CLIMATE & ENVIRONMENT

Desalination plant is OKd by coastal panel

Less than six months after rejecting a proposal for a major desalination plant in Huntington Beach, the California Coastal Commission on Thursday approved plans for a different, smaller project in Orange County that could serve as a model for future projects. The commission gave unanimous approval — with conditions — to the Doheny Ocean Desalination Project near …

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Los Angeles is running out of water, and time. Are leaders willing to act?

On a clear afternoon recently, Mayor Eric Garcetti looked down at the Hollywood Reservoir from 1,200 feet in the air. “It’s as low as I can ever remember it being,” Garcetti said of the reservoir from the back seat of a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power helicopter. “You can see the bathtub ring.” …

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State water agencies will reduce share of Colorado

With the Colorado River in crisis and reservoir levels continuing to decline, some California water agencies are planning to significantly reduce the amount they take from the river starting next year. As a result, officials with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California said they plan to endorse mandatory conservation measures to begin rationing water …

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Could this ranch-farmworker team help the Valley thrive in drought conditions?

David Villarino-González envisions a day when rural communities finally have clean drinking water, and when crops on farmworker cooperatives thrive through droughts or wet seasons. His dream, which isn’t that far-fetched, could be a game changer in a parched San Joaquín Valley whose livelihood depends on water. Cadiz Ranch and the Farmworkers Institute of Education …

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Is racism at root of water crisis in Mississippi capital?

Some in Jackson blame systemic bias for lack of funding for infrastructure in city. By Drew Costley JACKSON, Miss. — Carey Wooten spent nearly seven weeks hunting for safe drinking water for herself, her two children and three dogs after clocking out each day as a Taco Bell manager, so Gov. Tate Reeves’ announcement that the water is …

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Desalination plant construction underway in Antioch as drought worsens

ANTIOCH – The city of Antioch sits right next to the largest source of fresh water in Northern California. But it’s facing a water supply crisis because of changes to the Delta, both natural and man-made.  As a result, the city is taking extraordinary measures to increase supply in a way that has the rest …

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Drought prompts outdoor watering limits, possible fines for 6 million in Southern California

Six agencies within the Metropolitan Water District must reduce usage by 35% About 6 million people in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Ventura counties must cut water use at least 35% by restricting outdoor watering to one day a week or other means, a hard target that could exact penalties or a total outdoor irrigation …

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Southern California water supplier adopts unprecedented rule limiting outdoor irrigation

Edict will limit outdoor watering to one day per week for roughly 6 million people, largely in the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys as well as areas in San Bernardino County. Southern California’s water wholesaler took emergency action on Tuesday, April 26, in response to the regional drought, imposing unprecedented restrictions that will limit …

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What rainy season? Southern California sees little relief on drought

For much of Southern California, this was another rainy season that wasn’t. Dry, brown hillsides are testament to the fact that virtually the entire region has received less-than-average rainfall since the current water year started in October, with many areas 30-60% below typical. April and early May tend to be the region’s last chance for …

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It’s not even summer, and California’s two largest reservoirs are at ‘critically low’ levels

At a point in the year when California’s water storage should be at its highest, the state’s two largest reservoirs have already dropped to critically low levels — a sobering outlook for the hotter and drier months ahead. Shasta Lake, which rises more than 1,000 feet above sea level when filled to the brim, is …

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