“…provide an opportunity for gates to be open more at times when fish are not affected and in general to process requests as quickly as possible.” ~ Sen. Dianne Feinstein
The bill provide $300 million for water projects, but Feinstein admits it’s not going to solve all of California’s water problems.
“The estimate is that this could bring about some new water but not the sun, the moon and the stars, so it is not a big, broad bill.”
House Republicans passed legislation to ease environmental laws that restrict the flow of water in the San Joaquin Delta. It’s unclear if or when the Senate bill will be voted on but for it to become law it will need to be coupled with its House counterpart.
Some minor improvement in California drought conditions last week, but long-term drought remains entrenched as the summer dry season is slightly more than a month away.
Outdoor burn permits are now required for most counties in Northern California.
Spring storms help Sierra Nevada snowpack, but there is no reduction in drought conditions in California and Nevada.
More "Spare The Air" alerts may be issued this year in the Sacramento region because the Environmental Protection Agency has lowered the federal ozone health standard.
Weather permitting, the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District and the U.S. Forest Service may continue prescribed fire operations starting Monday in areas around Lake Tahoe.