Bureau of Reclamation Awards $9.9 Million to 31 Tribes for Drought…

Sierra Sun Times — The Bureau of Reclamation has announced that 31 tribes in 12 states will receive $9.9 million through the Native American Affairs Technical Assistance to Tribes Program. “Water 2021 was one of the most hydrologically challenging years to date. As the year unfolded, Reclamation recognized the need to reprogram $100 million dollars to directly deal with the drought and to Read More…

Study finds sources of E. coli in American River from animals, not…

FOX 40 — At the lower American River, colder temperatures aren’t the only reason why some are avoiding taking a dip. “Everybody tells us not to swim in there,” said Jeuel Rodriguez, who was visiting the river. Over several years, part of the American River was found to contain high levels of E. coli bacteria, most recently in the Tiscornia Park beach area. Many visiting along the Read More…

This obscure laboratory Tahoe holds the answers to California’s…

SF Gate — At the top of Donner Summit, an old cabin rests in a thicket of tall trees. The structure is three stories tall, including the basement. Still, in the heaviest of winters, the snow drifts are deep enough to bury the front door, so the only way into the building is through a window on the top floor. The cabin is the home of an obscure laboratory, called the Central Sierra Snow Lab, Read More…

Four Central Valley groundwater plans fail to meet California…

Fresno Bee — Four groundwater plans in the Central Valley — including those for Westlands and Chowchilla water districts and the Merced and Eastern San Joaquin subbasins — do not show how they will protect water quality, keep drinking water wells from going dry or stop land from sinking further, according to the Department of Water Resources. In short, those plans earned “D’s” Read More…

Calif. releases updated groundwater report

WaterWorld — With a severe drought and an increased reliance on groundwater basins, Calif.’s Department of Water Resources (DWR) released the final version of its California’s Groundwater – Update 2020 report. The report, also known as Bulletin 118, contains critical information about the condition and use of the state’s groundwater, which is especially important as California faces Read More…

UCR experts weigh drought’s long-term impacts

UC Riverside — Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a drought emergency for the entire state of California this past month. The period from Oct. 1, 2020 to Sept. 30, 2021 was the second-driest year on record in California. Almost 90% of the state is in throes of extreme drought. Reservoir storage is 60% of average. Said one state water official: "It's almost beyond comprehension." We asked UCR experts Read More…

California, Arizona and Nevada in talks on new plan to save Colorado…

Los Angeles Times — Two and a half years after signing a deal aimed at averting a damaging crisis along the Colorado River, water officials from California, Arizona and Nevada are discussing plans to take even less water from the shrinking river and leave it in Lake Mead in an effort to prevent the reservoir from falling to dangerously low levels. Representatives of water agencies from Read More…

California backslides on water conservation amid drought

The Washington Post — A severe drought prompted California Gov. Gavin Newsom last summer to ask the state’s nearly 40 million residents to voluntarily reduce water use by 15% this year. New data released Tuesday shows few people are doing that. Californians reduced their water use by a measly 3.9% in September, down from 5.1% in August. Overall, California has reduced its Read More…

State water storage gets $1.5 billion, as part of Biden’s…

FOX 26 News — California and the Valley stand to gain plenty from President Biden’s trillion-dollar infrastructure package. We talked one-on-one with Fresno Congressman Jim Costa to learn what’s in it for the Valley. Water storage, drinking water infrastructure, widening sections of highways 99 and 41, expanding broadband access, airport improvements and the list goes on. Water storage Read More…

Public comment period opens on proposed new reservoir in the Central…

YourCentralValley.com — A plan to create a new man-made lake for water storage is now another step closer to development. The United States Bureau of Reclamation is releasing their latest updated plans on the proposed Sites Reservoir north of the San Joaquin Delta. The proposed Sites Reservoir would hold up to 1,500,000 acre-feet of water.  That’s three times the size of Millerton Read More…