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Bill Would Make It Illegal To Mislabel Seafood In California

Monday, April 07, 2014

A bill, up for discussion this week, would make the practice of mislabeling fish or shellfish illegal in California.

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.

Yosemite To Open Areas Closed By Rim Fire

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Yosemite National Park has announced the reopening of some areas that had been closed because of the Rim Fire last summer and fall.

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.

Lower Power Bills For Nearly 12 million Californians

Monday, March 31, 2014

Nearly 12 million Californians will get a discount on their power bill this month, in October and twice-per-year next year, too.

Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority Considers Canceling 4th Of July Fireworks

Friday, March 28, 2014

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.

Drought Means Pumps Possible In Sacramento River

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Department of Utilities had hoped to avoid installing extra pumps at the Sacramento River Pump Station, but the drought has made it unavoidable.

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.

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.

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.

Will Your Next House Produce More Energy Than It Consumes?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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.

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.

Roseville Urges Residents To Reduce Water Use

Monday, March 24, 2014

Roseville is requiring all residents to reduce their water use by 20 percent, starting today.

Tahoe Fire District Needs More Funding To Combat Serious Fire Season

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District has reduced staff dedicated to wildfire prevention.

California Genetically Modified Food Advocates Hoping To Bypass Congressional Gridlock

Monday, March 17, 2014

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.

Drought Worsens Toxic Minerals In Crop Soil

Monday, March 17, 2014

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.

Rail Agency Halts Plans To Remove Rare Redwood

Friday, March 14, 2014

(AP) -- Transit officials in Northern California have suspended plans to remove a rare redwood tree to make way for planned railway tracks.

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.

A California Bill Has Entered Debate Over Cap & Trade Spending

Friday, March 14, 2014

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.

California Regulators Target Toxic Chemicals in Three Products

Friday, March 14, 2014

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.

West Nile Virus Spotted Early This Year

Friday, March 14, 2014

The warm weather is bringing out some not-too-welcome visitors...mosquitoes and along with them the West Nile Virus.

Wildlife Officials: Bears Will Soon Emerge From Hibernation

Thursday, March 13, 2014

(AP) -- With spring in the air, Nevada black bears will soon be emerging from hibernation. And they'll be hungry.

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.

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.

Salmon Fishing Forecast "Pretty Good" For The Ocean But Questionable For Rivers

Thursday, March 13, 2014

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.

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.

Preservationists Attempt To Save Rare Trees In Cotati

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

(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.

Report Reveals Funding Gaps In Calif. Water Management

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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.

Drought Plan Calls For Moving Young Salmon Via Trucks

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

(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.

California Fund Could Lead To More Clean Energy Projects

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The State of California says it has eliminated a barrier to the financing of private, Property Assessed Clean Energy or PACE projects.

Lawmakers Get Disturbing Picture Of Status of Groundwater

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

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.

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.

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.

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.

More Money For Storage Projects Added to Calif. Water Bond Proposal

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

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.

$150 Million For Sacramento Region Flood Control Projects

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

The allocations were $34 million more than had been expected for Sacramento projects.

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.

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.

Grass For Cash Program Proposed In Sacramento

Monday, March 03, 2014

The City of Sacramento wants to start a pilot program to pay people to replace their front lawns with landscaping that conserves water.

Drought Creates Extra Burden for Allergy Sufferers

Monday, March 03, 2014

People who suffer from allergy in California may already be feeling symptoms this year. And the drought conditions may bring further aggravation.

Despite Recent Rain, Winter Precipitation In Lake Tahoe Only Half of Normal

Monday, March 03, 2014

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.

$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.

Storm Drenches California, New System Moving In

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.

Vote Expected Today On Emergency Drought Legislation

Thursday, February 27, 2014

11:34 A.M.--(AP) -- Both houses of the California Legislature approved a $687 million drought-relief plan Thursday.

Flower Growers, Nurseries Brace For Effects of Drought

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Warm, spring-like weather this winter is creating havoc for some small flower growers.

Aquatic Recreation Dries Up On Woodward Reservoir

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Boaters and swimmers may not be able to enjoy Woodward Reservoir in Stanislaus County this summer.

