California and the U.S.

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

2015 Biggest Trends: Water Scarcity Rises to Top Global Concern

In the last days of 2015, the Famine Early Warning System Network, a forecasting tool, reported that the deepest drought experienced by South Africa in over a decade could lead to grain shortages and spiking food prices. South Africa’s corn harvest, which normally yields a 3 million metric ton surplus that helps feed other African […]

Effectively Monitor Water Use in Your Home with Calliope

It’s estimated that nearly 18 percent of the water used in a person’s home is lost to leaks. Annually that can amount to a staggering 13,000 gallons of water. Whether all of that is coming from the toilet that won’t stop running or a catastrophic burst pipe, oftentimes you find out far too late that […]

Not Just California: El Niño Blamed For Weather Woes around Globe

The impacts of this season’s “El Niño” — now tied as the strongest on record — have been felt across the country in the form of record breaking warmth across the Midwest and Northeast, the deadly tornadoes and flooding in the Midwest and Southeast, and now the conveyor belt of storms slamming into southern California. […]

Pacific Warm-Water ‘Blob’ Weakens, NOAA Reports

The mysterious warm-water “blob” in the Pacific Ocean has weakened a bit, scientists reported in mid-December.   Strong winds dominating the West Coast during much of November brought “cold air and some new upwelling of deep, cold water that weakened the warm patches that made up the blob,” said Nathan Mantua of the National Oceanic […]

Lodi Council Moves to Form Water Agency

At Wednesday’s meeting, the Lodi City Council unanimously voted to adopt a resolution to form a groundwater sustainability agency (GSA) in Lodi city limits.   This resolution will ensure that the city of Lodi has declared to form an agency within the 90-day window required under the state Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).

Wet Weather Continues To Loom For Northern California

With a little help from El Niño, Mother Nature has turned on the spigot for California, though the North State so far has avoided the downpours that caused flooding elsewhere.   But that could change as a series of storms will continue to hit Redding and the surrounding mountains, said Nathan Owen with the National […]