TOPIC: Water

The Politics of California’s Water System


08.18.15 - In a decision bursting with symbolism, the California State Water Resources Control Board recently announced its intention to draw down the main water supply reservoir for a half-million people who live just outside of the state capitol to only 12% of capacity by September 30. Lake Folsom on the American River — the main water source for Roseville, Folsom, and other Sacramento suburbs — will plummet to 120,000 acre-feet by that date, according to a forecast by the water board, which announced the plan at an unusually lively Sacramento workshop on June 24. Read…

San Francisco’s East Bay Residents Water Un-Drinkable Due to California Drought


04.01.15 - East Bay residents first noticed a bitter taste in their tap water on Saturday. It takes about two days for the water to make its way from the Pardee Reservoir to the Bay Area and when it arrived Saturday there was a flurry of emails and tweets about it. Residents described the water as metallic tasting and pungent smelling when they turned the tap on. East Bay Municipal Utilities District effects the drinking water for 1 million customers. Read…

Brown Proclaims “Water Is Sacred” As He Promotes Tunnels


10.04.14 - While members of Indian Tribes from across the state, including many wearing traditional garb and regalia, gathered to celebrate the 47th “Annual Native American Day” at the State Capitol in Sacramento, Governor Jerry Brown issued a proclamation declaring Friday, September 26, 2014, as “Native American Day" in California.