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  • Jeff Barnard / AP

    California Versus Big Plastic Campaign Launched

    Thursday, November 06, 2014

    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.

  • Courtesy of California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

    Wildlife Officials Clean Up Illegal Marijuana Grows

    Friday, October 17, 2014

    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.

  • Amy Quinton / Capital Public Radio

    Voters Will Decide Fate Of $7.5 Billion Water Bond

    Tuesday, October 07, 2014

    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.

  • Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

    Utility Says Trees Water Consumption Worth The Benefits

    Wednesday, September 03, 2014

    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.

  • Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

    Auxiliary Dam Topped At Folsom

    Friday, July 11, 2014

    The new auxiliary dam at Folsom Lake is 113 feet tall, not counting the 45 feet of support structure beneath the ground.

  • Lawsuit Aimed At Protecting Honeybees

    Tuesday, July 08, 2014

    Environmentalists file a legal challenge urging California to stop approving a type of pesticide many believe is killing bees.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    Emergency Drought Relief Money Still Unspent

    Monday, July 07, 2014

    Four months after Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic lawmakers announced “emergency drought legislation,” the vast majority of the money sits untouched.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    Speaker Atkins: Water Bond Deal Has Stalled

    Tuesday, July 01, 2014

    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.

  • Jae C. Hong / AP

    Davis Plastic Bag Ban Begins Tuesday

    Monday, June 30, 2014

    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.

  • A Closer Look At The Proposed $10.5 Billion Water Bond

    Monday, June 23, 2014

    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.

  • Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio

    Senate Rejects Alternate Water Bond; Brown To Weigh In?

    Monday, June 23, 2014

    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.

  • Santa Cruz Becomes First California County To Ban Fracking

    Wednesday, May 21, 2014

    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.

  • Insight: Twain Harte Running Dry

    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

    The Tuolumne County community of Twain Harte may be the first California municipality to run out of water because of drought.

  • USFWS / AP

    Insight: OR7 Mate

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014

    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.

  • West Sacramento Gets First Urban Farm

    Thursday, May 08, 2014

    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 Water Conservation Cops Watch Every...Last...Drop

    Thursday, May 08, 2014

    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.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    Farmers Forecasting Less Rice, Higher Prices Because of Drought

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

    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.

  • Rich Pedroncelli / AP

    Hound Hunting Ban Targeted For Repeal

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

    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.

  • By Curtis Jerome Haynes

    Spring Rain And Snow Bring Increased Water Allocations

    Friday, April 18, 2014

    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.

  • Transit, Housing Would Get Cap-And-Trade Monies Under Proposal

    Monday, April 14, 2014

    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.

  • Richard Vogel / AP

    California Legislature Debates Fracking Moratorium

    Tuesday, April 08, 2014

    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.

  • Al Gibes / Capital Public Radio

    Sacramento Sets Rainfall Record

    Wednesday, April 02, 2014

    Sacramento is still experiencing a drought -- but it broke a rainfall record yesterday. Folsom Lake now stands at 71 percent of seasonal normal.

  • Snowpack Remains Low; State and Feds To Increase Water Pumping

    Tuesday, April 01, 2014

    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.

  • Amy Quinton / Capital Public Radio

    Federal Judge Hears Lawsuit Over Lake Tahoe Development

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

    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.

  • Drought Forces Salmon Migration By Truck

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014

    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.

  • Are New Fracking Regulations in California Enough?

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

    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.

  • City of Sacramento

    New Lights But Old Efficiency For City Project

    Monday, March 24, 2014

    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.

  • California Twin-Tunnels Water Project Threatened

    Friday, March 14, 2014

    (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.

  • Drought Improves Tahoe's Clarity

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

    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.

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    Changes Coming To Yosemite National Park

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

    (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.

  • Court Approves California Delta Smelt Protections

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

    (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.

  • USFWS Pacific Southwest Region / Flickr

    California Seeks To Dam 3 Delta Channels

    Thursday, March 13, 2014

    (AP) -- California water officials are planning to temporarily dam three channels on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta if California's drought persists.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio News

    Baby Salmon On The Move

    Thursday, March 06, 2014

    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.

