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April 22, 2019
Source: Los Angeles Times

​Time may be running out for California's most infamous fish.

April 22, 2019
Source: Press-Telegram

​A bee-busy, massive California lilac bush in Santa Monica, the floppy, Dr. Seuss-like dune sedge in La Canada Flintridge, the mountain-inspired mix of California buckwheat, sagebrush and black sage in Pasadena: it's the riot of colors and diversity of plants that leaves a lasting impression from the Theodore Payne Foundation Native Garden Tour.

April 21, 2019
Source: Consumer Reports

​California's seven-year dry spell may be over, but there will be another drought somewhere in the country this year - and every year.

April 17, 2019
Source: KPBS

​The Imperial Irrigation District is suing to put a hold on the multi-state drought plan for the Colorado River.

April 15, 2019
Source: The Planning Report

California is leading the world when it comes to climate action and environmental sustainability.

April 10, 2019
Source: ABC10

​Let's face it, the 2018-2019 water year has been awesome!

April 09, 2019
Source: laist

​The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power announced its latest snowpack measurement in the Eastern Sierra Monday and it's at an encouraging 171% of what's considered normal (compared to the state reading of 153%).

April 08, 2019
Source: Desert Sun

​A plan to address a shrinking supply of water on a river that serves 40 milion people in the U.S. West is headed to President Donald Trump.

April 06, 2019
Source: Los Angeles Times

​To the editor: I agree with the March 29 editorial that projects to cover the shrinking Salton Sea's exposed shoreline are desperately needed to prevent an environmental and public health crisis.

April 04, 2019
Source: KRCR News

​Water levels will rise on the Sacramento and Feather Rivers as federal and state authorities release more water from Keswick and Oroville Dams.

April 01, 2019
Source: KQED Science

​It's been a beast of a year for snow in the Sierra Nevada range.

April 01, 2019
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal

​Precious water is vanishing into thin air at the Colorado River's two largest reservoirs, and scientists are only now learning the true scale of the problem.

March 29, 2019
Source: Los Angeles Times

​California's largest internal body of water is steadily drying up, exposing a lake bed that threatens to trigger toxic dust storms and exacerbate already high levels of asthma and other respiratory diseases in Southern California.

March 28, 2019
Source: The Sacramento Bee

​Turning the tables on California, the Trump administration sued Thursday to block the state's ambitious plan to reallocate billions of gallons of river water to salmon and other struggling fish species.

March 22, 2019
Source: Los Angeles Times

​California had a wet November, a moist December, an absolutely drenched January and February, and so far a fairly watery March.

March 22, 2019
Source: Orange County Register

​Poseidon officials, who've spent 21 years working toward approval of a controversial desalination plant in Huntington Beach, had a figurative bounce in their step as they emerged from yet another permitting agency meeting Friday.

March 19, 2019
Source: The Conversation

​Most people think as little as possible about the wastewater that is produced daily from their showers, bathtubs, sinks, dishwashers and toilets. But with the right techniques, it can become a valuable resource.

March 19, 2019
Source: The New York Times
March 14, 2019
Source: Los Angeles Times

​It's official: California is 100% drought-free.

March 12, 2019
Source: Los Angeles Times

​The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California on Tuesday sealed California's participation in a landmark Colorado River drought management plan, agreeing to shoulder more of the state's future delivery cuts to prevent Lake Mead from falling to dangerously low levels.

March 08, 2019
Source: Sacramento Bee

​Millions of Californians could end up with higher water bills after the Trump administration on Friday announced that federal emergency officials aren't going to reimburse the state for $306 million in repairs to Oroville Dam stemming from the 2017 spillway crisis.

March 07, 2019
Source: Los Angeles Times

​Yes, we know your lawn is gorgeous now, lush, glistening in the peekaboo sun and greener than it's ever been, thanks to our flood of winter rains.

March 07, 2019
Source: KQED Science

​The Trump Administration has ordered federal biologists to speed up critical decisions about whether to send more water from Northern California to farmers in the Central Valley, a move that critics say threatens the integrity of the science and cuts the public out of the process.

March 07, 2019
Source: The Sacramento Bee

​When you experience the delight of California's amazing king salmon, all other cares disappear. Maybe you caught one of these three-foot-long fish on a rod and reel, or maybe you took your first bite of a juicy grilled filet.

March 05, 2019
Source: Associated Press

​Another federal deadline passed Monday for seven states in the U.S. West to wrap up work on a plan to ensure teh drought-stricken Colorado River can deliver water to the 40 million people and farms that depend on it.

March 05, 2019
Source: Los Angeles Times

​The city of Los Angeles' Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant has long symbolized the absurdity of water policy in the American West.

March 04, 2019
Source: KUSI News

​A historic water agreement was celebrated today on the grounds of the Sycuan Indian Reservation. While Sycuan's new hotel is getting most of the public attention, a reliable supply for the reservation is an even bigger achievement.

February 28, 2019
Source: Los Angeles Times

​They may have been cold and wet, but that was a good thing for surveyors making their monthly winter trip to the state's Phillips station to measure the snowpack Thursday morning.

February 27, 2019
Source: Desert Sun

​With a Monday deadline looming, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has offered to break an impasse on a seven-state Colorado River drought contingency package by contributing necessary water from its own reserves on behalf of the Imperial Irrigation District.

February 20, 2019
Source: Los Angeles Times

​California's wet winter has dumped an estimated 18 trillion gallons of rain in February alone. But much of it is simply going down the drain.

February 20, 2019
Source: CBS13

​Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to charge California water customers up to $10 per month to help clean up contaminated water in low-income and rural areas, but he will face resistence from some legislative Democrats hesitant to impose new taxes.

February 18, 2019
Source: Los Angeles Times

​A potential grand compromise to settle a decades-long water fight has been obvious for years but blown off. Now Gov. Gavin Newsom is forcing all combatants to consider it seriously.

February 15, 2019
Source: San Gabriel Valley Tribune

​The Metropolitan Water District last week re-upped its turf-removal program, providing greater incentives for homeowners to replace thirsty lawns with drought-tolerant plants.

February 12, 2019
Source: Los Angeles Times

​Gov. Gavin Newsom announced in his first State of the State speech that he intends to scale back California's $77-billion bullet train project, saying that while the state has the capacity to complete the first leg in the Central Valley, extending the rail line to Southern California and the Bay Area would "cost too much and, respectfully, take too long." 

February 12, 2019
Source: Voice of San Diego

Sixty years ago, California voters approved Gov. Pat Brown's plan for a 700-mile system of dams, water pumps and aqueducts to control flooding in Northern California and send water south to Los Angeles and San Diego. 

February 12, 2019
Source: KVCR

​I'm touring a construction site near Western Municipal Water District's headquarters in Riverside. 

February 08, 2019
Source: Los Angeles Times

​On the surface, things have seemed to be looking up in recent weeks for the future of Lake Mead. 

February 06, 2019
Source: E&E News

​A California water district and a looming environmental disaster have impounded drought contingency negotiations on the Colorado River.

February 05, 2019
Source: The Sacramento Bee

​While campaigning for president in 2016, Donald Trump promised a cheering Fresno crowd he would be "opening up the water" for Central Valley farmers who'd been victimized by "insane" environmental rules to protect fish.

February 01, 2019
Source: Los Angeles Times

​The federal government Friday moved closer to imposing water delivery cuts along the drought-depleted Colorado River after California and Arizona failed to meet a deadline for inking a broad agreement on how the seven states that depend on the river would cope with shortages.

January 30, 2019
Source: New York Times

​Last month hundreds of Western water managers, farmers and scientists gathered at a conference with state, federal and tribal officials in Las Vegas, where they heard a sobering address about the Colorado River

January 28, 2019
Source: Chico Enterprise-Record

​Water deliveries from Lake Oroville have been increased for 2019, but unlike most of California's reservoirs the local lake is still far lower than usual, though it's on the rise.

January 28, 2019
Source: KQED Science

​The Trump administration is laying the groundwork to enlarge California's biggest reservoir, the iconic Shasta Dam, north of Redding, by raising its height.

January 27, 2019
Source: AZ Central

​Federal Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman has drawn a line in the sand for Arizona and other Western states: Finish a deal to take less water from the Colorado River by Thursday, or the federal government will be forced to step in and decide how to prevent reservoirs from critical levels.

January 23, 2019
Source: Boulder City Review

​Arizona has one week left to approve an emergency plan for the drought-stricken Colorado River, and Nevada officials aren't just watching the clock run out from the sidelines.

January 23, 2019
Source: The Mercury News

​Storms that soaked California during the first half of January did more than bring tons of snow to Sierra Nevada ski resorts. They also significantly boosted the state's water supplies.

January 23, 2019
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

​Water issues are notoriously difficult for California governors. Just look at former Gov. Brown's floundering tunnels proposal for the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Yet two factors suggest that Gov. Gavin Newsom must make water a priority.

January 22, 2019
Source: The New York Times

​A record number of Americans understand that climate change is real, according to a new survey, and they are increasingly worried about its effects in their lives today.

January 20, 2019
Source: The Mercury News

​Since taking office Jan. 7, Gov. Gavin Newsom has not indicated how he intends to approach one of the state's most pressing issues: water.

January 17, 2019
Source: Los Angeles Sentinel

​Gloria D. Gray has added another "first" to her extensive public service career, as she becomes the first African American elected to chair the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Water Districct (MWD) of Southern California.

January 17, 2019
Source: The Mercury News

​A wave of steady storms this week, capped off Wednesday night by a powerful atmospheric river event that caused the National Weather Service to issue a rare blizzard warning, brought more than four feet of snow to some Lake Tahoe-area ski resorts.

January 16, 2019
Source: Press-Enterprise

​As rain continues to pelt Southern California, signs of an abudance of or even too much water are everywhere: Roads are flooded, reservoirs are filling and the wait time for Radiator Springs Racers at the damp Disneyland Resort has been less than a half hour.

January 14, 2019
Source: Los Angeles Times

​California's water supply is now inextricably tied up with climate change.

January 14, 2019
Source: Voice of San Diego

​The Colorado River may not look like it, but it's one of the world's largest banks.

January 10, 2019
Source: AZ Central

​With a federal deadline to sign a Colorado River drought deal three weeks away, Arizona water managers are still grappling with several unresolved issues that could get in the way of finishing an agreement.

January 09, 2019
Source: Sacramento Bee

​As his term as governor drew to a close last month, Jerry Brown brokered a historic agreement among farms and cities to surrender billions of gallons of water to help ailing fish species.

January 07, 2019
Source: Times of San Diego

​The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has awarded the San Diego region $500,000 for three water supply technology projects.

January 04, 2019
Source: The Revelator

​In the last few weeks of 2018, the Trump administration set the stage for a big battle over water in the new year.

