Environment

Environmental group sues to drain Hetch Hetchy Reservoir

Environmental group sues to drain Hetch Hetchy Reservoir

May 5, 2015 at 10:12 am Comments are Disabled

Spurned at the ballot box three years ago and facing an even more uphill battle now because of California’s historic drought, an environmental group has filed a lawsuit attempting to drain Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, a linchpin of the water supply for 2.6 million Bay Area residents from San Francisco toRead More

Delta tunnels: Major changes to environmental restoration could endanger Brown’s water plan

Delta tunnels: Major changes to environmental restoration could endanger Brown’s water plan

April 14, 2015 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

Gov. Jerry Brown has billed his $25 billion plan to build two massive tunnels under the Delta as a way to not just make it easier to move water from north to south, but also increase the reliability of water supplies and bring back salmon and other endangered species. ButRead More

Graphic: California’s reservoir levels offer little relief

Graphic: California’s reservoir levels offer little relief

April 2, 2015 at 2:57 pm Comments are Disabled

California Governor Jerry Brown’s emergency mandatory statewide water restrictions come after a year of requests for voluntary conservation — and a record-breaking warm and dry spell culminating in the worst April snowpack in recorded history — have failed to alarm many Californians enough to cut back on water. The graphic below illustratesRead More

California first to feel hydro-power crunch of drought

California first to feel hydro-power crunch of drought

March 23, 2015 at 3:55 pm Comments are Disabled

SAN FRANCISCO >> Flying over the Sierra Nevada as California entered its fourth year of drought, the state’s energy chief looked down and saw stark bare granite cloaked in dirty brown haze — not the usual pristine white peaks heaped with snow that would run the state’s hydroelectric dams forRead More

Drought, climate change threatening winter, way of life in Lake Tahoe

Drought, climate change threatening winter, way of life in Lake Tahoe

March 18, 2015 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

TAHOE CITY — There’s something disconcerting about life at Lake Tahoe these days. It’s still winter, but visitors are renting bikes instead of snowshoes and kayaks instead of skis. Come summer — without last-ditch torrential rains — the lake level is expected to be at such a historic low thatRead More

California water-wasters elude fines as drought persists

California water-wasters elude fines as drought persists

March 17, 2015 at 1:25 pm Comments are Disabled

SACRAMENTO >> California water regulators, alarmed by slack conservation three years into a crippling drought, took the unprecedented step last summer of establishing statewide restrictions and gave communities a hammer to enforce them: a $500 fine for excessive watering of lawns, hosing down driveways and running decorative yard fountains withRead More

Low water levels at the Stevens Creek Reservoir in San Jose, Calif., on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. The advancing drought condition is most evident in the small reservoirs that store water in Santa Clara County. According to the Santa Clara Valley Water District the Almaden, Uvas and Stevens Creek reservoirs are all at 3 percent or lower capacity. (File/Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

California has entered fourth year of drought, water experts say

February 26, 2015 at 3:03 pm Comments are Disabled

IRVINE >> State water officials are preparing for the fourth straight year of drought and are readying more restrictive water conservation measures under an extension of the governor’s water emergency plan. Rainfall, snowpack and runoff estimates are way below average, indicating the state will continue in drought-emergency mode throughout theRead More

How can Southern California be so dry while storms soak Northern California

How can Southern California be so dry while storms soak Northern California

February 9, 2015 at 8:06 pm Comments are Disabled

Lots of issues divide Southern and Northern California: The Dodgers vs. the Giants. Hollywood vs. Silicon Valley. Southern Californians say “the” before naming a freeway; northerners don’t. Now, after this past weekend’s soaking storms, there’s a new difference emerging: the drought. As the state faces a possible fourth year ofRead More

California drought: What happened to the rain?

California drought: What happened to the rain?

January 21, 2015 at 1:39 pm Comments are Disabled

When Dennis Conta started building his dream house in Santa Cruz three years ago, he prayed that it wouldn’t rain much during the long construction process. “Got to be careful what you pray for,” he mused Friday, nearly three weeks after the region’s last big storm, which drenched the BayRead More

December rains stoke big flows in Bay Area waterfalls

December rains stoke big flows in Bay Area waterfalls

January 6, 2015 at 8:56 pm Comments are Disabled

Heavy rainstorms have awakened the Bay Area’s slumbering waterfalls, providing the biggest and showiest water rush in the hills since three years of drought began. From the Santa Cruz Mountains redwood groves to Mount Diablo bay and oak forests to Sunol-Ohlone Wilderness rocky peaks, heavy December rainfall has opened theRead More