DWR releases final California Water Plan Update 2018

Lake County News – On Tuesday, the Department of Water Resources released the Final 2018 Update to the California Water Plan. Update 2018 presents a vision for greater collaboration and alignment among water sectors and institutions, sound strategies, and long-term investments needed for the sustainable management of the California’s water supply. As directed by California Water Read More…

Salmon study may foil Trump’s plan to boost water deliveries to…

Los Angeles Times – Federal biologists worked frantically this year to meet a deadline to assess the environmental impacts of Trump administration plans to send more water to Central Valley farmers. But the biologists’ conclusion — that increased deliveries would harm endangered Chinook salmon and other imperiled fish — would foil those plans. Two days after it was submitted, a Read More…

‘Greywater’ Could Help Solve Colorado’s Water Problems. Why…

CPR News – Your shower, sink and laundry machine account for more than half of indoor water use. Since the wastewater that circles the drain doesn’t come from the toilet, it’s safe to reuse on things like your garden. Those hip to reuse call it greywater. To state and local governments, it’s graywater. However you spell it, it’s an idea that everyone agrees will save water — Read More…

Administration Sidelines Federal Biologists Who Could Stand in Way of…

KQED – After rushing forward on a plan to send more water to California’s Central Valley, the Trump Administration has unexpectedly hit the brakes and ordered the work already done by federal scientists to be completed by a different team. Just days before federal biologists were set to release new rules governing the future of endangered salmon and drinking water for two-thirds of Read More…

Western states buy time with a 7-year Colorado River drought plan,…

The Conversation – As Midwest states struggled with record spring flooding this year, the Southwest was wrestling with the opposite problem: not enough water. On May 20, 2019, federal officials and leaders from seven states signed the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan, a sweeping new water management agreement for this arid region. The plan is historic: It acknowledges that Read More…

The Earthquake Risk No One’s Talking About

Voice of San Diego – San Diego faces a hidden earthquake threat — to its water supply. A quake, even one so far away that nobody in San Diego feels it, could cause an emergency and force mandatory water-use restrictions. That’s because most of San Diego’s water comes from hundreds of miles away through threads of metal and concrete that connect us to distant rivers and Read More…

Power Plants Create Giant Water Battery

VOA – California is a leader in renewable energy, and the state has pledged to use only clean sources for electricity, including wind and solar power, by 2045. One hurdle is energy storage, but an old solution involving water may help the state reach its goal of zero emissions. The solution is “pumped storage,” which uses water in reservoirs at different elevations to smooth the Read More…

Vintage EPA photos reveal what US waterways looked like before…

Business Insider – Just over 50 years ago, Ohio's Cuyahoga river caught fire. The disaster prompted a public outcry that in part led to the formation of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1970. The EPA was charged with regulating the country's polluted air and waterways, among other environmental objectives. Soon after its founding, the agency dispatched 100 photographers to Read More…

Trump’s Pending Rules on California Water Marked by Missing…

KQED – ndependent scientists have raised serious concerns about a Trump administration plan to divert more water to California farmers, according to documents obtained by KQED. In their analyses, they write that the plan poses risks to threatened fish; that the process is rushed; that they didn’t receive enough information to provide a complete scientific review; and that the Trump Read More…

New Maps Show How Groundwater Affects Lakes and Rivers

Sierra Club – On the surface, it’s pretty obvious how humans have altered lakes and rivers over the past century; dams have turned rivers into strings of reservoirs, the Mississippi River is more or less a concrete-lined sluice, and artificial ponds have proliferated by the thousands. Less apparent, but perhaps just as important, is how tapping into the groundwater systems that underlie Read More…