El Nino Heat Map

The present El Niño formation has the potential to become the strongest on record. The yellow areas indicate concentrations of warming water. (Photo: Earth.nullschool.net)

Mike Moffitt
Monday, July 27, 2015 – Updated 11:45 am

New computer models suggest that the current El Niño formation brewing in the Pacific could become the strongest in recorded history.

Read the rest of this entry »

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
July 25, 2015

  • Two proposed ballot measures use same strategy
  • They are aimed at voter approval for pensions, Delta tunnels
  • Opponents would be forced to argue public shouldn’t have a vote

It’s no secret that the Legislature’s dominant Democrats want to make it more difficult to place initiative measures on the statewide ballot.

Read the rest of this entry »

IE Business Daily: Courts strike a blow against water rate tyranny

IE Business Daily

By IE Business Daily
July 25, 2015

In a stunning rejection of the wishes of California Attorney General Kamala Harris and Governor Jerry Brown, the California State Supreme Court this week refused their unusual request to “depublish” a 4th District Court of Appeals decision that applied Proposition 218 limits to tiered water rates.

Read the rest of this entry »

Sierra Nevada Mountains

Fresh snow coats peaks in the Sierra Nevada on July 9. The strange weather is thought to be related to El Nino. (Bartshe Miller / Mono Lake Committee)

By Hailey Branson-Potts and Rong-Gong Lin II
July 23, 2015

It’s the middle of the summer, but it felt a bit like winter in the Sierra this week as a storm dumped four inches of hail on Interstate 80 around Donner Summit.

Read the rest of this entry »

California Supreme Court

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 – 04:15 p.m.

The California Supreme has denied a request to depublish a pivotal water rate ruling, by the Fourth District Court of Appeal, which found that tiered water rates violate Proposition 218.

Read the rest of this entry »

Lou Desmond

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

The Lou Desmond and Company Show is coming to you from the Toyota of San Bernardino Recording Studios!

Tonight on the show, Lou and Rob Starr from Toro joins the show to talk about new drought mandates that are limiting the amount of turf that can be put in at homes. Is the problem the water usage or the state’s water infrastructure?

Read the rest of this entry »

The Sacramento Bee: Jerry Brown signs bill prohibiting fines for brown lawns

Jerry Brown

This May 28, 2015 file photo shows Gov. Jerry Brown speaking at a gathering of political, business and community leaders at the annual California Chamber of Commerce Host Breakfast in Sacramento, Calif. | Rich Pedroncelli AP

Capitol Alert
By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
July 13, 2015

  • Legislation comes as California suffers through fourth year of drought

With California suffering through a fourth year of drought, Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation prohibiting local agencies from fining homeowners who let their lawns go brown, his office announced Monday.

Read the rest of this entry »

The Sacramento Bee: Ballot measure threatens California water tunnels plan

Delta Tunnels

An aerial photo from 2013 shows the region to be affected by the Delta water tunnels and intakes near Walnut Grove. | Randall Benton Sacramento Bee file
Water & Drought

By David Siders and Ryan Sabalow
dsiders@sacbee.com
July 11, 2015

  • Wealthy Stockton-area farmer’s initiative expected to qualify for 2016 ballot
  • Measure would force vote on some projects costing more than $2 billion
  • Initiative backers have poured $2 million into effort, alarming tunnels proponents

Amid long-standing controversy surrounding Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to build two tunnels to divert water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the south, one advantage the project appeared to hold was that Brown could forge ahead without a public vote.

Read the rest of this entry »

Malibu Pier

Christian Rodriguez, 19, of Santa Barbara skimboards at the Malibu Pier with low clouds in the background on Thursday, June 11, 2015 in Malibu, California. Forecasters say chance for strong El Nino increased to more than 90%. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

By Veronica Rocha
July 11, 2015

Californians should brace themselves for one of the strongest El Niño events to hit the Pacific Ocean in years.

Read the rest of this entry »

El Nino Heat Map

By Paul Rogers
progers@mercurynews.com
Posted: 07/10/2015 – 06:38:27 AM PDT

As Pacific Ocean temperatures continue to warm and trade winds shift, federal scientists now say that the El Niño weather event that’s emerging could be one of the strongest on record.

Read the rest of this entry »

The Sacramento Bee: Opinion: Governor has two big wishes

Dan Walters

Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
June 27, 2015

  • Jerry Brown wants two big water tunnels
  • He also wants north-south bullet train
  • Both projects face bumpy roads

Jerry Brown has a vision, or a hope, or perhaps just a fingers-crossed wish.

It is that when he finally departs from the governorship in January 2019, construction will be unstoppably underway on two immense public works projects.

Read the rest of this entry »

Bark Beetle

Tom Coleman, forest entomologist for the U.S. Forest Service, chips away at the bark on a Jeffrey Pine to look for Bark Beetles in the Barton Flats area of the San Bernardino National Forest in May. (Sarah Alvarado — Staff photographer)

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 06/13/15 – 9:51 PM PDT |

They are insects the size of rice grains, with miniscule mandibles that bring down forests.

Read the rest of this entry »

Drought in California

By Lisa M. Krieger, San Jose Mercury News
Posted: 06/12/15 – 8:49 PM PDT |

SACRAMENTO >> In a historic step, California is cutting water allotments to some of the state’s most senior rights holders, who have depended upon essentially unlimited water from the state’s rivers and streams for more than a century.

Read the rest of this entry »

Drought

By Meghann N. Cuniff / Staff Writer
June 11, 2015 – Updated 10:22 p.m.

Related stories:

Tiered pricing might not be dead as a tool to encourage water conservation.

