California and the U.S.

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

Bay Area Rainfall: When Is It Coming And When Should We Start To Worry?

Normally between Oct. 1 and mid-November, if historical averages are any guide, the Bay Area has received nearly 2 inches of rain, and Los Angeles and Fresno each have received about an inch. But so far this year? None. To be sure, there was one-hundredth of an inch recorded in San Jose and San Francisco […]

At Least 1,680 Dams Across The US Pose Potential Risk

On a cold morning last March, Kenny Angel got a frantic knock on his door. Two workers from a utility company in northern Nebraska had come with a stark warning: Get out of your house. Just a little over a quarter-mile upstream, the 92-year-old Spencer Dam was straining to contain the swollen, ice-covered Niobrara River […]

Sonoma County Drills Wells To Study Groundwater Sustainability

The shallow wells Sonoma County’s water agency is drilling near 11 waterways have nothing to do with delivering water to 600,000 residents of Sonoma and Marin counties. Instead, the 21 wells will serve as measuring sticks to determine whether pumping groundwater in the county’s three basins — the Santa Rosa Plain, Petaluma Valley and Sonoma […]

Yorkshire Water Launches World’s First Poo-Powered Pub

In what will be the first time a public space has been powered by electricity made from poo, The Number Two Tavern is launching for a limited time in The Light, Leeds from 7th until 9th November. The company is holding its first ever carbon week to spread the word and share knowledge about how […]

Feds Set To Lock In Huge Water Contract For Well-Connected Westlands Water District

Westlands Water District, a sprawling San Joaquin Valley farm district with ties to the Trump administration, is poised to get a permanent entitlement to a massive quantity of cheap federal irrigation supplies. Westlands is the first in line to permanently lock in its contract for Central Valley Project deliveries under a 2016 law. Other valley […]

2 Years After Spillway Crumbled, Lessons Learned At Oroville Dam

It is the tallest earthen dam in the country, standing at 770 feet. The central feature standing over the town of Oroville, the dam brings water and electricity to parts of the state using water from the Feather River. Today, construction crews are still busy doing some final grading on work that has spanned more […]