State water board won’t vote next week on controversial river flow…

The Modesto Bee – The State Water Board is making it clear that it won’t vote next week on a much-disputed proposal to require higher river flows for improving water quality in the Sacramento-San Joaquin river delta. Felicia Marcus, who chairs the water board, said in a letter Wednesday to the California Natural Resources Agency that final action will be taken at a board meeting Read More…

Delta tunnels cost soars to nearly $20 billion when accounting for…

The Sacramento Bee – The California Department of Water Resources is planning to construct twin tunnels to carry Sacramento River water under the Delta. The intakes would be located just south of Sacramento. Here’s what would be involved in their construction. The estimated cost of the Delta tunnels project, Gov. Jerry Brown’s controversial plan to re-engineer the troubled hub of Read More…

In a warming world, the fight for water can push nations apart—or…

Quartz – The Rio Grande Valley of Texas is one of the fastest-growing places in the United States. Already hot and arid, and growing hotter, the booming, heavily Latino region depends almost entirely on the shriveling Rio Grande for water. Considered one of the most endangered rivers in North America, the Rio Grande provides drinking and irrigation water to 6 million people and 2 million Read More…

Monterey peninsula closer to solving water crisis

KSBW – The Monterey Peninsula is closer than ever to solving its water supply problem thanks to a positive recommendation from the California Public Utilites Commission staff on a proposed desalination plant permit. Monterey has always been water poor, and in 2009, the California State Water Board ordered a cease and desist order on pumping from the Carmel River. California American Water Read More…

Putting California on a Water Budget (Press Release)

JD Supra – From 2012 to 2016, California endured its worst drought on record, drier than any four-year period in the last 450 years. [1] In response, on May 31, 2018, the California Legislature and Governor Jerry Brown enacted two bills aimed at establishing long-term water use efficiency standards to better stretch limited water supplies for California’s cities and farms. [2] Together, Read More…

California WaterFix start dates raise red flags

The Press – An application submitted by the Delta Conveyance Finance Authority (DCFA) seeking $1.6 billion in federal funding to support the California WaterFix project has raised some eyebrows.  The application indicates dates for the issuance of construction permits and the start of tunnel construction. “They emphatically state that they’re going to have the permit in their hand on Read More…

Water Authority Conditionally Backs $17 Billion Delta Tunnels Plan

Times of San Diego – The San Diego County Water Authority’s board of directors gave conditional support Thursday to the California WaterFix, the state’s $17 billion plan to upgrade key water infrastructure. San Diego joins the Metropolitan Water District in Los Angeles and Santa Clara County Water District in Silicon Valley in backing one Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature long-term Read More…

Harder vows to protect Valley’s water rights, way of life

The Modesto Bee – One-hundred seventy years ago, my great-great-grandfather crossed the U.S. to find a better life in California. He and his wife founded their peach farm in Manteca. Access to water to grow their crops was critical to providing for their family then. It’s just as critical today. For farmers here in the Valley, water is not a partisan issue – it’s about economic Read More…

Hydroelectric Dam Threatens to Wipe Out World’s Rarest Ape

National Geographic – The world's rarest great ape, discovered only in 2017, will not survive the building of a $1.6 billion hydroelectric power plant and dam in the middle of its remaining habitat in Sumatra, Indonesia, wildlife experts warn. Only 800 of the newly identified Tapanuli orangutans remain in the wild, all in northern Sumatra’s Batang Toru Forest. It’s one of Read More…

As storms worsen, America’s aging dams overflow

CBS News – More than 80,000 people in the mountain community of Lynchburg, Virginia, were at risk, and 120 families evacuated, when rising waters from nearby College Lake reecently threatened to overflow its outdated dam. Although calamity was averted when the water receded, the incident was a frightening reminder of the growing risk facing millions of Americans. The average age of the Read More…