A historically wet winter generated abundant forest fuels, such as grass and vegetation, amid new forecasts of above-average warmth this summer in Santa Cruz County. It is unclear how those circumstances will sway the area’s wildland-fire threat in 2017, a Cal Fire official said Wednesday. Original article Source: California Water News feed… Read More


Two generations ago, they were often written off as a bunch of hippies making backpacks and climbing gear for niche markets. But in recent decades, companies such as Patagonia and REI have become consumer powerhouses and political players, increasingly eager to influence decisions over public lands. Original article Source: California Water News feed… Read More


The Coachella Valley’s largest water agencies will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to settle the question of whether the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians has a federally established right to groundwater beneath the tribe’s reservation. … The case is likely to set an important precedent for tribes across the country. Original article Source: California… Read More