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Showing Articles Tagged With: environment
At least seven large holes have appeared on the Sacramento State campus in recent days. The construction is part of a new special runoff filtration system.
Environment Reporter Amy Quinton recently discovered what it takes to be a scientist at the Marine Biological Lab in Woods Hole, MA.
A study published June 16 by UC Davis and other researchers shows that wild bee diversity is declining. The researchers said steps must be taken to conserve them -- and not just those that are the main pollinators of agricultural crops.
Warmer weather is bringing out snakes, including rattlesnakes, in Northern California.
The company responsible for the crude oil spill off the Santa Barbara coast said Wednesday that cleanup costs are $3 million a day.
Groups sue California, U.S. officials over management of water supply, claiming fish and the Delta estuary are being short-changed.
Relatively few of the cars on the road in California are responsible for most of the pollution. Now the state is trying to do more to get them off the road.
Governor Jerry Brown is encouraging regional governments around the world to follow California’s lead on climate change. On Tuesday, he and international leaders signed an agreement to reduce carbon emissions.
The Tahoe Keys Marina in South Lake Tahoe would normally be open by now. But because of the drought, it isn’t expecting to open for another month-and-a-half.
A campaign to pay for more school field trips to The Yolo Bypass/Vic Fazio Wildlife Area got a big push today - from Fazio himself.
Dollar Tree Stores Inc. has been ordered by an Alameda County Superior Court judge to pay $2.7 million to settle an environmental lawsuit. The suit was brought by nearly 50 California city and county district attorneys.
California is already working to reduce its carbon footprint. But new goals approved by a state Senate committee today would ramp up that effort
If you like to garden and are looking for drought-resistant plants you're not alone. The California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers says business is brisk as people shop for water-saving plants during another year of drought.
A proposal to build a gun range in El Dorado County has some neighbors in the area of the project concerned about noise, safety and other issues.
The agency that maintains Sacramento's sewer pipeline is urging people to stop flushing so-called flushable wipes down the toilet.
The California Energy Commission says increasing the efficiency of computers and computer monitors can save state consumers millions of dollars a year in energy costs.
As the California drought wears on, it might seem like more creative solutions are in order. But it might not yet be time for drastic measures.
California lawmakers are weighing in on the illegal sale of ivory. A bill that passed an Assembly committee today that would tighten restrictions on ivory sales in the state.
California Democratic lawmakers have made combating climate change one of their environmental legislative priorities, but dozens of other environmental bills may garner equal attention.
Big businesses in California say they want to be more involved in managing the state’s water supply.
The project manager for the downtown Sacramento Kings arena project says the massive construction project poses many challenges.
California ranchers are bouncing back after the drought forced many of them to sell their livestock last winter. Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton talks to two ranchers she visited last year to see how they're doing.
California just experienced the driest January on record this year, but it’s ranchers are better still in better shape now than they were last year at this time.
More birds affected by a 'mystery goo' in the San Francisco Bay area have been released to the wild.
As the drought continues, some farmers are changing the way they water their crops and use the land. Some of the newest conservation technology is on display at this week's Colusa Farm Show.
Thousands of wine enthusiasts are gathering in downtown Sacramento this week at the nation's largest wine and grape tradeshow. Experts highlighted "sustainability" as a growing trend in the industry.
The dry January has expanded the severity of drought in California and Nevada.
Yosemite National Park officials said Wednesday that a rare red fox was seen by park biologists.
Robots may soon be pulling weeds on Central Valley farms. UC Davis researchers received $2.7 million dollars from the USDA.
The fourth year of drought in California has some state wine grape growers that rely on groundwater 'concerned' about the upcoming season.
Struggling sugar beet farmers in the San Joaquin Valley are turning their crop into energy instead of sweetener. A pilot plant could prove to be good for the environment and the economy.
The cleanup of some sort of mysterious goo on Bay Area seabirds continues at a rescue center in Solano County.
A UC Davis student is on a mission to stop food waste by placing a refrigerator in his front yard for neighbors to share leftovers.
The Sacramento Zoo said Thursday that their African Lion pride, the sire, dam and trio of cubs can now be seen on exhibit together daily.
Federal meteorologists said Thursday that California and Nevada had their warmest year on record in 2014. Meanwhile, the latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows the drought persists in both states and in the U.S. southwest.
Recent storms in northern California eased the effects of the drought, but not as much as you might have hoped.
The watch continues to see if El Niño conditions will develop to help ease California's drought. But so far, only a weak El Niño is expected.
(AP) -- California officials say they've found a way to pay for building the twin tunnels that would send water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
The City of Sacramento is moving closer to meeting a mandate for water meters at the city's 136,000 residences.
A coalition of California environmental, labor and business groups, and local government officials launched a campaign Thursday to fight an effort to overturn the statewide ban on single-use plastic grocery bags.
Critics claim the Nestlé water bottling plant is draining Sacramento's water supply and marking it up for profit at a time when the on-going drought is reducing supply.
UC Davis researchers have identified 'high priority' dams in California where releasing water may be a key for the survival of native fish species.
Scientists may soon have a more accurate way to predict the extent and severity of droughts, floods and even the amount of food California can produce.
This week, crews from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife have hiked miles into Trinity County between Redding and the ocean. They've gone in to dismantle six illegal marijuana grows and clean up tons of waste and chemicals.
As California faces the prospect of another year of drought, a group tasked to coordinate water quality monitoring across state agencies is working to streamline the process.
On November 4th, California voters will decide the fate of a $7.5 billion bond intended to improve the state’s water system. Proposition 1 is one of the most closely watched measures on the ballot. But it has divided some environmental groups.
The Sacramento Region may get millions of dollars for water projects to help during the drought.
(AP) - California is the first state government in the nation to adopt a single-use plastic grocery bag ban.
Governor Jerry Brown traveled to New York to tout California’s bi-partisan efforts to combat climate change.
An estimated 60,000 people will take part in California's biggest one day volunteer effort on Sept. 20, and anyone can participate.
El Niño is not expected to end the California drought but ‘atmospheric rivers’ might help.
Forecasters say the chances are diminishing that El Niño will bring rain to California.
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District's shade tree program has been around for 25 years. In spite of the drought, the utility says it will continue to fund the program for at least another two years because of the benefits trees provide.
Environmental groups say the recent California Legislative session was a big win for coastal protection, clean water among other issues.
The City of Sacramento wants to continue a washing machine rebate program that started in 2009 until the end of the decade.
Long planned changes to California’s Cap and Trade program could lead to an increase in gas prices next year. That’s causing some to call for a delay.
A Superior Court judge ordered Siskiyou county to regulate groundwater pumping to protect river.
A new UC Davis study finds this year's drought is the third most severe on record -- but the worst in terms of water losses for California farmers.
Wasting water could really start to cost you in California.
The new auxiliary dam at Folsom Lake is 113 feet tall, not counting the 45 feet of support structure beneath the ground.
(AP) - A black bear that was twice captured and released has been put down by Nevada wildlife officials, who said the animal posed too great of a threat to Lake Tahoe beachgoers. UPDATE - A bear captured Friday posed no risk, released 60 miles away.
The drought in California is likely to continue in 2015 and forecasters said Thursday El Niño won’t help end dry times in the Golden State.
