LA Times Op-Ed: Our wild, wet winter doesn’t change this reality — California will be short of water forever

March 7th, 5am Over the last 18 months, California has experienced one of the driest, wettest and wildest rides in its recorded water history. As the 2015-16 water year opened in October 2015, drought had driven the state’s reservoir and groundwater levels to all-time lows. Entire towns were left without water. Reports of lakes turned … Continue reading “LA Times Op-Ed: Our wild, wet winter doesn’t change this reality — California will be short of water forever”

Court Affirms Need To Protect Water Quality Even In Drought

February 07, 2017 | Kate Poole During the last three years of California’s drought, the state and federal agencies charged with protecting fishable, swimmable, and drinkable water quality for all Californians have utterly failed to do their job. The results have been disastrous: more toxic algae blooms are infecting California’s waterways than ever before; at … Continue reading “Court Affirms Need To Protect Water Quality Even In Drought”

California Puts Oil Profits Ahead of Safe Drinking Water

January 25, 2017 Briana Mordick California state agencies last week said they’ll put the interests of Big Oil and Gas before the interests of public health. The California Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources’ (DOGGR) and State Water Resources Control Board’s (SWRCB) plan will allow oil and gas companies to violate state regulations, miss agreed-upon deadlines, … Continue reading “California Puts Oil Profits Ahead of Safe Drinking Water”

Delta Doozy: Delta Water Won’t Meet CWA Standards Post-Waterfix

25 January 2017 Discussions about California water supplies have too often become fact-free discourses that fail to advance an informed discussion. The State Water Contractors’ “Delta Doozy” series was launched in order to distinguish the facts from the fiction and promote constructive dialogue. Today’s Doozy comes in response to Restore the Delta’s statement regarding Governor … Continue reading “Delta Doozy: Delta Water Won’t Meet CWA Standards Post-Waterfix”

Fertilizer May Be Good for Plants, but Not for Drinking Water

A new study highlights the health risks of consuming water contaminated with nitrates. (Photo: Chesapeake Bay Program/Flickr) Oct 4, 2016 Jason Best is a regular contributor to TakePart who has worked for Gourmet and the Natural Resources Defense Council. When it comes to the chemical free-for-all that generally characterizes industrial agriculture’s approach to modern farming, … Continue reading “Fertilizer May Be Good for Plants, but Not for Drinking Water”

Indigenous Group Sues State Over Recycled Water Management

PRESS RELEASE | FRIDAY, JUL 22, 2016 Wishtoyo Foundation filed a lawsuit Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court against the State Water Resources Control Board over the use and management of recycled water throughout California. Wishtoyo alleges that new regulations issued by the State Board on June 7, 2016, fail to adhere to the requirements … Continue reading “Indigenous Group Sues State Over Recycled Water Management”

Final Report on Injection Wells

Howard Wilshire, October 2016 Programs for disposing of fluid wastes by injection into the ground in wells are regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974. Rules for permitting such wells are specified in EPA’s Underground Injection Control (UIC) program; the basic purpose is to prevent contamination of … Continue reading “Final Report on Injection Wells”

Timber Company Tells California Town, Go Find Your Own Water

By THOMAS FULLER   OCT. 1, 2016 WEED, Calif. — The water that gurgles from a spring on the edge of this Northern California logging town is so pristine that for more than a century it has been piped directly to the wooden homes spread across hills and gullies. To the residents of Weed, which sits in … Continue reading “Timber Company Tells California Town, Go Find Your Own Water”

This Lawsuit Has Put Big Ag On The Defensive In A Major Way

A pending Iowa case could set a new national precedent for water pollution stemming from farms. Aug 02, 2016 Joseph Erbentraut Senior Reporter, The Huffington Post Earlier this month, the Iowa Soybean Association had a big announcement to make. The group, which represents some 11,000 growers of the state’s second-most-lucrative crop, pledged $150,000 in support … Continue reading “This Lawsuit Has Put Big Ag On The Defensive In A Major Way”

Injection Wells: The Poison Beneath Us

by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, June 21, 2012, 8:20 a.m. Over the past several decades, U.S. industries have injected more than 30 trillion gallons of toxic liquid deep into the earth, using broad expanses of the nation’s geology as an invisible dumping ground. No company would be allowed to pour such dangerous chemicals into the rivers or … Continue reading “Injection Wells: The Poison Beneath Us”