January 03, 2019
Source: Bloomberg Environment

​The new person in charge of delivering water to one in 17 Americans has two big goals: seeing through a controversial public works project to build two new California water tunnels and ensuring her agency is represented by a more diverse group of people.

December 31, 2018
Source: Los Angeles Times

​It's been hard to see 2018 as a good year for water in California.

December 26, 2018
Source: CALmatters

​California's State Water Project and federal Central Valley Project span several northern watersheds, converging in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, where their pumping stations operate a stone's throw away from one another. They coordinate their operations on a daily  basis and have done so for decades.

December 21, 2018
Source: Desert Sun

​President Trump on Thursday signed the 2018 Farm Bill, which alters language in agricultural conservation programs to make the Salton Sea eligible for millions in new federal funding.

December 20, 2018
Source: Water Education Foundation

​As stakeholders labor to nail down effective and durable drought contingency plans for the Colorado River Basin, they face a stark reality: Scientific research is increasingly pointing to even drier, more challenging times ahead.

December 19, 2018
Source: CALmatters

​Dare we say it? The outlines of a truce in California's unending water battles began to come into focus last week, though not everyone is willing to sign the treaty.

December 19, 2018
Source: The Sacramento Bee

​Congressional leaders reached a short-term spending deal Wednesday that effectively punts most of the contentious funding decisions into the new year.

December 18, 2018
Source: ABC7

​Beverly Hills authorities are urging residents and visitors Tuesday to conserve water and avoid Sunset Boulevard between Alpine Drive and Rexford Drive as crews continue to work on repairing a water main break.

December 16, 2018
Source: Los Angeles Times

​The snow season, which started this month, is off to a good start. A series of December storms covered the Sierra Nevada with heavy snow, leaving the snowpack at 106% of average, according to the state's snow survey.

December 15, 2018
Source: The Sacramento Bee

​Southern Californians could lose billions of gallons of water a year to Central Valley farmers under a deal Gov. Jerry Brown's administration has struck with water officials working for President Donald Trump.

December 11, 2018
Source: The Modesto Bee

​As all eyes turn to the State Water Resources Control Board on Wednesday, the board won't have complete settlement agreements with Modesto-area irrigation districts to consider at a crucial meeting

December 09, 2018
Source: Associated Press

​With drought entering a second decade and reservoirs continuing to shrink, seven Southwestern U.S. states that depend on the overtaxed Colorado River for crop irrigation and drinking water had been expected to ink a crucial share-the-pain contingency plan by the end of 2018.

December 07, 2018
Source: The Sacramento Bee

​State officials pulled back on their effort Friday to secure a crucial green light for the Delta tunnels project, all but ensuring that the controversial plan to re-engineer the West Coast's largest estuary will remain in limbo after Gov. Jerry Brown leaves office.

December 01, 2018
Source: AZ Central

​After a great deal of hard work in recent weeks, water leaders from across Arizona have made significant progress in the effort to protect Arizona's Colorado River water supplies. 

November 30, 2018
Source: Sacramento Bee

​As Gov. Jerry Brown leaves office, his controversial Delta tunnels plan is on the ropes. 

November 30, 2018
Source: Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

​A scheduled shutdown of a pipeline supplying most of the water for Inland Valley cities has prompted officials to ask customers to limit their water use over a 10-day period. 

November 29, 2018
Source: Imperial Valley Press

​Imperial County Superior Court Judge L. Brooks Anderholt could rule as early as today on whether to grant an injunction that would stop Imperial Irrigation District from taking part in a plan to prevent shortages on the drought-plagued Colorado River.

November 27, 2018
Source: KUNC

​The effects of climate change are not far off problems for future generations. They are existential problems for everyone alive today.

November 26, 2018
Source: KRON 4

​It's going to take a lot more rain to help South Bay reservoirs that altogether are filled only a little more than a quarter of what they can hold.

November 26, 2018
Source: Pacific Standard

​Tribal control of groundwater could mean opportunities for economic development, while helping Native Americans deal with the pressures of climate change.

November 20, 2018
Source: CNN

​First, the good news: Heavy rain expected this week won't just drench Northern California's Camp Fire. It could also snuff out the risk of new wildfires for the rest of the year.

November 15, 2018
Source: Maven's Notebook

​Today was the first day of a two-day workshop focusing on the Delta Stewardship Council staff's draft determination that the California Water Fix is consistent with the Delta Plan. The day began with Council staff giving an in-depth presentation on their findings.

November 14, 2018
Source: Phoenix News Times

​With scarcely two weeks left for negotiations, Arizona's internal talks to stave off a disasterous drought on the Colorado River have entered a crisis of their own.

November 12, 2018
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

​The Camp Fire's relentless push to the south overnight had California officials preparing for the worst Monday at the nation's tallest dam.

November 11, 2018
Source: Redlands Daily Facts

​California's Water Resources Control Board described its new Salton Sea plan as a landmark agreement, but at least one expert is questioning the modified approach, calling it "Band-Aids to a very serious environmental disaster."

November 07, 2018
Source: The Modesto Bee

​The State Water Resources Control Board honored a request by Gov. Jerry Brown and Governor-elect Gavin Newsom for 34 days to work out voluntary settlements with irrigation districts in the Northern San Joaquin Valley, which are under pressure to divert less water so salmon populations can rebound in rivers.

November 06, 2018
Source: KVCR

​Water scarcity is an issue people in Southern California think about a lot. California experienced one of the worst droughts in state history from 2011 to 2017. Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought State of Emerency in 2014, calling for statewide water conservation. By 2022, California residents will need to limit their indoor water use to 55 gallons of water per person a day. And by 2030, that number will drop to 50 gallons.

November 04, 2018
Source: The Modesto Bee

Protecting California's fish is an important duty of the State Water Resources Control Board. But it is not our board's only duty.

November 01, 2018
Source: The Press

​Last week opponents and proponents of the California WaterFix Project squared off against one another again, this time during three days of hearings and public comments as the Delta Stewardship Council (DSC) attempted to determine if WaterFix, aka the Delta tunnels project, is consistent with the Delta Plan.

October 31, 2018
Source: KPBS

​San Diego Water managers will meet with the Metropolitan Water District next week in a bid to end a long-running feud over water transfer costs.

October 31, 2018
Source: Los Angeles Times

​State officials on Wednesday removed the elected board and general manager of a water district that for years has been accused of serving brown, smelly water to its customers in Compton.

October 31, 2018
Source: The Sacramento Bee

​State officials said Wednesday the damaged Oroville Dam flood-control spillway is ready for the rainy season, and will be able to fully blast water down its half-mile long concrete chute for the first time in nearly two years if lake levels rise.

October 25, 2018
Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

​San Diego County water officials, who have been mired in legal disputes with their counterparts to the north over billions of dollars in rates and methodology, proposed a sweeping compromise Thursday that, if accepted, could end years of acrimony and expensive litigation.

October 23, 2018
Source: Desert Sun

Riverside County is moving forward with a Salton Sea restoration plan that officials say could generate more than $1 billion in tax revenue, which would help fund construction of a permanent, horseshoe-shaped lake at the north end of the dying sea.

October 19, 2018
Source: Los Angeles Times

President Trump on Friday directed federal agencies to speed up their environmental review of major water projects in California and to develop plans to suspend or revise regulations that hamper water deliveries.

October 16, 2018
Source: KUNC
Key reservoirs along the Colorado River are collectively at their lowest point at the start of a new water year since the last one filled nearly 40 years ago. 

October 14, 2018
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

​The rivers that once poured from the Sierra Nevada, thick with snowmelt and salmon, now languish amid relentless pumpking, sometimes shriveling to a trickle and sparking a crisis for fish, wildlife and the people who rely on a healthy California delta. 

October 13, 2018
Source: SF Gate

​The California Department of Fish and Wildlife hit a milestone in its ongoing efforts to control the state's nutria infestation on Friday morning when they successfully trapped Nutria number 300 at a pond in Merced County. 

October 11, 2018
Source: Los Angeles Times
If Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is elected governor as expected, he'll keep building the state's two contentious public works projects: the bullet train and twin water tunnels. But he'll scale back on both. 

October 11, 2018
Source: Los Angeles Sentinel
In a vote by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) Board of Directors, West Basin Municipal Water District (West Basin) Director Gloria D. Gray was elected to serve as chairwoman of the MWD board. 

October 11, 2018
Source:

Oct. 10 marked the 15th anniversary of the signing of the Quantification Settlement Agreement (QSA).

October 10, 2018
Source: Los Angeles Times
After years of stop-and-go talks, California and two other states that take water from the lower Colorado River are nearing an agreement on how to share delivery cuts if a formal shortage is declared on the drought-plagued waterway. 

October 09, 2018
Source: Water Deeply
Water available for California farms and cities could decline as much as 44 percent by midcentury due to climate change. Such numbers, while headache-inducing, could make today's water woes seem trifling. 

October 09, 2018
Source: U.S. News & World Report
Seven Southwestern U.S. states that depend on the overtaxed Colorado River say they have reached landmark agreements on managing the waterway amid an unprecedented drought. 

October 03, 2018
Source: McClatchy DC Bureau
Rep. Jeff Denham, one of the nation's most vulnerable Republicans, is trying desperately to shut down a state water plan that's widely disliked in his district. But nothing has worked so far.
October 02, 2018
Source: The National Law Review
In 2014 California enacted the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, which provides the framework for local water management agencies to develop and implement groundwater sustainability plans in order to sustainably manage the state's groundwater within 20 years.
October 01, 2018
Source: NBC 7 San Diego
A $500 million project to ensure East County communities have enough water for the future is currently undergoing a financial review, which could determine if the East County Advanced Water Purificiation Program moves forward.
September 29, 2018
Source: AZ Central
With reservoir levels falling along the Colorado River, Arizona's top water officials say they are making progress in talks toward a set of agreements for cities, farmers and tribes to share in water cutbacks and join in a larger proposed deal to prevent Lake Mead from dropping even further.
September 24, 2018
Source: Sacramento Bee
For years, state boats have sprayed thousands of pounds of herbicides into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to kill invasive aquatic weeds.
September 22, 2018
Source: NPR
Throughout the western U.S., water conservation is in the toilet. And that's a good thing.
September 22, 2018
Source: Los Angeles Times
Attention, Southern California lawn owners: Cast off your cone of shame! 

September 19, 2018
Source: Los Angeles Times
Water officials discussed Monday extending the supply contract for the State Water Project, a program that provides water for 25 million people and irrigates more than 750,000 acres of California farmland, for a 50-year period. 