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.

Sediment Blocking Installation Of Backup River Pumps

Monday, February 24, 2014

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.

Storms Expected To Bring Rain, Snow To Northern Calif.

Monday, February 24, 2014

(AP) --Meteorologists say a pair of storms could dump several inches of rain throughout the state this week.

LAO Examines Gov.Brown's Plan To Spend Cap-and-Trade Money

Monday, February 24, 2014

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.

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.

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.

Steinberg: Replace Cap-and-Trade With Carbon Tax for Vehicle Fuels

Thursday, February 20, 2014

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.

Ten Communities At Risk of Running Out of Water in 60 Days

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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.

Army Corps Seeks Feedback On Raising Folsom Dam

Monday, February 17, 2014

Engineers with the federal government want to get your feedback on a plan to raise Folsom Dam.

President Obama Addresses California Drought In Central Valley (FULL SPEECH)

Friday, February 14, 2014

President Obama spoke at a farm in Los Banos Friday afternoon, during a brief three-hour visit to the Central Valley.

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.

President Obama to Visit Central Valley Friday

Friday, February 14, 2014

President Obama flies to California’s Central Valley Friday, where he’ll announce drought aid for farmers, food banks and rural communities.

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.

California Senators Introduce Bill To Get More Water To Dry Communities

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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 May Provide Some Drought Relief

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

New grants for regional water projects may provide some drought relief for California.

Drought Forces Broadest Fishing Ban in State; Coho At Risk of Extinction

Thursday, February 06, 2014

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, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Swarm Of Earthquakes Increase Intensity In Nevada

Thursday, January 30, 2014

A swarm of more than 100 earthquakes over the past ten days is raising concern among emergency managers in the Reno area.

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.

Officials To Measure Sierra Snowpack

Thursday, January 30, 2014

California water managers will measure the Sierra snowpack Thursday, and the snowfall overnight may improve the results marginally.

Snow Brings Relief To Ski Resorts But Snow Survey Dismal

Thursday, January 30, 2014

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.

Storm Expected To Bring Much-Needed Rain To Northern Calif.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The first significant storm since early December is headed to parched Northern California Wednesday and Thursday.

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.

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.

Dry Winter Creates Busy Season for Fire Agencies

Monday, January 27, 2014

It’s the middle of winter, but you wouldn’t know it based on the number of wildfires in California.

Health Experts Warn Of Increase In Illnesses Due To Drought

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.

Roseville Takes Steps To Preserve Folsom Reservoir

Monday, January 27, 2014

The city of Roseville is taking steps to protect the water in Folsom Reservoir during the drought.

Water Projects Before Sacramento City Council

Monday, January 27, 2014

The Sacramento City Council is expected to vote Tuesday night on water meter and sewer line projects.

Warm Winter Weather Brings Unseasonal Activity To Yosemite

Friday, January 24, 2014

A month into official "winter" Yosemite National Park is experiencing springtime in January with little snow and temperatures in the 60's.

Deal Reached at Calif. Capitol on Statewide Plastic Bag Ban

Thursday, January 23, 2014

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.

Sacramento Likely To Break Record For Most Days In A Row Without Rain

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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.

New Flood Map Makes Flood Insurance Optional For 3500 Sacramentans

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Starting in May, 3,500 homes and businesses in South Sacramento will no longer be required to have flood insurance.

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.

City Of Sacramento: Meters Won't Be Used To Penalize Water Wasters

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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.

More California Wildfires Expected As Governor Declares Drought

Monday, January 20, 2014

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nevada Commission To Review Hunting Season For Black Bears

Friday, January 17, 2014

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.

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.

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."

Sacramento Diversifies Water Pumping Capability

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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.

San Joaquin Residents Get Incentives To Use Natural Gas

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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.

Study: Old Trees Grow Fastest; Store More Carbon

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

New research from a California-based forest ecologist shows that older trees are better at absorbing carbon dioxide than what has been commonly assumed.

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.

Border Checks Now Required For Bottle and Can Importers

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The State of California has announced its newest effort to prevent fraud against the California Redemption Fund.