  • Amy Quinton / Capital Public Radio

    Bees Feeling Effects of California Drought

    Thursday, March 06, 2014

    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.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    Twenty-Percent Conservation Is A High-Water Mark

    Wednesday, March 05, 2014

    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.

  • Sacramento Approves Grass For Cash Plan

    Wednesday, March 05, 2014

    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.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    Reservoirs Rising But Still Well Below Normal

    Tuesday, March 04, 2014

    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.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    Second Storm To Bring More Rain, Snow To Calif.

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

    (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.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    $687 Million Drought Legislation Passes

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

    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.

  • NASA To Help Monitor Calif. Water Supplies

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

    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.

  • Zero Allocation of Water From Central Valley Project

    Friday, February 21, 2014

    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.

  • Debra Reid / File Photo / AP

    Drought Prompts Early Release Of Trout In Reno

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

    (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.

  • Joe Moore / KVPR

    Central Valley Residents React To Obama Visit

    Friday, February 14, 2014

    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.

  • Max Pringle / CPRN

    Capitol Roundup: Brown On The Drought; More Money For Arts?

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

    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.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    Total California Water Storage Near Decade Low

    Thursday, February 06, 2014

    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.

  • twojciac / Flickr

    Natural Gas Shortage Prompts Statewide Flex Alert

    Thursday, February 06, 2014

    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.

  • File Photo / Capital Public Radio

    Rain, Snow Falling And More On The Way

    Thursday, February 06, 2014

    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.

  • City Hopes To Create One Transportation Plan From Many

    Tuesday, February 04, 2014

    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.

  • Calif. Citrus Growers Lost Big In December Freeze

    Monday, February 03, 2014

    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.

  • Photo by Curtis Haynes

    Drought Stretches Calif. Farmers' Water Supply

    Monday, February 03, 2014

    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.

  • credit: bradleypjohnson via Flickr

    Tahoe Plans For Sustainable Communities

    Monday, February 03, 2014

    The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency unveiled its plan to meet California greenhouse gas emissions targets and rolled out its first Sustainable Communities Program.

  • State Water Deliveries Drop to Zero

    Friday, January 31, 2014

    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.

  • Susan Walsh / AP

    Obama, Brown Discuss Calif. Drought

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

    (AP) -- President Barack Obama and Governor Jerry Brown spoke Wednesday about actions the federal government can take in light of California's historic drought.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    Calif. Leaders Working On Urgency Bill To Combat Drought

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

    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.

  • NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center

    Drought Pushing Central Coast Coho Salmon To Extinction

    Wednesday, January 29, 2014

    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.

  • Dry Weather Speeds Rim Fire Cleanup

    Wednesday, January 29, 2014

    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.

  • Josh Magezelis / Flickr

    Farm Bill Deal Protects California Egg Law

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

    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.

  • Health Experts: Drought Poses Health Risks

    Monday, January 27, 2014

    Health experts say California’s drought could increase the risk of illness and exacerbate existing problems people have getting safe drinking water.

  • Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

    California Congressmen Propose Drought Relief Legislation

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

    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.

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    Eased Water Regulations Trouble Environmentalists

    Monday, January 20, 2014

    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.

  • Scott Sonner / Associated Press

    Sparks Marina Deemed Safe Despite Massive Fish Kill

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

    (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.

  • planetlight / Flickr

    Gov. Jerry Brown Declares Drought In California

    Friday, January 17, 2014

    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.

  • Bipartisan Group Of Legislators Call for Drought Declaration

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

    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.

  • Al Gibes / Capital Public Radio

    City of Sacramento: We Are In A Drought

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

    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."

  • Barbara Boxer Forms New Climate Change Task Force

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

    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.

  • Courtesy of fortherock/flickr

    Whitewater Rafting To Continue Despite Dry Winter

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

    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.

  • Mandatory Water Conservation For Sacramento?

    Monday, January 13, 2014

    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.

  • Reduced Water Flows Affecting Salmon Eggs

    Monday, January 13, 2014

    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.

  • drosera88 via flickr

    Budget Proposal Would Spend Cap and Trade Money

    Wednesday, January 08, 2014

    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.