A new report finds groundwater management plans in California are outdated, lack important details, and need significant improvement.
Environmentalists file a legal challenge urging California to stop approving a type of pesticide many believe is killing bees.
Four months after Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers announced “emergency drought legislation,” the vast majority of the money sits untouched.
A bill introduced into the California legislature Thursday would delay part of the state’s greenhouse gas reduction program for three years.
California regulators are streamlining the process of fining water rights holders who don’t stop taking water once the state tells them they should.
In an interview with Capital Public Radio, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins says there will be no water bond deal this week before the Legislature's summer recess – and she’s blaming outside interest groups for blocking in.
Starting Tuesday, July 1, all retail stores and restaurants in the City of Davis will be banned from providing single-use plastic carryout grocery bags.
The continued drought in California has brought higher feed prices for dairy farmers. But higher milk prices are offsetting the high feed prices -- for now.
California Gov. Jerry Brown is telling legislative leaders that he opposes the existing $11 billion water bond currently slated for the November ballot and wants a $6 billion bond measure instead.
The $10.5 billion proposed water bond California lawmakers debated Monday would have funded a variety of projects, including water storage. But the dispute over how the bond money would be spent and who makes the decisions led to its failure.
A test vote on an alternate California water bond failed Monday in the state Senate as talks enter a crucial phase. One lawmaker suggested Gov. Jerry Brown will put his own "guiding principles" forward in the coming days.
Fears that California could experience fiery train accidents as oil imports by rail increase have lawmakers seeking more information. Attorneys told lawmakers that the state's role is limited.
The State of California held its first California Freight Mobility Plan open house Tuesday night in Old Sacramento.
Water flows into the American River have been increased despite the drought.
The new California budget that passed this week would expand the state’s oil spill prevention and response program. Lawmakers are still pushing legislation to strengthen the safety of importing oil by rail.
Sacramento-area residents are using less water -- but there's a long, hot summer ahead.
When one Central Valley couple learned their private well might run dry in a matter of months, they formed a plan.
California Governor Jerry Brown is in talks with state lawmakers over how much cap and trade revenue to dedicate to affordable housing near transit.
Central Valley farmers and homeowners compete for groundwater resources during the drought. Some fare better than others.
A UC Davis Project records stories from the Central Valley during the historic drought.
As California’s drought continues, lawmakers are being pressured to put a revised water bond on the fall ballot.
A native species of enormous trout is spawning again in the Truckee River for the first time in 76 years.
(AP) -- The California Fish and Game Commission has voted in support of protecting the gray wolf.
The White House is painting a dire picture for every region of the nation -- including northern California -- if action isn't taken to combat climate change. While some Republicans remain skeptical, the White House isn’t waiting.
California State water managers have approved a new process to promote the use of treated wastewater during the drought.
California water managers are working on a plan that they hope will lead to more sustainable use of underground water supplies.
While California is ahead than most states in reducing its carbon footprint, there's still a lot of work to be done.
If you live in Roseville, your water bill will be going up this month.
The California drought is leading to a surge in water well drilling in the Southern Central Valley.
The state of California has a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
California may not be able to recover as much oil through fracking as previously thought.
Yesterday, Santa Cruz County Supervisors voted to ban fracking. There are no active wells in the County - but political momentum was sparked by reports oil companies were exploring the possibility of fracking in nearby San Benito county.
Some California farmers may not be allowed to divert river water to irrigate their crops this summer. The restriction is part of new rules being considered this week by state water managers.
A new report suggests California’s drought is not likely to affect the state’s finances in the short term.
The Tuolumne County community of Twain Harte may be the first California municipality to run out of water because of drought.
UPDATE: The fire burning in the Mount Rose Wilderness Area near Reno has burned 760 acres, as of 5:25 p.m.
Temporary wetlands may only provide temporary relief for birds during California’s drought.
The Sierra Nevada mountains are getting higher, and they're are being pushed by human activity, according to an article published this week in the journal "Nature."
Warm weather is bringing out the snakes earlier this year...and of special concern are rattlesnakes in the foothills.
(AP) -- Hundreds of new evacuation orders have been issued in the Southern California city of San Marcos where a wildfire continues to burn out of control.
(AP) -- Anglers are being urged by Nevada State Department Wildlife officials to catch as many fish as they can at two reservoirs.
(AP) -- The drought has prompted officials to look at tapping into water stored behind a dam east of Fresno for the first time in decades in order to assist farmers.
California would ban single-use plastic grocery bags under a bill that passed an Assembly Committee Wednesday.
The lone wolf made famous for being the first of its kind to venture into California in nearly 90 years may not be as lonely as scientists originally believed.
Governor Jerry Brown’s revised budget proposal contains more money to address complications from the drought in California. He wants more money to go to firefighting, food assistance, and wildlife preservation.
A vacant lot in West Sacramento will soon be transformed into the city’s first urban farm. The Center for Land Based Learning and the city have teamed up to provide beginning farmers with land.
Sacramento has conserved a lot of water, but it's hundreds-of-millions of gallons short of the 20 percent ordered by the Sacramento City Council. We spent a couple of days with Sacramento water cops to see what they're doing to help people conserve.
Almond growers are desperately looking for irrigation water as the drought is takes a toll on California's almond crop - and not just for this year.
(AP) -- A bear that apparently became too accustomed to the good life at a ski resort at Lake Tahoe is headed for an animal sanctuary after wildlife officials decided he's too domesticated to be returned to the wild.
California’s final measurement of the season of the Sierra snowpack showed near-record low water levels. The May reading is the first measurement after the beginning of the spring snow melt.
A smaller snowpack and dwindling groundwater resources may lead California water managers to issue new water restrictions.
California state water managers are responding to the drought by proposing to change the permitting process for recycled water production. Clean water advocates want tighter quality controls.
California supplies virtually all of the nation’s sushi rice and half of it is exported. But of all the food crops in the state, rice is likely to be affected by the drought the most. The mere speculation of losses is already driving up prices.
The Sacramento City Council has approved the McKinley Village development for East Sacramento.
A Manteca company will be making wine bottles, but instead of using glass, the bottles will be made from cardboard.
Governor Jerry Brown’s latest executive order to combat the drought has some aid for farmers, fish and firefighters – and some requests for all Californians.
The City of Elk Grove celebrated Earth Day Tuesday by opening the first-of-its-kind facility to collect hazardous and electronic waste.
One of the biggest battles at the California state Capitol two years ago is back for another debate. Hunting groups want to repeal the ban on using dogs to hunt bears and bobcats.
Rain and snow may not have pushed California out of its drought, but the late season precipitation will mean a little more water for State Water Project users. There is also relief for some federal Central Valley Project users.
Railroads plan to increase their shipments of crude oil by train throughout California. One lawmaker wants to make sure emergency planners can protect communities from potential train accidents.
(AP) -- An appeals court says federal officials should have consulted wildlife agencies about potential harm to a tiny, threatened fish before issuing contracts for water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
A new survey finds Californians are split over the cause of the state's drought.
Sacramento animal managers say there could be as many as 77,000 stray cats in the city and some people feed them. But experts say the feral animals can pose risks to the ecosystem and human health.
A new study says its cheaper to reduce forest fuels than fight fires. The problem is where to get the money.