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.

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.

Despite Lack Of Rain, Plenty Of Underground Water Supply For Stockton

Monday, January 13, 2014

The lack of rain has many cities concerned about water supplies, but Stockton is sitting atop a hidden source.

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.

Wild and Scenic Film Festival Begins Today

Friday, January 10, 2014

The four-day event will show 120 films on a variety of subjects including shark-finning, genetically-modified food, and fracking.

Customers in San Juan Water District Asked To Halt Outdoor Watering

Friday, January 10, 2014

(AP) -- Customers in the San Juan Water District are being asked to halt all outdoor watering in light of drought conditions.

National Weather Conference Starts Today In Tahoe

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Lake Tahoe policy makers will be playing a prominent role in a national weather conference that begins today in South Lake Tahoe.

Governor Brown: Governors Can't Make It Rain

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown says he’ll take whatever steps he can to help California’s farmers deal with the water shortage.

Governor's Budget Would Spend Money on Groundwater Monitoring

Thursday, January 09, 2014

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.

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.

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.

Budget Proposal Moves Safe Drinking Water Program

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

California Governor Jerry Brown’s budget proposal would make a significant change to the state’s Safe Drinking Water Program.

California Food And Farm Activists Push For Critical Legislation

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

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.

Concerns Over Low Water Levels At New Hogan Reservoir

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Lack of rain has many valley water agencies worried about low reservoir supplies for the months ahead

Reduction In Water Released From Nimbus Dam To American River

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Water levels in Sacramento's American River will be significantly lower, starting Tuesday.

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.

Governor's Possible Budget Move on Cap and Trade Gets Mixed Reactions

Monday, January 06, 2014

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.

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.

Dry Conditions Expected in California's First Snow Survey Of New Year

Thursday, January 02, 2014

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.

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.

City Of Sacramento Could Be Next To Implement Water Rationing Measures

Friday, December 27, 2013

The dry winter has prompted Sacramento area officials to call for voluntary water conservation.

Recycling Christmas Trees For Free

Thursday, December 26, 2013

It seems like you just got the last ornament on the tree and now it's time to take everything down.

Water Conservation Urged

Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Sacramento County Water Agency is urging people to cut their water use by 20 percent.

Law To Regulate "Fracking" To Take Effect January 1

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

A new law to regulate the controversial oil extraction process known as “fracking” goes into effect in California on January 1st.

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.

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.

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.

Dragons Bicycles and Trees: Some Of The Reaction To The New Arena EIR

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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.

Parks Director: More Money Needed to Keep Parks Open Beyond June

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

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.

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.

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.

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.

Report: State Power Grid Needs To Incorporate Individual Homes In System

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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.

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.

Street Car Proponents Say Project Is Moving Along

Friday, December 13, 2013

Sacramento and West Sacramento are a step closer to a streetcar line that would connect the two cities.

Tahoe District Proposal To Require Bear-Proof Trash Containers Moves Forward

Thursday, December 12, 2013

For the first time, the Incline Village General Improvement District is moving forward with proposals to mandate bear-proof trash containers.

Groups Call for Repayment of Loan From Cap-and-Trade Auction Proceeds

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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.

Lawmakers Urge Brown, Obama To Declare Drought Emergency in Calif.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

California lawmakers are urging Gov. Jerry Brown and President Barack Obama to declare a drought emergency declaration in the state.

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.

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.

Bay Delta Conservation Plan Environmental Documents Released

Monday, December 09, 2013

California Governor Jerry Brown’s administration released environmental documents for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan today.

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.

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.

Project Will Replace Largest Unscreened Intake On Sacramento River

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

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.

California Lawmakers Oppose Amendment to Farm Bill

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.

Truckee-Donner Utility Shows Major Reduction In Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Monday, December 02, 2013

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.

Tahoe License Plates Net $350,000 For Environment

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Special Lake Tahoe license plates in Nevada have generated another $350,000 for environmental projects at the Sierra lake straddling the Nevada-California border.

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.

Stockton Taking On Channel-Clogging, Invasive 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.

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.

