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Bills to speed up Calif. water bond projects fail in committees

Legislative committees in California defeated bills that would have fast-tracked construction of water projects funded under Proposition 1, the water bond approved in November. One bill would have set up the same review process as was approved two years ago for the Sacramento Kings' arena. More

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Education a passion for N. California logger

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Superior Farms’ lamb sliders a hit at the ballpark

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Environmentalists criticize changes to California delta plan

The water currently irrigates 3 million acres of farmland in the Central Valley and serves 25 million people as far south as San Diego. More

California Senate Democrats call out governor over water

The senators recommend incentives for planting fewer water-guzzling crops and installing more efficient irrigation systems. More

California cuts wetland, wildlife restoration in water plan

The Bay Delta Conservation Plan calls for building two underground tunnels, 40 feet across and 30 miles long, to send water from the Sacramento River around the delta. More

Latest Hetch Hetchy lawsuit doesn’t target ag, group says

The group that's suing to have the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park restored to its natural state says it isn't proposing that San Francisco instead take its water from agriculture. The lawsuit by Restore Hetch Hetchy is the second legal challenge against the city's nearly century-old.. More

California touts aggressive plan to reduce greenhouse gases

Gov. Jerry Brown set a target of reducing emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels over the next 15 years. More

Governor proposes $10,000 fine for worst water wasters

California Gov. Jerry Brown did not release any specific language related to his proposal. More

1,500 curtailment notices likely only the beginning, officials say

The curtailment notices that went out last week to more than 1,500 water right holders in the San Joaquin and Scott river watersheds in California are likely only the beginning, state officials say. It's now likely that some pre-1914 right holders will receive shutoff orders. More

California water-reduction mandates set for revision

The board’s most recent proposal calls for water use to plummet by as much as 36 percent in some communities. More

Effort to restore San Joaquin River endures during drought

One farmer estimates reviving the 60 miles of the San Joaquin River that have gone dry will deplete about 300,000 acres of farmland. More

Critics take aim at Nestle bottled water plant in Sacramento

The bottled water plant amounts to less than two-thousandths of 1 percent of the city’s annual water usage. More

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