September 18, 2018
Source: News Deeply
The state's water supply system will be strained to cope with climate change. New investments - and new ways of investing - are needed to improve water management, especially to recharge groundwater.
September 16, 2018
Source: Press-Enterprise
Road improvements and other efforts could lead to longer hours at Diamond Valley Lake near Hemet.
September 11, 2018
Source: News Deeply
Water shortages at Lake Mead have drawn all the attention in recent years. Now water rationing has reached far into the Colorado River's snowy headwaters, prompting concern about the long-term operation of Lake Powell.
September 10, 2018
Source: Capitol Weekly
Ask me what tops the list of California's most critical infrastructure, and I'll tell you it's the State Water Project. It's hard to argue with the fact that water is a prerequisite for all life and a healthy economy.
September 08, 2018
Source: VC Star
After reading the Ventura County Star's Aug. 12 editorial, "Conserving water still our best bet," as general manager of the Calleguas Municipal Water District, which is responsible for meeting the potable water demands for 75 percent of Venura County's residents, I felt compelled to set the record straight.
September 07, 2018
Source: AZ Central
Since 2000, the amount of water flowing in the Colorado River has dropped 19 percent below the average of the past century, a decline that has left the Southwest on the brink of a water shortage.
September 05, 2018
Source: Los Angeles Times
Fixing the Oroville Dam spillway wrecked by storms in 2017 will cost $1.1 billion — a $455-million hike from initial estimates — the state Department of Water Resources announced Wednesday.​
September 02, 2018
Source: Los Angeles Times
With talk of boosting water deliveries to Central Valley agriculture, the Trump administration is telling growers exactly what they want to hear.

August 31, 2018
Source: Sacramento Bee
An effort to impose a “voluntary” water tax on residents to pay for safe drinking water projects died in the Legislature on Friday.

August 31, 2018
Source: Desert Sun
A bill that could have blocked Cadiz Inc.’s plan to pump groundwater out of the Mojave Desert died in the California Legislature for a second straight year on Friday, dealing a blow to the company's opponents after days of intense lobbying.​

August 28, 2018
Source: AZ Central
With Lake Mead dropping to levels that could trigger water cutbacks in less than two years, there's been a lot of talk lately about negotiating a deal to keep the reservoir from falling even further.
August 28, 2018
Source: Union Democrat
The state water board’s delay on a final decision to increase water flow releases from dams that impound the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced rivers could mean a change in approach or it could mean nothing, Karl Rodefer, District 5 supervisor and Tuolumne County water policy committee chairman, said Monday.​
August 27, 2018
Source: Los Angeles Times
Environmentalists are mounting a last-minute bid in the final week of the California legislative session to revive a stalled effort to require more review for a project to pump more groundwater from the Mojave Desert.​

August 27, 2018
Source: Los Angeles Times
Heat waves will grow more severe and persistent, shortening the lives of thousands of Californians. Wildfires will burn more of the state's forests. The ocean will rise higher and faster, exposing California to billions in damage along the coast.
August 24, 2018
Source: E&E News
California's biggest water players quietly gathered on the shores of Lake Tahoe this week, hoping to reconcile some long-standing differences involving tunnels, fish, rivers and more.​



August 23, 2018
Source: KUNC
Central Valley farmers and their elected leaders converged on Sacramento on Tuesday to accuse the state of engineering a water grab that puts the fate of fish above their fields and jeopardizes a thriving agricultural economy.​​
August 23, 2018
Source: Sacramento Bee
The Trump administration is trying a bold new tactic to bring more water to Central Valley farmers — one that could come at the expense of millions of urban Southern Californians.​
August 21, 2018
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
Central Valley farmers and their elected leaders converged on Sacramento on Tuesday to accuse the state of engineering a water grab that puts the fate of fish above their fields and jeopardizes a thriving agricultural economy.​​
August 20, 2018
Source: Los Angeles Times
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, stepping up the Trump administration’s attack on California water policy, on Friday issued a memo to his staff demanding a “plan of action” to circumvent state officials. He gave the staff 15 days to develop a proposal and present it to his deputy, a former lobbyist for big water users at odds with the state.​
August 20, 2018
Source: Merced Sun-Star
The Trump administration is accelerating efforts to pump more of Northern California's water to farmers in the San Joaquin Valley, setting up a bruising conflict with state officials and environmentalists. 

August 20, 2018
Source: Voice of San Diego
Within the next two years, federal officials may be forced to declare a water shortage on the Colorado River, an unprecedented situation that would reduce the amount of water available to parts of the southwestern United States and Mexico.​



August 18, 2018
Source: Modesto Bee
Restoring California's native fisheries is a daunting task that must strike a balance among all water users. Patrick Koepele, executive director of the Tuolumne River Trust, was right in his recent op-ed about one thing - the solution to California's ecosystem troubles will require co-operative partnerships.



August 17, 2018
Source: Sacramento Bee
Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers are rebooting an effort to pass a new tax to attack unsafe drinking water in California.​​

August 17, 2018
Source: Los Angeles Times
California suffered through its hottest July on record, while August has pushed sea-surface temperatures off the San Diego coast to all-time highs. Are these punishing summer heat waves the consequences of global warming or the result of familiar weather patterns?​​
August 15, 2018
Source: News Deeply
​New federal estimates suggest serious water shortages on the Colorado River are closer than thought. While Arizona water users try to cooperate on a conservation fix, one group of farmers stands in the way of a compromise.​
August 08, 2018
Source: Enterprise Record

Crews have begun to place the final layer of concrete this week on the upper portion of the Oroville Dam spillway chute.​

August 07, 2018
Source: News Deeply

As a 27-year Sacramentan, it's pretty easy to detect that there are fewer winter moments of dense, bone-penetrating valley fog than before.​

August 05, 2018
Source: Los Angeles Times

At Scripps Pier in San Diego, the surface water reached the highest temperature in 102 years of records, 78.8 degrees.​

August 04, 2018
Source: VC Star

The imported water that keeps most of Ventura County running comes from one main source — Northern California. It is delivered to us through the State Water Project.​

August 02, 2018
Source: News Deeply

​Listen to two experts explain the implications of new water efficiency laws and highlight promising trends in conservation throughout the state.

July 30, 2018
Source: News Deeply

The West is known for summer wildfires. Now it seems Western summers will be distinguished by another kind of flare-up: algae blooms.​

July 28, 2018
Source: SF Chronicle

Nearly six decades ago, shortly after becoming governor, Pat Brown persuaded the Legislature and voters to approve one of the nation's largest public works projects, the State Water Plan.​

July 27, 2018
Source: VC Star

It's no secret that water is our most precious and limited resource, especially in drought-stricken California. As a result, water-use efficiency and water conservation have become a California way of life.​

July 25, 2018
Source: CalMatters

California voters place water storage and drought at the top of their concerns over the environment, according to a new Public Policy Institute of California poll released Wednesday.​

July 24, 2018
Source: Sacramento Bee

California officials Tuesday awarded $816 million in voter-approved bond money to build Sites Reservoir, an hour north of Sacramento, providing a financial boost for what would become the largest water storage project built in the state since the 1970s.​

July 20, 2018
Source: Fresno Bee

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke paid a visit Friday to two reservoirs that are embroiled in an intense fight over water allocations in the Northern San Joaquin Valley.​

July 18, 2018
Source: Fox & Hound
July 18, 2018
Source: OC Register

Concerns over the cost and environmental impacts of desalinated water were overridden by the desire to fortify water supplies when the Orange County Water District board voted 6-2 Wednesday to approve non-binding contract terms with Poseidon, which has spent 20 years on the desalination plant proposal for Huntington Beach.​

July 17, 2018
Source: News Deeply

The extreme weather swings California has experienced recently, from a historic drought to record-breaking rain and snow, may become increasingly commonplace.​

July 17, 2018
Source: Sacramento Bee

Critical permits and legal challenges are still pending, and some farming groups still haven't committed to paying for part of Gov. Jerry Brown's controversial $17 billion Delta tunnels project.​

July 17, 2018
Source: Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to place a property tax before voters in November to raise money for projects to capture and clean storm water.​

July 17, 2018
Source: McClatchy DC Bureau

With little clout in Sacramento, Republicans are trying to use their power in Washington to reshape California's water policies.​

July 13, 2018
Source: Sacramento Bee

Completed during Harry Truman's presidency, the Friant-Kern Canal has been a workhorse in California's elaborate man-made water-delivery network.​

July 13, 2018
Source: Times of San Diego

San Diego County homeowners can receive $2.75 per square foot to replace their water-wasting turf lawns with sustainable landscaping under a new program in Southern California.​

July 12, 2018
Source: The Acorn

The recent heat wave served as a sobering reminder of how important it is to have a reliable source of water available to our communities. We'd burn up if the tap ever went dry.​

July 10, 2018
Source: Mercury News

California's wildfire season is off to its worst start in 10 years.​

July 10, 2018
Source: Los Angeles Times

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Tuesday reaffirmed its approval of an $11-billion investment in a massive water delivery project with a vote that highlighted a deepening division on the agency's board.​

July 10, 2018
Source: Sacramento Bee

Southern California's powerful water agency reaffirmed its commitment to the Delta tunnels project Tuesday, agreeing for a second time to spend nearly $11 billion on a majority stake in the twin tunnels.​

July 10, 2018
Source: Circle of Blue

Authorities in Salem, Oregon, lifted a drinking water advisory on July 3 that had been in place for children and the elderly since Memorial Day weekend, when algal toxins were discovered in the city's water system.​

July 06, 2018
Source: Sacramento Bee

State regulators proposed sweeping changes in the allocation of California's water Friday, leaving more water in Northern California's major rivers to help ailing fish populations — and giving less to farming and human consumption.​

July 05, 2018
Source: Los Angeles Times

When dust storms began rising off the dry bed of Owens Lake, authorities in the Eastern Sierra blamed Los Angeles' thirst. The city had, after all, drained the lake in the 1920s to serve its faucets.​

July 03, 2018
Source: News Deeply

California is about to embark on one of the biggest public works projects not just in its own state history, but in any state's history.​

July 01, 2018
Source: San Diego Union Tribune

Water is a scarce resource, especially in California where rainfall is so inconsistent.​

July 01, 2018
Source: Tucson.com

For the first time in well over a year, a clear path exists for completion of Arizona's share of a three-state drought plan for the Colorado River.​

June 29, 2018
Source: News Deeply

A four-year pilot program that paid ranchers and farmers in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico about $200 per acre-foot of water saved by fallowing fields in order to boost water levels in Lake Powell will be put on hold after 2018.​

June 28, 2018
Source: KUNC
June 26, 2018
Source: Mercury News

Saying it needs an insurance policy against future droughts, the Santa Clara Valley Water District is moving forward with plans to purchase a key property to build the largest reservoir constructed in the Bay Area in the past 20 years.​

