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Supreme Court tees up wetlands fight that could cuff EPA

Jan 24, 2022 at 2:20pm

Hannah Northey, Pamela King

The Supreme Court’s decision today to take a fresh look at the scope of the Clean Water Act could impair EPA’s ability to protect isolated wetlands and ephemeral and intermittent streams.

January 2022 on track to be driest January on record in parts of California

Jan 22, 2022 at 2:05pm

Amy Graff

California is in the heart of its wet season, and there’s no strong signal for rain through the end of January.

California drought: State officials plan to deliver more water than the 0% first expected

Jan 20, 2022 at 10:00am

Kurtis Alexander

After a wet December, California water officials say state reservoirs likely will be able to provide cities and farms more than the scant emergency supplies initially projected for 2022.

Beavers offer lessons about managing water in a changing climate, whether the challenge is drought or floods

Jan 20, 2022 at 11:20am

Christine E. Hatch

As climate change causes extreme storms in some areas and intense drought in others, scientists are finding that beavers’ small-scale natural interventions are valuable.

People haven't just made the planet hotter. We've changed the way it rains.

Jan 20, 2022 at 11:05am

USA TODAY staff

A USA TODAY analysis of a century of precipitation data shows how, East of the Rockies, more rain is falling—and in more intense bursts.

Just What Is a ‘Resilient’ Forest, Anyway?

Jan 19, 2022 at 10:00am

Kat Kerlin

Study Finds Resilient, Frequent-Fire Forests Have Far Fewer Trees

Study: Safe drinking water remains out of reach for many Californians

Jan 11, 2022 at 1:55pm

Kara Manke

An estimated 370,000 Californians rely on drinking water that may contain high levels of the chemicals arsenic, nitrate or hexavalent chromium, and contaminated drinking water disproportionately impact communities of color in the state.

From buckets to umbrellas: fish conservation before the storm

Jan 16, 2022 at 1:40pm

Alyssa Obester, Rob Lusardi, Sarah Yarnell, Ryan Peek, and Nick Santos

Fish need water. While minimum flows and other emergency-response approaches might save some fishes during crises, such “bucket-based” approaches are insufficient in the long-term.

The devastating mudslides that follow forest fires

Jan 12, 2022 at 9:40am

Jane Palmer

Regions that never used to burn are now suffering from forest fires — and that raises the risks of dangerous mudslides that are hard to forecast.

State Agencies Detail Progress Implementing Water Resilience Portfolio

Jan 11, 2022 at 9:35am

California Natural Resources Agency

Over the past 18 months, the state has acted to bolster drought and flood resilience across California. Governor Newsom's California Blueprint includes an additional $750 million in water investments with a focus on conservation, drought relief and protection of fish and wildlife.

California’s recent rains won’t end our stubborn drought. These charts show why

Jan 8, 2022 at 3:45pm

PAUL DUGINSKI

Although 33.9 trillion gallons of water have fallen on the state since Oct. 1, that’s not enough to wash away our tenacious drought.

Nearly extinct salmon spawn in the Bay Area for the first time in 18 years

Jan 9, 2022 at 3:35pm

Amanda Bartlett

At first, barely visible beneath the rippling waters of Montezuma Creek in Forest Knolls, the bright red tail of a coho salmon suddenly emerged, splashing along the surface as it swam upstream.