The Challenge of Measuring Groundwater in California’s Central Valley

A new study estimates that around 9.5 cubic miles of groundwater was pumped from the region during the state’s five-year drought to make up the shortage from surface water supplies. Written by Ian Evans Published on Jun. 2, 2017 Read time Approx. 4 minutes During droughts, groundwater pumping is increased to make up for losses … Continue reading “The Challenge of Measuring Groundwater in California’s Central Valley”

Clean Water Rule Repeal

BACKGROUND ON CLEAN WATER RULE The 2015 Clean Water Rule outlined which bodies of water would be automatically protected by the Clean Water Act. Large bodies like lakes and rivers were listed, but the rule also included streams, ponds and other, smaller features that have important effects on these bigger, “navigable” waterways. Thanks to this rule, … Continue reading “Clean Water Rule Repeal”

Clean Water Rule Repeal Sample Action Letters

Sample Editorial Board Memo To: [INSERT NAME OF PUBLICATION] Date: June 1, 2017 From: [YOUR NAME] [TITLE] [ORGANIZATION] Re: Request for editorial – Repealing the Clean Water Rule puts the drinking water sources for more than 117 million Americans and [NUMBER] of [STATE-IANS] at greater risk of pollution and destruction. The Trump Administration recently began … Continue reading “Clean Water Rule Repeal Sample Action Letters”

New Oversight of Groundwater taking shape in Sonoma County

GUY KOVNER THE PRESS DEMOCRAT | June 10, 2017 Groundwater: What you need to know For information on the Sonoma County’s Sustainable Groundwater Management program, click here. For a Department of Water Resources tool that will show if your property is in a groundwater basin, click here. Groundwater basins are California’s largest reservoirs, more than 10 times … Continue reading “New Oversight of Groundwater taking shape in Sonoma County”

Response to Sapping the Well

To All, Paso Robles has been dealing with heavy water issues also as many of you know. National Geographic is filming a great story of their area right now. Financiers/vulture capitalists have been buying up vineyards for the water rights, wine grapes are just the window dressing, and selling it back to the residents. The … Continue reading “Response to Sapping the Well”

Sapping the Well

By Alastair Bland Tyler Heck remembers the summer days that often sent him down the hill from his family’s home off Erland Road and into the cool waters of Van Buren Creek for relief. He remembers diving into the water and swimming, even in July and August. It was the 1980s. Heck, now 32, says … Continue reading “Sapping the Well”

Join “Enhancing Groundwater Recharge with Stormwater” May 30th

To All, Join the California Water Boards for an engaging conversation on “Enhancing Groundwater Recharge with Stormwater” with Andrew T. Fisher, Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, UC Santa Cruz. This event will be held on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 from 130pm to 230pm at 1001 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 (Klamath Room) and via … Continue reading “Join “Enhancing Groundwater Recharge with Stormwater” May 30th”

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”

THIS JUST IN … NASA Report: San Joaquin Valley Land Continues to Sink

From the Department of Water Resources: New NASA radar satellite maps prepared for the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) show that land continues to sink rapidly in certain areas of the San Joaquin Valley, putting state and federal aqueducts and flood control structures at risk of damage. “The rates of San Joaquin Valley subsidence … Continue reading “THIS JUST IN … NASA Report: San Joaquin Valley Land Continues to Sink”

New Era on Tap

by Stett Holbrook December 07, 2016 Sonoma and Napa counties respond differently to new groundwater law Call it a tale of two counties. A new state law requires that local governments regulate groundwater for the first time. Sonoma County has begun a lengthy process to create long-term sustainable groundwater management plans for its at-risk water … Continue reading “New Era on Tap”