Drought-Hit Mexicans Demand that Water Sharing with US Ends

VOA — Protesters gathered on Sunday in drought-hit northern Mexico in an attempt to retain control of a dam key to government efforts to diffuse tensions over a water-sharing pact with the United States. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who has been working to maintain a good relationship with U.S. President Donald Trump, said on Friday that Mexico must comply with its Read More…

Creek Fire ignites fire management debate on 102 million trees killed…

USA Today — When the Creek Fire exploded to 160,000 acres in just 72 hours, ripping through a jewel of the Sierra Nevada just south of Yosemite National Park, California and the world looked on in horror and surprise. But the stage had long been set for the megablaze, one of a half-dozen transforming millions of acres of Golden State landscapes to ash. Droughts supercharged by climate Read More…

Scientists: Water Shortages In West Likelier Than Previously Thought

KPIX — There’s a chance water levels in the two largest man-made reservoirs in the United States could dip to critically low levels by 2025, jeopardizing the steady flow of Colorado River water that more than 40 million people rely on in the American West. After a relatively dry summer, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation released models on Tuesday suggesting looming shortages in Lake Powell Read More…

These Scientists Are Studying Why California Keeps Burning

Bloomberg — Residents of fire-ravaged Western states, and an entire world of observers looking on in horror, have asked themselves, “How can this be happening?” As fire last week taunted Paradise, California, destroyed in the 2018 Camp Fire, many others have found themselves asking a related, but much more complicated question: How can this be happening Read More…

Garamendi Bill Unlocks Federal Financing For Sites Reservoir And…

Patch — Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA03) introduced the "WIFIA Improvement Act" (H.R.8217) with the following original cosponsors: Representatives TJ Cox (D-CA21), Jim Costa (D-CA16), Doug LaMalfa (R-CA01), Josh Harder (D-CA10), and Dan Newhouse (R-WA04). Endorsements: Family Farm Alliance, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Public Works Association, National Water Read More…

La Nina Is Here, Threatening Even Bigger Blazes and Storms

Claims Journal — The extreme weather that’s hammered California with runaway wildfires and hit Louisiana with its most powerful hurricane in 160 years may be about to get even worse. La Nina — a phenomenon that occurs when the surface of the Pacific Ocean cools — has officially formed, the U.S. Climate Prediction Center said Thursday. It triggers an atmospheric chain reaction that Read More…

California fires: Five reasons why this year is so bad

The Mercury News — For months, California’s attention has been rightfully fixed on coronavirus, the worst pandemic in a century. But 2020 is becoming an epic year for wildfires in California, as the state continues to burn and the records continue to fall. Three of the four largest fires in California history are all burning at the same time now. On Tuesday, 2.3 million acres already Read More…

Army Corps of Engineers posts public notice for Delta Tunnel permit

Red Green and Blue — The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has applied for a permit to place dredged and fill material and/or work in waters of the U.S., resulting in “permanent impacts to approximately 247.44 acres of waters, temporarily impacts to 87.17 acres of waters, and subsurface crossings under 16.88 acres of navigable waters,” according to the Corps. “The Read More…

Water-stealing Delta Tunnel will “only” cost $15.9 billion (Or…

Red Green and Blue — The estimate is based on a single tunnel with a total capacity of 6,000 cfs. with two intakes of 3,000 cfs. The project would feature 42 miles of tunnels and associated shafts, Southern Complex Facilities with a Pump Station and Forebay, and connections to the existing California Aqueduct of the State Water Project (SWP). The tunnel is opposed by a large Read More…

U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein, Kamala D. Harris and Representative…

Sierra Sun Times — Senator Dianne Feinstein, Senator Kamala D. Harris and Representative Josh Harder (all D-Calif.) introduced the Snow Water Supply Forecasting Program Authorization Act to establish an airborne snow observatory (ASO) and measurement program within the Department of the Interior. Without accurate readings, water managers could be forced to unnecessarily release water from Read More…