The City of Sacramento declared a drought in January, but city code still requires property owners keep their lawns watered and landscaping maintained.
Hundreds of waterfalls are cascading throughout Yosemite National Park, but they may not last too much longer.
Money generated from California’s cap-and-trade program would go to mass transit, sustainable affordable housing and high speed rail under a proposal by Senate leader Darrell Steinberg. Steinberg is backtracking from his previous proposal.
A ban on lead hunting ammunition starts this week, and wildlife officials want to hear from hunters.
California and federal agencies have released a plan about how they’ll operate the state and federal water projects during the drought. The plan does not change water allocations.
California's second longest river is on the list of America's Most Endangered Rivers.
A California senate committee has moved a bill forward that would place a moratorium on fracking. The move comes less than a year after the passage of legislation that regulates the oil-extraction process.
A federal court has ruled in favor of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency in a dispute over development around Lake Tahoe.
A bill, up for discussion this week, would make the practice of mislabeling fish or shellfish illegal in California.
A bill that would ban the sale of personal care products containing microplastics in California will get its first hearing Monday.
Yosemite National Park has announced the reopening of some areas that had been closed because of the Rim Fire last summer and fall.
Sacramento is still experiencing a drought -- but it broke a rainfall record yesterday. Folsom Lake now stands at 71 percent of seasonal normal.
Snowpack in the Sierra Nevada is one-third of what it should be this time of year. Despite that, state and federal water managers say they will take advantage of recent precipitation and send more water to central and southern California.
Nearly 12 million Californians will get a discount on their power bill this month, in October and twice-per-year next year, too.
The Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority voted Thursday to cancel this year's and future 4th of July and Labor Day fireworks unless a federal lawsuit is settled or dismissed by April 4.
Environmental groups suing the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency over its proposals for future development presented their arguments in a federal court Wednesday. The Sierra Club and Friends of the West Shore want the court to stop the plan.
The Department of Utilities had hoped to avoid installing extra pumps at the Sacramento River Pump Station, but the drought has made it unavoidable.
The drought is causing state and federal fish agencies to take extraordinary steps to save fish. The agencies began to truck 30 million fall-run Chinook salmon from hatcheries to release sites close to the ocean in an effort to save them.
UC Davis and a division of Honda say they've built a new house that saves energy and water, and reduces carbon emissions by 11 tons each year.
California is instituting what some are calling the toughest regulations in the nation for the controversial oil extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. But some say the regulations don't go far enough and instead want a ban.
It's raining, but we're still in a drought and more than 350 people are getting a stern reminder about that from the City of Sacramento.
Roseville is requiring all residents to reduce their water use by 20 percent, starting today.
UPDATE 6:54 A.M. March 27, 2014: Three Sacramento neighborhoods are in line for new street lights. But, the new lights won't be much more efficient than the old ones. Two departments within the City appear to have their wires crossed.
Some rodent-control pesticides commonly sold in stores will no longer be available in California beginning July 1st. The state Department of Pesticide Regulation is restricting their use.
The North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District has reduced staff dedicated to wildfire prevention.
Farmers are not just dealing with a lack of water during this drought; they also have to fight salt and other toxic minerals in their crop soil.
Advocates for labeling genetically modified food are taking a state-by-state approach to passing legislation to that end. They’re hoping to avoid Congressional gridlock.
The warm weather is bringing out some not-too-welcome visitors...mosquitoes and along with them the West Nile Virus.
(AP) -- Transit officials in Northern California have suspended plans to remove a rare redwood tree to make way for planned railway tracks.
California regulators are targeting paint strippers, spray foam insulation and children’s foam sleeping mats that contain toxic chemicals. The products could be banned if manufacturers can’t find safer alternatives.
(AP) -- A state appellate court has ruled that California water officials cannot go onto private property for soil testing and other studies related to construction of two massive tunnels that would siphon water from the Sacramento River.
Supporters of a California bill that would fund the development of clean buses and trucks are making their case for a bigger share of the state’s greenhouse gas reduction fund.
The drought is having an impact on the clarity of Lake Tahoe and not in a bad way. Researchers at UC Davis say the clarity of Lake Tahoe has actually been improved by the drought.
The Pacific Fisheries Management Council says 630,000 mature Fall Run Chinook Salmon are in the Pacific Ocean -more than enough for a full commercial fishing season. But the future of the inland fishing season is uncertain because of the drought.
(AP) - Visitors to Yosemite National Park will no longer be allowed to leave their cars along the road while exploring the Tuolumne River and surrounding meadows.
(AP) - A federal appeals court has largely upheld a 2008 plan that called for restrictions on water deliveries from California's Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to protect a tiny, threatened fish.
(AP) -- With spring in the air, Nevada black bears will soon be emerging from hibernation. And they'll be hungry.
(AP) -- California water officials are planning to temporarily dam three channels on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta if California's drought persists.
A new Public Policy Institute of California report shows the state is facing critical funding gaps when it comes to managing the state’s water.
(AP) -- It's a tree so rare that there are only 10 of its kind in the world, and it could be chopped down to make way for commuter trains in Northern California.
The State of California says it has eliminated a barrier to the financing of private, Property Assessed Clean Energy or PACE projects.
Groundwater supplies are at an all-time low in both the Sacramento and San Joaquin River basins. Management of that dwindling supply was the focus of debate at the state Capitol.
(AP) -- Because of California's lingering drought, millions of young California salmon could soon be migrating to the ocean via freeways instead of the Sacramento River.
Chinook Salmon that are babies now -but will return as full-grown adults to California rivers in 2016- are beginning to make their way to the Pacific Ocean now.
The drought has left honey bees without their normal supply of wildflowers to feed on. Beekeepers have supplemented their diet, but that lacks nutrition to keep hives healthy. CapRadio's Amy Quinton tags along with a local beekeeper to learn more.
There’s a bit more progress in the delicate dance of reaching a deal on a new California water bond proposal that would replace the $11 billion bond currently on the November ballot. But a deal – if any – is still months away.
The allocations were $34 million more than had been expected for Sacramento projects.
Many people in the Sacramento region responded to calls to conserve water, using less last month than in the previous two Februaries. Many cities have not met conservation goals.
The city of Sacramento is moving ahead with a plan to offer rebates to people who rip out their front lawns and replace them with drought-tolerant landscaping.
The amount of water in Folsom Lake has nearly doubled in the past month since this picture was taken, but lake levels are still only at 59 percent of average.
The California Drought Task Force says it would have to rain almost non-stop for the next couple of months to bring an end to the drought.
The Lake Tahoe area has just recorded its wettest February in 14 years, according to the National Weather Service in Reno. But winter precipitation is still just above half of normal.
The City of Sacramento wants to start a pilot program to pay people to replace their front lawns with landscaping that conserves water.
People who suffer from allergy in California may already be feeling symptoms this year. And the drought conditions may bring further aggravation.
Despite California’s on-going drought, marine biologists are predicting a strong salmon fishing season in the state.
(AP) -- Overnight, much-needed rain fell on many parts of California from the first of two storms hitting the parched state. More wet weather is expected by early Friday.
11:34 A.M.--(AP) -- Both houses of the California Legislature approved a $687 million drought-relief plan Thursday.
