San Joaquin Valley

The Four Corners area (red) is the major U.S. hot spot for methane emissions in this map showing how much emissions varied from average background concentrations from 2003-2009. Dark colors are lower than average; lighter colors are higher. (NASA)

Mysterious Sources Of Methane Viewed From Space Makes Central California 2nd Worst ‘Hot Spot’ In Nation

A small hot spot in California’s Central Valley is likely the second largest concentration of the greenhouse gas methane seen over the United States, according to a new study of satellite data.

10/09/2014

(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

California Drought Leaves Hundreds In Central Valley Without Drinking Water; Bottled Water Rations Delivered

Government officials and community groups say hundreds of rural San Joaquin Valley residents no longer can get drinking water from their home faucets because California’s extreme drought has dried up their individual wells.

08/23/2014

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 in the San Joaquin Valley. (AP)

Land Grab Of Central Valley Farm Land By Solar Companies Worries Environmentalists

Environmental and land preservation groups are concerned about a growing number of solar generating plants being targeted on prime farmland across California’s San Joaquin Valley.

02/02/2013

(CBS)

5 Hurt When Car Hits ‘Our Lady Of Guadalupe’ Procession In Central Valley

A car struck five people participating in an Our Lady of Guadalupe procession in California’s San Joaquin Valley.

12/13/2012

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