Natomas Hopes Bill Before Congress Will Help Remove Moratorium, Need for Flood Insurance

Monday, November 25, 2013

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.

California Air Resources Board Announces Results of Carbon Auction

Monday, November 25, 2013

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.

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.

USGS Study: 1200 Square Miles of Central Valley Land Is Sinking

Friday, November 22, 2013

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.

California Governor Jerry Brown Announces New Furniture Flammability Standards

Thursday, November 21, 2013

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.

Central Valley Land Sink Issue For High Speed Rail, Flood Control, Water Deliveries

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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.

California's Water Demand May Far Exceed Supply in 2014

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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.

Lake Tahoe Seeks Private Funding For Public Projects

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

With public funds disappearing Conservation organizations around Lake Tahoe are increasingly looking for private funding to pay for public projects.

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.

Electric Charging Stations Increasing in Popularity

Thursday, November 14, 2013

West Sacramento unveiled its first city-owned electric charging station today at West Sacramento City Hall. The Sacramento region has about 250 public stations.

Judge Rejects Challenge To California's Cap and Trade Program (3)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

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.

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.

Stink Bugs Dormant Now But Next Year Could Be Worse

Monday, November 11, 2013

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.

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.

Interior Secretary Addresses California's Fracking Concerns

Friday, November 08, 2013

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.

California's Toxic Waste Control Department Trying to Clean Up Its Act

Monday, November 04, 2013

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.

Tahoe-area Groups urge Congress to Approve Restoration Act

Monday, November 04, 2013

Congress is considering reauthorization of the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act. The bill comes as a traditional source of restoration money is running out.

Study: California May Not Reach 2050 Greenhouse Emission Goals

Monday, November 04, 2013

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

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.

California Recycling Centers Will No Longer Pay non-CRV Refunds

Thursday, October 31, 2013

State recycling centers say from Friday on, they’ll only be paying refunds for certain beverage containers.

State Releases Draft Five-Year Water Plan

Thursday, October 31, 2013

California now has a five-year draft plan for managing the state's water, but some are criticizing it for its lack of details.

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.

Blasting From Folsom Dam Work Underway

Monday, October 28, 2013

The Army Corps of Engineers is excavating sections of the spillway for the new Folsom Dam.

California Signs Climate Agreement with West Coast States, British Columbia

Monday, October 28, 2013

The nation’s west coast and British Columbia are joining forces to combat climate change. Environmentalists are hailing it as a historic agreement.

California, 7 Other States Push to Get More Zero Emission Vehicles on Road

Thursday, October 24, 2013

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.

Federal Shutdown Delays Release of Bay Delta Conservation Plan

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

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.

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.

Farm-to-Fork Exceeds Expectations

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Attendance at Sacramento's first Farm-to-Fork week was nearly double what organizers had predicted.

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

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.

State Regulators Direct Utilities to Purchase Storage Capacity

Thursday, October 17, 2013

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.

Clean Tech and Ag Tech Businesses Talk Innovation in Sacramento

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

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.

Last Day For Commercial Salmon Fishing

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The commercial salmon season ended today in the Pacific Ocean. Fishermen are already looking ahead to next year and beyond.

High-Speed Rail CEO: No Construction Yet, But Work "Under Way"

Monday, October 14, 2013

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.

Environmentalists: Few Victories This Legislative Session

Monday, October 14, 2013

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Federal Shutdown Shuts Down National Forest and Fall Festival

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

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.

U.S. Army Corps Will Furlough Some If Government Shuts Down

Monday, September 30, 2013

A lack of a federal spending bill could cause some federal employee furloughs and campground closures in California.

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.

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.

Two New Water Bond Alternatives Draw Lawmakers' Scrutiny

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

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.

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.

Ninth Circuit Upholds California Emissions Law

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Environmentalists are celebrating a court ruling today upholding California’s low emission fuel standards. But fuel manufactures say the law is unfair.

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.

Full Containment of Rim Fire Expected Next Week, Landscape Recovery Could Take Decades

Thursday, September 12, 2013

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.

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.

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.

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.

Rim Fire Cause Discovered

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.