Hundreds of millions of dollars are set to flow for emergency drought relief in California. The legislature Thursday passed a package of bills that will fund water projects and provide immediate assistance to the driest parts of the state.
Boaters and swimmers may not be able to enjoy Woodward Reservoir in Stanislaus County this summer.
Warm, spring-like weather this winter is creating havoc for some small flower growers.
NASA scientists and California water managers are teaming up to help predict measure and find water during the state’s worst drought. They're using satellites to help the state manage its water supply.
A new report from the Legislative Analyst’s Office looks at how California Governor Jerry Brown wants to spend money raised from the state’s greenhouse gas reduction program known as cap-and-trade.
The City of Sacramento will likely have to pay $300,000 as an effect of the drought and low water levels in the Sacramento River.
(AP) --Meteorologists say a pair of storms could dump several inches of rain throughout the state this week.
The US Bureau of Reclamation says farmers who depend on water from the Central Valley Project will receive a “zero allocation” because of the drought. Water districts say tens of thousands of acres of permanent crops are at risk.
Democratic Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg wants to exempt vehicle fuels from California’s cap-and-trade system, which they’re currently set to enter next year. Instead, he wants a carbon tax at the gas pump.
(AP) -- Nevada wildlife officials say severe drought conditions prompted them to move up seasonal trout stocking of the Truckee River and other western Nevada waterways to the earliest time in 20 years.
Ten communities in California are at risk of running out of water in the next 60 days, the California Department of Public Health says the list is likely to grow as the drought continues.
Engineers with the federal government want to get your feedback on a plan to raise Folsom Dam.
President Obama spoke at a farm in Los Banos Friday afternoon, during a brief three-hour visit to the Central Valley.
President Obama is in California's Central Valley this afternoon to view the damage caused by the drought and announce more than 170 million dollars in federal aid.
President Obama flies to California’s Central Valley Friday, where he’ll announce drought aid for farmers, food banks and rural communities.
Governor Jerry Brown says California’s different regions make it hard to develop water policies that would satisfy the entire state. Meanwhile, a lawmaker wants to quintuple state funding to the California Arts Council.
California's two Democratic U.S. Senators have introduced a bill that could send more water to communities struggling through the drought. The bill was written by Sen. Dianne Feinstein
New grants for regional water projects may provide some drought relief for California.
The Sacramento and San Joaquin River Basins are experiencing the steepest drop in water storage in nearly a decade. A new study looked at all water storage in the basins, including snow, surface water, soil moisture and groundwater.
The California Independent System Operator has issued a statewide Flex Alert for today (Thursday) because of a shortage of natural gas. Supplies are tight because of extreme cold in the Northeast. The ISO is calling for reduced energy use all day.
California’s state Fish and Game Commission approved closures of dozens of rivers and streams in an attempt to protect threatened salmon and steelhead trout. Scientists are worried the drought may push Coho salmon to extinction.
Rain is falling in the valley and a couple of feet of snow are expected in the Sierra over the next several days, but meteorologists say we're a long way from coming out of the drought.
The City of Sacramento has had more than a dozen bicycle, vehicle and pedestrian traffic studies completed in the past decade. Now the City wants one more…to turn all of those studies into a transportation master plan.
California isn't the only western state hit hard by drought - so is Nevada.
As if the drought weren’t bad enough, California’s $2 billion citrus industry says it lost nearly a quarter of its crop this year in a week-long freeze in early December.
The drought is affecting California farmers in different ways depending on where they farm. Some will turn to other water sources to make up at least part of the shortfall. Others will have to let some of their farmland go fallow.
The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency unveiled its plan to meet California greenhouse gas emissions targets and rolled out its first Sustainable Communities Program.
The drought is forcing California to take unprecedented actions. For the first time in California history, both urban and agricultural water users that rely on the State Water Project will get no water deliveries.
A swarm of more than 100 earthquakes over the past ten days is raising concern among emergency managers in the Reno area.
Snow has finally fallen on the Sierra Nevada Mountains, bringing some relief to ski resorts. But it’s not enough to put a dent in the state’s drought.
(AP) -- President Barack Obama and Governor Jerry Brown spoke Wednesday about actions the federal government can take in light of California's historic drought.
California water managers will measure the Sierra snowpack Thursday, and the snowfall overnight may improve the results marginally.
California Governor Jerry Brown and legislative leaders are preparing an urgency measure that would authorize more than half a billion dollars in short-term anti-drought actions. They met Thursday at the state Capitol to discuss the legislation.
California’s drought is wreaking havoc on one species of fish, pushing it close to extinction. Wildlife biologists say most of the Central Coast coho salmon are stranded or struggling to survive.
The lack of rain and snow in the Sierra has helped speed cleanup of one of the worst fires in California history. Crews have made substantial progress on land burned in the Rim Fire.
The first significant storm since early December is headed to parched Northern California Wednesday and Thursday.
A compromise on the federal farm bill has protected California’s egg law that requires hens have enough room to spread their wings. Congressional negotiators rejected the so-called "King Amendment" that was part of the House version of the farm bill.
The Sacramento City Council is expected to vote Tuesday night on water meter and sewer line projects.
The city of Roseville is taking steps to protect the water in Folsom Reservoir during the drought.
It’s the middle of winter, but you wouldn’t know it based on the number of wildfires in California.
Health experts say California’s drought could increase the risk of illness and exacerbate existing problems people have getting safe drinking water.
A month into official "winter" Yosemite National Park is experiencing springtime in January with little snow and temperatures in the 60's.
UPDATED: A deal has been reached in the California legislature on a bill that would ban single-use plastic bags at grocery and big-box stores statewide starting in July of 2015.
Starting in May, 3,500 homes and businesses in South Sacramento will no longer be required to have flood insurance.
After declaring a drought last week, California Governor Jerry Brown only briefly mentioned the drought during his state of the state speech. But several Central Valley Congressmen are calling for more action through federal legislation.
Sacramento is expected to tie an unwelcome record today-- it will be the 46th day in a row without rain, during the rainy season. That hasn't happened since 1884.
Almost half of the people living in the City of Sacramento have water meters. But none of the meters will be used to target or penalize people who are wasting water during the drought.
California fire officials say the Governor’s drought declaration means they’ll be getting additional resources to handle the wildfire risks expected in what’s shaping up to be the driest winter on record.
Governor Jerry Brown's emergency drought declaration allows for easing some environmental rules in the face of low water supplies. That makes environmentalists, and fishing groups, nervous about water being held upstream.
(AP) Though testing is incomplete, state officials say they're convinced a Nevada marina where an estimated 100,000 trout, bass and catfish died poses no danger to humans or animals.
UPDATED (1 PM): As expected, California Governor Jerry Brown Friday declared a drought. He also urged Californians to voluntarily reduce water use by twenty-percent.
Human-bear conflicts on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe increased 110 percent last year over 2012. That’s according to a new report from the Nevada Department of Wildlife.
A bipartisan group of California lawmakers, farmers and farm workers is calling for a water bond and a drought declaration from the Governor. Many of the people who showed up were from drought-stricken areas of the state.
In light of the Sacramento City Council decision to impose water-use restrictions, the city is increasing the ways it can pump water from different sources.
