California’s Key Step Toward Sustainable Groundwater Management

THIS JUST IN … California Marks Key Step Toward Achieving Sustainable Groundwater Management

Image: logo of California’s Department of Water Resources (DWR)

Critically overdrafted groundwater basins are required to submit groundwater sustainability plans to the state by January 31, 2020 that outline how the basins will reach sustainability over the next 20 years

Local agencies representing 19 of the state’s most stressed groundwater basins are required to submit plans to the state by midnight tonight on how they will manage their basins to … [more…]

California hit hard as Trump weakens clean water protections

California will be hit hard as Trump administration weakens clean water protections

Photo: Under the new rule, the Clean Water Act’s protections would no longer apply to most small streams and wetlands, including those that are considered vital parts of drinking-water systems and fisheries. Above is Owens Valley. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Defying environmentalists and public health advocates, the Trump administration on Thursday will announce the replacement of Obama-era water protections with a significantly weaker set of regulations … [more…]

Nancy Caruso: The ‘Kelp Lady’ Is Here To Help

Sometimes Nature Needs A Little TLC, The ‘Kelp Lady’ Is Here To Help

Photo: Close-up of an abalone shell underside. GETTY

Nancy Caruso inspired an army of ocean-lovers to jump in and get inspired to restore ocean ecosystems. She and her team of volunteer ocean advocates have rebuilt a decimated kelp forest in Orange county from the ground up, and they’re not stopping there. A shining example of one person who saw a problem, and cared enough to take it on, Caruso’s eyes … [more…]

“Seahorse whisperer” builds underwater sanctuary for rare species in Long Beach

Video still: seahorses in Long Beach California sanctuary

LONG BEACH, Calif. (KABC) — Roger Hanson has been diving for over 30 years, so he knew it was odd when he spotted a Pacific seahorse in Alamitos Bay in Long Beach around four years ago.

“They are very, very rare,” said retired schoolteacher from Iowa. “Long Beach having a colony is unlike any city in California.”

In 2016, Hanson started driving 80 miles from his home in Moreno Valley … [more…]

Solar and wind energy preserve groundwater for drought, agriculture

Solar and wind energy preserve groundwater for drought, agriculture

Using drought-prone California as a case study, a research team shows that increased solar and wind energy can reduce the reliance on hydropower, especially during drought. Credit: Egan Jimenez, Princeton University

Solar and wind farms are popping up around the country to lower carbon emissions, and these renewables also have another important effect: keeping more water in the ground.

A new Princeton University-led study in Nature Communications is among the … [more…]