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EPA proposes first-of-its-kind regulation to help curb climate change

June 2, 2014 at 12:18 pm Comments are Disabled

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday proposed states reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants by 30 percent in 16 years, an ambitious plan to curb greenhouse gases that cause global climate change. A first-ever nationwide proposal, local energy experts say it won’t have much of an effect onRead 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

Bay Area fire officials watching San Diego blazes wonder: Are we next?

Bay Area fire officials watching San Diego blazes wonder: Are we next?

May 16, 2014 at 3:43 pm Comments are Disabled

With triple-digit temperatures in the Bay Area this week parching its hillsides amid one of the worst droughts in state history, officials here are keeping a wary eye on the fires raging in Southern California and wondering whether we’re next. Dwindling water levels at reservoirs and an unusually warm springRead More

California drought may devastate wildlife populations

California drought may devastate wildlife populations

May 4, 2014 at 3:49 pm Comments are Disabled

DEAR JOAN: I am writing because of the drought we are experiencing here in California. I am starting to really worry about what the animals will do when the creeks start drying up. I am very concerned about the larger mammals in particular. Is there anything you can tell meRead More

California cities deploy water cops, water-waste patrols

California cities deploy water cops, water-waste patrols

April 27, 2014 at 3:54 pm Comments are Disabled

SACRAMENTO — Steve Upton thinks of himself more as an “Officer Friendly” than a water cop. On a recent sunny day, the water waste inspector rolled through a quiet Sacramento neighborhood in his white pickup truck after a tipster tattled on people watering their lawns on prohibited days. He approachedRead More

Scientists: California drought threatens animals

April 27, 2014 at 3:51 pm Comments are Disabled

SACRAMENTO — California’s drought threatens some fish, birds and trees that are already struggling to survive, university researchers said at a summit held in Sacramento. The state’s fish are especially at risk, said Peter Moyle of the University of California, Davis, Center for Watershed Sciences. The state lists 37 typesRead More

Cal State University playing a critical role in water conservation

Cal State University playing a critical role in water conservation

April 23, 2014 at 11:06 am Comments are Disabled

As water agencies wrestle with California’s drought emergency, and lawmakers pass bills seeking relief from a third consecutive dry year, another institution, the public university system, is continuing to play a critical role in water conservation. Among its 23 campuses, California State University has 12 water research institutes, with moreRead More