  • planetlight / Flickr

    Mendocino County Declares Drought Emergency

    Wednesday, January 08, 2014

    (AP) -- A historic run of dry weather in California and concerns over water supply prompted officials in Mendocino County to declare a drought emergency.

  • Amy Quinton/ Capital Public Radio News

    Water Managers Say Drought Proclamation Expected

    Tuesday, January 07, 2014

    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.

  • Public Hearing Today On Fracking Regulations

    Monday, January 06, 2014

    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.

  • m kasahara / Flickr

    Remodeling Home May Mean Upgrading Plumbing

    Thursday, January 02, 2014

    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.

  • New In 2014: Training For Recyclers

    Monday, December 30, 2013

    After January first, new California recycling center owners must complete mandatory training. The State hopes to save $8 million as a result.

  • Folsom Declares Water Warning

    Monday, December 23, 2013

    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.

  • More Rangers For American River Parkway

    Monday, December 23, 2013

    People who use the American River Parkway from Hazel Avenue to the confluence of the American River will likely see more rangers next summer.

  • Scientists Praise Calif. Fracking Efforts

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

    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.

  • Amy Quinton/ Capital Public Radio News

    California Prepares For Third Straight Dry Year

    Tuesday, December 17, 2013

    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.

  • Flickred! / Flickr

    Chevron Faces Possible EPA Fines Or Charges

    Tuesday, December 17, 2013

    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.

  • Lack Of Wind, Rain Makes Burning Illegal

    Tuesday, December 17, 2013

    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.

  • Stan Russell / The Big Sur Blog

    Wildfire Burns In Big Sur

    Tuesday, December 17, 2013

    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.

  • justinrussell via Flickr

    Tree-thinning Effort Affecting Christmas Tree Cutting Program

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

    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.

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    California Releases Draft Climate Change Preparation Plan

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

    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.

  • 30,000 Pages of Bay Delta Conservation Plan Released

    Monday, December 09, 2013

    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.

  • CPR photo/Ben Adler

    Board Chair: High-Speed Rail Project Still On Track

    Thursday, December 05, 2013

    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.

  • Wikimedia/M. Johnson

    New Study Shows More People Leaving Cars At Home

    Tuesday, December 03, 2013

    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.

  • Farm Bill Amendment Opposed By Calif. Legislators

    Monday, December 02, 2013

    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.

  • Photo By Nathan Gibbs via Flickr Creative Commons

    Experimental Weather Outlook: Dry Year

    Wednesday, November 27, 2013

    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.

  • Source: Calif. State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways

    Stockton Tackling Channel-Clogging Hyacinth Problem

    Tuesday, November 26, 2013

    The Port of Stockton says contract crews have removed hundreds of thousands of pounds of an invasive plant that has clogged the Stockton Deep Water Channel and other harbors and waterways in the Delta.

  • Air Resources Board Launches Air Quality Mobile Website

    Monday, November 25, 2013

    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.

  • CA High-Speed Rail Authority photo

    Judge Blocks Sale of Calif. High-Speed Rail Bonds

    Monday, November 25, 2013

    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.

  • Flickr: John Lodder

    Beekeepers Provide Data On Mortality Rates

    Friday, November 22, 2013

    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.

  • source: awnisALAN via Flickr

    January Deadline Looms To Upgrade Trucks Or Install Filters

    Tuesday, November 19, 2013

    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.

  • California's Rim Fire Sparks Controversy Over Logging

    Tuesday, November 19, 2013

    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.

  • New "Fracking" Regulations Released

    Friday, November 15, 2013

    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.

  • **RCB** via flickr

    Fish and Wildlife Owes Counties Millions of Dollars

    Tuesday, November 12, 2013

    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.

  • US Bureau of Reclamation

    CVP Reservoirs At Lowest Since 2009

    Monday, November 11, 2013

    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.

  • Andrew Nixon/Capital Public Radio

    Nimbus Fish Ladder Opens

    Monday, November 04, 2013

    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 Testing New Concentrating Solar Power Project

    Monday, November 04, 2013

    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.

  • Ski Areas Reducing Carbon Emissions

    Friday, November 01, 2013

    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.

