California and the U.S.

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

Northern California Cities, Water Districts Urge Conservation As PG&E Blackout Continues

Cities, counties and regional water districts throughout the Sacramento Valley and Bay Area are urging users to cut down on water use during Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s public safety power shutoff, which has blacked out hundreds of thousands of customers since the early morning hours of Wednesday. Fairfield authorities are urging residents to conserve […]

Cleaning Up Paradise As A Grim Anniversary Nears

Next month, the Northern California community of Paradise and will commemorate a somber anniversary: On Nov. 8, 2018, the town burned to the ground. Nearly 11,000 properties were erased in the deadliest, most destructive wildfire in state history, which took 85 lives. Now, as California braces for peak fire season, the most extensive post-fire cleanup […]

What Happens When Your Town Dries Up?

California’s Central Valley is one of the most productive agricultural regions in the United States—it yields a third of the produce grown in the country and is the world’s largest supplier of canned tomatoes. But a seven-year drought has threatened the viability of the valley’s farmland, and many rural communities have suffered greatly as a […]

California Water Czar Seeks Resource Collaboration, Not Combat

For E. Joaquin Esquivel, California has made great strides in fighting climate change and transitioning to a cleaner energy sector. Now, he said, it’s water’s turn. “Water, I think, is ready for that moment,” said Esquivel, the chairman of the California State Water Resources Control Board who took over from longtime chair Felicia Marcus in […]

Wildfires A Massive Threat To California’s Progress In Cutting Greenhouse Gases

The wildfires that raged last year from Paradise to Malibu made for California’s deadliest, most destructive fire season on record. But the eruption of blazes marked another distinction for California, as one of the worst for the climate. In 2018, fires released more than 45 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere — […]

California Water

October kicks off a new water year for California and the state has a considerably more water storage than last year. Statewide reservoir water storage is 128% of average. That amounts to about 29.7 million acre-feet of water for California, according to the Department of Water Resources. It’s due to that marathon wet winter in […]