Palo Alto looks to sell, treat — and possibly ask people to drink…

Palo Alto Online – In an effort to open the spigot on recycled water in the region, Palo Alto and Santa Clara Valley Water are exploring a deal that would send the city's wastewater to a treatment plant elsewhere in the county, where it would be treated, transformed into potable water and potentially resold to the city for its residents and businesses. The proposed deal would give Palo Alto a Read More…

Climate Change: Strengthening Atmospheric Rivers

ABC10 – Ahead of the United Nations Climate Summit next week, 10News is diving deeper into the affects of climate change. Climate change is leading to more dangerous and deadly wildfires and so often after fires scorch the ground in the fall, the heavy winter rains in atmospheric rivers lead to mudslides and flooding. The scary reality is that these types of storms are going to get Read More…

‘They have to clean it up’: Trump says EPA will hit San Francisco…

The Washington Post – President Trump ramped up his recent attacks against California cities late on Wednesday by announcing the Environmental Protection Agency will hit San Francisco with violations over its homeless population. “It’s a terrible situation — that’s in Los Angeles and in San Francisco,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One. “We’re going to be giving San Read More…

A fight with Trump that Gavin Newsom doesn’t want: Why he’s…

The Sacramento Bee – Gov. Gavin Newsom took considerable political heat over the weekend from a pair of unlikely sources — the environmental community and Democratic lawmakers. Both were angered over his pledge Saturday to veto Senate Bill 1, a proposal that they say would have protected California’s waterways and fish against the Trump administration. Newsom, who has sparred Read More…

State Water Board Authorizes Major Recycled Water Project

Somac, Simmons, & Dunn – Efforts to increase recycled water use in California got a significant boost this week with the State Water Board’s issuance of an order authorizing the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District’s (Regional San) South Sacramento Agriculture & Habitat Lands Recycled Water Program (South County Ag Program or Program) to deliver an average of 45 million Read More…

Environmental agencies assist with illegal cannabis counter-drug raids

KTVL – With illegal cannabis grows across Siskiyou County, many times the California State and Regional Water Control Board along with Dept. of Fish and Wildlife will assist the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office in counter-drug operations. Assistant District Attorney Martha Aker explained that environmental charges are one of the only felony charges prosecutors can level against those Read More…

Bioreactors to the Rescue in Polluted California Wetlands

Hakai Magazine – For more than 100 years, the coastal wetlands of central California have been drained and graded to allow for farming. In one area near the town of Moss Landing, what was once slough is now 450 hectares of artichokes, strawberries, Brussels sprouts, and lettuce—a bounty of growth. And fueling it all? Nitrate-laden fertilizer, the runoff of which pollutes waterways, Read More…

Berkeley Lab study finds California wildfires increase runoff,…

Daily Cal – A study published Aug. 14 from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, or Berkeley Lab, found that wildfires in California can be beneficial to the state’s water supply. The study, entitled “Watershed Dynamics Following Wildfires: Nonlinear Feedbacks and Implications on Hydrological Responses,” discovered that post-wildfire areas hold more snowpack during the winter, have Read More…

Water interests are fighting California’s bid to block Trump’s…

Los Angeles Times – California is close to adopting strict Obama-era federal environmental and worker safety rules that the Trump administration is dismantling. But as the legislative session draws to a close, the proposal faces fierce opposition from the state’s largest water agencies. To shield California from Trump administration policies, lawmakers are considering legislation that Read More…

Ukiah’s wastewater no longer being wasted

The Ukiah Daily Journal – The city of Ukiah made its first delivery of recycled water through its extensive Purple Pipe system this week, putting about 2 million gallons of water reclaimed from local sinks, showers and toilets into an irrigation pond just south of the Ukiah Valley Wastewater Treatment Plant. “This is the coolest thing in the world,” said David Koball Thursday, Read More…