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Regional Collaboration Key to Keeping Power Flowing Amid Drought, Heat Waves

In May, when the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) issued its annual Summer Assessment of the state’s electrical grid, I used the term “guarded...

Drought Challenges Increasingly Evident for Both Water Suppliers and Water Users

It’s official. California is in another drought cycle as are most of the western states. A look at the U.S. Drought Monitor shows a...

Secretary Ross Joins CalChamber to Talk on Importance of Food, Ag to State’s Economy

California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross joined the California Chamber of Commerce last week to speak on important issues facing the...

$5.1 Billion Drought/ Water Infrastructure Plan Includes Water Supply/Reliability

Governor Gavin Newsom on May 10 unveiled a $5.1 billion plan for California’s water infrastructure, drought response and preparations for a “climate resilient system.” In...

Drought Preparations Picking Up as State Dry Spell Continues with No Relief in Sight

California’s water supply levels are continuing to drop closer to those at the beginning of 2014, which was the start of the last drought...

California Water Outlook Trending Dry; Supply Depends on Rainy Season Outcome

It’s trending toward a dry water year. Long-range weather forecasts aren’t pointing to heavy precipitation in the coming months. However, forecasting weather is iffy. It...

State Begins Year with Good Sierra Snowpack

The first manual snow survey of the year on January 2 showed a healthy snowpack of 33.5 inches, according to the California Department of...

The Blob: Wet or Dry Year in 2020?

The Blob is back in the Pacific Ocean. The Blob is a massive pool of water that is warmer than normal in the Pacific...

More Water in Sierra Snowpack This Year

More water is available in the Sierra snowpack this year than last due to the January storms, according to the state Department of Water...

End of Drought Emergency Gives Way to Conservation as ‘Way of Life’

Prohibitions on wasteful water practices will remain in force following the Governor’s ending the drought state of emergency he declared in January 2014. The drought...

State Snowpack Shows Big One-Month Gain

This month’s snow survey showed a huge increase in the snowpack from January, but state water officials are reminding Californians that precipitation could stop...

CalChamber Urges President to Sign Landmark Water Bill

December 16 Update: The President signed the water bill today. The California Chamber of Commerce is urging President Barack Obama to sign landmark federal water...

Majority of Water Suppliers Project Adequate Supplies for Dry Years

A majority of urban water suppliers in California are projecting they will have enough potable water to handle three additional years of drought, according...

State Urges Continued Water Savings as Statewide Rate Drops

While one state water entity voiced concern this week about a decline in the statewide water savings rate, a second kicked off a campaign...

Water Storage Flexibility, Conservation Get Committee Review

Stan Van Vleck, co-chair of the CalChamber Water Committee, and Valerie Nera, CalChamber policy advocate for water, get an update on the status of...

Californians Boost Water Savings Rate, Keep Water Use Low

The average statewide water conservation rate doubled between February and March, according to the State Water Resources Control Board. Californians conserved 24.3% in March 2016,...

Assembly Committee Rejects Bills to Expedite Water Supply Solutions

Legislation that aimed to speed construction of a project to expand the state’s ability to store water in wet times for use in dry...