California and the U.S.

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

Wildfire Risks Still High Despite Wetter Winter

Even with the rains this past winter, wildfire risks still remain high. Fire officials sent out a strong reminder Monday that we all need to do our parts now. “Going into this fire season, all bets are off on anticipated fire behavior,” Cal Fire director Ken Pimlott said. Crews will be dealing with even more challenges […]

Groundbreaking Levee Project to Restore Ecosystem

Ground was broken on a new levee Monday morning in Hamilton City. Leaders from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District and Reclamation District 2140 joined Congressman Doug LaMalfa and John Garamendi, as well as state and local officials, during the ceremony. The event kicked off nearly seven miles of expected levee improvements and 1,500 […]

BLOG: The Collapse of Water Exports – Los Angeles, 1914

In February, 1914, the rainfall in the Mojave Desert region exceeded by nearly fifty per cent in three days the average annual precipitation. Where the steel siphon crosses Antelope valley at the point of greatest depression, an arroyo or run-off wash indicated that fifteen feet was the extreme width of the flood stream, and the […]

Judge Refuses to Halt Delta land Sale to Southern California Agency

A judge has refused to block a Southern California water agency’s controversial purchase of five islands in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Judge Barbara Kronlund in San Joaquin Superior Court declined to grant a temporary restraining order Friday to officials from San Joaquin and Contra Costa counties, who sued two weeks ago to keep the Metropolitan […]

Ted Cruz Has a Delta Smelt Plan: Disco Ball, a Little Barry White

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, speaking at the state Republican Party Convention, dug into the state’s complex water policies Saturday, suggesting that it might be possible to replenish the Delta smelt population with a little romantic music and a disco ball. More than a trillion gallons of fresh water have been dumped into the Pacific […]

OPINION: Inevitable Changes in California’s Water Supply

California faces major changes in its water supply. The sooner everyone realizes these changes are coming, the better the state will be able to cope with what lies ahead. Today’s changes are driven by efforts to end groundwater depletion, by sea level rise and loss of snowpack, salts and nitrate accumulating in groundwater, new invasive […]