President Donald Trump announced Sunday the approval of $540 million in relief funds – the largest yet – for California to pay for costs associated with the winter storms, including $274 million earmarked for repairs to the Oroville Dam spillway.
After weeks of uncertainty and pressure from members of Congress, federal officials on Wednesday announced a plan for managing water releases from California’s largest reservoir this summer in a manner that will not involve cutbacks in farm water deliveries – at least if all goes as hoped. The good news for farmers may not bode well for endangered fish.
With prolonged and steady rain falling on Northern California for the first time in weeks, tensions are rising over how to manage the stormwater flows now streaming through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
California regulators are undertaking an unique experiment to govern water use for marijuana growers. The Sacramento Bee joined state officials as they visited sites with growers’ approval to issue instructions on water conservation and issue violation notices. (Paul Kitagaki Jr./The Sacramento Bee)
California officials visit pot farms to identify water usage issues