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Obi Kaufmann and The State of Water | Herbwalks June 29th

Obi Kaufmann and The State of Water | Herbwalks June 29th

Author of the bestselling and award winning California Field Atlas, Obi Kaufmann will make a return appearance in Ojai on Saturday, June 29, on the statewide book tour for his next published work, The State of Water, Understanding California’s Most Precious Resource (HEYDAY, June 2019). Obi’s February 2018 visit here as the guest of Ojai’s Lanny Kaufer, included […]

Trickle or torrent, all property owners are haunted by waters

Trickle or torrent, all property owners are haunted by waters

    By ETHAN BLEVINS On Saturday, the Wall Street Journal published my op-ed about Navy veteran Joe Robertson, who went to federal prison for digging ponds high in the Montana mountains. Here’s the article’s opening: “I am haunted by waters,” wrote Norman Maclean in “A River Runs Through It,” his 1976 novel about growing up in a […]

California Spent $240 Million On Dual Water Tunnels. Then Gavin Newsom Called An Audible

California Spent $240 Million On Dual Water Tunnels. Then Gavin Newsom Called An Audible

Tim Pearce | Energy Reporter Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom rewrote a $16 billion plan to build two giant water tunnels after the state had already invested $240 million. Construction on the water tunnels began under former California Gov. Jerry Brown. Brown planned to reroute the state’s water system to transfer water from the wetter, northern area […]

State Treasurer Fiona Ma Announces Sale of $299.6 Million in Bonds for State Water Project

State Treasurer Fiona Ma Announces Sale of $299.6 Million in Bonds  for State Water Project

SACRAMENTO – California State Treasurer Fiona Ma announced the competitive sale today of $299.6 million in California Department of Water Resources (DWR) water system revenue bonds to refinance certain State Water Project capital improvements, including a portion of the costs of the Oroville Dam Spillways Response, Recovery and Restoration Project. “These funds will be used […]

California’s water infrastructure could be tested this spring as massive winter snowpack melts away

California’s water infrastructure could be tested this spring as massive winter snowpack melts away

By Mike Branom As waterlogged storms repeatedly pounded California this winter, social media was filled with variations on a distinct photo theme. The subject was a freshly plowed road wedged between towering white walls of snow measuring 10 or 20 feet tall. As long as vehicles had safe passage, a wintry trench would be fine — that snow had […]

Advisory | On the Proposed Capital Improvement Project for Ventura Water Supply

Advisory | On the Proposed Capital Improvement Project for Ventura Water Supply

By Daniel Cormode  Mayor and Members of the City Council, Discussion of the City of San Buenaventura Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) is scheduled for the City Council Meeting on Monday, March 18, 2019.  Included in the proposed CIP are capital improvement projects related to the water supply. To date, the Water Commission has not demonstrated proactive […]

Republic of Thirst, Part 3: ‘Creating’ New Water for California Through Innovation

Republic of Thirst, Part 3: ‘Creating’ New Water for California Through Innovation

By Joel Pollak “Republic of Thirst” is a three-part series made possible by a generous fellowship from the Robert Novak Foundation. Part 1 of this series explored current debates about the allocation of California’s scarce water resources. Part 2 explored whether the water supply could be expanded by building new reservoirs. Part 3 explores whether California might alleviate its chronic […]

Soda, water, guns, and tires: They could all be taxed if California Democrats have their way

Soda, water, guns, and tires: They could all be taxed if California Democrats have their way

BY ANDREW SHEELER It’s a standard California Republican talking point that Democrats want to raise taxes. And it’s true that Golden State Democrats have introduced, or plan to introduce, legislation that would raise or create several new taxes. If there’s one thing the proposals have in common, it’s that they all reflect some facet of […]

California’s First Snowpack Survey Shows Water Content Is Below Average

California’s First Snowpack Survey Shows Water Content Is Below Average

By Associated Press  At a Glance The snowpack supplies about 30 percent of California’s annual water needs. Water content in the Sierra snowpack is at 67 percent of average. California gets about two-thirds of its annual precipitation between December and March. Despite early-season winter storms dumping snow in California’s Sierra Nevada, the water content is only […]

Ventura | Assuring You Pay More💲

Ventura | Assuring You Pay More💲

  “I have never understood why it is ‘greed’ to want to keep the money you’ve earned, but not greed to want to take somebody else’s money.” —Thomas Jefferson Ventura Water will push the boundaries of the law as it tries to use Proposition 218 to raise money to meet the Wishtoya Foundation Consent Decree. […]

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