California

May 11, 2016--California braces for unending drought (New York Times)

 With California entering its fifth year of a statewide drought, Gov. Jerry Brown moved on Monday to impose permanent water conservation measures and called on water suppliers to prepare for a future made drier by climate change. Under the governor’s executive order, emergency drought regulations, like bans on hosing down driveways or watering lawns within 48 hours of


April 21, 2016--Who's to blame for faulty local El Niño predictions? (Los Angeles Times)

A rainy season that began with much El Niño-fueled promise is speeding to a dry and disappointing end.


April 16, 2016--Is the California drought America's water wake-up call? (Los Angeles Times)

The California drought is not over. The great hope for major replenishment of California's surface and groundwater supplies — the “Godzilla” El Niño — has failed thus far to live up to its super-sized hype, delivering only average amounts of rain and snow, primarily to the northern half of the state. Average, however, is welcome.


April 4, 2016--$8bn habitat conservation plan scrapped as California prioritizes agribusiness (Guardian)

or the past eight years, California politicians, utility companies, farmers and environmentalists have been arguing over the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP).


March 4, 2016--Future of the Colorado River Basin (Arizona State University)

The Colorado River provides water for nearly 40 million people in seven western states, irrigating millions of acres of farmland, and generating thousands of megawatts of electricity. And though an official declaration of water shortage on the Colorado River has never been declared, and that careful planning has ensured Arizona and Colorado are well-supplied with water, residents need to k


January 29, 2016--Even torrential rain brought by El Niño may not end California’s drought (Economist)

Stillness pervades the South Los Angeles Wetland Park. A turtle floats by, undisturbed by lunch hour at the high school opposite. Tall bulrushes bend around the pool at the centre of the nine-acre (3.6 hectare) site. The water comes from the city’s storm drains, cleaned of oil and rubbish.


January 16, 2016--How federal policies are eroding the San Joaquin Valley floor (Water Deeply)

The San Joaquin Valley floor has been sinking for decades. So much water has been pumped out of wells in this arid agricultural zone that the land’s surface has caved downward almost 30 feet in places.


January 15, 2016--California Governor Brown pushes big water project amid drought (Reuters)

California Governor Jerry Brown warned on Thursday of near-apocalyptic water shortages if his $15 billion plan to divert water from a Northern California river for use elsewhere gets bogged down in political and environmental disputes. The plan to remove water north of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, the fragile source of much of the state's drinking water, is opposed by many e


January 12, 2016--California drought: How will we know when it's over? (Mercury News)

Now that 2016 has gotten off to a wet start, with a series of El Niño storms drenching California in recent days, the question is turning up with increasing frequency at dinner parties and coffee shops:  "How will we know when the drought is over?" The answer, water experts say, is more complicated than you'd think. Simply put: The drought could end this year


January 9, 2016--How the feds can ensure Western states get more water in 2016 (High Country News)

This summer, as California was struggling through its fourth and most severe year of drought, two California Congressmen unveiled legislation meant to ease the pain. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) and Rep. David Valadao (R) introduced, respectively, the California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2015 and the Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015.


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