Most San Joaquin Valley residents have had to forgo burning wood in their fireplaces the past couple of months, but a switch to gas can get you a $500 rebate.
New research from a California-based forest ecologist shows that older trees are better at absorbing carbon dioxide than what has been commonly assumed.
The Sacramento City Council has ordered a 20 percent reduction in water use for everyone in the city. The Department of Utilities says the American River Watershed is in "crisis mode."
The State of California has announced its newest effort to prevent fraud against the California Redemption Fund.
California Senator Barbara Boxer has assembled a new climate change task force for the Senate. It's goal will not be to push legislation, but to protect climate laws already in place.
Some rafting companies say despite the dry winter, whitewater river rafting conditions in the south and middle forks of the American River should be relatively normal this year.
For the first time, since the implementation of the Urban Water Management plan in 2000, the City of Sacramento staff is asking the City Council to declare a "Stage Two" water shortage.
This week, biologists will try to get a better picture of how reduced water flows from Folsom Dam are affecting salmon in the American River.
The lack of rain has many cities concerned about water supplies, but Stockton is sitting atop a hidden source.
(AP) -- Customers in the San Juan Water District are being asked to halt all outdoor watering in light of drought conditions.
The four-day event will show 120 films on a variety of subjects including shark-finning, genetically-modified food, and fracking.
Gov. Jerry Brown says he’ll take whatever steps he can to help California’s farmers deal with the water shortage.
Eighty-percent of Californians rely, at least in part, on groundwater. Environmentalists say they’re pleased that California Governor Jerry Brown's budget proposal recognizes the need to manage groundwater better.
Lake Tahoe policy makers will be playing a prominent role in a national weather conference that begins today in South Lake Tahoe.
California Governor Jerry Brown’s budget proposal includes some major investments in the environment. It lays out how he wants to spend $850-million in revenue from the state’s cap and trade program.
California Governor Jerry Brown’s budget proposal would make a significant change to the state’s Safe Drinking Water Program.
Farming and healthy food advocates from around California were in Sacramento Wednesday asking lawmakers to focus on challenges facing the state’s food production system.
(AP) -- A historic run of dry weather in California and concerns over water supply prompted officials in Mendocino County to declare a drought emergency.
California water managers painted a dismal picture of dry conditions and low reservoir levels to the state Board of Food and Agriculture Tuesday. They say a drought proclamation from the Governor may come as soon as February 1st.
Water levels in Sacramento's American River will be significantly lower, starting Tuesday.
A California National Primate Research Center Study shows for the first time today that pollution caused by wild fires can harm infant immune systems.
Lack of rain has many valley water agencies worried about low reservoir supplies for the months ahead
Environmental groups are reacting to the possibility that California Governor Jerry Brown’s budget may propose using cap-and-trade revenue for High Speed Rail. The state has generated $530-million from the greenhouse gas emissions reduction program.
Interim regulations for the controversial oil extraction process known as “fracking” went into effect in California last week. But several public hearings are scheduled across the state this week on permanent regulations.
California’s first snow survey is scheduled for Friday. The Department of Water Resources says results are expected to be dramatically different from last year’s readings.
Californians who want to remodel a home built before 1994 may have to agree to install water-efficient plumbing in order to obtain a building permit. The 2009 law that takes effect in January is creating some confusion in the building industry.
After January first, new California recycling center owners must complete mandatory training. The State hopes to save $8 million as a result.
The dry winter has prompted Sacramento area officials to call for voluntary water conservation.
The Sacramento County Water Agency is urging people to cut their water use by 20 percent.
It seems like you just got the last ornament on the tree and now it's time to take everything down.
A new law to regulate the controversial oil extraction process known as “fracking” goes into effect in California on January 1st.
People who live and work in Folsom will have to cut their water use by 20 percent because of a city-wide "Water Warning" declared today by city officials.
People who use the American River Parkway from Hazel Avenue to the confluence of the American River will likely see more rangers next summer.
A group of 21 scientists is applauding California's efforts to allow the fracking of its shale oil reserves, arguing the process is a safe way to improve the economy and reduce foreign oil dependence.
A crucial document needed for the downtown Sacramento arena project is now up for public review. About 80 people attended an open house Wednesday night at City Hall to ask questions and comment about the environmental impact report.
The head of the California state parks department says the system will need more money to keep all 280 parks open when the new fiscal year starts next July.
The California Department of Water Resources is preparing the state’s farmers for a third straight dry year. It has assembled a drought management team to deal with the water shortage.
The California Independent System Operator or Cal-ISO says the relationship between the state's power grid and the people who use it needs more give-and-take.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says Chevron Corporation failed to maintain equipment and didn't adequately respond to airborne chemical releases at its Richmond refinery,where a huge fire erupted in August of 2012.
If you live in Sacramento or San Joaquin counties where overnight temperatures are dipping into the upper 30s, or the Reno area where it's even colder, you may be tempted to use your fireplace. But you could be fined if you do.
At least 15 homes have been destroyed and about 100 people have been forced to evacuate as a wildfire continues to burn in the Big Sur area of California, along the state's central coast.
Sacramento and West Sacramento are a step closer to a streetcar line that would connect the two cities.
For the first time, the Incline Village General Improvement District is moving forward with proposals to mandate bear-proof trash containers.
A coalition of environmental and business groups says California Governor Jerry Brown must repay a $500-million loan from the state’s cap-and-trade auction proceeds. It says the money should go to programs that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
California lawmakers are urging Gov. Jerry Brown and President Barack Obama to declare a drought emergency declaration in the state.
The tree-thinning program to reduce fire danger in the Tahoe National Forest is having an unexpected consequence. There are fewer trees for the popular public Christmas tree cutting program and the U.S. Forest Service are handing out fewer permits.
California Governor Jerry Brown’s administration today released a draft of its action plan on preparations for the impacts of climate change over the next century. The plan addresses the effects of extreme weather, rising sea levels and other issues.
The proposal to build two tunnels to carry water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to central and southern California has reached a significant milestone. The state has released the Bay Delta Conservation Plan for formal public review.
California Governor Jerry Brown’s administration released environmental documents for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan today.
From court rulings to federal regulators, California’s high-speed rail project has hit quite a few bumps in the track in the last week-and-a-half. But the state’s High-Speed Rail Authority insists construction won’t be derailed.
A major milestone for a project that will improve water quality for the majority of Yolo County residents was celebrated on Tuesday. The project will replace the largest unscreened intake on the Sacramento River.
A new report shows urban Californians are leading a trend of leaving cars at home and choosing bikes or public transit instead. It's a first-of-its-kind survey comparing urban transportation trends.
An amendment to the US House version of the federal Farm Bill has upset a bipartisan group of California lawmakers. The group has written a letter to House leaders calling for its removal.
The Truckee-Donner Public Utilities District has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 57 percent over the last 9 years. Now the TDPUD is being used as an example for other utilities.
Special Lake Tahoe license plates in Nevada have generated another $350,000 for environmental projects at the Sierra lake straddling the Nevada-California border.
The California Department of Water Resources is working again this year with researchers on an experimental winter outlook forecast. 2014 brings the possibility of another dry year.
The California Public Interest Research Group has released its annual report listing the potential hazards of some toys.
