Water

Gavin Newsom smirk (Jeff Chiu / Associated Press)

California’s Gavin Newsom Proposes Tax on Drinking Water in First Budget

California Governor Gavin Newsom proposed his first budget for the state on Friday, and it includes a tax on drinking water. The budget, titled “California for All,” declares drinking water a “fundamental right,” and adds: “The Budget includes short-term measures

Jerry Brown climate summit (John Moore / Getty)

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.

San Luis Reservoir (Joel Pollak / Breitbart News)

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.

Bay-Delta Plan water protest (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

State Board Votes for One-Month Delay in Bay-Delta Plan

The California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) voted Wednesday to delay the adoption of the controversial new Bay-Delta plan after most of the stakeholders asked for more time to negotiate agreements on water use.

Trump water memo (Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press)

California Republicans Cheer Donald Trump’s Water Memo

President Donald Trump signed a new memorandum Friday to provide more water to California’s farmers, lifting spirits in the Central Valley — and potentially lifting the fortunes of embattled Republican congressmen.

Whiskeytown Lake (Ken Lund / Flickr / CC)

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

Iran protests in Borazjan, July 2018

‘We Want Water’: Renewed Water Protests Sweep Iran

Renewed water protests continued in Iran on Sunday ahead of United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, on Sunday, with calls for authorities to address the water issues and chants to replace the current government.

In this photo illustration water comes to the boil on a gas stove on January 8. 2009, in Milan, Italy. On New Year's Day Russia cut the supply of gas to Ukraine who in turn closed the last of four transit lines for Russian gas into the European Union. Russian …

D.C. Officials Lift Boil Water Advisory; Contaminant Found in One Area

DC Water officials announced on social media on Sunday the advisory to boil water in some areas of the District of Columbia had been lifted after a valve malfunction in the city’s water system on Thursday led to more than two days of restrictions to avoid possible exposure to contaminants.

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Venezuela: Further Protests as Country Begins Running Out of Water

Local residents in Venezuela staged further protests on Monday as the failed socialist country now appears to be running out of clean water. Multiple groups of demonstrators blocked highways around the capital of Caracas to protest the lack of clean water supplies.

California rain (Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)

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,”