June 25, 2018
Source: Washington Post

Americans are conserving water in their homes like never before, according to a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) report released this month.​

June 24, 2018
Source: Los Angeles Times

A state commission on Tuesday approved $2.7 billion in funding for a variety of water storage projects across California, but the money doesn't guarantee that any of them will be built.​

June 22, 2018
Source:

The words blasted to cellphones around Salem, Oregon were ominous: "Civil emergency. prepare for action."​

June 22, 2018
Source: News Deeply

A "use-it-or-lose-it" system of water allocation has historically required growers in California to irrigate their land or lose their water rights, whether market forces compelled them to grow crops or not.​

June 21, 2018
Source: Los Angeles Times

Californians will vote this fall on a radical proposal to split the state into three: Northern California, Southern California and just plain California.​

June 21, 2018
Source: Press Enterprise

All recreational activities have been suspended at Diamond Valley Lake near Hemet because of an algal bloom outbreak.​

June 20, 2018
Source: News Deeply

California has always been America's leader on environmental policy, and water is no exception.​

June 20, 2018
Source: KJZZ

Water leaders in Arizona are again trying to get to "yes" on a deal that deals with drought.​

June 19, 2018
Source: Voice of San Diego

For 22 years, Maureen Stapleton has led the San Diego County Water Authority.​

June 19, 2018
Source: ABC 7 News

The gates to Diamond Valley Lake are closed Monday, which is no surprise, but when the marina reopens Tuesday, boaters and fisherman will be greeted with something that many haven't seen in a while: a massive algae bloom.​

June 16, 2018
Source: ABC 7 News

An algal bloom in the Diamond Valley Lake reservoir near Hemet has prompted authorities to warn people not to touch or drink from the body of water.​

June 15, 2018
Source: Press Enterprise

An algal bloom covering nearly all of Diamond Valley Lake near Hemet has prompted officials to warn lake-goers not to drink or touch the water.​

June 15, 2018
Source: E&E News

California's two Democratic senators have committed themselves to opposing a controversial House provision that would block judicial review of the state's WaterFix tunnel project, reprising a familiar Capitol Hill plot.​

June 15, 2018
Source: KUNC

Reservoirs that store water along the Colorado River are projected to be less than half full later this year, potentially marking a historic low mark for the river system that supplies water to seven U.S. states and Mexico.​

June 15, 2018
Source: My News LA

The first step to dissolve the Sativa Water Board in Compton has been taken, it was announced Friday.​

June 14, 2018
Source: Pasadena Now

Fire stations throughout the City have said goodbye to water-guzzling grass and hello to drought-tolerant landscapes in a water conservation overhaul made possible by Pasadena Water & Power.​

June 13, 2018
Source: News Deeply

California's Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) requires each local Groundwater Sustainability Agency to develop and implement a Groundwater Sustainability Plan for its basin and the first plans for critically overdrafted basins are due to be completed by January 31, 2020.​

June 08, 2018
Source: VC Star
​Ventura County has spent five straight months under severe drought conditions, despite some big storms earlier this year.​
June 07, 2018
Source: Sacramento Bee

A historic vote on the Delta tunnels project is getting a do-over.​

June 06, 2018
Source: Sacramento Bee

No, Californians, it's not against the law to shower and do laundry on the same day — even though loud voices in the conservative blogosphere are claiming it is.​

June 05, 2018
Source: Los Angeles Times

For the first time in the state's history, California is setting permanent water-consumption goals to prepare for future droughts and climate change, with a local elected official involved in the historic move.​

June 05, 2018
Source: Desert Sun

Californians approved the $4.1 billion bond measure Proposition 68 on Tuesday, giving a boost to California's long-delayed and underfunded effort to build thousands of acres of wetlands around the shrinking Salton Sea.​

June 01, 2018
Source: Sacramento Bee

As a young biologist in the 1970s, Peter Moyle remembers towing nets behind boats in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and catching 50 to 100 translucent, finger-length smelt in a matter of minutes.​

June 01, 2018
Source: San Diego Union Tribune

If the most powerful water officials in San Diego get their way, the county will ratchet down to a trickle one of its cheapest sources of water in the next two decades.​

May 30, 2018
Source: Daily Democrat

Chinook salmon, steelhead, and green sturgeon will soon have an easier path to the Sacramento River, and eventually their spawning grounds.​

May 29, 2018
Source: News Deeply

In this episode of Deeply Talks, Tara Lohan, Water Deeply's managing editor, speaks with University of California, Davis fisheries experts Peter Moyle and John Durand about the challenges and opportunities for fish restoration in the California Delta.​

May 26, 2018
Source: Voice of San Diego

The San Diego County Water Authority now supports Gov. Jerry Brown's twin tunnels project, a $17 billion plan to carry water south from the rivers of Northern California.​

May 26, 2018
Source: Tucson.com

A bruising battle between the Central Arizona Project and many states and water users has revitalized the push for a stillborn plan to prepare for more drought on the Colorado River.​

May 24, 2018
Source: The Independent

Water districts that have voted to commit their funds to the California WaterFix have formed a Joint Powers Agreement to help the state Department of Water Resources accomplish construction of the Delta Twin Tunnels.​

May 23, 2018
Source: Desert Sun

The Colorado River has for years been locked in a pattern of chronic overuse, with much more water doled out to cities and farmlands than what's flowing into its reservoirs.​

May 23, 2018
Source: OC Register

Some environmentalists go so far as to call the desalination proposal for south Orange County, just north of Doheny State Beach, a "good" approach.​

May 21, 2018
Source: News Deeply

Californians this year will vote on not one but two water bond measures totaling $13 billion.​

May 21, 2018
Source: Bakersfield.com

Farmers receiving allocations from the State Water Project can expect a bigger allotment this year than they anticipated as recently as last month, thanks to late-season precipitation.​

May 20, 2018
Source: My News LA

The final round of the 16th annual Solar Cup Competition, where students from 38 Southern California high schools rely on the sun's rays to power boats, will be held Sunday at Lake Skinner in Winchester.​

May 19, 2018
Source: 89.3 KPCC

For the past seven months, hundreds of high school students have been building boats equipped with solar panels, steering capabilities and motors that produce up to 320 watts of power.​

May 16, 2018
Source: Bondbuyer

A joint powers authority has been formed to oversee design and construction of California's delta water tunnel project, a milestone in the multibillion-dollar plan that has been in the works for more than a decade.​

May 15, 2018
Source: Los Angeles Times

California's super bloom hasn't materialized the way it did last spring, but that hasn't stopped Woodland Hills homeowners Ron Gales and Andrea Fields from enjoying a spectacular wildflower bloom of their own.​

May 14, 2018
Source: CBS 2

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and two other water districts that agreed to fund the California Waterfix tunnel project announced today the formation of a public agency that will be charged with its design and construction.​

May 10, 2018
Source: The Grist

It's well-understood at this point that the Trump Administration is no friend to science-based governance.​

May 09, 2018
Source: Sacramento Bee
May 09, 2018
Source: Salt Lake Tribune

Mexico and the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada face a better-than-even possibility of getting less water from the Colorado River in 2020 because of a persistent drought, water managers said Wednesday.​

May 09, 2018
Source: Washington Post

Imagine the snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains as a giant reservoir providing water for 23 million people throughout California.​

May 09, 2018
Source: Los Angeles Times

Gov. Jerry Brown warned local water agency officials throughout California on Thursday that unless the delta tunnels project gets needed state and federal permits soon and continues advancing, the major infrastructure project may not happen in their lifetime.​

May 08, 2018
Source: Sacramento Bee

A Bay Area water agency agreed Tuesday to pump $650 million into Gov. Jerry Brown's Delta tunnels project, providing a meaningful boost for the controversial $16.7 billion plan.​

May 07, 2018
Source: KRCR

On May 8, phase two of reconstruction will begin on the Oroville Dam Spillway, but as more repairs take place, the bills are stacking up.​

May 07, 2018
Source: Voice of San Diego

In 2012, the San Diego County Water Authority launched an unusual website to attack Southern California's largest supplier of water, the Metropolitan Water District.​

May 07, 2018
Source: Associated Press

The outlook for the most important river in the Southwestern U.S. remains grim this summer after April storms failed to produce much snow in the mountains that feed the waterway, forecasters said Monday.​

May 07, 2018
Source: The Highlander

One of the teams within UC Riverside's Engineers Without Borders (EWB), a chapter under the Inland Empire professional chapter, took home first prize for the team category at the 11th annual Metropolitan Spring Green Expo on Thursday, April 19.​

May 05, 2018
Source: Los Angeles Times

The 2014 water bond included a novel funding approach designed to take at least some of the politicking out of deciding which projects get public money.​

May 02, 2018
Source: NBC Bay Area

California Gov. Jerry Brown's twin tunnels project in the Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta could receive a significant boost thanks to one Bay Area water district, but that extra help could result in higher water bills for some customers in the South Bay.​

May 02, 2018
Source: News Deeply

Many Americans know the name Kesterson as the California site where thousands of birds and fish were discovered with gruesome deformities in 1983, a result of exposure to selenium-poisoned farm runoff.​

May 02, 2018
Source: Mercury News

After a five-hour packed public hearing, the board of Silicon Valley's largest water provider postponed a decision on whether to provide up to $650 million toward a $17 billion plan to build two giant tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to move water south.​

May 02, 2018
Source: The Grist

Lake Mead is the country's biggest reservoir of water. Think of it as the savings account for the entire Southwest.​

May 01, 2018
Source: Orange County Register

​The day of reckoning is drawing near for Huntington Beach's long-planned desalination plant, which would help quench Orange County's thirst with sea water and free up imported water for the rest of the Southern California.

May 01, 2018
Source: OC Register

Twenty years and $50 million into the process, officials with desalination plant purveyor Poseidon are optimistic they will get their final two permits — possibly by year's end.​

May 01, 2018
Source: E360

When California's Orange County Water District began distributing drinking water derived from sewage in the mid-1970s, it acted out of simple need.​

April 30, 2018
Source: News Deeply

​Lower Basin states can easily store conserved water upstream in Lake Mead, but it's not so simple for Upper Basin states with major reservoirs below them.

April 28, 2018
Source: Mercury News

​In a dramatic reversal of its stance just six months ago, Silicon Valley's largest water district has scheduled a vote Wednesday on a plan to commit up to $650 million to Gov. Jerry Brown's controversial proposal.

April 28, 2018
Source: Orange County Register

​Recently, Southern California water leaders made their biggest investment decision in half a century.

April 27, 2018
Source: News Deeply

​Sea level rise and changing streamflows are converging with uncertain results in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

April 27, 2018
Source: San Diego Union Tribune

​The meager 3 inches of rainfall this season is a reminder just how dependent San Diego and all of Southern California is on water from somewhere else.

