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Valley fever (also called Coccidioidomycosis) is caused by
inhaling spores of a fungus found in dry soil. … Drought, dry
soil, and rising ocean temperatures have led to more dust
storms in California and the surrounding area, according to
research from George Mason University air quality scientist
Daniel Tong. Fungus spores that thrive in the arid climate are
easily carried by wind-blown soil and spread in what scientists
call the “grow and blow” effect.
Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.),
Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.)
introduced the bipartisan Drought Resiliency and Water Supply
Infrastructure Act, a bill to improve the nation’s water supply
and drought resiliency.
Will Utah’s water supply catch up with the state’s rising
population, expected to double by 2065? It was one of the
several questions posed at Utah State University’s Research
Landscapes series focused on Utah’s waterscapes.
This post reviews some lessons from portfolio water management
in California and identifies roles for state government in
facilitating development and implementation of effective
portfolios. To better align state regulations and funding with
these goals, a more adaptable structure for state planning is
You might expect that plants hoping to thrive in California’s
boom-or-bust rain cycle would choose to set down roots in a
place that can store lots of water underground to last through
drought years. But some of the most successful plant
communities in the state … have taken a different approach.
Some stretches of South Shore beaches will close to the public
in order to ensure public safety and protect sensitive wildlife
habitat and areas prone to erosion. … Beaches are extremely
small or nonexistent this summer due to high lake levels…
The plant, located in the Delta community of Hood,
approximately three miles west of the City of Elk Grove between
the Sacramento River and Interstate 5, will have an onsite
well, water treatment system, control building, water storage
and a booster system. … One of the key components of the
project is the water mixing and aeration systems, which will
help improve the water quality.
Crews have finished placement of the structual concrete cap on
the emergency spillway at Oroville Dam, according to the
California Department of Water Recources. … It’s been over
two years since a hole opened up in the spillway, forcing the
evacuation of nearly 180,000 people in California.
The approval for an interim $9.4 million funding agreement on
June 19 was part of a series of steps the Santee water district
took towards constructing a massive water reclamation facility
that will cost about $660 million total.
The Nevada Irrigation District has been looking at alternatives
to Roundup, a popular herbicide, for almost two years — ever
since the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard
Assessment placed glyphosate, the active ingredient in the weed
killer, on the Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to cause
cancer. The water district said Thursday it plans to stay the
course, despite a growing number of successful lawsuits
targeting the use of Roundup…
A new outdoor experience will be coming to the heart of Yuba
City by the end of the year as officials begin the process of
expanding Feather River Parkway. By the end of fall, officials
plan to expand the current 60-acre park by another 84 acres.
The new expansion will have 10 acres of preserved woodland, an
additional approximately two miles of walking and biking
trails, two acres of enhanced wetlands and other recreational
Agencies have opened the public review process for a proposed
project to test different methods, including the possible use
of herbicides, for controlling aquatic weeds in the Tahoe Keys.
… The proposal is designed to learn more about the efficacy
and potential impacts of new weed control technologies and the
potential use of herbicides.
Almost since the Santa Cruz dried up through Tucson’s urban
core more than 70 years ago, people have talked wistfully of
wanting to see water there again. Monday, after years of
wishing, planning and permit-gathering by city of Tucson
officials, it finally happened. The riverbed started carrying
treated effluent from the south side to downtown’s southern
Leaving more water in the Colorado River Basin could help
rivers resume their natural role. But amid this push for upper
basin residents to use less, Colorado’s booming Front Range
economy is driving cities in the opposite direction: of
manipulating rivers more by installing new dams, reservoirs and
The group recently began installing a new lawn alternative
called Kurapia that requires little or no watering once
established because its roots extend down 5 to 10 feet deep. In
a trial at UC Davis, the Kurapia looked just as good with only
three waterings per year as it did when watered weekly.
A federal judge has struck down Trump administration decisions
that cleared the way for Cadiz Inc. to build a water pipeline
across public land in the California desert. The ruling is a
blow to the company’s decades-long effort to pump groundwater
from beneath its desert property 200 miles east of Los Angeles
and sell it to urban Southern California.
A leading safety expert says California regulators should give
careful scrutiny to the proposed purchase of a pipeline that
carries crude petroleum to four Bay Area oil refineries because
of the prospective buyer’s record of oil spills.
As of June, PG&E has completed less than half of the 98
land transactions agreed upon in 2003. That interim planning
period has involved a careful selection process to find
stewards for each of the 1,000 or so parcels undergoing
transfer and lots of rubber-stamping from various government
entities. But PG&E’s second bankruptcy, which it entered
into this year, casts a pall of uncertainty over what’s already
been a difficult waiting game…