California is lone holdout in Colorado River cuts proposal

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Six Western states that rely on water from the Colorado River have agreed on a model to dramatically cut water use in the basin, months after the federal government called for action and an initial deadline passed. California — with the largest allocation of water fromContinue Reading

Why extreme weather means less food for California farmworkers

This Story’s Impact Broadcast on 477 radio stations On a brisk afternoon in mid-January, Eloy Ortiz is pacing the back alley behind a white house in Watsonville, California, in the heart of California’s strawberry industry. The house is under an evacuation warning after weeks of torrential rain, but that hasn’tContinue Reading

California Environmental Law Forecast 2023

Thursday, January 12, 2023 California is an epicenter of environmental policymaking and often a harbinger of laws and regulations adopted throughout the country, and there’s no reason to think this will change in 2023. Beveridge & Diamond closely tracks developments, upcoming deadlines, and business implications for companies with operations inContinue Reading

California town grapples with toll of quake on homes, water

Outside the Dollar General, the store manager ticked off the items she had to share with families trying to jumpstart their lives after an earthquake jolted them from their beds and cut off the town’s water and power. “Batteries or candles?” a worker asked a woman toting a toddlerContinue Reading

Energy & Environment — California cuts incentives for rooftop solar

California OK’ed plans to reduce incentives for rooftop solar installation. Meanwhile, the Energy Department announced it will buy back up to 3 million barrels of oil for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.   Plus: The Energy Department has vacated a decades-old decision surrounding “the father of the atomic bomb.” This isContinue Reading

Water? Fire? Bad smells? These environmental stories shaped Southern California in 2022 – Orange County Register

Throughout 2022, lawmakers in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. set lofty goals — and laid out significant funds — in an effort to slow climate change and improve the environment. And Southern California already is benefitting from those efforts, with billions of dollars directed to install new electric vehicle charging stations,Continue Reading