President-elect Donald Trump might have trouble living up to one of his more sweeping campaign promises in California.On the stump in Fresno last May, he made headlines for declaring, “There is no drought” here.It’s a bit unclear from his remarks whether he was voicing an opinion or simply reporting what some farmers told him at a pre-rally gathering. Either way, he was badly mistaken.
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California (Drought) Dreamin’: Lawmakers on both sides of the Capitol are hopeful that this could be the year Congress finally reaches a deal on California water. Time is running out, but the success or failure of drought talks could have big implications for the rest of Congress’ unfinished business, including a major water infrastructure package, an energy bill and a spending measure to keep the government open past Dec. 9.
The number of dead trees in California’s drought-stricken forests has risen dramatically to more than 102 million in what officials described as an unparalleled ecological disaster that heightens the danger of massive wildfires and damaging erosion. Officials said they were alarmed by the increase in dead trees, which they estimated to have risen by 36 million since the government’s last survey in May. The U.S. Forest Service, which performs such surveys of forest land, said Friday that 62 million trees have died this year alone.
The California Wildlife Conservation Board has awarded $14 million for Salton Sea wetland habitat restoration to sustain migrating birds and the fish they eat there, state officials announced Thursday, Nov. 17. The grant of voter-approved bond funds will be used by the California Department of Water Resources to build about 640 acres of wetlands near the spot where the New River flows into the super-saline lake northwest of Westmorland, California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird said in a news release.