Since the late 1980s, California has progressively enforced ever-more-strict regulations and decrees over the use of the state’s waters. Now, advances in science research are leading to questions about whether the state’s solutions to addressing California’s environmental problems are providing their intended results. First, the evidence. Key environmental laws, regulations and court case decisions progressively […]
Protecting several species of endangered fish in the San Joaquin River watershed has become an exercise in weighing false environmental precepts and zero-sum-game conservation assumptions against commonsense practicalities. With 3.5 gallons of water flowing out to sea in 2016 for every gallon pumped from the Delta to southland cities, some still say that Delta smelt, winter-run […]
California’s epic five-year drought — more than 83 percent of the Golden State remains mired in moderate to exceptional drought according to U.S. Drought Monitor — has left those who love and wish to preserve nature and the environment a dwindling hand of bad options, poor choices or worse. Managing the state’s dwindling stores of water […]
For quite some time, there’s been a little debate going on in California over the true numbers describing how much water is used in the Golden State for urban dwellers, businesses and industry compared to farms, the environment and other activities. This argument is a bit strange, since the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) publishes its detailed analyses of […]
Environmental objections to new dam construction in California may be a primary reason why endangered winter-run Chinook salmon and other threatened fish go extinct.