Lawmakers agree that wildfire funding policy needs to be changed, but are split on how to fix it: A bipartisan group is proposing that money to fight wildfires be allowed to come from disaster funds, while a Republican Senate trio has proposed a measure that would require spending to thin forests on federal lands, Gannett's The Desert Sun reports.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California water regulators voted Tuesday to approve fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water on lawns, landscaping and car washing, as a report showed that consumption throughout the state has actually risen amid the worst drought in nearly four decades.
The action by the State Water Resources Control Board came after its own survey showed that conservation measures to date have failed to achieve the 20 percent reduction in water use sought by Gov. Jerry Brown.
The University of California, Davis's Center for Watershed Sciences projected California's drought will inflict a total $2.2 billion in losses and expenses for the state's agriculture industry and cut more than 17,000 farm jobs, The Wall Street Journal reports.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians increased water consumption this year during the severe drought, despite pleas from the governor to conserve, fallowed farm fields and reservoirs that are quickly draining, according to a report released Tuesday.
The new figures surfaced as state water regulators prepared to vote later in the day on fines up to $500 a day for people who waste water on landscaping, fountains, washing vehicles and other outdoor uses.
As California continues to experience severe drought, some residents in Cabazon are questioning why there are few restrictions on a Nestle-owned bottled-water plant, even as the rest of the state is facing pressure to conserve resources, The Desert News reports.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In one of the most drastic responses yet to California's drought, state regulators on Tuesday will consider fines up to $500 a day for people who waste water on landscaping, fountains, washing vehicles and other outdoor uses.
The rules would prohibit the watering of landscaping to the point that runoff spills onto sidewalks or streets. Hosing down sidewalks, driveways and other hard surfaces would be banned along with washing vehicles without a shut-off nozzle.
Ecosystem Investment Partners, a private equity group, is looking to profit from its restoration of marshlands in Louisiana by selling the environmental restoration credits it earns to developers and agencies looking to offset their projects' environmental damage, The New York Times reports.
GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) — Bo Cuketieh inadvertently let a fine mist from a leaky hose soak the front lawn of a Southern California home Wednesday before considering that such water waste could merit a $500 fine under unprecedented restrictions proposed by California regulators.
Cuketieh, a 35-year-old welder living at the Glendale home, said conservation is necessary, but he chafed at the maximum fine.
"That's the difference between me making my house payment or not," said Cuketieh, who was shirtless and hunched over in the 98 degree heat as he filled his car radiator. "I live from one week to the next, and I have a pretty decent job."
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — As much of Texas grapples with lingering drought, a second city in the Lone Star State has begun reusing treated wastewater in a state-approved recycling process to bolster drinking supplies.
Wichita Falls, near the Oklahoma border, on Wednesday began reusing millions of gallons of water at the River Road Waste Treatment plant that's been purified to meet government drinking standards. The water is then sent by a 12-mile pipeline to the Cypress Water Treatment Plant for additional purification.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality approved Wichita Falls' proposal for a toilet-to-tap reuse program for up to six months.
Nine states, led by South Carolina, filed suit in Georgia against the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Rule, bringing the total number of states taking legal action over the regulation to 27, The Hill reports.
The permission the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service granted to Shell to operate two exploratory wells in the Chukchi Sea this summer will only allow drilling at one of them at any one time, FuelFix reports.
The U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards did not throw out the rule itself, offering no legal guidance on the EPA’s attempt to limit power plant carbon emissions, E&E reports.
Hot weather has prompted the California Independent System Operator to issue a Flex Alert for the first time in two years, calling on electricity customers to cut back on their power usage, KRON reports.
The decision to extend the deadline on Iran's nuclear talks helped support oil prices Tuesday, which finished with a 25 percent overall gain in the second quarter. U.S. benchmark crude for August delivery soared 2 percent, rising $1.14 to $59.47 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent jumped 2.5 percent to $63.59, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Ahead of Canada’s parliamentary elections, opposition leader Justin Trudeau has made several environmental promises, including a pledge to continue the country’s focus on climate change and one to spend hundreds of millions to support clean energy, the CBC reports.
Wisconsin Energy Corp. may have followed through on its decision to change its name to WEC Energy Group Inc., but it hasn’t found a new location for its headquarters, the Milwaukee Business Journal reports.
The narrow window for Shell to drill exploratory wells in the Arctic could become even smaller as a result of sea ice clogging the area around the Chuckchi Sea’s Burger prospect, where the company is planning to conduct its operations, FuelFix reports.