Stanford researchers combine Zillow and census data to determine…

Standford University — The gateway to more informed water use and better urban planning in your city could already be bookmarked on your computer. A new Stanford University study identifies residential water use and conservation trends by analyzing housing information available from the prominent real estate website Zillow. The research, published Nov. 18 in Environmental Research Letters, Read More…

Feds give green light to Friant-Kern Canal repairs

The Sun — The Friant-Kern Canal has received the approval from the federal government to fix a sag in the canal. The Bureau of Reclamation gave its approval Tuesday – signing a Record of Decision giving environmental clearance for the project – following action from the Trump administration to invest about $5 million to study and begin pre-construction work on the canal. “Since Read More…

How Four Years of Trump Reshaped Food and Farming

Civil Eats — In the midst of a global pandemic, a rushed Supreme Court confirmation, and a reckoning with racial justice, food and farming have been on the back burner in the 2020 presidential election. And yet, many of the policies that determine how we produce and access food are inextricably linked to the issues that are in the spotlight. COVID-19 has had devastating impacts on farm Read More…

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration releases winter…

Benito Link — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) winter forecast for the U.S. favors warmer, drier conditions across the southern tier of the U.S., and cooler, wetter conditions in the North, thanks in part to an ongoing La Niña. Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center are also closely monitoring persistent drought during the winter months ahead, with more Read More…

Lawsuit Challenges California’s $16 Billion Move to Fund Delta…

Center for Biological Diversity — Five environmental groups sued the California Department of Water Resources today for adopting a resolution approving the issuance of the Delta Program Revenue Bonds. The bonds could raise $16 billion, or more, for planning and building the massive Delta tunnel project, which would divert billions of gallons of water from the environmentally sensitive San Read More…

California’s Complex Water Market Faces New Challenges

Institutional Investor — California has an intricate and multifaceted system of water management. The state’s $1.1 billion water market allocates a concentrated supply to the areas that need it most. From farming to landscaping and personal consumption, there is a constant tension in the state’s supply and demand of this life-sustaining resource. Rivers, Lakes and Aquifers In Read More…

California’s Landmark Groundwater Law Falls Short, Advocates Say

CapRadio — In the midst of the last drought, California took its first step to regulate how the state uses groundwater. But advocates worry the new rules have favored big agricultural users over small communities, particularly in areas like the San Joaquin Valley. That legislation, officially called the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, created a new framework to figure out how to Read More…

California’s Mega Fires Have Arrived 30 Years Early

Scientific American — Scientists predicted climate change would fuel the kind of devastating wildfires that California has seen this year. Except it wasn’t expected to happen for decades. A major analysis by state researchers projected that the amount of area burned by wildfire could jump 77% by the end of the century. Another study by UCLA warned that by 2050 fire on average would Read More…

La Niña: Is California heading into another drought?

The Mercury News — Federal scientists say that La Niña — the phenomenon where Pacific Ocean waters off South America are cooler than normal — is underway this winter. A commonly held assumption among many Californians is that La Niña means a dry winter is coming, and in years when the opposite occurs, El Niño, a wet winter is considered more likely. So brown lawns and water Read More…