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Calif.'s Central Valley groundwater may not recover from droughts

Nov 22, 2021 at 1:00pm


New research from the American Geophysical Union finds that groundwater storage hasn't fully recovered after the state’s last two droughts, with less than a third of groundwater recovered from the drought that spanned 2012 to 2016.

8 miles of lead-laden cables reportedly leaching into Lake Tahoe, court records show

Nov 24, 2021 at 12:55pm

Michelle Robertson

Approximately 8 miles of old Pacific Bell cables are allegedly leaking lead into the waters of Lake Tahoe, and the company has agreed in a lawsuit settlement to remove the old, unused cables, court records show. 

Cal Fire Helping Restore California’s Forests At Seed Bank In Davis

Nov 22, 2021 at 12:50pm

Elizabeth Klinge

From six-inch seedlings to giant sequoias 150 feet tall, California’s trees are a precious resource, and their recovery after devastating wildfires is no small task.

Water Wisdom: The Indigenous Scientists Walking In Two Worlds

Nov 22, 2021 at 4:55pm

Jane Palmer

Meet the international researchers who draw on both academic training and cultural experience to help Indigenous communities protect water, restore ecosystems, and sustain traditional resources.

Four San Joaquin Valley groundwater plans deemed inadequate

Nov 18, 2021 at 4:25pm

Rachel Becker

State officials warn some of the state’s most powerful and largest agricultural districts that their plans fail to address how over-pumping could harm local communities’ drinking water supplies.

Sonoma County backs well water regulations, advancing new era of groundwater oversight

Nov 16, 2021 at 5:30pm

Guy Kovner

Hailed as a complex and historic step, Sonoma County supervisors on Tuesday unanimously endorsed plans to guide use and governance of groundwater relied on by rural residents, farmers and cities.

Comprehensive California Groundwater Update Released to Provide Better Understanding of Groundwater Basins

Nov 17, 2021 at 5:25pm

With California facing a severe drought and an increased reliance on the State’s groundwater basins, today the Department of Water Resources (DWR) released the final version of California’s Groundwater – Update 2020. 

Managing Wetlands to Improve Carbon Sequestration

Nov 16, 2021 at 5:20pm

Ken W. Krauss, Zhiliang Zhu and Camille L. Stagg

A new book examines research on wetlands from around the world to illustrate how environmental management can improve carbon sequestration while improving the health and function of wetlands.

Monarch butterflies return to California after record low numbers last year

Nov 17, 2021 at 5:15pm


There is a ray of hope for the vanishing orange-and-black Western monarch butterflies.

As California drought clouds future, Chinook salmon return to Sonoma Creek to spawn

Nov 15, 2021 at 4:00pm

Alana Minkler

After a rush of cold-running water brought by the atmospheric river in late October, Sonoma Creek, along with other streams across the Bay Area, saw a surge in flow giving Chinook, or king salmon, the perfect conditions to make their way upstream from the Pacific.

Winged warning: Migrating birds hit hard by California’s drought

Nov 10, 2021 at 3:35pm

Julie Cart

As the drought dries up California’s wetlands, traveling birds such as ducks, geese and eagles are struggling to survive and breed. “This drought is bad. The odds are against us,” a state expert said.

Stream Watch Volunteers Needed!

Nov 10, 2021 at 3:15pm

Stream Watch is a community science program organized by Napa RCD and Napa County Watershed Information and Conservation Council.