California's $25 billion fix for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta depends on making wildlife groups and water users happy. With the latest release of the state's plan, it's looking harder to do both.
Drilling mud is the slick concoction used to cool and lubricate a drill bit, and it’s used for all kinds of wells, including oil and gas. Environmental groups are turning their attention to drilling mud, which is currently exempted from water monitoring.
Managers of Suisun Bay's legendary "mothball fleet" have winnowed it down to about a dozen ships, from the more than 70 that aroused controversy a few years ago.
The tug, nicknamed “Captain Al,” had been totally submerged in the waters between Oakland and Alameda for at least fifteen years. But it was leaching lead paint into the water, so it had to come out.
As vineyards proliferate around this farm town halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, residential wells are starting to go dry. Some are calling the plight of Paso Robles a good example of what's wrong with California's unregulated groundwater supply.
Every September, the majestic sandhill crane migrates by the thousands from their breeding grounds as far north as British Columbia to the San Joaquin Valley Delta to fatten up for the next breeding season. Their long-term survival depends on innovative collaborations between conservation biologists and farmers to manage agricultural land as high-quality habitat.
The $286 million tunnel is the first ever to cross under the Bay, and -- once it comes online in 2015 -- will carry 300 million gallons of water a day from the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir to San Francisco and Peninsula residents.
California governor Jerry Brown signed legislation over the weekend that reaffirms the state’s commitment to working with Nevada to preserve Lake Tahoe.
The city of Watsonville has an expensive problem on its hands: toxic algae stirred up from the bottom of Pinto Lake makes the lake poisonous to humans and deadly to birds, fish, and even the otters in Monterey Bay, where the lake water eventually empties into the sea. Knowing how to clean it is one thing; paying for it is another.
A lake near Santa Cruz has the highest levels of toxic algae in the state, and some of the highest in the country, according to a new study. The report highlights Pinto Lake, which is in a park just outside of Watsonville.
A plan to raise the height of Shasta Dam hangs over a small tribe of Indians who say it would drown their cultural heritage.
Along with cigarette butts, water bottles and candy wrappers, volunteers at the statewide beach cleanup this Saturday may find debris from the Japanese tsunami.
Shasta Lake is the largest reservoir in California, and government officials are completing plans to make it even larger by raising the height of the dam. But the expansion has sparked intense debates among local residents, Central Valley farmers, environmentalists, tribal groups and developers.
Water planners are exploring the possibility of expanding Shasta Dam, a concrete slab across the Sacramento River that forms California's largest reservoir, Shasta Lake. A $1 billion proposal to raise the dam by as much as 18 and a half feet would expand the reservoir's capacity by 634,000 acre feet, enough to supply more than a million families for a year.
MBARI researchers found garbage as deep as two and a half miles off the coast of California. A third of the garbage was made of plastic (half of that was plastic bags). Other frequent finds: rope, glass bottles and cloth. Several times, researchers found marine animals trapped in old fishing equipment.