California and the U.S.

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

Eyes In The Sky Help Farmers On The Ground

The Central Valley of California doesn’t begin so much with a gradual change in the landscape as with an abrupt line. Suddenly, a barren plain that looks like an apt cue for “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” theme song is interrupted by the first row of leafy, irrigated crops. Since the 1930s, the […]

Demise Of Key Environment Bill Could Escalate California’s Water Wars

The smoke has (partly) cleared from the legislative battlefield, in the aftermath of a struggle pitting the leader of the California Senate against not only powerful water and agricultural interests but also Gov. Gavin Newsom. And California’s two largest water-delivery systems may soon be operating under rules that differ ever more significantly. Newsom has said […]

How Rock Expands Near Soil Surface In Southern Sierra Nevada

A University of Wyoming researcher and his team discovered that weathering of subsurface rock in the Southern Sierra Nevada Mountains of California occurs due more to rocks expanding than from chemical decomposition, as previously thought. Porosity, the void space in rock, was conventionally thought to be produced when water flows through the rock, thus resulting […]

Cities In North Santa Clara County Explore Water Recycling Technologies For a Sustainable, Resilient Water Supply

With increased water demands due to climate change and population growth, solutions for a sustainable and resilient water supply are more critical than ever. That’s why the Santa Clara Valley Water District, now known as Valley Water, and the cities of Palo Alto and Mountain View are exploring a potential partnership to help fill the […]

Drought Tolerant Crop Being Studied In The Valley

Big research is happening at the Kearney Agriculture and Extension Center in Fresno County. Sorghum, a crop that looks similar to corn, is under a microscope. Jeff Dahlberg, director of the center, said that sorghum is very drought tolerant. “What we are looking for is the mechanism behind the drought tolerance in sorghum and if […]

Could Sea Level Rise Threaten The Water Coming Out Of Some California Taps?

Most Californians turn on their taps without thinking about where the water comes from or if that flow might trickle out someday. They may not realize how local, state, and even federal water managers work together to ensure a steady water supply now and in the future. Flooding from earthquake-caused levee breeches or climate change-caused […]