Sacramento New Taxi Moratorium Could Be Extended

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

A two-year-long moratorium on new taxi cabs in the city of Sacramento could be extended at tonight's Sacramento City Council meeting.

Environmental Group Eyes Erosion Danger From Rim Fire

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

As firefighters gain control over the Rim Fire, environmental groups have begun addressing erosion dangers for the Tuolomne River area.

Environmental Roundup: Fracking, CEQA Legislation Moves Forward

Friday, August 30, 2013

Friday was the deadline for a number of environmental bills to either make it out of Appropriations Committees in the California legislature or die.

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.

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

Rim Fire Helping Other Communities With Open Access to Yosemite

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

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.

Appearance of Large Patches of Wood Chips Explained

Monday, August 26, 2013

There’s a reason large patches of wood chips have been appearing alongside a Sacramento-area freeway recently.

American Fire - Monday Update: Containment Growing, Focus on Hot Spots

Monday, August 26, 2013

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.

Businesses Effected By Rim Fire Eligible For Tax Reprieve

Monday, August 26, 2013

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.

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.

Fires and Hot Temperatures Worsen Air Quality in Northern California

Monday, August 19, 2013

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ground Broken On New Section of Blue Line in Sacramento

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Sacramento Regional Transit says more than 7,000 riders a day will use the new section of Blue Line once it's constructed.

Bill To Increase Fines for Big Air Polluters Moves Forward

Monday, August 12, 2013

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.

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.

Progress Towards New American River Bridge

Monday, August 05, 2013

The City of Sacramento wants to take a closer look at three proposed American River bridge projects connecting Natomas and Downtown Sacramento.

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.

Governor's Office Releases Economic Report on Bay Delta Conservation Plan

Monday, August 05, 2013

California Governor Jerry Brown’s administration released a report Monday dealing with the economic impact of the proposed Bay Delta Conservation Plan.

Feds, State to Study Fracking in California

Friday, August 02, 2013

The federal government has announced a sweeping study of fracking and other oil and gas extraction techniques in California.

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.

Wildfire Smoke Penetrates Air from Redding to Bakersfield

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Air quality officials say smoke from Southern Oregon wildfires is fouling the air from Redding to Bakersfield.

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.

Ratepayers May See Refund Because of JP Morgan Settlement

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

If you pay for electricity in California, you may have a refund coming. But it may take awhile to arrive.

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

Sturgeon Spawning in San Joaquin River

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it has verified sturgeon spawning in the San Joaquin River for the first time.

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.

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.

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.

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.

EPA Approves California's Plan To Comply With Safe Drinking Water Act

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

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 Among Top Green Power Users in Nation

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

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.

California Ranks Among Top Six Solar States

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A new report ranked California 6th in the nation in the number of solar power installations per capita.

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.

Yosemite Working To Minimize Chance Of Repeat Hantavirus Outbreak

Thursday, July 18, 2013

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.

Insurance Commissioner Expands Climate Change Survey

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is asking insurance companies writing more than $100 million in premiums to respond to a climate change survey.

Pacific Gas and Electric Asks To Replace Pipe In 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.

SMUD Trains Students To Perform Energy Audits for Schools

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

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.

The Challenges of Salvaging Smelt and Other Delta Fish

Monday, July 15, 2013

For decades, millions of fish have been diverted from pumping facilities at state and federal water projects in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

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.

UNR Testing New Remote Cameras To Monitor Wildfires

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

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.

California Senate Leader Questions Future of Water Bond

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

California Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg says he’s not sure a long-delayed $11 billion water bond will make it on the 2014 ballot.

Grants From Tire Recycling Fee Awarded to Recycling Programs

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

About nine in ten old California tires avoid a landfill by being recycled. A California state agency is trying to encourage more recycling.

Aerial Spraying for Mosquitoes as West Nile Activity Increases

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Crews are spraying for mosquitoes in Yolo County this week in an effort to stop the spread of West Nile Virus.

West Nile Virus Activity Strong in Sacramento and Yolo Counties

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus are turning up in great numbers in areas of Sacramento and Yolo Counties.

California Planning Energy Future Without San Onofre

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

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.