Read the rest of this entry »

El Nino Heat Map

This map shows the change in ocean water temperature above or below normal in Celsius. The warming ocean temperatures along the equator indicate the strengthening El Niño weather pattern, which if it persists and is strong through the winter, could help bring storms to California during its rainy season. (National Weather Service)

By Rong-Gong Lin II
June 11, 2015

  • Good news for California: El Niño is showing some staying power

Will California get a wet winter and maybe a little drought relief? Scientists are beginning to think so.

Read the rest of this entry »

California Drought

Houseboats are moored on a shrinking arm of the Oroville Lake reservoir, which is now at 25% capacity because of the drought. (Mark Ralston / AFP/Getty Images)

By Rong-Gong Lin II
June 7, 2015

A panel of water experts on Sunday mapped out the challenges California faces in meeting future demands for water at a time when water sources are under stress and future supplies appear uncertain.

Read the rest of this entry »

Beacon Economics

A Southern California economist to weigh the question, ‘Housing or Water: Which Shortage Really Matters’ in June 3 event

Published: May 29, 2015 – 5:38 p.m.

Christopher Thornberg, president and founder of Beacon Economics, will be the keynote speaker for the June 3 quarterly luncheon meeting of the Real Estate Research Council of Southern California.

To read story by Debra Gruszecki in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Drought

By Matt Pearce and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
May 24, 2015

Look east, California.

Five years of extreme drought have come to a dramatic end in Texas and Oklahoma as a month of heavy rains has replenished reservoirs, dampened parched soil across both states and unleashed floodwaters on vulnerable residents.

Read the rest of this entry »

The Sacramento Bee: Drought could spell trouble for California Democrats

Drought

Republicans plan to use drought to hit Democrats in 2016 elections

Capitol Alert
May 17, 2015

By David Siders and Christopher Cadelgo
dsiders@sacbee.com

Gov. Jerry Brown, cheering the Democratic Party for successes in California in recent years – including increasing spending on education and health care – turned briefly to the “bad news” at a party gathering over the weekend.

Read the rest of this entry »

Los Angeles Times: Drought update: Dry wells, debate over water cutbacks

Water

Lawmakers received an update Tuesday on the drought, which “is going to change California,” said the director of the Department of Water Resources. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

By Matt Stevens
May 12, 2015

With Californians increasing efforts to deal with the drought, lawmakers got an update Tuesday on exactly how bad things are and heard little to cheer them.

Read the rest of this entry »

The Sacramento Bee: Prepare for a deluge as Delta begins boiling over

Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown, speaking at the Association of California Water Agencies conference last week, made clear that in his fourth and final term, he intends to build twin tunnels through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. | Rich Pedroncelli/The Associated Press

Dan Morain

Dan Morain
Editorial page editor, political affairs columnist and editorial writer
dmorain@sacbee.com
May 9, 2015

Jerry Brown was sounding a little like an eccentric uncle-governor the other day as he muttered about Spaceship Earth, how he got the Moonbeam moniker, and, yes, the need to recycle human waste into water.

Read the rest of this entry »

The Sacramento Bee: Jerry Brown to water tunnels critics: ‘Shut up’

Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown speaks to water managers from throughout the state at the Association of California Water Agencies conference at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 in Sacramento, Calif.

Capitol Alert
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics
May 6, 2015
By David Siders and Dale Kasler
dsiders@sacbee.com

Gov. Jerry Brown said Wednesday that critics of his twin tunnels water diversion plan should “shut up” until they spend more time studying it, defending the project and strict water conservation rules as California grapples with a fourth year of drought.

Read the rest of this entry »

Los Angeles Times: Emergency 25% cut in California cities’ water use approved

waterdrop

By Matt Stevens, Chris Megerian and Monte Morin
May 5, 2015

State data released Tuesday painted a stark portrait of the uphill struggle Californians face in achieving a mandated 25% reduction in urban water use, with one official joking grimly that dealing with severe drought was similar to grappling with the five stages of grief.

Read the rest of this entry »

SBCO

By Jim Steinberg, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 05/01/15 –  7:03 PM PDT |

Three conservation groups have filed their opening briefs in an appeal to block Los Angeles-based Cadiz Inc. from pumping Mojave Desert water and shipping much of it out of San Bernardino County to meet the needs of South Orange County residents.

Read the rest of this entry »

Dan Walters

Dan Walters
Observations on California and its politics
dwalters@sacbee.com
May 2, 2015

California’s shrill, drought-driven debate over water has become a Hydra Lernaia – a multi-headed aquatic monster.

Read the rest of this entry »

The Sun: Environmental groups file briefs to appeal Cadiz water project

SBCO

By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 05/01/15 – 7:04 PM PDT |

Three conservation groups filed their opening briefs in an appeal to block Los Angeles-based Cadiz Inc. from pumping Mojave Desert water and shipping much of it out of San Bernardino County to meet the needs of South Orange County residents.

Read the rest of this entry »

waterdrop

By David Siders and Phillip Reese
May 1, 2015
dsiders@sacbee.com

For years, Gov. Jerry Brown used the promise of habitat restoration to broaden the appeal of his plan to build two tunnels to divert water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the south.

Read the rest of this entry »

Drought

Fenit Nirappil and Juliet Williams, Associated Press
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 – Updated 7:42 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday called for $10,000 fines for residents and businesses that waste the most water during the drought, as his administration rejected calls from cities to relax its mandatory water conservation targets.

Read the rest of this entry »

water-dam

By David Siders and Jim Miller
dsiders@sacbee.com
04/26/2015 12:17 AM

MEADOW VALLEY– High above a landscape parched by unremitting drought, Meadow Valley Creek courses through the northern Sierra Nevada and pools in a stand of alders behind a tiny, concrete dam.

Read the rest of this entry »