When You Dream Of California, Does Water Come To Mind? It Should

WBUR – On a summer day in the San Joaquin Valley, 101 in the shade, I merge onto Highway 99 past downtown Fresno and steer through the vibrations of heat. I’m headed to the valley’s deep south, to a little farmworker town in a far corner of Kern County called Lost Hills. This is where the biggest farmer in America—the one whose mad plantings of almonds and pistachios have triggered Read More…

Using Diatoms as a Water Quality Indicator

Environmental Monitor – A team from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University working with New Jersey officials has revealed that the state’s water quality indicators—those specific to nutrients—need some work. But unlike some other approaches that focus on chemical analysis or other biological indicators like the health of benthic macroinvertebrates, this technique is Read More…

DWR Withdraws Approvals and Permit Applications for WaterFix,…

Somach Simmons & Dunn – The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) formally withdrew its approval for the twin tunnel water project known as California WaterFix, its certification of the environmental impact report (EIR) for the project, and its Petition for Change in Points of Diversion (Change Petition) pending with the State Water Resources Control Board associated with the Read More…

California Water Board Faces Lawsuit Over New Wetlands Rules

Courthouse News Service – With the Trump administration trudging ahead and re-writing another Obama-era environmental law, wary California regulators last month approved new protections for wetlands in the Golden State. The decision by the State Water Resources Control Board came after 11 years of debate between the board, cities, farmers and environmentalists over how to best define and Read More…

From Emerging To Emerged: What These ‘Here Now’ Contaminants Mean…

Water Online – As PFAS and a host of other pollutants threaten water systems and erode public confidence, the water industry fights back with a comprehensive action plan. Emerging pollutants such as perfluorinated compounds, pharmaceuticals, personal care products, nanomaterials, and microplastics are showing up in our wastewater, drinking water, food products, and even polar bear Read More…

Five Years Later, Effects Of Colorado River Pulse Flow Still Linger

KRCC – From inside a small airplane, tracing the Colorado River along the Arizona-California border, it’s easy to see how it happened. As the river bends and weaves through the American Southwest, its contents are slowly drained. Concrete canals send water to millions of people in Phoenix and Tucson, Los Angeles and San Diego. Farms, ribbons of green contrasted against the desert’s Read More…

UCLA researchers discover cost and time efficient method to recycle…

Daily Bruin – UCLA researchers designed a water vapor capture system that could purify industrial wastewater and agricultural runoff three times more efficiently than existing methods. The study, published in the April issue of Science Advance, was led by Yongho Sungtaek Ju, a mechanical and aerospace engineering professor. Ju said he was initially awarded a grant from the National Read More…

Harder unveils bill funding Valley water projects, including…

The Modesto Bee – Rep. Josh Harder, D-Turlock, thinks there is a better way to find water solutions for California’s Central Valley and to stop squandering water in wet years that’s needed in dry years. His bipartisan water legislation unveiled Wednesday promises federal support for storage and innovation projects to address shortages that too often plague Valley agriculture and Read More…

ACWA-Sponsored Safe Drinking Water Trust Bill Passes Second Senate…

ACWA – SB 669, legislation authored by Senator Anna Caballero (D-Salinas) that would create The Safe Drinking Water Trust, passed the Senate Governmental Organization Committee today by a 15-0 vote and is now headed to the Senate Appropriations Committee. ACWA and the California Municipal Utilities Association (CMUA) are sponsoring the bill which would help community water systems in Read More…