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Califiornia Fish and Wildlife: Fish during ‘Hoot Owls’ Periods

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking recreational anglers to begin practices to minimize stress and mortality among fish populations suffering from drought conditions. This means voluntarily changing how, when and where they fish.

(July 27, 2022) → Read the full Benito Link report
Huge Reservoir Could be Expanded to Store More Water

San Luis Reservoir, 7 miles long and a key part of California’s water supply irrigates farmland across the Central Valley and provides drinking water for Silicon Valley and other cities. A $1.1 billion plan by the federal government will strengthen the huge earthen dam, but more than earthquake safety work is involved.

(June 27, 2022) → Read the full Monterey Herald report

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Image caption: An aerial view of the Middle River in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.
Report: Salmon at Risk From Massive Delta Tunnel Project

The tunnel project, which would cost billions and take decades, aims to help shore up water supplies in much of California. The new environmental impact report outlines the impacts.


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The 5 Greatest Threats to Lake Tahoe

Tahoe is majestic and awe inspiring with its jagged mountain peaks, thick forests, swift-running rivers and hundreds of glacial and alpine lakes.


Image caption: In the three years from 2019 to 2022, California received only two years’ worth of rainfall.
California Drought: State Fell a Year’s Worth of Rain Short

California’s drought shows no signs of easing as the state lost a full year of rainfall between 2019 and 2022, while residents actually increased their water use, ignoring Gov. Newsom’s pleas to cut back.


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New Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Give Better Understanding of Ocean

Oceans cover most of the Earth, but ever since our prehistoric ancestors flopped onto land 375 million years ago, we’ve been a little out of touch—the vast majority of the sea remains unexplored.  It’s hard to protect something you know …


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City Declares Water Safe to Drink

Gilroy's drinking water supply is now safe for consumption again, according to the city's public works department. Public Works Director Daryl Jordan said June 17 the state's Division of Drinking Water has determined that previous restrictions may now be rescinded …


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High Nitrate Levels Found in Gilroy Well

City officials shut down a well in east Gilroy June 16 after crews discovered its water had high levels of the dangerous nitrate chemical. The city issued a drinking water warning in the evening when a routine test of the …


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Santa Clara County Adopts Tough Water Restrictions

State and local agencies gave water users across drought-stricken California one week’s notice before new (and in some cases unprecedented) water restrictions took effect. Locally, the Santa Clara Valley Water District adopted tough restrictions on water use as of June …


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Expansion to Increase South County Recycled Water Capacity

An expansion project underway at the South County Regional Wastewater plant will increase the treatment facility’s capacity by nearly 30%, bring advanced technology to the local recycled water production system, tighten South Valley’s commitment to sustainability and help accommodate the …


Image caption: Saving water has become more crucial in California’s drought crisis.
How to Save Water: Simple Steps You Can Take

Saving water is more important than ever in California, due to the region’s worst drought conditions in 1,200 years. Here are some steps you can take to help.


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Local officials talk drought, other issues

Elected officials convened in Gilroy April 22 to give an update on legislative actions that have affected South County over the past year. But one topic was a recurring theme throughout the morning: the statewide drought and the need to …


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