California and the U.S.

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

New Limits on California Well-Drilling Sought

Warning that a drought-driven surge in well drilling is causing the earth to sag and imperiling long-term water supplies, a California senator wants to place more stringent limits on new wells. In an effort sure to inflame ever-sensitive disputes over water rights, Senate Bill 1317, by Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, would have people hoping to […]

No Drought Buster, But March, April Could Bring Rain

Two words. Nine letters. That’s what it takes to sum up Ventura County’s rainfall so far this year. Not enough. “The rain we’re getting now is not enough,” said Casitas Municipal Water District’s Ron Merckling as showers started earlier this week.

OPINION: When Drought Became Deluge 30 Years Ago

History is best not forgotten, especially when lives could be at stake. Earlier this month, operators of the federal dam at Folsom Lake significantly increased releases into the American River, even though California’s water crisis is far from over. Though the reservoir was sitting at 40 percent of capacity, a manual drawn up in 1987 […]

Williams Floats Groundwater Safety Bill

A new bill by Assembly member Das Williams, AB 1882, would require the State Water Resources Control Board to monitor groundwater safety by closely reviewing underground injection control (UIC) wells. Such wastewater disposal wells are used to extract oil and natural gas, thereby producing brine water, which may contain fracking chemicals, said Williams’s office, which […]

Opposition – and an Alternative – Key to Stopping Twin Tunnels, GOP Candidate Says

Politicians who oppose the plan of Gov. Jerry Brown for twin tunnels in the Delta lose labor money, a Republican candidate for the 3rd state Senate district said Wednesday – so an out is available for them to just state they don’t support the tunnels. Greg Coppes said at the Vaca Valley Tea Party evening […]

OPINION: El Nino 101: What Everyone Needs to Know

If you have never heard the term “El Nino”, you might have been living under a rock. The common informed person is probably somewhat aware that we are amidst a record-setting El Nino, and rumors of a possible switch to La Nina later this year have also danced into the public’s ear, particularly those with […]