Drought

Jerry Brown’s ‘Twin Tunnels’ Project on Hold

Outgoing California Governor Jerry Brown will not be in office to see his “twin tunnels” project completed — if it is ever begun at all — after the state’s Department of Water Resources withdrew a key certification last Friday.

Jerry Brown climate summit (John Moore / Getty)

California State, Federal Leaders Strike Bipartisan Water Deal

Outgoing California Governor Jerry Brown has reached a deal with U.S. House Republican leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to extend the 2016 Water Infrastructure for Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act, which would provide more water to farmers and fund water storage in the state, to 2021.

San Luis Reservoir (Joel Pollak / Breitbart News)

Israel Endures Sixth Year of Drought

TEL AVIV – Israel is entering its sixth year of drought, the Water Authority said Sunday, with many of the country’s waterways at a 98-year low. 

Israel children play on August 24, 2008 on a boat near water measurement scales at the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel, which has seen a big decrease of its water level. The Jordan River supplies 95% of the water in the Sea of Galilee sweet lake. After four consecutive …

California to Fund Construction of First Reservoir in Four Decades

The California Water Commission was awarded $816 million of Proposition 1 money to begin building the $5.2 billion Sites Reservoir — the state’s first big reservoir since the 1970s. The $7.5 billion Proposition 1: Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement

Whiskeytown Lake (Ken Lund / Flickr / CC)

Rain Brings Relief to California — and More to Come

A powerful rainstorm sweeping through Northern California brought the state’s annual precipitation closer to normal after a dry winter — and there is more of it on the way. Bay Area public radio station KQED reports that the “Pineapple Express,”

California rain (Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)

Next Round in Trump vs. California Fight: Water

The next battle between the State of California and the Trump administration — after clashes over the environment, “sanctuary” laws, and the border wall, to name a few — will be over water.

Shasta Dam (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation)

Pinkerton: Fixing California’s Wildfire Problem

As the 2017 wildfire season in California recedes in time, if not in memory, the 2018 wildfire season is looming into view. And so if you live in the Golden State—now the Scorched State, as more than 500,000 acres were burned in 2017—you should be worried about a fire-haunted future.

FILE - This Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 false-color image from the European Space Agency's Sentinel-2 satellite via NASA, shows a brown burn scar from the Thomas fire north of the city of Ventura, Calif., at bottom center. The flames stand out starkly as smoke billows toward the Pacific Ocean and …

Evacuations Ordered in Santa Barbara Due to Fear of Mudslides

Local authorities have ordered evacuations in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties in areas below mountains and hillsides that were burned in the recent Thomas fire, as the winter’s first major rainstorm approaches California.

Santa Barbara hillside (David McNew / Getty)

Warning: California May Face a Long, Dry Winter

California is facing the prospect of a very dry winter, a year after one of the wettest winters on record, renewing fears of a devastating drought that gripped the state from 2011 to 2016.

California Drought Lake McClure (Justin Sullivan / Getty)

Southern California Wildfires Continue to Blaze Out of Control

Several wildfires in Southern California continued to blaze out of control into Wednesday morning, as firefighters reported “zero containment” on the Thomas fire near Ventura and the Creek fire near Sylmar in Los Angeles.

California Fires (NASA)

Fire Forces 27,000 to Evacuate in Ventura as Dry Winter Looms

A masive wildfire that erupted overnight and burned over 30,000 acres has forced 27,000 people in Ventura County to evacuate their homes as 150 structures were destroyed, according to reports from local news and wire services.

Ventura County fire (VCFD / Twitter)

Tom McClintock’s Bill Fast-Tracks Dams & Reservoirs

Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) is leading an effort to end environmentalists’ ability to delay the building of dams and reservoirs on federal land by fast-tracking control of the permitting process, placing power in the hands of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

Oroville Lake and Dam (Breitbart News)