California and the U.S.

The latest news and analysis covering water issues in Caliornia and the rest of the United States.

California Water Agencies Resolve Colorado River Dispute

Two major California water agencies have settled a lawsuit that once threatened to derail a multi-state agreement to protect a river that serves millions of people in the U.S. West amid gripping drought. The Imperial Irrigation District, the largest single recipient of Colorado River water, sued the Metropolitan Water District twice in the past two […]

Agencies Seek Private Partner to Develop 500-MW San Vicente Energy Storage Project

The San Diego County Water Authority has issued a request for proposals seeking a full-service private partner capable of developing the 500-MW San Vicente pumped energy storage project, planned jointly by the Water Authority and the City of San Diego. The partner agencies aim to maximize the value of the existing San Vicente Reservoir for on-demand energy […]

Opinion: Why California’s Congressional Delegation Must Lead on Infrastructure Bill

With the House of Representatives back in session, we are pleased that one of the first items on its agenda will be consideration of the bipartisan infrastructure bill approved by the Senate last month. We hope our congressional representatives used their summer break to experience firsthand the desperate situation all Californians face. Wildfires threaten communities, homes and […]

Water Wars: Arizona Counties, Towns Battle Over Colorado River Water Rights

As Arizona’s population continues to swell by record numbers, cities and towns housing the transplants are looking for ways to increase their water supply. That search has pitted the growing Town of Queen Creek against counties along the Colorado River. Cibola, Arizona in La Paz County sits near the border with California directly on the […]

Dry and Failing Wells in Tuolumne County are a Sign of Drought’s Severity

Terry Carney, 71, showed the head of his well Thursday and said it dried up about two weeks after the July 9 magnitude 6.0 earthquake that struck near Walker, Nevada and was felt by people up and down the Sierra Nevada and as far west as the Bay Area. Carney’s well is one of more […]

The Complex And Surprising History Of Humanity And Water

NPR’s Ari Shapiro speaks with author Giulio Boccaletti about his new book Water: A Biography, which takes readers through the complex and surprising history of humanity and water.