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SFO Airport Sinkhole ‘Emergency’ as Flight Volume Soars

Federal and state transportation officials are warning that San Francisco Airport’s rapidly deteriorating seawall has created the risk of runway flooding and sinkholes as passenger volume soars. San Francisco is legend for environmental hypocrisy, such as flooding the beautiful Hetch

SFO (Kyle Harmon / Flickr / CC)

Ted Cruz: ‘Environmental Policies’ Kill California Jobs over ‘Bait Fish’

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) waded into California water politics on Saturday, suggesting at the California Republican Party convention in Burlingame that eating the three-inch Delta Smelt with “cheese and crackers” rather than allowing “out of control environmental policies” to kill California jobs, including those for Hispanic farm workers.

Delta Smelt (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Do-or-Die for Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels in 2016

For years, California Gov. Jerry Brown has advocated for a pair of pricey tunnels that would divert water from the Sacramento River south to boost state supplies–and 2016 is shaping up to be the year of reckoning for the project.

The Associated Press

CA Water Board Nixes New Fish-Over-People Drought Plan

The California State Water Resources Control Board voted unanimously on Tuesday to back away from a controversial plan that would have held water back from cities and farmers in order to save an endangered species of salmon.

Salmon on Sacramento River (Justin Sullivan / Getty)

Drought: New Plan to ‘Save’ Salmon–and Starve Farms

California water officials introduced a tentative plan Tuesday to keep more water in Shasta Lake over the upcoming year in order to protect endangered winter-run Chinook salmon. However, the proposal is likely to infuriate farmers who may see water allocation drop, while marine scientists are skeptical the plan will be enough to save the imperiled fish.

Chinook salmon restoration (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

New Plan for Sacramento River Unites Farmers, Greens

LOS ANGELES — California’s State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) on Tuesday announced the outline of a revised Sacramento River Temperature Control Plan that takes into account the needs of both farmers and environmental interests.

Salmon on Sacramento River (Justin Sullivan / Getty)

California Cuts Water to Agriculture

On Friday, California’s top water regulators issued new cutbacks on farmers holding senior water rights dating back more than 100 years.