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.

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.

Heat Wave Air Quality Good So Far, But Could Deteriorate

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

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.

Study:Meeting Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals Will Be Tough

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

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.

Hot Forecast Not Enough To Open Cooling Centers in Sacramento

Friday, June 28, 2013

The National Weather Service forecast calls for high temperatures to be well over 100 degrees through the weekend and into next week.

Long Wait Is Over For Lake Tahoe Water Shuttle

Thursday, June 27, 2013

A water shuttle on North Lake Tahoe is starting its first full summer of service Thursday.

Fire and Police Departments on the Lookout For Illegal Fireworks

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

If it's launched or makes a really loud boom, it's probably illegal in California.

City of Sacramento Progressing Through Sewer Cleanout Plan

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

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.

Health Department Submits Plan To Comply with Safe Drinking Water Act

Monday, June 24, 2013

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.

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.

Bill to Protect Public From Flame Retardants in Insulation Moves Forward

Monday, June 24, 2013

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.

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.

Looking for a Tahoe Beach? There's an App for That

Thursday, June 20, 2013

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.

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.

Pot Bust Made On Wildlife Preserve in Sacramento County

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The California Department of Justice has arrested four people for growing and processing $2 million worth of marijuana in a Sacramento County wildlife preserve.

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.

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.)

Study: Development of Alternative Fuels Surpassing Expectations

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

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.

Budget Agreement Diverts Money From Cap-and-Trade

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

California’s budget agreement borrows $500-million from the state’s cap-and-trade program. Environmentalists say the maneuver neglects polluted communities.

Nevada Holds Out for Change in Tahoe Development Rules

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Nevada has recommitted to the relationship with California on development and environmental restrictions at the lake, but there is a caveat.

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.

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.

Garage For More Cars Built To Keep Them Off The Road

Friday, June 07, 2013

A new parking garage at Cosumnes River Community College is open to students and the public.

CAL FIRE Increasing Staff Due to Weekend Fire Danger

Friday, June 07, 2013

The triple-digit temperatures expected over the next several days have prompted CAL FIRE to increase staffing.

California Company Launches Industry-First Alternative Fuel for Trucks

Thursday, June 06, 2013

The performance of a new clean-burning alternative fuel for heavy duty trucks will soon be tested in California.

EPA And Lawmakers Call Lack of Clean Drinking Water Unacceptable

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

The EPA and lawmakers say California needs to do more to provide communities with safe drinking water.

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.

Hundreds of Communities Rely on Contaminated Water

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

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.

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.

Commission Formed to Examine Calif. Parks System

Monday, June 03, 2013

Governor Jerry Brown’s administration is forming a volunteer commission to recommend changes to California’s struggling state parks system.

Solar Power and Bright Young Minds - Encina Yacht Club (VIDEO)

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Students from Sacramento’s Encina High School embark on their maiden voyage in SMUD’s annual Solar Regatta.

State Seeks To More Quickly Remove Levee Encroachments

Thursday, May 30, 2013

The California State Senate passed a bill today that could help the state deal more quickly with private encroachment on state levees.

Truckee Cracks Down On Lax, Bear-Attracting Trash Management

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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.

Fair Raises Awareness of Green Products and Services

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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.

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.

Invading Deer Lice Torment Two California Species

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

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.

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.

Key Assembly Committee Acts on 360 Bills in Under an Hour

Friday, May 24, 2013

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.

Year’s First Cases of West Nile Virus Showing Up In San Joaquin County

Friday, May 24, 2013

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.

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.

New Program Takes Hispanic Families into Tahoe Forests

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Forest Service in Lake Tahoe is reaching out to Hispanic families for the first time with owl surveys in the Sierra.

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.

Environmentalists Lobby To Change Proposal By Brown For Cap and Trade Funds

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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.

Discovery of Mystery Creature May Provide Clues to Clarity of Lake Tahoe

Monday, May 20, 2013

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.

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.

Governors Renew Commitment to Lake Tahoe Compact

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The governors of California and Nevada have announced an agreement to repeal Nevada’s threat to quit the decades-old Lake Tahoe Compact.

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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