  • Fats, Oils, and Grease Create Energy in Sacramento

    Tuesday, October 29, 2013

    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.

  • Sacramento Considers "Parklet" Pilot Program

    Tuesday, October 22, 2013

    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.

  • State Wildlife Action Plan To Be Updated

    Monday, October 21, 2013

    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.

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    Waterway Closed Off To Help Salmon and Water Quality

    Monday, October 21, 2013

    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

  • The Bay Delta Conservation Plan: A Solution For The Delta's Future?

    Friday, October 11, 2013

    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 Closer To Cleaner Water

    Thursday, October 10, 2013

    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.

  • A Place Called Home

    Thursday, October 10, 2013

    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.

  • Food, Farms and Delta Water

    Wednesday, October 09, 2013

    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 Delta's Fragile Ecology

    Tuesday, October 08, 2013

    The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta was once a vast tidal marshland and inland estuary. Now thousands of miles of fragile levees surround artificial islands below sea level. More than 90 percent of wetlands have disappeared, and native fish are dying.

  • Photo By Dept. of Water Resources

    California's Water Supply, A 700 Mile Journey

    Monday, October 07, 2013

    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.

  • CPR file photo/Ben Adler

    Capitol Roundup: New Chemical Regulations; Marijuana Legalization

    Thursday, September 26, 2013

    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.

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    Rite Aid Wrong-Doing Worth $12 Million Settlement

    Wednesday, September 25, 2013

    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.

  • Flickr/Alan Cressler

    Brown Signs Fracking Regulation Bill

    Friday, September 20, 2013

    Governor Jerry Brown signed 10 bills into law today, including a measure regulating the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in California.

  • Rim Fire Leaves Sierra 'Moonscape' For The Ages

    Wednesday, September 18, 2013

    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.

  • Amy Quinton

    Water Flows Cut at Lake Oroville

    Tuesday, September 17, 2013

    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.

  • CPR file photo/Andrew Nixon

    CEQA Changes Narrowed, Broader Effort Delayed (Again)

    Wednesday, September 11, 2013

    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.

  • Tuolomne River Trust

    Rim Fire Damage Assessment Begins

    Tuesday, September 10, 2013

    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.

  • Bob Moffitt

    Wildlife Services: Salmon OK This Year But 2014 a Concern

    Monday, September 09, 2013

    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.

  • Rim Fire Aftermath to be Discussed at Sunday Twain Harte Meeting

    Saturday, September 07, 2013

    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.

  • Photo courtesy USFS - Mike McMillan

    Rim Fire Caused by Hunter's Illegal Fire

    Thursday, September 05, 2013

    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.

  • CPR file photo/Andrew Nixon

    Electric Bill Increase or Fairer Calif. Power Rates?

    Thursday, August 29, 2013

    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.

  • Darren Barefoot / Flickr

    Judge Tentatively Sides with California in Cap And Trade Challenge

    Wednesday, August 28, 2013

    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

  • Thunder, Hail, Rain Forecast for Sierra

    Wednesday, August 21, 2013

    The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the Sierra. Meteorologists expected hail as large as an inch in diameter.

  • Katie Orr, Capital Public Radio

    Lake Tahoe Summit Held Amidst Progress, Crticism

    Monday, August 19, 2013

    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.

  • California High-Speed Rail

    Judge Rules High-Speed Rail Authority Broke Promise To Voters

    Friday, August 16, 2013

    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.

  • Photo By Amy Quinton/CPR News

    Changes Made To Bay Delta Conservation Plan

    Thursday, August 15, 2013

    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.

  • CPR file photo/Andrew Nixon

    Steinberg Has Blunt Words for CEQA Overhaul Backers

    Wednesday, August 14, 2013

    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.

  • Yolo County Central Landfill

    Recycling Program of Farm Plastics Underway

    Wednesday, August 14, 2013

    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.

  • Bill to Move Drinking Water Program Has Governor's Support

    Monday, August 12, 2013

    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.

  • CPR file photo/Andrew Nixon

    Study Finds New Evidence of Climate Change in California

    Thursday, August 08, 2013

    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.

  • Breaking Ground On Levee Improvement Project

    Wednesday, August 07, 2013

    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.