April 26, 2018
Source: Los Angeles Times

​Proposition 68 would allow California to sell $4.1 billion in bonds to pay for desperately needed improvements in parks and water systems.

April 25, 2018
Source: Lake County News

​The California Department of Water Resources on Tuesday announced a statewide increase in State Water Project allocations for 2018.

April 24, 2018
Source: News Deeply

​Despite getting a financial boost earlier this month, California's project to build two new water tunnels still faces big regulatory and legal challenges.

April 23, 2018
Source: Los Angeles Times

​Californians should expect more dramatic swings between dry and wet years as the climate warms.

April 23, 2018
Source: News Deeply

​California already has one of the most variable climates and the swings between extremes will become more pronounced with unchecked climate change.

April 22, 2018
Source: CGTN America

​California has long battled both torrential rain and water shortages.

April 11, 2018
Source: New York Times

As Gov. Jerry Brown moves through his final months in public life, an elusive signature project — the construction of two massive water tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, intended to salvage the state's water supply network — has seemed endangered.​

April 11, 2018
Source: Voice of San Diego

Last fall, after years of study, the state's largest water agency voted to spend $4 billion on a new project to bring water south from Northern California's rivers.​

April 11, 2018
Source: News Deeply

April is often a time of abundance in the mountains of the American West, when snowpack is at or near its peak, and forecasters work to determine how much runoff will course through our rivers and fill reservoirs later in the season.​

April 10, 2018
Source: Los Angeles Times

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California voted Tuesday to shoulder most of the cost of revamping the system that delivers water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin delta to the Southland, committing nearly $11 billion to building two massive tunnels.​

April 10, 2018
Source: Sacramento Bee

After a decade of planning and debate, the controversial Delta tunnels project got a huge cash infusion Tuesday and took a giant step toward becoming reality.​

April 10, 2018
Source: SF Chronicle

The largest water district in California agreed Tuesday to fork over nearly $11 billion to build two tunnels that will siphon water south from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, a major boost for Gov. Jerry Brown's pet project.​

April 10, 2018
Source: NBC 4

A week after Southern California's largest water agency abandoned a plan to pay for much of the state's ambitious water project, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California's Board of Directors approved a nearly $11 billion plan for a two-tunnel project that would bring water from Northern California to Southern California.​

April 10, 2018
Source: 89.3 KPCC

Southern California's largest water wholesaler decided Tuesday to commit nearly $11 billion to build two tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to divert water south to Los Angeles and neighboring counties.​

April 10, 2018
Source: Times of San Diego
​The governing board of California's largest water wholesaler voted Tuesday to spend billions more on Gov. Jerry Brown's massive tunnel project, despite concerns it will raise residents' water.
April 10, 2018
Source: KABC 7

Officials have voted in favor of a proposed two-tunnel system that would deliver much needed water to Southern California.​

April 10, 2018
Source: CBS 2

California's largest water agency has approved a nearly $11 billion plan to help fund two enormous delivery tunnels, breathing new life into Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to remake the state's water system.​

April 10, 2018
Source: Voice of San Diego

Today is a big day for billions of dollars in water projects.​

April 09, 2018
Source: Sacramento Bee

Gov. Jerry Brown, in a last-minute bid to forge ahead with one of his legacy projects, urged Southern California's big water agency Monday to support a plan to build the two Delta tunnels simultaneously.​

April 09, 2018
Source: Los Angeles Times

With the city of Los Angeles and Orange County on opposite sides, Southern California's role in financing a massive water delivery project is likely to hinge on a few smaller agencies.​

April 09, 2018
Source: Los Angeles Times

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) voted to approve its initial share of funding the entire $16.7 billion California WaterFix project in October 2017.​

April 09, 2018
Source: News Deeply

Communities across California are struggling to comply with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), the state's first comprehensive attempt to rein in wanton groundwater depletion.​

April 09, 2018
Source: Fresno Bee

In law school, first-year students are introduced to the term ipse dixit, a Latin phrase meaning a statement that, while unsupported and unproven, may carry some weight based solely on the authority or standing of the person who made it.​

April 09, 2018
Source: Capitol Weekly

Camrosa Water District, a public services provider in Ventura County, gets its water from a combination of groundwater, recycled wastewater, and the State Water Project, which transports water south through the state.​

April 09, 2018
Source: Sacramento Bee

After a spring storm system dumped 5 to 7 inches of rain into the Feather River basin over the weekend, state officials said Sunday they likely won't have to use the partly rebuilt flood control spillway at Oroville Dam after all.​

April 08, 2018
Source: OC Register

The first thing to remember about precipitation in California is that it's unpredictable, as the past several winters have once again shown us.​

April 07, 2018
Source: Los Angeles Times

Four days after Southern California's biggest water agency dropped a plan to pay for most of a major water delivery project, the funding proposal is back on the table.​

April 07, 2018
Source: Modesto Bee

A million people live in the Northern San Joaquin Valley. If Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to siphon water to Los Angeles is completed, all of us are going to suffer.​

April 07, 2018
Source: Stockton Record

More groups are coming to their senses by not wanting to spend tens of billions of dollars on a wasteful project that will ruin the Delta forever.​

April 07, 2018
Source: OC Register

Modernizing the state's water delivery system through the California WaterFix is necessary for our survival in Southern California.​

April 06, 2018
Source: Sacramento Bee

A powerful Southern California water agency has breathed life back into the twin-tunnels Delta water project, a plan that appeared dead just a few days ago.​

April 06, 2018
Source: Sacramento Bee

For far too long, too many leaders in California have had tunnel vision – Gov. Jerry Brown, local elected officials, water district executives.​

April 06, 2018
Source: SF Chronicle

About a year into his second go-round as governor, Jerry Brown was talking about all the challenges facing California.​

March 13, 2018
Source: Sacramento Bee
March 13, 2018
Source: Los Angeles Times

At the height of the California drought, David and Christine Ramirez started to question the practicality of their Woodland Hills lawn.​

March 13, 2018
Source: Sacramento Bee

Pounding rains, heavy snow: It's shaping up as another wintry week in Northern California.​

March 10, 2018
Source: Mercury News

California's water conservation habits, refined and improved over five years of drought, are quickly evaporating.​

March 09, 2018
Source: News Deeply

ONE OF CALIFORNIA'S foremost experts on freshwater fish believes there may be hope for restoring native salmon to abundance – but there's a catch: California must build the controversial Delta tunnels, he says.​

March 08, 2018
Source: SF Chronicle

Water that once coursed through city sewers may soon find new life coming out of your home faucet.​

March 08, 2018
Source: News Deeply

DESPITE RECENT RAIN and snow, California is back to dry conditions again after a very wet 2017.​

March 07, 2018
Source: Nevada Independent
March 05, 2018
Source: Los Angeles Times

Two tunnels, one or none? The question continues to swirl around plans to perform major surgery on the sickly heart of California's water system.​

March 05, 2018
Source: KQED

Scientists have found dramatically declining snowpack across the American West over the past six decades that will likely cause water shortages in the region that cannot be managed by building new reservoirs, according to a study published Friday.​

February 27, 2018
Source: Sacramento Bee

Facing pressure from Gov. Jerry Brown, Southern California's largest water agency could vote as soon as April on whether to take a majority stake in the twin-tunnels project Brown plans for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.​

February 26, 2018
Source: Sacramento Bee

About the size of a beagle, they can quickly turn a lush green marsh to a wasteland.​

February 21, 2018
Source: Mercury News

Amid one of California's driest winters in modern history, state water regulators on Tuesday met in Sacramento to consider making permanent the water-wasting rules that were in effect during the last drought — rules that would carry fines of up to $500 per violation.​

February 21, 2018
Source: Sacramento Bee

With California facing another potential drought, legislators demanded Wednesday that a state agency release $2.7 billion in bond funding for dams, reservoirs and other water storage projects.​

February 21, 2018
Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

As dry conditions persist in California, residents in San Diego County and around the state have started using water at levels not seen since before the state's historic drought.​

February 16, 2018
Source: SF Chronicle

Amid a winter marked by more sun than storms, California is desperate for rain and snow.​

February 15, 2018
Source: 89.3 KPCC

​It appears Gov. Jerry Brown's Delta Tunnel plan could be back on track with both underground waterways.​

February 13, 2018
Source: Sacramento Bee

In a dramatic twist on the Delta tunnels saga, Southern California's powerful water agency is exploring the feasibility of owning the majority stake in the controversial project, a move that raises fears of a "water grab."​

February 13, 2018
Source: Sacramento Bee

Even a single water tunnel burrowed under the California's Delta would be worth it for urban ratepayers and farmers who would to pay to build and maintain the project, according to an analysis released Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown's administration.​

February 12, 2018
Source: Los Angeles Times

Like a patient waiting for heart bypass surgery while the insurance company dickers with the hospital over the numbers, California has been stuck in pre-op for decades, awaiting approval of an aqueduct or tunnel bypass from the Sacramento River around (instead of through) the state's hydrological heart — the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.​

February 08, 2018
Source: Sacramento Bee

The troubled Delta tunnels project was officially downsized Wednesday, as Gov. Jerry Brown's administration announced it would attempt to build a single tunnel in its effort to re-engineer California's elaborate water-delivery system.​

February 08, 2018
Source: Public Policy Institute CA.

