Environment http://kvpr.org en Report: Groundwater Management Plans Need Significant Improvement http://kvpr.org/post/report-groundwater-management-plans-need-significant-improvement <div><p>A new report finds local water agencies need to do a better job managing groundwater in California. Amy Quinton has the details from Sacramento.</p></div><p><a href="http://www.californiawaterfoundation.org/uploads/1405009350-GMPReport2014(00256304xA1C15).pdf">The California Water Foundation</a> looked at 120 groundwater management plans adopted by local water agencies. In a nutshell, the results aren’t good. Almost 30 percent were written in 2002 or earlier. Many lacked objectives and an implementation strategy.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 01:34:27 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 35522 at http://kvpr.org Report: Groundwater Management Plans Need Significant Improvement Forecasters: El Nino Not Likely To Help Ease Drought http://kvpr.org/post/forecasters-el-nino-not-likely-help-ease-drought <p>It's less likely an El Niño event will bring rain to parched California next fall or winter. And, as Ed Joyce reports from Sacramento, the drought is expected to continue next year.</p><p>National Weather Service <a href="http://www.climate.gov/news-features/blogs/enso/en-so">forecasters say</a> the chance of El Niño is about 70 percent during the Northern Hemisphere this summer and is close to 80 percent during the fall and early winter.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 01:08:32 +0000 Ed Joyce - Capital Public Radio 35521 at http://kvpr.org Forecasters: El Nino Not Likely To Help Ease Drought Waterless Madera County Locale Hears The Faucet Run http://kvpr.org/post/waterless-madera-county-locale-hears-faucet-run <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the last three days a water crisis in a small community outside Madera left its residents without potable water. </span>FM89’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Ezra David Romero has more on how Madera County is bringing water to this parched community.</span></p><p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:44:09 +0000 Ezra David Romero 35520 at http://kvpr.org Waterless Madera County Locale Hears The Faucet Run Environmentalists Call For Halt To Oil Shipments By Rail http://kvpr.org/post/environmentalists-call-halt-oil-shipments-rail <p>Environmental activists rallied Wednesday in Sacramento against plans by oil companies to increase crude oil shipments through populated areas in California and other states by rail. They say increasing the trips would raise the threat to public safety.</p><p>Assemblyman Roger Dickinson has authored a bill that he says will make transporting oil by rail safer. It would require oil and rail companies to better coordinate with first responders.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:09:52 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 35580 at http://kvpr.org Environmentalists Call For Halt To Oil Shipments By Rail In Clovis, Purple Pipes Give Recycled Water New Life http://kvpr.org/post/clovis-purple-pipes-give-recycled-water-new-life <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This is </span>Pasa<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Tiempo<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Park in Clovis.&nbsp; It’s 5 acres of green grass tucked between suburban homes and an orange grove.&nbsp; It’s a lot like any other neighborhood park:&nbsp; benches, fruit trees, and lots of space for kids.</span></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 23:39:43 +0000 Kerry Klein 35386 at http://kvpr.org In Clovis, Purple Pipes Give Recycled Water New Life California Bill Would Delay Cap And Trade Transportation Fuel Permits http://kvpr.org/post/california-bill-would-delay-cap-and-trade-transportation-fuel-permits <p>A California Assemblyman has introduced a bill that would delay part of the state’s greenhouse gas reduction program for at least three years. Under the bill, energy companies would be able to put off purchasing “transportation fuel pollution” permits. Capital Public Radio’s Max Pringle reports.</p> Sat, 05 Jul 2014 23:38:03 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 35248 at http://kvpr.org California Bill Would Delay Cap And Trade Transportation Fuel Permits As Drought Worsens, Fresno Turns Attention To Wastewater http://kvpr.org/post/drought-worsens-fresno-turns-attention-wastewater <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jim </span>Quist<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> farms 700 acres next to the one of the most secure water sources in Fresno County.</span></p><p>“It might be providence," Quist says, about what&nbsp;brought his grandfather to&nbsp;the property&nbsp;in 1933.&nbsp;</p><p>A portion of Quist's irrigation water was once&nbsp;raw sewage. Quist’s farm is just across the road from the City of Fresno’s wastewater treatment plant. It’s been giving him water for 50 years.