  • Photo By Amy Quinton

    Bringing Back The White Abalone

    Monday, August 05, 2013

    UC Davis scientists think they’ve found a way to bring back the white abalone from the brink of extinction.

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    Wholesale Veggie Prices Up

    Thursday, August 01, 2013

    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.

  • CPR file photo/Andrew Nixon

    Poll: Californians Support Acting Now on Global Warming

    Wednesday, July 31, 2013

    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.

  • Photo By Amy Quinton

    Nation's Largest Energy Retrofit Using PACE Announced

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013

    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

  • Photo By Amy Quinton

    Robotic Submarine Fails To Study Earthquake Fault in Lake Tahoe

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013

    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.

  • CPR file photo/Andrew Nixon

    CEQA Overhaul Supporters Not Happy with Current Proposal

    Monday, July 29, 2013

    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.

  • Courtesy US Fish and Wildlife Service Pacific Region

    Large Loss of Salmon on Colusa Basin

    Monday, July 29, 2013

    Large numbers of threatened and endangered salmon were stranded on the Colusa Basin west of Sacramento and died this year.

  • CPR file photo/Andrew Nixon

    Farm Worker Shortage Hits Calif. Ag Industry

    Monday, July 29, 2013

    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.

  • Army Corps Filling Gaps in Levee Cutoff Wall

    Monday, July 22, 2013

    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.

  • photo credit: PG&E

    PG&E Working To Replace Pipelines In Davis and Roseville

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013

    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.

  • Solar Array by Walmart Corporate via Flickr Creative Commons

    California Near Its Solar Power Goal

    Thursday, July 11, 2013

    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.

  • Animals Keeping Cool At Sacramento Zoo

    Wednesday, July 03, 2013

    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.

  • By Amy Quinton

    Carbon Farming in the Delta

    Tuesday, July 02, 2013

    Farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta may be able to farm wetlands and sequester carbon.

  • Some Farmers Say Late June Rains Are For The Birds

    Monday, June 24, 2013

    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.

  • source: Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District

    Sacramento Wastewater Treatment Plant To Upgrade

    Monday, June 24, 2013

    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.

  • credit: bradleypjohnson via Flickr

    EPA Relaxes Tahoe Rules

    Thursday, June 20, 2013

    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.

  • Photo Courtesy Department of Water Resources

    Delta Plan Faces Several Lawsuits

    Monday, June 17, 2013

    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.

  • CAL FIRE

    Grass Fire West of Roseville Now Contained

    Thursday, June 13, 2013

    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.)

  • Elite Flyers Pressure United Airlines On Climate Change

    Monday, June 10, 2013

    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.

  • Legislative Battle Over Fracking Not Over

    Monday, June 10, 2013

    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.

  • Sacramento Prepares For A Heat Wave

    Tuesday, June 04, 2013

    Temperatures in the Sacramento Valley could reach 110 degrees by Saturday and people who have to work outside are already planning for the heat.

  • Sabotage of Incline Village Bear Traps

    Monday, June 03, 2013

    Nevada wildlife officials say their efforts to keep bears from foraging in human garbage are being thwarted by animal activists who sabotage bear traps.

  • Courtesy California Department of Water Resources

    Price Tag for California Water Plan: $25 Billion

    Wednesday, May 29, 2013

    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.

  • Photo By Aquafornia via Flickr Creative Commons

    Final Chapters Of BDCP To Be Released

    Tuesday, May 28, 2013

    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.

  • Governor Brown Urges Action On Climate Change

    Thursday, May 23, 2013

    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.

  • Fire Camps Key To Reducing Prison Overcrowding

    Tuesday, May 21, 2013

    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.

  • Courtesy of Yosemite National Park

    Half Dome Cables Up On Friday

    Monday, May 20, 2013

    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.

  • Council Approves Final Plan for Delta

    Thursday, May 16, 2013

    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.

  • Truckee River Levels Dropping

    Monday, May 13, 2013

    This month, the Truckee River hit its third lowest peak in 40 years…and that is already having an effect downstream.

  • Western U.S. Wildfire Potential Above Normal

    Monday, May 13, 2013

    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.

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