According to March survey results released by Fresno State, local San Joaquin Valley residents are more concerned about water than they are about crime, job creation and global warming.
Engineers are examining the damaged main spillway at Oroville Dam after a break there led to mass evacuations a few weeks ago. Along with geologists, they will try to determine how best to repair the eroded concrete.
In response to California’s lingering drought, which continues to threaten the state’s crucial agricultural economy, state water regulators may force utilities to sell less water and raise customer rates.
The ongoing drought has resulted in hundreds of thousands of dead and dying trees across California. Cal Fire has responded to more than 5,700 wildfires this year alone – an increase of 23 percent from last year.
It has been nearly a decade since environmentalists and the federal government agreed to revive a 150 mile stretch of the San Joaquin River. Originally, the task of getting the river flowing year-round so salmon could swim to the Sierra Nevada foothills to spawn was to be complete in 2012. Officials now predict the project will be completed in 2022. However, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says that the section of the river in question will be flowing year-round by the end of the month—a major milestone for the project.