If you’re traveling in California this holiday season and are concerned about air quality, a new mobile website can give you air quality data at your fingertips. The site can be accessed on your Smartphone or tablet.
A Sacramento County Superior Court judge is blocking the sale of bonds to build California's bullet train and has rejected the state's funding plan, jeopardizing the future of the project.
A building moratorium in the Natomas area of Sacramento could be lifted by this time next year if the two houses of Congress can agree to fund levee repair projects on the Sacramento river.
Environmentalists say they’re pleased with the results of California’s fifth carbon auction as part of its cap and trade program. They say the greenhouse gas emission reduction program is working as designed.
Land in California’s Central Valley is sinking. The US Geological Survey has released a study showing the extent of the problem.The area of sinking land is much larger than originally believed.
Huge percentages of the world’s bee populations have been dying mysteriously. Now, for the first time, beekeepers are providing comprehensive data on mortality rates.
California Governor Jerry Brown has announced the approval of new state furniture flammability standards that will reduce the required levels of chemical flame retardants. Some retardants can pose a health risk.
Large groundwater withdrawals are causing land in California's Central Valley to sink. It's become so serious that it’s threatening flood control and water deliveries. The proposed high speed rail system will also have deal with the changing terrain.
Californians may have to be more cautious with their water use in the coming year. Initial projections indicate there won’t be much to go around.
January 1st is the deadline for most truckers to switch to cleaner trucks, or install diesel particulate filters on their older rigs. But these filters can cost as much as a truck, and it's an especially heavy burden for small operators.
It’s been three months since California experienced its third largest wildfire in history. The US Forest Service must now decide how to restore the 257-thousand acres burned in the Rim Fire, and how much salvage logging should occur.
With public funds disappearing Conservation organizations around Lake Tahoe are increasingly looking for private funding to pay for public projects.
New draft California regulations for the controversial oil extracting technique known as “fracking” are now available. The rules are in response to legislation passed earlier this year.
West Sacramento unveiled its first city-owned electric charging station today at West Sacramento City Hall. The Sacramento region has about 250 public stations.
A Sacramento Superior Court Judge has rejected challenges to California’s cap and trade program. The ruling means the state maintains its authority to limit greenhouse gases through carbon auctions.
Thirty six California counties say the Department of Fish and Wildlife owes them millions of dollars and the department is not denying it. One county has even sent the department a bill.
Six key reservoirs of the federal Central Valley Project are at the lowest levels since 2009, when the state was officially in a drought. Some farmers are expecting zero-percent water allocations in 2014.
If "stink bugs" invaded your home or garden this year you should be getting some relief now that winter hibernation has begun and the pests are dormant.
These days Governor Brown can barely go anywhere without being confronted by anti-fracking protesters. "Fear of fracking" is rampant. And that has the federal government's top land manager worried.
Hundreds of people watched this morning as the first salmon of the season made their way up the fish ladder at the Nimbus Fish Hatchery.
SMUD is launching a new clean energy project to help improve efficiency at its natural gas-fired power plant. The US Energy Department has given the utility $10 million to test the technology.
A new report says California will not reach its green house gas emission reduction goals for 2050 unless much higher standards are put in place. The state want to bring emissions down to 80 percent of 1990 level
Californians produce two million tons of hazardous waste every year. And the department that manages that waste has faced criticism for the way it operates. Now the department is trying to clean up its act.
Congress is considering reauthorization of the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act. The bill comes as a traditional source of restoration money is running out.
Boreal Ski Resort today becomes the first Tahoe resort to open for skiing. It's one of only two Sierra resorts taking part in a national program to monitor and reduce carbon emissions.
California now has a five-year draft plan for managing the state's water, but some are criticizing it for its lack of details.
State recycling centers say from Friday on, they’ll only be paying refunds for certain beverage containers.
Sacramento's wastewater treatment plant is now turning fats, oils, grease and even soda waste into renewable energy. The $3.5 million project will save the plant money and power hundreds of homes.
The nation’s west coast and British Columbia are joining forces to combat climate change. Environmentalists are hailing it as a historic agreement.
The Army Corps of Engineers is excavating sections of the spillway for the new Folsom Dam.
California and seven other states pledge to put three-point-three million Zero Emission Vehicles on the road by 2025. But it may be a tough sell.
The California Department of Water Resources will delay the release of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan yet again. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, the costly delay is a result of the federal government shutdown.
Attendance at Sacramento's first Farm-to-Fork week was nearly double what organizers had predicted.
Some parking spaces in Sacramento could be converted into mini-parks called “parklets” under a proposal the City Council will hear Tuesday. The idea is to make the city more pedestrian-friendly.
A plan to make sure California’s plant and animal species are preserved and protected is getting a major update. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is holding meetings across the state to get the public's input.
In an effort to keep Sacramento River water levels high and spawning salmon from getting lost, the state Bureau of Reclamation is closing off the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta channel that connects the river to Snodgrass Slough and the Mokelumne River
In a first of its kind ruling, state regulators have unanimously voted to direct some of California’s largest utilities to purchase enough energy storage capacity to power a total of nearly one million homes by 2020.
Sacramento-area clean tech companies say their industry has a bright future in the region. Many of them met at events at McClellan Business Park today.
The commercial salmon season ended today in the Pacific Ocean. Fishermen are already looking ahead to next year and beyond.
Actual construction work on California’s bullet train project has yet to begin – despite promises that it would by now – but the High-Speed Rail Authority says the project remains on schedule.
California environmental groups say the 2013 legislative session was about playing defense. Several environmental bills never even made it to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk.
Supporters say the Bay Delta Conservation Plan is one of the most ambitious habitat restoration programs ever. It's proposal to build two tunnels to carry water from the Delta to central and southern California is also one of the most controversial.
Woodland and Davis are one step closer to a system that provides water from the Sacramento River. A new water treatment plant will reduce both cities' dependence on well water.
The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is home to a half million people. In the fourth part of our series, we examine the culture of the Delta and talk to residents about their concerns over its future.
California is the nation’s largest agricultural state. It would not be possible without water from the Delta. Farmers say the water is their lifeblood, but it’s been cut back year after year.
The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta was once a vast tidal marshland and inland estuary. Now miles of fragile levees surround artificial islands below sea level. More than 90 percent of wetlands have disappeared, and native fish are dying.
Both the federal Central Valley Project and the State Water Project rely on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to bring water to central and southern California. Amy Quinton takes us on a 700 mile journey following California's water supply.
The federal government shut down is affecting some operations within National Forests. The offices at Plumas National Forest are closed and an annual festival has been cancelled.
A lack of a federal spending bill could cause some federal employee furloughs and campground closures in California.
Some common household products like carpet adhesive or nail polish could be regulated under a new program designed to limit the use of toxic chemicals. Meanwhile, a top lawmaker comes out against legalizing marijuana as an initiative effort begins.
Improper disposal of pesticides, prescription drugs, and patient records by Rite Aid drug stores in California have resulted in a $12 million judgment against the company.
California lawmakers are taking a closer look at two new water bond proposals that would replace the measure currently set for next November’s ballot.
Governor Jerry Brown signed 10 bills into law today, including a measure regulating the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in California.
Fire officials say devastation from the Rim Fire is the largest in the area since the 14th Century, calling the area a contiguous 'moonscape.' The fire is now 84 percent contained.