Governor Brown's proposed budget―the last of his tenure―highlights his priorities for the state.​

February 07, 2018
Source: News Deeply

Water policy is becoming a prisoner of its own limited vocabulary, particularly when it comes to the weather.​

February 06, 2018
Source: 89.3 KPCC

When Governor Brown issued mandatory restrictions back in 2015, many people ripped out lawns in favor of drought-resistant gardens or, at the very least, watered our plants a lot less.​

February 06, 2018
Source: KPBS

This winter in the southern Rocky Mountains is shaping up to be one for the record books. And not in a good way.​

February 05, 2018
Source: Wall Street Journal

Many Western reservoirs are full, and downpours have triggered floods and deadly mudslides in parts of California.​

February 05, 2018
Source: National Geographic

By summer, four million people in the city of Cape Town—one of Africa's most affluent metropolises—may have to stand in line surrounded by armed guards to collect rations of the region's most precious commodity: drinking water.​

January 29, 2018
Source: 89.3 KPCC

Semi-arid Southern California's residents saved a record amount of water last year, more than 1 million acre feet, according to the Metropolitan Water District, the region's biggest water wholesaler.​

January 29, 2018
Source: Mercury News

California water officials have approved $34.4 million in grants to eight desalination projects across the state, including one in the East Bay city of Antioch, as part of an effort to boost the water supply in the wake of the state's historic, five-year drought.​

January 27, 2018
Source: Sacramento Bee

They gathered this week at Sacramento's federal building on Capitol Mall, carrying protest signs and vowing to resist the Trump administration's plan to pump more of Northern California's water through the Delta to the southern half of the state.​

January 26, 2018
Source: KVPR

The 2016-2017 water year was one of the wettest on record in California. ​

January 22, 2018
Source: Voice of San Diego

The news, as it often does, has been bouncing back and forth from extreme to extreme — historic drought, historic snowfall, historic fires, fatal floods and mudslides.​

January 17, 2018
Source: Sacramento Bee

California officials have moved closer to scaling back the troubled Delta tunnels project, officially notifying potential construction contractors that they're considering limiting the project to one tunnel.​

January 06, 2018
Source: Denver Post

Colorado mountain snowpack shrunk to record-low levels this week, raising concerns about water supply, and some federal authorities calculated even big late snow — if it falls — may not make up for the lag.​

January 06, 2018
Source: Sacramento Bee

Think of it as a dense blob of air. When it parks itself over the Pacific Ocean, it can act like a wall – and prevent rain and snow from reaching Northern California.​

December 04, 2017
Source: Sacramento Bee

Biologists assumed baby winter-run Chinook salmon hung out in the Sacramento River where they hatched until they grew large enough to make the trip downstream to the Pacific Ocean.​

November 29, 2017
Source: Associated Press

Republican senators used their majority to advance two of President Donald Trump's picks for key environmental posts over the objections of Democrats who say the nominees are unfit for office.​

November 14, 2017
Source: Mercury News

I got up at 5:15 a.m. on Saturday morning with the idea of driving 100 miles to watch the sun rise over the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.​

November 07, 2017
Source: Desert Sun

During California's five-year drought, the row of ponds in the desert north of the Palm Springs often lay empty and dry.​

November 07, 2017
Source: Associated Press

California regulators on Tuesday approved a plan to spend nearly $400 million over 10 years to slow the shrinking of the state's largest lake, a vital migratory stop for birds and a buffer against swirling dust in farming towns.​

November 07, 2017
Source: Desert Sun

During California's five-year drought, the row of ponds in the desert north of the Palm Springs often lay empty and dry.​

November 03, 2017
Source: Associated Press

Governors of 19 Western states are pressing the federal government to do more to prevent the spread of damage-causing invasive mussels from infected federally managed waterways.​

November 01, 2017
Source: Sacramento Bee
October 30, 2017
Source: Los Angeles Times

Hydrologist Mark Hanna stood on the North Broadway Bridge recently and gazed out on an industrial vista of treated urban runoff flowing down the Los Angeles River channel between graffiti-marred concrete banks and train trestles strewn with broken glass.​

October 23, 2017
Source: Los Angeles Times

If two massive, 40-mile long, 40-foot-diameter tunnels that would direct Sacramento River water around the fragile Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to Central and Southern California are too big, too expensive and too scary to contemplate, how about splitting the difference and going with a single tunnel?​

October 21, 2017
Source: Valley News

Indian tribes in our arid region need access to reliable water to continue to live on reservation lands. This session, I jointly wrote Assembly Bill 1361 with Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, D – Coachella, to streamline water deliveries to Indian reservations throughout California.​

October 20, 2017
Source: News Deeply

Bringing more certainty to an unruly and unpredictable Colorado River system was a common theme among water managers speaking at the Colorado River District's annual seminar September 15.​

October 18, 2017
Source: Desert Sun

After far too many years lost to the indecisiveness of "let's do yet another study," momentum finally seems to be behind real efforts to "save" the Salton Sea.​

October 17, 2017
Source: Sacramento Bee

Silicon Valley's water district Wednesday rejected Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to build twin tunnels beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta but said it would support a smaller, less expensive project.​

October 15, 2017
Source: San Gabriel Valley Tribune
October 10, 2017
Source: Desert Sun

The Coachella Valley's largest water agency voiced support for California's proposed $17.1 billion plan to build two water tunnels beneath the Delta, even as key questions about the project remain unanswered — including how much customers would end up paying.​

October 10, 2017
Source: Los Angeles Times

Southern California's largest water agency Tuesday threw a lifeline to California WaterFix, approving a $4.3-billion buy-in to the water delivery project.​

October 10, 2017
Source: Sacramento Bee

Southern California's powerful water agency committed more than $4 billion to the Delta tunnels Tuesday, giving the troubled plan a desperately needed vote of confidence.​

October 03, 2017
Source: Los Angeles Magazine

Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California took the opportunity to give voice to the love of water conservation in a new media campaign called "H2 Love Letters."​

July 19, 2017
Source: Sacramento Bee

A longtime Sonoma County water manager and environmental advocate is in line to lead the state Department of Water Resources, Gov. Jerry Brown announced Wednesday.​

July 19, 2017
Source: OC Register

An internationally recognized purification system credited with turning wastewater into drinkable water in Orange County will begin the final stage of expansion with a $124 million investment from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, officials announced Wednesday, July 19.​

July 19, 2017
Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

The federal government is poised to invest as much as $492 million to get Pure Water, the city of San Diego's effort to turn sewage into drinking water, off the ground.​

July 18, 2017
Source: News Deeply

The state's recently released survey about California's use of recycled water was disappointing for recycled water use advocates, but it doesn't tell the full story.​

July 18, 2017
Source: Mercury News

In Santa Clara County, 40 percent of the water we need for our families, businesses and to grow our local food comes from the Sacramento – San Joaquin Delta. But the infrastructure that delivers this water is aging, at risk of collapse and subject to continual supply cutbacks due to the deteriorating condition of the Delta.​

July 17, 2017
Source: Sacramento Bee

The governor's proposed Delta tunnels ran into a roomful of skeptics Monday – an influential group of San Joaquin Valley farmers who remain unconvinced the controversial project will deliver the water they need at a price they're prepared to swallow.​

July 14, 2017
Source: Press Enterprise

Two years ago, the amount of water in the massive Diamond Valley Lake was … well, not so massive.​

July 11, 2017
Source: Sacramento Bee

California officials are trying to speed up repairs on Oroville Dam's battered flood-control spillway.​

July 07, 2017
Source: Los Angeles Times

The price of almost everything is on the rise, but we tend to shrug off inflation in goods and services we can cut back or do without.​

July 07, 2017
Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

California could get wetter — not drier — in coming decades, according to a UC Riverside study that upends some conventions about climate change.​

July 06, 2017
Source: Press Enterprise

UC Riverside climate researcher Robert Allen says California should get ready for more rain.​

July 05, 2017
Source: Desert Sun

A new bill in the state Legislature would require California to review the environmental impacts of a company's proposal to pump groundwater from beneath the Mojave Desert and sell it to Southern California cities — a controversial plan that was slowed down by President Obama, but which appears to have the backing of the Trump administration.​

July 05, 2017
Source: Sacramento Bee

The preliminaries are just about over. Permanent structural repairs are about to begin at Oroville Dam.​

June 30, 2017
Source: Sacramento Bee

When it comes to California and climate change, the predictions are staggering: coastal airports besieged by floodwaters, entire beaches disappearing as sea levels rise.​

June 26, 2017
Source: Sacramento Bee

The Delta tunnels got a crucial green light from two federal agencies Monday when scientists said the controversial project can co-exist with the endangered fish that inhabit the waters of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.​

June 26, 2017
Source: Associated Press

Gov. Jerry Brown won crucial early approval from federal wildlife officials Monday for his $16 billion proposal to re-engineer California's north-south water system, advancing his plan to build two giant tunnels to carry Northern California water to the south even though much about the project remains undetermined.​

June 26, 2017
Source: Los Angeles Times

Federal fishery agencies Monday pushed forward a controversial water project that would change the way Northern California supplies are sent to the Southland.​

June 26, 2017
Source: Stockton Record

Federal wildlife agencies gave the controversial Delta tunnels a partial approval on Monday, announcing that the $17 billion project to replumb the dying estuary will not jeopardize threatened and endangered fish.​

June 23, 2017
Source: Voice of San Diego

The San Diego County Water Authority – and San Diego ratepayers – were dealt a major legal loss this week that could leave local water customers back on the hook for billions of dollars over the next several decades.

June 23, 2017
Source: Voice of San Diego

The San Diego County Water Authority – and San Diego ratepayers – were dealt a major legal loss this week that could leave local water customers back on the hook for billions of dollars over the next several decades.​

June 22, 2017
Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

legal ruling that San Diego County water officials said would save customers here up to $7 billion has been overturned.

June 22, 2017
Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

A legal ruling that San Diego County water officials said would save customers here up to $7 billion has been overturned.​

June 21, 2017
Source: Chico Enterprise-Record

The Butte Creek salmon story is a rare one. Usually stories about fisheries in California are centered around a species that is disappearing. This one is about a species that is thriving.

June 21, 2017
Source:

For the first time in the Western Hemisphere, the public will receive bottles of highly purified wastewater, demonstrating the safety and technological advancements of sophisticated treatment systems that now provide new sources of drinking water, officials announced.

June 21, 2017
Source: ChicoER

The Butte Creek salmon story is a rare one.​

June 14, 2017
Source: Sacramento Bee

While winter rains have refilled California reservoirs and dumped near-record snow on the mountains, communities across the state are wisely seeking ways reduce their vulnerability to future droughts.


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June 13, 2017
Source: Sacramento Bee

Love it or hate it, the Delta tunnels project is reaching a decision point.

June 09, 2017
Source: New York Times

A company's vision to pump water from the Mojave Desert and sell it to thirsty Southern California cities had looked to some to be a long shot.​

June 05, 2017
Source: Orange County Register

As Southern California gardeners select drought-friendly plants and keep water conservation in mind, it would be wise to not forget about maintenance.

June 05, 2017
Source: Voice of San Diego

California is emerging from one of the worst droughts in its modern history, a dry spell that prompted emergency regulations and some deep reflections on the fragile nature of our water supplies.​

June 03, 2017
Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego County Water Authority directors have met behind closed doors more than three times a week on average since the start of the year, putting the agency on pace to surpass last year's tally of gatherings that critics say could run afoul of open-meetings laws.

May 31, 2017
Source: Sacramento Bee

​Jerry Brown took an Old English turn from his Latin wisdom in 2012 by declaring: “I want to get s--- done,” a reference to his vision for building two tunnels 30 miles long to move Sacramento River water south from the Delta to the rest of the state.

May 29, 2017
Source: Voice of San Diego

The San Diego County Water Authority is floating a radical idea to upend how 19 million Southern Californians get their water.

May 29, 2017
Source: Voice of San Diego

The San Diego County Water Authority is floating a radical idea to upend how 19 million Southern Californians get their water.

