Under a new legal settlement, the federal government has agreed to present plans to protect eight California rivers and streams that Congress designated years ago as “wild and scenic” rivers. The agreement ends a lawsuit by the Center for Biological Diversity, which sued in March to demand President Donald Trump’s administration develop plans for the… Read More

For almost a year, drought conditions have gripped New Mexico, dropping lake levels and drying out riverbeds and rangelands alike. Even this summer’s monsoon rains haven’t been enough to alleviate drought conditions or bump up reservoir levels. And while El Niño conditions brew in the Pacific—foretelling wetter conditions for the Southwest later this year—right now,… Read More

Employees of two Redding-area water treatment plants didn’t flee as flames surrounded their pump stations, tucked in the forests wrecked by the Carr Fire. They trained firehoses and sprinklers on the buildings and kept working. If they stopped, so could the flow of water for firefighters brawling the blaze. View Original Article Source: California Water… Read More

Southeast of Hamilton City, what looks like a new orchard is going in, with thousands of young plants planted along drip irrigation lines. But it looks pretty scraggy for an orchard, with plants of different sizes and shapes poking up from sleeves made of misprinted Costco milk cartons. View Original Article Source: California Water News… Read More

The State Water Resources Control Board, composed of five people appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown, will hold two days of hearings starting Tuesday on a proposal to leave more of the water in the lower San Joaquin River and its three tributaries, the Tuolumne, Merced and Stanislaus. The mandate would mean more water will follow… Read More

The leak was discovered when an alarm from a nearby Pacific Gas and Electric Co. underground vault was set off due to rising floodwater. Cal Water was notified and brought in heavy equipment to dig into the street, creating a pool about 15 feet by 15 feet. View Original Article Source: California Water News feed… Read More