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  • New guidelines approved for emergency drought relief funding

    New guidelines approved for emergency drought relief funding
    Communities suffering from years of extremely dry conditions could receive their share of $19 million in funding to pay for bottled water supplies and drought-related projects under a new set of guidelines. The State Water Resources Control Board on...
  • Removal of dams on Des Plaines River aims to return waterway to the wild

    Removal of dams on Des Plaines River aims to return waterway to the wild
    A series of dams has divided the Des Plaines River for more than a century, blocking its natural flow as it meanders its way from Wisconsin through northeastern Illinois. The dams soon will be gone, targeted by engineers, scientists and conservation...
  • Push grows to add Rim of the Valley lands to national recreation area

    Push grows to add Rim of the Valley lands to national recreation area
    As a graduate student at California State University Northridge in the mid-1970s, the late Marge Feinberg began rabble-rousing for a "green belt" of wildlife habitats, parks and recreational areas encircling the San Fernando Valley. She even copyrighted...
  • Central Valley's growing concern: Crops raised with oil field water

     Central Valley's growing concern: Crops raised with oil field water
    Here in California's thirsty farm belt, where pumpjacks nod amid neat rows of crops, it's a proposition that seems to make sense: using treated oil field wastewater to irrigate crops. Oil giant Chevron recycles 21 million gallons of that water each...
  • Lack of public input blasted in pavilion plan

    Lack of public input blasted in pavilion plan
    A growing number of people are asking for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and Pavilion Partners LLC to drop plans for a 30,000-square-foot conference and banquet facility at Indiana Dunes State Park, but a state official said the facility...
  • Five years after BP spill, new rules for offshore drilling aim to boost safety

    Five years after BP spill, new rules for offshore drilling aim to boost safety
    There aren't many issues on which government regulators, oil industry experts and environmentalists can all agree, but five years after the BP gulf oil spill, many say offshore drilling operations are safer — although there is debate over whether...
  • Amid heated criticism, California water board to release draft cuts

    Amid heated criticism, California water board to release draft cuts
    The state Water Resources Control Board is scheduled to release its draft emergency water conservation regulations Saturday morning, in a historic bid to slash California’s urban water use by 25%. Water board officials had planned to release the...
  • USDA allocates $21 million to help farmers, ranchers battle drought

    USDA allocates $21 million to help farmers, ranchers battle drought
    A branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide $21 million to help farmers and ranchers in California and other states install new irrigation systems, plant cover crops and implement other water conservation practices, officials said Monday....
  • Costa Mesa's drought crackdown: Water early or late, Tuesdays and Saturdays; fix leaks. Or get fined

    Mesa Water District adopted a plan Thursday that mandates water use restrictions and could result in fines for property owners. Nearly 100 customers packed into the board room Thursday night to offer suggestions for saving water and listen as the...
  • California water officials deliver sobering facts on depleted wells

    California water officials deliver sobering facts on depleted wells
    Just a few months ago, the state's top water officials said they had reason for optimism. Rain was cascading down on California in December and water conservation passed 20%. "I, for one, had high hopes," Mark Cowin, director of the state Department...
  • Drought update: Dry wells, debate over water cutbacks

    Drought update: Dry wells, debate over water cutbacks
    With Californians increasing efforts to deal with the drought, lawmakers got an update Tuesday on exactly how bad things are and heard little to cheer them. Among other areas of concern, about 1,900 wells have gone dry, Mark Cowin, director of the...