After a very wet winter, less than 6 percent of the state is in moderate drought while one-third of the state is still abnormally dry. Climate experts predict the state’s future will be full of weather extremes.
As the rainy season begins for most of the country, a new report offers the first baseline assessment of the systems in place using green infrastructure to manage stormwater.
Many communities in the state’s San Joaquin Valley continue to struggle for water as a result of the ag industry’s overpumping of groundwater. Experts estimate that groundwater losses since 1961 have totaled 93 million acre-feet.
Water intelligence supports a shared approach to solving water challenges.
The Tulare Lake Basin has been converting sewage sludge into organic fertilizer since 2016, but an immense snowpack could overwhelm the lake bed and contaminate groundwater that landowners and farmers rely on.
A complex web of factors impacts the health of these important water sources.
The trucks may qualify for an exception to the state’s rule that most new heavy-duty trucks be zero-emission by 2036. The rule would be a major win for the waste industry, but a significant setback for the state’s environmental goals.
Climate change and other factors put growing pressure on critical watersheds.
Record rain and snowfall are easing drought pressures, but California can’t overcome long-term water challenges if infrastructure is neglected.
The ongoing drought has raised costs, making it increasingly difficult for more than 13 million low-income households across the state to afford water. Many are looking for officials to take action.
The city and region are quickly running out of water as California’s drought persists, increasing the urgency for local officials to make immediate change instead of future investments.
Disadvantaged communities have suffered disproportionately from underinvestment in clean and affordable water. But a historic increase in federal water infrastructure funding can change the equation if managed correctly.
The Nov. 8 election will elect four of the 7-member board for the area’s largest water provider, Santa Clara Valley Water District, which is one of Santa Clara County’s largest government agencies.
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves says privatizing the water system is “on the table.” But the city's mayor and others argue that would likely create more problems rather than fix Jackson's broken infrastructure.
Data collected from sewage water generates more accurate and economical information on COVID-19 activity than reports that depend on positive test results. But funding for this type of analysis hasn’t been reliable.
As water levels continue to drop, federal officials have warned seven states they will need to dramatically reduce water usage amid worsening drought conditions. But the groups haven’t yet reached an agreement.