As El Niño rains are expected in the coming months, the idea of building groundwater banks – as opposed to dams and reservoirs – is gaining traction in California.
As if California’s deepening drought and dwindling water supply weren’t bad enough, state regulators this week announced that they closed 33 wells, which were injecting oilfield waste into protected aquifers. These wells are in addition to 23 others that the state has had to seal off so far this year.
While the push to increase the minimum wage for workers across the nation gathers momentum, students in California’s Central Valley have taken to the streets to determine who would benefit.
Valley Housing Coalition (CVHC) Executive Director, is the recipient of the 2015 Bill French Award. RCAC is recognizing Mealey’s more than 30 years of service in California’s Coachella Valley to bring affordable housing to thousands of low- and very low-income families. From a $10,000 seed money grant from the Aetna Foundation, Mealey directed CVHC’s growth to its current value of about $550 million.
In the past three decades the number of women-operated farms has increased substantially in the nation. Between 1978 and 2007, when the last agriculture census was completed, the number of women-operated farms in the U.S. grew from 306,200 to nearly a million. Who are these women? RCAC staff writer and Stanford fellow, Elizabeth Zach, traveled the rural West to find out.