With one report saying the state is facing an unprecedented loss of fish species, a local group has won $158,000 to look at how water released from Kent Lake affects local coho salmon and steelhead trout. The Marin Municipal Water District — the agency that operates the Kent Lake reservoir — is under a 1995… Read More

A farmer faces trial in federal court this summer and a $2.8 million fine for failing to get a permit to plow his field and plant wheat in Tehama County. … Because the property has numerous swales and wetlands, [John] Duarte hired a consulting firm to map out areas on the property that were not to… Read More

Caltrans said Monday its unclear how long Highway 1 in southern Big Sur will remain closed after a landslide covering between a quarter and a half mile brought millions of cubic yards of dirt and rock down the hillside at Mud Creek on Saturday. According to Caltrans spokeswoman Susana Cruz, there are five active landslides… Read More

Putting salt on the wound, a snafu is going to cost East Bay water customers an extra $120,000 just to be told their rates likely are going up this summer. The East Bay Muncipal Utility District is spending the money to resend to all its 385,000 account holders a notice of a proposed 19 percent… Read More