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Public News Service - CA: Water

A bill in the California Legislature would provide more oversight for a potential water pumping project in the Mojave Desert. (Bob Wick/Bureau of Land Management)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A bill introduced Wednesday in the California Legislature aims to protect water resources in the state's deserts. Assembly member Laura Friedman, D-Glendale, introduced Assembly Bill 1000, known as the California Desert Protection Act, to strengthen safeguards for desert

About 6.6 percent of Californians drink water from public systems that have records of violating the Safe Drinking Water Act, according to a new report. (Earl 53/Morguefile)

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Water systems in California have the nation's ninth-worst record for violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act, according to a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Researchers pored over Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data from 2015 and foun

Water infrastructure issues are front and center in Washington during Water Week 2017.(earl53/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The U.S. is drastically underfunding water projects, putting communities at risk for a catastrophic failure, according to a new report from the U.S. Water Alliance. Advocates for better water infrastructure are flooding Washington, so to speak, for Water Week 2017. The

For generations, electricity for the Central Coast region has been produced by gas-fired plants concentrated in Oxnard, a working-class community with majority populations of color. (Michele W.)

OXNARD, Calif. – Community groups from Oxnard showed up at a California Energy Commission hearing last night to voice their concerns about a proposal to build a fourth gas-fired power plant in their city. Despite its accolades for developing energy-efficient jobs and policies, California's lo

Conservation groups say more Northern California water could be diverted for farm use with changes added to the Water Resources Development Act in Congress. (Ron Kroetz)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congress is expected to vote by Friday on the Water Resources Development Act to improve cities' water infrastructure and help places like Flint, Mich., recover from lead contamination of its drinking water. Outgoing Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer has been shepherding the b

A new report questions the safety of using oilfield wastewater on crops. (BelfastEileen/iStockphoto)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The aquifer and food crops in California's Central Valley may be tainted with chemicals from nearby oil fields, according to a new report. Researchers from four institutions, including Lawrence Berkeley Labs, looked at 173 chemicals used in oil and gas production and fou

The U.S. Water Alliance is launching a public awareness campaign today called

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — More than 500 groups from around the country are launching a national campaign on Thursday called "Imagine a Day Without Water." The campaign was designed to encourage all Americans to consider the importance of the drinking water and wastewater systems in the U.S. - esp

The ban on suction dredge gold mining in California rivers will remain in place after miners lost a suit at the California Supreme Court. (Klamath Riverkeeper)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A victory for environmental groups and tribes on Monday, as the California Supreme Court upheld the 2009 ban on suction dredge gold mining in state rivers. A mining group called the New 49ers has been fighting to be allowed to use machines that suck up the river bottoms in sea

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