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California Aqueduct

Property Tax Hikes Without Voter Approval May Fund California Delta Water Tunnel Project

Funding for Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to build two massive tunnels through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to help transport water to Southern California may come from increased property taxes assessed on homeowners without a public vote.

07/24/2014

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Firefighters Quickly Extinguish Grass Fire Along Delta De Anza Trail In Pittsburg

Crews have extinguished a small grass fire along the Delta de Anza Regional Trail in Pittsburg, according to a Contra Costa County Fire Protection District dispatcher.

06/01/2014

Fresh asparagus is displayed at a farmers market in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Water Behind Dam Near Fresno To Be Tapped For Farmers Facing Drought

Officials said Tuesday that, for the first time in decades, they plan to tap water stored behind a dam east of Fresno, as they try to help California farmers through the ongoing drought.

05/13/2014

The Kern Water Bank aquifer near Bakersfield. (CBS)

Ceded By State Years Ago, Control Of Central Valley Water Bank Under Scrutiny Amid Drought

Amid the worst California drought on record, a Central Valley water bank that could bail out struggling farmers is instead off limits to most everyone.

03/18/2014

Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

Court Upholds California Water Restrictions To Protect Delta Smelt

A federal appeals court on Thursday largely upheld a 2008 plan that called for restrictions on water deliveries from California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to protect a tiny, threatened fish.

03/13/2014

Land is exposed by the extremely low water level of Lake Kaweah on February 5, 2014 near Visalia, California. Now in its third straight year of unprecedented drought, California is experiencing its driest year on record, dating back 119 years and possible the worst in the past 500 years. Grasslands that support cattle have dried up, forcing ranchers to feed them expensive supplemental hay to keep them from starving or to sell at least some of their herds, and farmers are struggling with diminishing crop water and what to plant or whether to tear out permanent crops which use water year-round such, as almond trees. About 17 rural communities could run out of drinking water within several weeks and politicians are are pushing to undo laws that protect several endangered species. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

GOP-Sponsored Bill For More Delta Water To Farmers Passes House; No Chance In Senate

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives approved a water bill on Wednesday addressing California’s ongoing drought but the measure is likely to go no further because of a White House veto threat and opposition from the state’s Democratic Senators.

02/06/2014

California Aqueduct

Phil Matier: Cost Of California Water Plan Skyrocketing

A new report shows the long-term costs of the project may actually be as high as $67 billion.

12/26/2013

Authorities said Gary Lee Cooper and James Eugene McRae were found dead on a houseboat on the Delta near Pittsburg on November 25, 2013. The boat contained a meth lab, according to authorities. (Solano County Sheriff)

2 Men Found Dead On Floating Meth Lab In Delta Near Pittsburg

Two men found dead onboard a houseboat equipped with a methamphetamine lab in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta near Pittsburg on Monday have been identified, a Solano County sheriff’s spokesman said.

11/27/2013

Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

Fish Become Focus In War Over Future Of Delta Water

A sportfish has become a target in the war over water rights in the Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta. The debate over the striped bass is coming to light amid a controversial state proposal to build two twin tunnels under the Delta.

11/15/2013

Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

Proposed Delta Water Tunnels Reignite Battle Over Water Rights

The decades-long war for water rights between the Delta and the Central Valley farms further south is coming to a head.

11/15/2013

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