“Two members of California’s congressional delegation on Wednesday called for building a new reservoir north of Sacramento, displaying bipartisan agreement on one potential solution to California’s long-term water problems.
“Democratic Rep. John Garamendi and Republican Rep. Doug LaMalfa held a news conference near the location of the proposed reservoir to announce their bill.”
“In a rare moment of unity for two ideological antagonists, Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, and Rep. Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale, on Wednesday unveiled legislation to build a new large-scale reservoir in Northern California.”
“Groundwater dependency in the North State, because of population, climate change, and environmental regulations, is likely to increase, and so to could groundwater impairments, an environmental scientist with the state’s Department of Water Resources said last week.”
“A year after it was sued by the Yolo Ratepayers for Affordable Public Utility Services, the city of Davis has won a lawsuit regarding water and sewer rates.
“Yolo County Superior Court Judge Daniel Maguire issued a final determination Monday holding that the city’s water and sewer rates meet the requirements of the California Constitution, commonly called Proposition 218, and are proportional and valid.”
“Eureka broke a record Sunday for daily rainfall with 2.58 inches of rain, the National Weather Service said Monday morning. … The drenching rainfall was caused by an atmospheric river that moved through and stalled over the North Coast on Sunday, according to the NWS.”
“As the state begins to regulate and track the well stimulation practice called “fracking,” [Kelly] Swanson is not the only Yuba-Sutter resident wondering if the extraction method is employed in local gas fields.
“So far, fracking of local wells has been relatively uncommon and has produced mixed results, according to officials.”
“Northern California crops are dominated by orchards and rice, which make up the bulk of farm income. …
“Both the Department of Water Resources and the Bureau of Reclamation have said water deliveries will be very low or nonexistent for growers. Some districts with senior water rights have been told water delivery will be 40 percent.
“The Willits City Council unanimously approved a resolution to move forward immediately on a $2.1 million drought emergency project. While the city has only received $250,000 in drought aid to date, the resolution relies upon state and federal promises of funding assistance for the full scope of the project.”
During a marathon Shasta Lake City Council meeting Tuesday night, councilors approved an excess-use penalty fee for water customers and established a plan on how to replace resigning council member Ron Dixon.
“In response to California’s extreme drought conditions that, though helped, have not been fixed by the recent rainfall, the U.S.
“What a difference a month makes, when it comes to the weather.
“A month ago, less than half an inch of rain had fallen since Jan. 1 at the Redding Municipal Airport, where the National Weather Service keeps its official rain gauge. … But in the past month, more than 9 inches of rain has fallen, slaking the thirst of a dry North State, according to the weather service.”