Environmentalists are celebrating a court ruling today upholding California’s low emission fuel standards. But fuel manufactures say the law is unfair.
With an eye on a possible third consecutive year of low rain totals, the California Department of Water Resources is reducing the amount of water released from Lake Oroville into the Feather River.
The Rim Fire has grown to the third largest in California history, with full containment expected on Sept. 20. Officials say it could take decades for the landscape to recover.
Democratic Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg is shelving most of his effort to streamline the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA, this year. The decision came late Wednesday night at the end of the second-to-last day of legislative session.
The Tuolomne River Trust says dozens of scientists are combing through the charred area burned by the Rim Fire this week to find out how much ecological damage was done.
The next wave of salmon to migrate up central California rivers has begun. State and federal fish and wildlife services say water is key to assisting that journey. Preparations begin this week for another dry year in 2014.
Fire officials plan to discuss the status of the Rim Fire with area residents at a special meeting, set for 6 p.m. Sunday at the Twain Harte Park Amphitheater in Twain Harte. Containment is holding at 80 percent, while the fire continues to burn.
Investigators from the U.S. Forest Service say they know how the fire still burning in Yosemite National Park started. The State of California will recover much of what it spent fighting the fire.
As firefighters gain control over the Rim Fire, environmental groups have begun addressing erosion dangers for the Tuolomne River area.
A two-year-long moratorium on new taxi cabs in the city of Sacramento could be extended at tonight's Sacramento City Council meeting.
Friday was the deadline for a number of environmental bills to either make it out of Appropriations Committees in the California legislature or die.
A fight is brewing at the state Capitol over legislation that would give the California Public Utilities Commission the ability to set a flat fee of up to $10 a month on electricity bills. The measure is up for a key committee vote Friday.
A Sacramento County superior court judge has tentatively sided with the California Air Resources Board that it has the authority to allow a carbon auction under the state’s cap and trade program. Arguments challenging the auction were heard Wednesday
Rockslides on the Yosemite's south side severely affected the town of Mariposa in 2006. Now road closures on the park's east and west sides have brought many tourists back.
Containment of the American Fire has grown to 83 percent as of Monday night. Crews along the south, north and west perimeters are in patrol status, with windy conditions still challenging the western edge of the fire. Update: 10:30 p.m.
People who own businesses effected by the Rim Fire can apply for a temporary delay in having to pay taxes to the State of California.
There’s a reason large patches of wood chips have been appearing alongside a Sacramento-area freeway recently.
The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the Sierra. Meteorologists expected hail as large as an inch in diameter.
The air quality in canyons on the west slope of the Sierra has been in the unhealthy range for all groups range for about a week. But air quality is expected to improve as more of the American Fire is contained and as thunderstorms move in.
Progress is being made toward restoring the clarity of Lake Tahoe, but the job’s not over yet. That was the message from key-note speaker former Vice President Al Gore at Monday’s 17th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit.
Dealing a major blow to California's high-speed rail project, a Sacramento County judge ruled Friday that the agency overseeing the bullet train failed to comply with the financial and environmental requirements voters were promised five years ago.
The California Department of Water Resources is changing the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. It includes two tunnels to carry water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to central and southern California.
The measure at the center of the debate over modifying the California Environmental Quality Act has passed a key legislative committee. But the bill’s author is warning business groups calling for a broad overhaul to tone down their list of demands.
A California company expects to collect 20-million pounds of plastic agricultural waste and turn that waste into reusable plastic bags. The program will also mean fewer dump fees for participating farmers.
Sacramento Regional Transit says more than 7,000 riders a day will use the new section of Blue Line once it's constructed.
A bill that would increase fines for big air polluters in California is now headed to the Assembly floor. It was drafted in response to the Chevron oil refinery fire in Richmond last year.
A California Senate Committee will hear a bill Monday that would move the state’s Safe Drinking Water program away from the Department of Public Health. The department has come under fire for failing to distribute money to communities that need it.
More wildfires. Warmer lakes. And higher temperatures. A new study from the California Environmental Protection Agency cites those and other signs that climate change is having a growing impact across the state.
A state and locally-funded improvement project for a levee under federal jurisdiction is underway in Yuba City. The improvements will provide 200-year flood protection to about 100,000 people.
California Governor Jerry Brown’s administration released a report Monday dealing with the economic impact of the proposed Bay Delta Conservation Plan.
The City of Sacramento wants to take a closer look at three proposed American River bridge projects connecting Natomas and Downtown Sacramento.
UC Davis scientists think they’ve found a way to bring back the white abalone from the brink of extinction.
The federal government has announced a sweeping study of fracking and other oil and gas extraction techniques in California.
Untimely doses of heat and rain in the eastern and southeastern parts of the United States are affecting the prices of some vegetables here in California.
Californians are now more likely to urge swift state action to slow global warming than they were during the recession, according to the Public Policy Institute of California’s new poll on environmental issues.
Air quality officials say smoke from Southern Oregon wildfires is fouling the air from Redding to Bakersfield.
The nation’s largest energy retrofit that uses a new financing method was launched in Sacramento Tuesday. The project is part of Sacramento’s Property Assessed Clean Energy program or PACE
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it has verified sturgeon spawning in the San Joaquin River for the first time.
An unmanned robotic submarine designed to explore Antarctica has taken a detour to Lake Tahoe. Its mission was to study the deepest earthquake fault line, more than 1,000 feet beneath the surface. It’s an area geologists had never seen before.
If you pay for electricity in California, you may have a refund coming. But it may take awhile to arrive.
As negotiations over a potential overhaul of California’s landmark environmental law enter their final weeks, supporters of rewriting the California Environmental Quality Act say the current proposal falls short of reform.
Large numbers of threatened and endangered salmon were stranded on the Colusa Basin west of Sacramento and died this year.
For the second year in a row, California farmers are complaining of a worker shortage. That has the state’s $43.5 billion agriculture industry feeling the squeeze – and consumers, too.
The Environmental Protection Agency has approved a plan from the California Department of Public Health to comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act.
Yolo County is one of the nation’s top green energy users. The Environmental Protection Agency ranked it number 14 on a list that includes some pretty big companies.
A new report ranked California 6th in the nation in the number of solar power installations per capita.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built walls within the levees along the American River more than a decade ago, but they left about 30 gaps. The Corps expects to begin construction on the Watt Avenue gap today.
A year after the deadly, rodent-carried disease claimed lives at Yosemite National Park, hantavirus is still a concern. But major changes at the park have lowered the chances of future outbreaks.
California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is asking insurance companies writing more than $100 million in premiums to respond to a climate change survey.
PG&E is scheduled to tell the Roseville City Council tonight why a gas line running through the city should be replaced with a newer and larger line. The company has already been approved for new lines in Davis.
High school students from seven school districts are getting a lesson in energy-efficiency and helping their schools save money. The Sacramento Municipal Utility District launched the project this week.
For decades, millions of fish have been diverted from pumping facilities at state and federal water projects in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
A new report from the California Public Utilities Commission shows that a program to increase solar power has almost reached its goal. Solar power installation has grown 26-percent in one year.
California Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg says he’s not sure a long-delayed $11 billion water bond will make it on the 2014 ballot.