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:13:15 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 35084 at http://kvpr.org As Drought Worsens, Fresno Turns Attention To Wastewater Bakersfield Man Recalls Kayak Trip From Kern County To SF Bay, 30 Years Later http://kvpr.org/post/bakersfield-man-recalls-kayak-trip-kern-county-sf-bay-30-years-later <p>This month CNN journalist John D. Sutter is on a&nbsp;mission to kayak the San Joaquin River from Fresno to San Francisco Bay. We <a href="http://kvpr.org/post/cnn-journalist-aims-kayak-san-joaquin-river-fresno-san-francisco?nopop=1">spoke with him last week</a> on Valley Edition as he seeks to document the stories along what has been called America's most endangered river.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:51:12 +0000 Joe Moore 35040 at http://kvpr.org Bakersfield Man Recalls Kayak Trip From Kern County To SF Bay, 30 Years Later On Yosemite's 150th Anniversary, Mariposa Grove Takes Center Stage http://kvpr.org/post/yosemites-150th-anniversary-mariposa-grove-takes-center-stage <p>Monday marked the 150th anniversary of the land grant that established what we know now as Yosemite National Park. On June 30, 1864 in the middle of the Civil War President Abraham Lincoln signed an act “authorizing a grant to the State of California of the Yo-Semite Valley, and of the land embracing the Mariposa Big Tree Grove.”&nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:23:06 +0000 Joe Moore 35034 at http://kvpr.org On Yosemite's 150th Anniversary, Mariposa Grove Takes Center Stage California Assembly Committee Passes Groundwater Rules Bill http://kvpr.org/post/california-assembly-committee-passes-groundwater-rules-bill <p>Local California water agencies would be able to establish rules governing groundwater use for the first time under a bill that passed an Assembly committee Tuesday.&nbsp;</p><p>Backers of the bill say years of ground water over-pumping has led to wells drying up around the state and has also depleted surface water supplies. Maurice Hall is with the Nature Conservancy.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 17:45:08 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 34738 at http://kvpr.org California Assembly Committee Passes Groundwater Rules Bill Brown Opposes Existing Water Bond, Wants $6 Billion Replacement http://kvpr.org/post/brown-opposes-existing-water-bond-wants-6-billion-replacement <p>California Governor Jerry Brown has stayed publicly quiet so far&nbsp;on negotiations over a potential replacement to the $11 billion water bond currently set to go before voters in November.</p><p>Now, just days before the Secretary of State's official Thursday&nbsp;deadline for legislative ballot measures to qualify, top legislative sources tell Capital Public Radio the governor is finally making his views clear.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 23:58:54 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 34709 at http://kvpr.org Brown Opposes Existing Water Bond, Wants $6 Billion Replacement CNN Journalist Aims To Kayak San Joaquin River From Fresno To San Francisco http://kvpr.org/post/cnn-journalist-aims-kayak-san-joaquin-river-fresno-san-francisco <p>Journalist <a href="http://twitter.com/jdsutter">John D. Sutter</a> is on a quest to do something that many valley residents do, kayak on the San Joaquin River. But instead of going for a short trip from Lost Lake Park to Highway 41, he has a much longer journey in mind - <a href="http://cnnuslive.cnn.com/Event/My_trip_down_the_most_endangered_river_in_America">Friant Dam all the way to San Francisco Bay.&nbsp;</a></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 17:57:41 +0000 Joe Moore 34681 at http://kvpr.org CNN Journalist Aims To Kayak San Joaquin River From Fresno To San Francisco Drought Speeds Up Race To Tap Valley's Groundwater http://kvpr.org/post/drought-speeds-race-tap-valleys-groundwater <p>Vic Bruno’s home isn’t connected to a public water system. Like most rural homeowners in Madera County, his water comes from a deep hole in the ground. &nbsp;</p><p><em>Bruno: “It’s a three-quarter inch pipe that goes all the way down three-hundred feet.”</em></p><p>Bruno has lived here for 25 years. His ranch is also home to a whole gang of farm animals. So when his well started pumping up sand, he thought of them.</p><p><em>Bruno: "I’ve got horses, sheep, pigs. These guys need water."</em></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 03:33:33 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 34650 at http://kvpr.org Drought Speeds Up Race To Tap Valley's Groundwater Senate Rejects Alternate Water Bond; Brown To Weigh In? http://kvpr.org/post/senate-rejects-alternate-water-bond-brown-weigh <p class="p1">California water bond negotiations are entering a critical stretch. Time is growing short to replace the current $11 billion measure on the November ballot. As Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, one proposal failed a key test vote Monday.</p><p class="p3">Typically, water politics break down along regional lines. But this vote fell on party lines. Democratic Senator Lois Wolk argued that her proposal stands the best chance of passing the legislature this summer – and winning voter approval this fall.