Environment

Napa earthquake shakes loose unknown ground water

Napa earthquake shakes loose unknown ground water

September 7, 2014 at 1:11 pm Comments are Disabled

VALLEJO, Calif. >> A major Northern California earthquake that caused an estimated $400 million in damage also unloosed torrents of groundwater that may help ease the region’s drought. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday that the magnitude 6.0 earthquake on Aug. 24 unexpectedly forced groundwater to the surface, filling dry creekRead More

Debunking ‘myths’ of Colorado River water, climate change and the drought

Debunking ‘myths’ of Colorado River water, climate change and the drought

September 5, 2014 at 2:39 pm Comments are Disabled

LAS VEGAS — A top federal water administrator said Aug. 29, 2014, that several myths stand in the way of broad agreements needed to deal with increasing demand for water in the drought-stricken and over-allocated Colorado River basin. Assistant Secretary of the Interior Anne Castle told the “Business of Water”Read More

California drought: Why doesn’t California build big dams any more?

California drought: Why doesn’t California build big dams any more?

September 2, 2014 at 12:54 pm 1 comment

How much money drought-stricken California should spend to build new dams was a big part of the debate over the bill that Gov. Jerry Brown signed last month to put a $7.5 billion water bond on the November ballot. Republicans and Central Valley Democrats who pushed hardest for new reservoirsRead More

These 9 before and after photos show the impact of California’s drought

These 9 before and after photos show the impact of California’s drought

August 25, 2014 at 3:22 pm 12 comments

In these before-and-after images, full water levels are visible around Lake Oroville in Oroville, California and Folsom Lake in El Folsom, California on July 20, 2011 and low water levels are visible on August 19, 2014. As the severe drought in California continues for a third straight year, water levelsRead More

You can see how far Lake Mead water level has fallen

You can see how far Lake Mead water level has fallen

August 12, 2014 at 3:26 pm Comments are Disabled

LAS VEGAS — Once-teeming Lake Mead marinas are idle as a 14-year drought steadily drops water levels to historic lows. Officials from nearby Las Vegas are pushing conservation, but are also drilling a new pipeline to keep drawing water from the lake. Hundreds of miles away, farmers who receive waterRead More

Chances of drought-busting El Niño fizzling

Chances of drought-busting El Niño fizzling

August 12, 2014 at 3:11 pm Comments are Disabled

A powerful El Niño that had been emerging in the Pacific Ocean is fizzling out, evaporating hopes it will deliver a knockout punch to California’s three-year drought. A new report from scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration decreases the probability of an El Niño — the condition thatRead More

First half of 2014 was hottest ever recorded in California

First half of 2014 was hottest ever recorded in California

July 21, 2014 at 9:23 pm 19 comments

SAN JOSE — It was another balmy, breezy summer day Monday, with a high in San Jose of 79 degrees, far below the record temperature of 97. Oakland was even cooler at 74, and as usual, San Francisco’s high of 70 was cool enough to bring out jackets. But beneathRead More

California drought puts farmers in a bidding war for water

California drought puts farmers in a bidding war for water

July 21, 2014 at 1:19 pm Comments are Disabled

NEWMAN — Rumors drifted across the parched Central Valley that a bidding war for water might push auction prices as high as $3,000 an acre-foot, up from $60 in a normal year. Yet, Ray Flanders needed water to keep his orchards alive. So this spring he sealed his bid inRead More

Should California do away with swimming pools during the drought?

Should California do away with swimming pools during the drought?

July 18, 2014 at 10:32 am 4 comments

“Swimmin’ pools, movie stars.” The notable refrain from the “The Beverly Hillbillies” theme song describes it best. Not everyone who moves to California can become a movie star. But if you have enough money, you can get a house with a swimming pool. Pools are the aquamarine line between affluentRead More

Drought brings Lake Mead water level to new low

Drought brings Lake Mead water level to new low

July 14, 2014 at 4:50 pm Comments are Disabled

LAS VEGAS — Drought in the southwestern U.S. will deplete the vast Lake Mead this week to levels not seen since Hoover Dam was completed and the reservoir on the Colorado River was filled in the 1930s, federal water managers said Tuesday. The projected lake level of about 1,080 feetRead More