About nine in ten old California tires avoid a landfill by being recycled. A California state agency is trying to encourage more recycling.
Scientists at the University of Nevada Reno are testing a camera network to help emergency managers and the public monitor a Nevada wildfire for the first time.
Mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus are turning up in great numbers in areas of Sacramento and Yolo Counties.
California lawmakers want to know how the state is going to make up for the loss of a major electricity source. A State Senate committee will hold a hearing on the issue tomorrow.
Crews are spraying for mosquitoes in Yolo County this week in an effort to stop the spread of West Nile Virus.
With temperatures in the triple digits, keepers at the Sacramento Zoo are busy trying to protect the animals from the heat. Keepers say it’s easy with some species, but others need extra attention.
While the temperature outside might seem intolerable, at least the air quality in the Sacramento area has been good for the past couple of days. But that could change.
Farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta may be able to farm wetlands and sequester carbon.
A new study shows the need for policy changes if California is to meet its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The study by Next 10 says electricity prices in particular should be revamped.
The National Weather Service forecast calls for high temperatures to be well over 100 degrees through the weekend and into next week.
A water shuttle on North Lake Tahoe is starting its first full summer of service Thursday.
If it's launched or makes a really loud boom, it's probably illegal in California.
The City of Sacramento estimates 3/4 of its 800 miles of sewer line are at least partially blocked by tree roots. The city is a Tree City U.S.A. with more than 100,000 trees planted on public property.
The California Department of Public Health has submitted its plan to the EPA to comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act. The department says it’s making numerous changes to provide clean drinking water to communities that need it.
While birds are keeping an eye out for worms, some California Central Valley farmers are keeping an eye on the weather. They’re worried unseasonable rains might spoil their crops.
A California senate committee has passed a bill that would update building standards to protect people from toxic flame retardants. Flame retardants are widely used in plastic foam insulation.
The Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District is launching a $1.5 billion upgrade to its wastewater treatment plant this week. The changes are needed to meet state and federal regulations.
The California Department of Justice has arrested four people for growing and processing $2 million worth of marijuana in a Sacramento County wildlife preserve.
Tahoe area property owners could soon have an easier time redeveloping and remodeling under an action taken by the U-S Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday.
Finding some of Lake Tahoe’s public beaches can be hard at times, but a new smart-phone app seeks to make it a lot easier.
California’s long-term plan to manage the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta has a tough fight ahead of it. The Delta Plan is now facing four lawsuits.
Firefighters are mopping up the smoldering remains of a 250-acre grass fire west of Roseville. The fire's out, but the remaining pollution has caused Sacramento County to issue an air quality advisory UPDATED 3:45 P.M.)
California’s low carbon fuel standard may be driving the development of alternative fuels more quickly than expected. A new report shows significant progress in fuels that can replace or blend with gasoline and diesel.
California’s budget agreement borrows $500-million from the state’s cap-and-trade program. Environmentalists say the maneuver neglects polluted communities.
Nevada has recommitted to the relationship with California on development and environmental restrictions at the lake, but there is a caveat.
Some of United Airlines’ best customers say the carrier should stop lobbying against policies designed to cut carbon emissions from the industry. The complaints come just as an international group meets to set standards for airline pollution.
The legislative battle over more stringent regulation of a controversial method of extracting oil and natural gas in California is far from over. Lawmakers will discuss the issue once again this week.
A new parking garage at Cosumnes River Community College is open to students and the public.
The triple-digit temperatures expected over the next several days have prompted CAL FIRE to increase staffing.
The performance of a new clean-burning alternative fuel for heavy duty trucks will soon be tested in California.
The EPA and lawmakers say California needs to do more to provide communities with safe drinking water.
Temperatures in the Sacramento Valley could reach 110 degrees by Saturday and people who have to work outside are already planning for the heat.
More than 600 communities in California rely on contaminated groundwater. Nowhere is the problem more acute than in the Tulare Lake Basin and the Salinas Valley.
Nevada wildlife officials say their efforts to keep bears from foraging in human garbage are being thwarted by animal activists who sabotage bear traps.
Governor Jerry Brown’s administration is forming a volunteer commission to recommend changes to California’s struggling state parks system.
Students from Sacramento’s Encina High School embark on their maiden voyage in SMUD’s annual Solar Regatta.
The California State Senate passed a bill today that could help the state deal more quickly with private encroachment on state levees.
Non-profits, for-profits, and state agencies showed off their green tech and sustainability at a special event. The gathering was held at the California State Capitol.
California Governor Jerry Brown’s administration has put a price tag on a plan to restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and provide a reliable water supply. The Bay Delta Conservation Plan is estimated to cost almost $25 billion dollars.
As tourism ramps up in the Tahoe region, so do bears looking for trash. The town of Truckee is cracking down on people who leave trash out that might attract bears.
It's enough to make your skin crawl. The California Division of Wildlife says an invasion of lice is tormenting two species of deer in Northern California.
A controversial proposal that would build two tunnels to pump water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to Central and Southern California moves another step forward Wednesday as the final chapters of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan are released.
Bills that would raise California’s minimum wage and allow out-of-state veterans to pay in-state college tuition are among the hundreds that passed a key legislative hurdle Friday.
Dead birds and mosquito samples are now starting to test positive for West Nile Virus in California. Mosquitoes carrying the virus have been found in San Joaquin County...the first in the county this year.
California Governor Jerry Brown continues to make climate change a focus of his administration. He is joining more than 500 scientists in calling for action on the issue.
The Forest Service in Lake Tahoe is reaching out to Hispanic families for the first time with owl surveys in the Sierra.
Reducing overcrowding at California prisons is not easy. Generally, inmates must either be released or given more space, which is expensive. But there is a third option. Inmates can be sent to fire camps.
Environmentalists and other groups are urging lawmakers to reject California Governor Jerry Brown’s budget proposal to borrow money from the state’s cap and trade program.
In Yosemite National Park, the cables that hikers use to climb to the top of Half Dome will be in place on Friday. That’s about a month earlier than usual.
An unidentified creature has been found near Lake Tahoe. Now scientists are trying to figure out if it should be eradicated or preserved and studied.
The Delta Stewardship Council has unanimously approved the final plan for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The plan is designed to protect the Delta ecosystem while providing a more reliable supply of water for California.
The governors of California and Nevada have announced an agreement to repeal Nevada’s threat to quit the decades-old Lake Tahoe Compact.
This month, the Truckee River hit its third lowest peak in 40 years…and that is already having an effect downstream.
Dry conditions are expected to cause a difficult fire season in California and much of the western United States. Federal budget cuts could complicate the problem.
If you live in the city of Sacramento, artificial turf could be coming to a front lawn near you.
A California legislative committee has passed an eight billion dollar water bond measure that would replace an unpopular eleven billion dollar bond on next fall’s ballot.
Consumers would know whether their new sofa contains flame retardant chemicals in a bill the California legislature is considering. The proposal would require disclosing the information on labels.
The Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, Inc. announced Thursday that it has taken in a 5.4-pound bear cub that was abandoned. The female cub is about 10 weeks old and is just beginning to walk.
The Sacramento Kings and City of Sacramento have won two legal challenges to the downtown arena project.
California health officials propose to lower the limits of a heavy-metal often found in drinking water.
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