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 02:48:21 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 34649 at http://kvpr.org Senate Rejects Alternate Water Bond; Brown To Weigh In? Shirley Fire Threatens Homes, Prompts Evacuation http://kvpr.org/post/shirley-fire-threatens-homes-prompts-evacuation <p></p><p><strong>&nbsp; Update:&nbsp;As of 1 p.m. Wednesday, the blaze is 90 percent contained and has charred 2,646 acres. All evacuations have been lifted.</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A rapidly moving wildfire in the Sequoia National Forest has already engulfed 2,200 acres and is threatening 1,000 homes near the Kern County community of Lake Isabella</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. KVPR’s Diana Aguilera&nbsp;reports.</span></p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 00:33:07 +0000 Diana Aguilera 34309 at http://kvpr.org Shirley Fire Threatens Homes, Prompts Evacuation The 'Deepest Straw Wins' In Central Valley Scramble For Groundwater http://kvpr.org/post/deepest-straw-wins-central-valley-scramble-groundwater <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The California drought is becoming a source of tension between homeowners and farmers in the Southern Central Valley. Farmers are seeing unprecedented reductions in their allotments to surface water. Homeowners are watching their private wells run dry. Pauline Bartolone has more about how people in the Fresno area are tapping into underground water. &nbsp;</p></div><p>The home where Ruth Griffin planned to retire looks like it’s an island in a sea of almond orchards.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:35:00 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 34190 at http://kvpr.org The 'Deepest Straw Wins' In Central Valley Scramble For Groundwater Lawsuit Filed Over Proposal For Delta Water Transfers http://kvpr.org/post/lawsuit-filed-over-proposal-delta-water-transfers <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A coalition of&nbsp;environmental groups&nbsp;announced&nbsp;Wednesday&nbsp;that it is suing&nbsp;the Bureau of Reclamation over its proposal to send water from northern California to farms in the San Joaquin Valley.</span></p><p class="p1">The water transfers would involve pumping over 175,000 acre-feet of water through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, home to the endangered delta smelt and other fragile aquatic species.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 00:06:32 +0000 Kerry Klein 34119 at http://kvpr.org Lawsuit Filed Over Proposal For Delta Water Transfers Lawmakers Get Pressured To Act On Water Bond http://kvpr.org/post/lawmakers-get-pressured-act-water-bond <p>California lawmakers are debating whether to put a scaled-down water bond on the November ballot. And as Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, a rally at the Capitol Monday demonstrated the increasing pressure on the legislature as it wades through a number of bond proposals.</p><p>Business, agriculture and environmental leaders gathered under the blazing sun, in front the brown Capitol lawn to express the dire need for a water bond. Bryce Lundberg is a rice farmer and a member of the North State Water Alliance. His group has some criteria they’d like to see included in a bond.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:47:29 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 33964 at http://kvpr.org Lawmakers Get Pressured To Act On Water Bond California Officials Developing Groundwater Management Plans http://kvpr.org/post/california-officials-developing-groundwater-management-plans <div><p>California state officials are working on a five-year plan they hope will lead to better local management of underground water supplies. Pauline Bartolone has more from Sacramento.</p></div><p>The state says groundwater levels are in alarming decline – and that must be reversed. In times of drought, more water is pulled from the ground. A number of government agencies are generating a five-year plan to make sure that over years of use and replenishment, there’s adequate supply of groundwater</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:39:27 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 33963 at http://kvpr.org California Officials Developing Groundwater Management Plans Dry Conditions Spur Rapid Spread of Hunters Fire http://kvpr.org/post/dry-conditions-spur-rapid-spread-hunters-fire <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the late afternoon on Memorial Day, a wildfire touched off in rural Mariposa County. &nbsp;Just two days later, the so-called Hunters Fire has engulfed 1300 acres and destroyed two homes.</span></p><p class="p1">Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, says fires this time of year aren't unusual--but ones that travel so fast are.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 20:10:45 +0000 Kerry Klein 33385 at http://kvpr.org Dry Conditions Spur Rapid Spread of Hunters Fire