May 29, 2017
Source: Voice of San Diego

The San Diego County Water Authority is floating a radical idea to upend how 19 million Southern Californians get their water.​

May 25, 2017
Source: Voice of San Diego

San Diego has some of the most expensive water in California – and in the country.​

May 17, 2017
Source: Los Angeles Times

​Those weed fabrics and barriers that you just spent the weekend putting down? They're great at cutting back on weeds in the short term.

May 16, 2017
Source: News Deeply

CALIFORNIA'S LARGEST LAKE, the Salton Sea, is an accident. It was created in 1905 when a levee broke on an irrigation canal, flooding a giant desert playa.​

May 10, 2017
Source: News Deeply

California's five-year drought was officially declared to be over in April.

May 04, 2017
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal

Officials in Arizona have reached an impasse on a multistate agreement aimed at storing more Colorado River water in Lake Mead, but Southern Nevada Water Authority chief John Entsminger said he is confident the deal will still get done.

May 03, 2017
Source: Valley Roadrunner

The first part of this article, about the current water situation in the state, will run this week.

April 29, 2017
Source: Press Enterprise

California has decrepit water infrastructure at risk of catastrophic failure.​

April 23, 2017
Source: Valley News

The Riverside County board of supervisors, who act as the board of the Riverside County Regional Park and Open-Space District, approved a Memorandum of Intent between the Riverside County Regional Park and Open-Space District, the Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the city of Hemet and the Eastern Municipal Water District, regarding the Diamond Valley Lake Recreation Area.

April 21, 2017
Source: Press Enterprise

While no one will be swimming in Diamond Valley Lake anytime soon, plans for developing recreational opportunities around the reservoir are moving forward.​

April 20, 2017
Source: San Diego Union Tribune

The winter's welcome wet spell has brought at least an unofficial end to California's drought.

April 17, 2017
Source: Sacramento Bee

The company that built one of greater Sacramento's most important flood-control projects in years will fix the damaged spillways at Oroville Dam, site of a near catastrophe two months ago.

April 17, 2017
Source: Los Angeles Times

Design flaws, construction shortcomings and maintenance errors caused the Oroville Dam spillway to break apart in February, according to an independent analysis by Robert Bea for the Center for Catastrophic Risk Management at UC Berkeley.

April 17, 2017
Source: Sacramento Bee

The company that built one of greater Sacramento's most important flood-control projects in years will fix the damaged spillways at Oroville Dam, site of a near catastrophe two months ago.​

April 15, 2017
Source: San Jose Mercury News

California's historic five-year drought is officially over, washed away with the relentlessly drenching rains, floods and snowstorms of this winter.

April 15, 2017
Source: Los Angeles Times

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.

April 15, 2017
Source: Mercury News

California's historic five-year drought is officially over, washed away with the relentlessly drenching rains, floods and snowstorms of this winter.​

April 14, 2017
Source: News Deeply

Land subsidence from over pumping groundwater in the San Joaquin Valley has been called the largest human alteration of the Earth's surface.

April 12, 2017
Source: Los Angeles Times

California's climate has long been dominated by cycles of intense dry conditions followed by heavy rain and snow.

April 12, 2017
Source: Los Angeles Times

California's climate has long been dominated by cycles of intense dry conditions followed by heavy rain and snow.​

April 12, 2017
Source: SFGate

A state-commissioned report on climate change released Wednesday raises the stakes for fighting global warming, offering a clearer and, in some cases, more catastrophic picture of how much sea levels will rise in California.​

April 11, 2017
Source: News Deeply

CALIFORNIA IS A LAND OF EXTREMES – where preparing for extremes must be constant and eternal.​

April 07, 2017
Source: Los Angeles Times

Startlingly green hills, surging rivers and the snow-wrapped Sierra Nevada had already signaled what Gov. Jerry Brown made official Friday: The long California drought is over.

April 07, 2017
Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

After one of the wettest winters on record, Gov. Jerry Brown declared Friday that California's historic drought is officially over for all but a handful of areas in the Central Valley.

April 07, 2017
Source: Sacramento Bee

Gov. Jerry Brown made official on Friday what anyone who happened to be looking out a window at yet another soggy Sacramento morning may have suspected: The California drought is over.

April 07, 2017
Source: Sacramento Bee

The drought officially ended in most of California on Friday, but state officials vowed to clamp down on wasteful water use and impose a long-term conservation program that could create friction with urban water users.

April 06, 2017
Source: Sacramento Bee

Southern California's most powerful water agency is prepared to invest in Sacramento Valley's proposed Sites Reservoir, a move that could broaden support for the $4.4 billion project but also raise alarms about a south state "water grab."​

April 06, 2017
Source: Sacramento Bee

In this year of record rainfall, billions of gallons of water are flowing to the ocean that – if only sufficient storage existed – could be stored for the drought that inevitably will return.​

April 05, 2017
Source: Press Enterprise

The Trump administration has removed a major roadblock to plans by a Los Angeles company to pump ancient groundwater from below the Mojave Desert and sell it to urban areas of Southern California.

April 04, 2017
Source: Sacramento Bee

Californians are still conserving substantial amounts of water even as Gov. Jerry Brown appears ready to rescind or relax his drought declaration.

March 31, 2017
Source: Water Deeply

My age begins with a "five," so on this rare issue, I speak with a degree of authority.

March 27, 2017
Source: Christian Science Monitor

Jason Tucker's job title is facility manager at the Glen Canyon Dam.

March 27, 2017
Source: Christian Science Monitor

Jason Tucker's job title is facility manager at the Glen Canyon Dam.​

March 24, 2017
Source: News Deeply

To understand how  climate change is creating a world of extremes, look to California, where the reality of severe drought coupled with intense precipitation threatens millions of residents, a rich ecosystem and the dated infrastructure designed to protect them.

March 23, 2017
Source: Sacramento Bee

The main spillway at Oroville Dam is riddled with design flaws and so badly damaged that an independent panel of experts hired by the state has concluded it's probably impossible to repair the structure completely before the next rainy season begins in November.

March 23, 2017
Source: Voice of San Diego

As California pulls out of the drought, expect to see a weird thing: water agencies opposing plans to help the state get through future droughts.​

March 21, 2017
Source: Stanford University News

Stanford Professor Noah Diffenbaugh warns that heavy California rains like those experienced this past winter are here to stay.

March 21, 2017
Source: New Yorker

In the years before California's civil engineers got around to confining the Sacramento River, it often spilled over its banks, inundating huge swaths of the Central Valley.

March 21, 2017
Source: New Yorker

In the years before California’s civil engineers got around to confining the Sacramento River, it often spilled over its banks, inundating huge swaths of the Central Valley. 

March 20, 2017
Source: KPCC

The city of Los Angeles gets much of its water from the Owens River watershed in the Eastern Sierra Nevada.

March 19, 2017
Source: SF Chronicle

Gov. Jerry Brown asked the federal government Sunday to provide additional help for California's storm recovery, including repairs at the damaged Oroville Dam.

March 19, 2017
Source: Wall Street Journal

California officials have temporarily resumed using the damaged main spillway at Lake Oroville, marking an important milestone in efforts to get the vast state reservoir back to normal after a near collapse last month.

March 18, 2017
Source: Los Angeles Times

During one of this winter's frequent storms, sheets of rainwater spilled from roofs, washed across sidewalks and down gutters into a sprawling network of underground storm drains that empty into the Los Angeles River channel.

March 15, 2017
Source: Valley Roadrunner

Last year, 100 percent of the imported water needed to run the North County economy came from the Colorado River.

March 15, 2017
Source: Sacramento Bee

State officials said Wednesday that Californians reliant on water pumped out of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta won't face supply shortages, even as crews shut down a massive pumping station that serves much of Southern California for at least a month to make repairs to its intake reservoir.

March 15, 2017
Source:

A deluge of rainstorms have soaked many parts of California this winter, quenching a thirst that persisted for nearly five years and plunged us into an alarming state of drought emergency.

March 10, 2017
Source: Orange County Register
March 08, 2017
Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

California's years-long drought put hydroelectric power flat on its back.

March 08, 2017
Source: Los Angeles Times

During one of this winter's frequent storms, sheets of rainwater spilled from roofs, washed across sidewalks and down gutters into a sprawling network of underground storm drains that empty into the Los Angeles River channel.

March 08, 2017
Source: Mercury News

Fueled by a parade of "Pineapple Express" storms, California is in the midst of its wettest water year in 122 years of record-keeping, according to federal scientists.

March 08, 2017
Source: Sacramento Bee

The dramatic spillway failure at Oroville Dam sparked a national conversation around the status of dams throughout the West.

March 07, 2017
Source: Los Angeles Times

Over the last 18 months, California has experienced one of the driest, wettest and wildest rides in its recorded water history.

March 07, 2017
Source: San Bernardino Sun

The recent election may have changed the dynamic in Washington, but the facts on the ground in the California desert remain the same: The Cadiz water mining project poses a grave threat to the California desert and should not be approved.

March 06, 2017
Source: Wall Street Journal

Since the beginning of the year, enough water has spilled out of California's rain-swollen Lake Oroville to meet the demands of roughly 14 million people for a year.

March 06, 2017
Source: San Bernardino Sun

Here's a cold, wet reality: the more water in California's reservoirs, the less urgency there is to build new ocean-water desalination plants that became a major talking point during the state's long, parched years of drought, an ultra-dry period some folks insist has still not ended despite months of heavy rains.

March 06, 2017
Source: Los Angeles Times

Over the last 18 months, California has experienced one of the driest, wettest and wildest rides in its recorded water history.

March 06, 2017
Source: Sacramento Bee

For three generations, Phillip Filter's family has tended orchards that grow on a shelf of floodplain above the Feather River.

March 06, 2017
Source: Wall Street Journal

Since the beginning of the year, enough water has spilled out of California's rain-swollen Lake Oroville to meet the demands of roughly 14 million people for a year.

March 06, 2017
Source: McClatchy DC

The drought has been declared over in most of California, with heavy winter rains sending water over the Oroville dam and forcing the evacuation of nearly 200,000 people.

March 05, 2017
Source: San Bernardino sun

Water distribution agencies from across Southern California reacted with alarm after state officials announced recently that free-floating microscopic larvae of an invasive mussel had been found in water samples collected from a State Water Project pipeline that connects Silverwood Lake and Lake Perris.

March 03, 2017
Source: Los Angeles Times

The crisis over the last few weeks at Oroville Dam was about how to handle large amounts of water flowing into the lake with both of the reservoir's spillways damaged.

March 03, 2017
Source: News Deeply

As California labored under a severe drought for more than five years, industry and media debated the pros and cons of desalination coming to the rescue of the drought-stricken state.

March 01, 2017
Source: Los Angeles Times

Plunging the long, metal rod into the snow beneath his feet in the mountain town of Phillips, state snow survey chief Frank Gehrke measured the Sierra Nevada snowpack Wednesday not against California's recent, historic drought but against its biggest rain years.

