Northern California

Paradise Irrigation District wants to prosecute man accused of stealing water

July 2, 2014 at 4:46 pm 1 comment

The Paradise Irrigation District Board of Directors voted to go forward with the prosecution of a Butte County man accused of stealing water. Patrick Knutson pled his case in front of the board Wednesday night, telling them he took the water for fire protection while admitting he was in theRead More

Fish evacuated from Northern California hatcheries amid drought

June 17, 2014 at 5:00 pm Comments are Disabled

SAN FRANCISCO — Workers evacuated rainbow trout on Tuesday from a hatchery on the American River as part of rescue efforts prompted by concerns that California’s drought will increase water temperatures and kill the fish. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife was using tanker trucks to remove trout fromRead More

Lompico water district begins renovation of treatment plant

June 17, 2014 at 10:16 am Comments are Disabled

FELTON >> Lompico customers will have cleaner water in August, thanks to the renovation of a treatment plant that has been unused for decades. Construction began June 9 on the Lewis Treatment Plant, which will remove iron, manganese and ammonia present in Lompico well water. In August, the $100,000 project,Read More

Nation’s largest desalination plant looking to provide drought-proof water supply to California

Nation’s largest desalination plant looking to provide drought-proof water supply to California

June 16, 2014 at 12:01 pm Comments are Disabled

CARLSBAD >> On sunny afternoons, this stretch of beach 35 miles north of San Diego offers a classic Southern California backdrop: joggers, palm trees and surfers, flanked by waves rolling in and pelicans soaring overhead. But just across the road, another scene, unlike any other in the state’s history, isRead More

For Santa Cruz vacation rental owners, rationing could drain income

For Santa Cruz vacation rental owners, rationing could drain income

June 13, 2014 at 4:52 pm Comments are Disabled

SANTA CRUZ >> When Pat and Donna Downey of Denver arrived at their vacation rental house overlooking the Santa Cruz Small Craft Harbor, they were greeted with a welcoming note from the property owner that urged them to conserve water. The Downeys, who were in town with another couple toRead More

First month of rationing helps Santa Cruz meet goal

June 4, 2014 at 4:55 pm Comments are Disabled

SANTA CRUZ >> Santa Cruz customers appear to have risen to the Water Department’s challenge during the first month of water rationing, the city reported Wednesday. The average daily production of 8.3 million gallons came in a bit higher than a goal of 8.2 million gallons set for May. TypicalRead More

Northern California rivers, streams being polluted, drained by medical marijuana farms, study says

Northern California rivers, streams being polluted, drained by medical marijuana farms, study says

June 1, 2014 at 11:44 am Comments are Disabled

SAN FRANCISCO – Some drought-stricken rivers and streams in Northern California’s coastal forests are being polluted and sucked dry by water-guzzling medical marijuana farms, wildlife officials say — an issue that has spurred at least one county to try to outlaw personal grows. State fish and wildlife officials say muchRead More

Soquel Creek district to weigh groundwater emergency

Soquel Creek district to weigh groundwater emergency

May 31, 2014 at 4:56 pm Comments are Disabled

CAPITOLA >> Tuesday, leaders of the Soquel Creek Water District may take the first steps toward declaring a groundwater emergency and moratorium on new water hookups, which could affect development projects and home remodels. General Manager Kim Adamson said the board will hear an update on the status of theRead More

California’s golf courses gird for long, dry summer

California’s golf courses gird for long, dry summer

May 21, 2014 at 3:39 pm Comments are Disabled

Gripping a hose, Robert Hirsch, a maintenance worker at DeLaveaga Golf Course in Santa Cruz, sprays a dry patch of grass, several feet away from a lush green where a group of golfers practice chipping with their 9-irons. “In another month, all of this will be brown,” Hirsch says asRead More

Survey: Strong support for desalination plant in Soquel Creek district

Survey: Strong support for desalination plant in Soquel Creek district

May 19, 2014 at 10:17 am Comments are Disabled

SOQUEL >> More than two-thirds of voters within the Soquel Creek Water District think desalination is a viable way to generate a new supply and recover the groundwater basin, according to a recent poll. Goodwin Simon Strategic Research reports that 70 percent of 301 respondents surveyed on the phone in mid-MarchRead More