State Initiates Environmental Review for Proposed Delta Conveyance Project, Begins Public Scoping

press release : eastcountytoday – excerpt SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Department of Water Resources (DWR) released a Notice of Preparation (NOP) for a proposal to modernize water infrastructure in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, initiating environmental review in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The NOP, announcing the preparation of an environmental impact report … More State Initiates Environmental Review for Proposed Delta Conveyance Project, Begins Public Scoping

Lawsuit claims corruption, racism, sexual harassment contributed to Oroville Dam crisis

By Ryan Sabalow and Darrell Smith : sacbee – excerpt Workers were patching Oroville Dam’s weathered concrete spillway, nearly four years before a massive crater would tear it open. Michael Hopkins, an employee at the Department of Water Resources, alleges he saw something he would never forget. A legally deaf woman was assigned to drive … More Lawsuit claims corruption, racism, sexual harassment contributed to Oroville Dam crisis

Suspect Hunters Point shipyard contractor did similar work at Treasure Island

By Jason Fagone and Cynthia Dizikes : sfchronicle – excerpt Corporate managers accused of directing an extensive fraud in the cleanup of San Francisco’s toxic shipyard led similar projects at nearby Treasure Island — work that apparently has never been rechecked since fraud at the shipyard was discovered, even as a $5 billion real estate … More Suspect Hunters Point shipyard contractor did similar work at Treasure Island

Carl DeMaio Names 12 Democrat Legislators as Targets in Campaign to Defeat the Water Tax

By Carl DeMaio Group that successfully recalled State Senator Josh Newman in 2018 over Gas Tax will now target 12 “Water Tax Weaklings” in State Senate and State Assembly In 2018, State Senator Josh Newman was successfully recalled from office over his decision to cast the deciding vote on the controversial Gas Tax hike. In … More Carl DeMaio Names 12 Democrat Legislators as Targets in Campaign to Defeat the Water Tax

California Lawmakers Push for Oversight of Delta Tunnels Project

By Nick Cahill : courthousenews – excerpt SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) – A group of Northern California lawmakers seeking more sway over a mammoth $17 billion water project introduced a proposal Friday that would require new construction contracts to be reviewed by the Legislature. The Legislative Delta Caucus says because of the scope of the California … More California Lawmakers Push for Oversight of Delta Tunnels Project

Gov. Newsom must mop up Brown’s water mess

By Jonas Minton : secbee – excerpt Despite many high priority issues on his plate, one of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s first tests will be how he deals with California’s water challenges and opportunities. Unfortunately, in the last days of his term Gov. Jerry Brown made a bad bargain with the Trump administration and special interests. … More Gov. Newsom must mop up Brown’s water mess

Opinion: Bay environmental watchdog agency has lost its way

By Linda Adams and Peter Blackmore : eastbaytimes – excerpt SF Bay Conservation and Development Commission works against the businesses and citizens it is supposed to serve Bay Area residents deserve government agencies that work for them – and for the benefit of the environment that we all hold so dear. But the San Francisco … More Opinion: Bay environmental watchdog agency has lost its way

Let it flow: In about-face, state breaks and shifts levees to restore natural floodplains

By Alastair Bland : calmatters – excerpt At the confluence of the San Joaquin and Tuolumne rivers, a winter of heavy rains could inundate about 1,200 acres of riverside woodland for the first time in 60 years. That’s by design: Here, a few miles west of Modesto, work crews removed or broke several miles of … More Let it flow: In about-face, state breaks and shifts levees to restore natural floodplains

California wildfires accelerated climate change as much as a whole year of power use

By Zoë Schlanger : qz – excerpt California’s 2018 fire season, including the largest fire in state history, released nearly as much climate-warming and air-polluting emissions as a year’s worth of electricity use there. The wildfires released 68 million tons of carbon dioxide in 2018, according to the US Geological Survey, or 15% of the state’s total … More California wildfires accelerated climate change as much as a whole year of power use

Trump memo orders Central Valley water changes

by Chris Reed : calwatchdog – excerpt The Trump administration has launched a bold effort to up-end water policies in the Central Valley and the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, calling for big changes that would favor farmers over endangered species in allocating water. Helping craft the administration’s new approach: Deputy Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, a former … More Trump memo orders Central Valley water changes