February 28, 2017
Source: KPCC

The epic rainfall that has pummeled Southern California this winter has lifted the area out of extreme drought – and it's also been great for air quality.

February 28, 2017
Source: NPR

Californians are in shock that after five years of too little water, the problem now is too much.

February 28, 2017
Source: KPCC

The epic rainfall that has pummeled Southern California this winter has lifted the area out of extreme drought – and it's also been great for air quality.

February 27, 2017
Source: KQED

Many Californians are still in disbelief that after five years of too little water during the drought, now the problem is too much water.

February 27, 2017
Source: Sacramento Bee

Operators of Oroville Dam – the nation’s highest – shut down its main spillway Monday so that debris could be cleared and the dam’s hydroelectric turbines could be restarted.

February 27, 2017
Source: New York Times

Until a few weeks ago, the McCormack-Williamson Tract in the California Delta was an island of low-lying farmland, more than two square miles protected from the surrounding rivers and sloughs by earthen levees.

February 26, 2017
Source: Sacramento Bee

For three weeks, Oroville Dam's fractured main spillway and the surrounding hillsides have taken a nearly nonstop pounding.

February 26, 2017
Source: Sacramento Bee

Good politicians like Jerry Brown know not to waste a good crisis.

February 23, 2017
Source: San Jose Mercury News

The historic drought that plagued California for five years is finally over in nearly every part of the state, federal scientists reported Thursday.

February 23, 2017
Source: The Acorn

For the first time ever, heavy winter rains have filled the Las Virgenes Reservoir in Westlake Village to the brim, causing the excess water to flow through a spillway that has never been used before.

February 22, 2017
Source: News Deeply

As a kid growing up in the Southland, I got my weather tips on the television from a mustached meteorologist named Dr. George.

February 22, 2017
Source: San Francisco Chronicles

The snow keeps piling up in the Sierra Nevada.

February 22, 2017
Source: Sacramento Bee

As heavy winter storms continue to hammer California, the Legislature is launching a review of dam and levee safety and bracing for major investments necessary to shore up flood control throughout the state.

February 19, 2017
Source: Los Angeles Times

Bill Croyle stood in front of an aerial photo of Lake Oroville and swept his hand across the top of the emergency spillway that was helping drain water out of the brimming reservoir.

February 18, 2017
Source: Sacramento Bee

No disaster is entirely natural in our re-engineered state and valley. Owing to our hubris, we humans have a direct hand in them all.

February 17, 2017
Source: Los Angeles Times

Jeffrey Mount, a leading expert on California water policy, remembers the last time a crisis at the Oroville Dam seemed likely to prompt reform. It was 1997 and the lake risked overflowing, while levees further downstream failed and several people died.

February 17, 2017
Source: Mercury News

How did a giant, gaping hole tear through the massive Oroville Dam's main concrete spillway last week, setting in motion the chain of events that could have led to one of America's deadliest dam failures?

February 16, 2017
Source: Sacramento Bee

The Oroville Dam crisis was about infrastructure.

February 14, 2017
Source: New York Times

After five years of record-setting drought, much of California is being pummeled by an extremely wet winter.

February 14, 2017
Source: New York Times

The St. Francis Dam was a proud symbol of California’s engineering might and elaborate water system

February 14, 2017
Source: Sacramento Bee

Federal emergency officials approved Gov. Jerry Brown's requests to pay for winter storm damages and to support California's unfolding response to the emergency at the distressed Oroville Dam, the White House announced Tuesday

February 08, 2017
Source: Los Angeles Times

California's snowpack is at 184% of average for this time of year. Cities from San Francisco to Los Angeles have recorded their highest rain levels in years.

February 08, 2017
Source: Sacramento Bee

State engineers have found new damage to the Oroville Dam spillway, although not as much as they'd feared, after conducting two test releases to see how much water the scarred facility could handle, the state said Thursday.

February 08, 2017
Source: Sacramento Bee

The State Water Resources Control Board on Wednesday voted to keep statewide emergency drought controls in effect, even as most of California sees historic amounts of rain and snow.

February 08, 2017
Source: Sacramento Bee

Until Donald Trump won the presidency, prospects looked bleak for Cadiz, a California company that has struggled for years to secure federal permits to transform Mojave Desert groundwater into liquid gold.

February 02, 2017
Source: Associated Press

Roaring storms that brought California almost a year's worth of snow and rain in a single month should make state water managers' Sierra snowpack survey Thursday a celebration, marking this winter's dramatic retreat of the state's more than 5-year-drought, water experts say.

February 02, 2017
Source: Sacramento Bee

After five years of drought, could California really have so much rain and snow there's no room to store all the water?

February 02, 2017
Source: Sacramento Bee

The state's snow survey measured 28.1 inches of snow water content at Phillips Station off Highway 50, the highest measurement for February since 2005, state figures show.

February 01, 2017
Source: Mercury News

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.

January 30, 2017
Source: Sacramento Bee

Think of the snow that falls each winter in the Sierra Nevada as something like a paycheck for California's water supply.

January 30, 2017
Source: Washington Post
January 28, 2017
Source: OC Register

The arrival of rains with the new year have tempered one of California's most severe ongoing drought periods on record, which officially entered its sixth year in October 2016.

January 27, 2017
Source: Sacramento Bee
January 26, 2017
Source: BuzzFeed

Late last week, something rare happened in Southern California: It rained for three days.

January 24, 2017
Source: Los Angeles Times

At the end of June, Los Angeles had recorded its driest five-year period since record-keeping began almost 140 years ago.

January 24, 2017
Source: News Deeply

California's water year officially began in October, and it got off to a good start, with above-average precipitation in Northern California

January 24, 2017
Source: Associated Press

California's top water regulator has strongly suggested the state will keep drought conservation rules in place despite winter storms that have waterlogged many communities.

January 24, 2017
Source: Sacramento Bee

San Luis Reservoir west of Los Banos is on its way to filling for the first time since 2011 as rain and snow bring the state additional relief from a punishing drought.

January 24, 2017
Source: Los Angeles Times

At the end of June, Los Angeles had recorded its driest five-year period since record-keeping began almost 140 years ago.

January 24, 2017
Source: Sacramento Bee

Following two weeks of winter storms, Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for Sacramento and 49 other counties, making them eligible for money to fix roads and make other repairs.

January 24, 2017
Source: News Deeply

California's water year officially began in October, and it got off to a good start, with above-average precipitation in Northern California.

January 23, 2017
Source: Ventura County Star
S​ince 1971, the city of Ventura has been paying to help maintain the state system that delivers imported water.
January 23, 2017
Source: KPCC

Los Angeles County storm water capture systems have shunted enough water from rain

January 22, 2017
Source: Ventura County Star

Ventura could begin actively exploring connecting to state water if the City Council approves setting aside money for a comprehensive study evaluating what it would take.

January 22, 2017
Source: Los Angeles Times

The third in a series of powerful winter storms unleashed a deluge in Southern California on Sunday, flooding numerous roads and freeways, setting new rainfall records and stranding some in dangerously rising waters.

January 19, 2017
Source: LA Daily News

California water suppliers pleaded with state water officials on Wednesday to end a statewide emergency water conservation regulation.

January 19, 2017
Source: The Tennessean
With storms drenching much of California and snow blanketing the Sierra Nevada, the state’s top water regulators are grappling with how to shift from conservation rules devised during more than five years of drought to a long-term strategy for using water more sustainably.
January 17, 2017
Source: Voice of San Diego
Southern California’s drought emergency is over, but its overall drought may not be.
January 17, 2017
Source: SF Chronicle

Despite a wet winter that has much of California emerging from drought, state officials are showing no sign that they'll ease up on water regulations imposed on cities and towns over the past three years.

January 15, 2017
Source: Sacramento Bee
After a half-decade of drought, California has been buffeted this winter by a series of powerful rain and snowstorms that dumped countless billions of gallons of water on the state’s watersheds.
January 15, 2017
Source: Los Angeles Times

Kevin Starr entered this world in 1940 in a rare fraternity — a fourth-generation Californian whose family's roots dated back to the Gold Rush era.

January 14, 2017
Source: San Diego Union Tribune

After weeks of storms in Northern California, the water picture in the Golden State is brighter than it has been in years.

January 12, 2017
Source: Los Angeles Times
​The state’s biggest reservoirs are swelling. The Sierra Nevada have seen as much snow, sleet, hail and rain as during the wettest years on record. Rainy Los Angeles feels more like London than Southern California.
January 12, 2017
Source: Sacramento Bee

After five years, is the drought over? The feds seem to think so, at least as far as Sacramento and most of Northern California are concerned.

January 11, 2017
Source: Los Angeles Times

Leaning against a wooden rail, environmental activist Geoffrey McQuilkin took stock of a parched geological wonderland that had been altered by a weekend deluge. 

January 11, 2017
Source: San Fernando Sun

A large-scale effort to purify wastewater and inject it into groundwater basins could feasibly produce enough water to serve 335,000 homes, according to a study released by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

January 10, 2017
Source: Los Angeles Times

The third and latest storm to hit the state within a week is expected to inundate rivers in Northern California and flood parts of Napa Valley wine country, while also blanketing the frigid Sierra Nevada in heavy snowfall, according to state officials.  

January 09, 2017
Source: Mercury News

The powerful storms that soaked Northern California over the past week did more than trigger power outages, mudslides and flash floods.

January 08, 2017
Source: Las Vegas Sun
Amid the upcoming confirmation hearings for the president-elect’s Cabinet appointees, pending congressional debate on the Affordable Care Act and any number of other front-burner issues, a matter that won’t come to a head for seven months might not seem like an urgent priority for Donald Trump and his team.
January 06, 2017
Source: Los Angeles Times

OK, so let's get this straight: California is soaked, Los Angeles had its wettest December in six years

January 05, 2017
Source: AZ Central

We're close – really close – to an agreement on how Arizona, California and Nevada will share looming cuts to the water we all depend on from Lake Mead.

January 04, 2017
Source: Sacramento Bee

Two weeks before President Barack Obama leaves office, his administration vowed to move full speed ahead on California's controversial Delta tunnels project, calling it essential for the state's water supply as well as its environment.

January 04, 2017
Source: Los Angeles Times

The outgoing Obama administration on Wednesday tried to nudge forward Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to build two giant north-south water tunnels for California.

January 03, 2017
Source: Los Angeles Times

Higher elevations of Northern California were hit by heavy snowfall overnight, prompting avalanche warnings, as the region braced for a week of intense weather.

January 03, 2017
Source: Washington Post

California is getting the rain and snow it needs this week thanks to a shift in the weather, and the region's meteorologists are finally calling it "normal" for winter on the West Coast.

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