California and the U.S.

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

Gov. Brown’s $17 Billion Delta Tunnels Plan Faces New Hurdle — a Leading Taxpayers Organization

In a development that casts significant doubt on whether Silicon Valley’s largest water district will help pay for Gov. Jerry Brown’s $17 billion Delta tunnels plan, a majority of Santa Clara Valley Water District board members now say they want to put the issue to a public vote. The district, which provides 1.9 million residents […]

DWR Says March 30, 2016 Snow Survey Will Help Reveal California’s Water Health

California’s snowpack usually reaches its peak in the early spring each year near the first of April. Melting of the snowpack increases as the sun’s path across the sky moves a little northward each day and solar radiation intensifies on the ground. Snowpack surveys by the Department of Water Resource (DWR) in late March and […]

Water Picture Brightens

The old dam has once more been swallowed up by the rising lake, it’s no longer such a long hike from the campground to the shore, and — can you believe it? — boat ramps actually lead to water. Yes, after a 23-foot rise there during the month of March, New Hogan is in much […]

The Lessons From El Nino

As noted in a March 18 Reuters article by Karen Braun, the very strong El Niño event is showing signs that it is rapidly unwinding, and when it does, there could be some major changes in global temperature. El Niño is a periodic weakening—or even a reversal, as is the case with this one—of the […]

Bipartisan Push on California Drought Relief

California lawmakers from both sides of the aisle called on President Barack Obama to direct federal agencies to pump more water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, which has been replenished by rainfall, to bring drought relief to the agriculturally intense San Joaquin Valley. A letter by a coalition of 11 California Republican House members, […]

Oroville Dam Spillway Gates Open for First Time in Years

Dozens of people made their way toward Oroville Dam to see water surge down the dam’s controlled spillway Thursday. It’s the first time the spillway has been in opened in five years to maintain storage space in Lake Oroville for flood control. Over the past 10 years, the spillway has been open for flood control […]