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Owens Valley Water Wars Heat Up Again

Owens Valley Water Wars Heat Up Again

The Hidden Desert: In November, the California Air Resources Board ruled that according to data from lakebed monitors, the DWP was solely responsible for the horrendous air quality caused by dust blowing off Owens Lake. DWP's response? Get rid of the monitors.
Do You Know Where Your Tap Water Comes From?

Do You Know Where Your Tap Water Comes From?

Water: A new site helps you learn where your water comes from, and how well it's treated along the way to your tap.
Salton Sea Stench: Get Used To It.

Salton Sea Stench: Get Used To It.

The Hidden Desert: Southern Californians had better get used to smelling the Salton Sea, because this week's stench will almost certainly return -- unless we restore the Sea.
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What it's Like to Witness a Grunion Run

What it's Like to Witness a Grunion Run

Wildlife: It can only be described as massive, salty, sandy, beachfront orgy. And we had front row seats.
California Approves Plan To Reduce Water-Related Greenhouse Gas Emissions

California Approves Plan To Reduce Water-Related Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Energy: If you were to take a guess at what was one of the largest consumers of energy in California, what would it be? Skycrapers? Theme parks? Mega mansions? Surprisingly, the answer is water.
Native Fish in a Bone-Dry River: The Mohave Tui Chub's Slow Comeback

Native Fish in a Bone-Dry River: The Mohave Tui Chub's Slow Comeback

Wildlife: You might find the notion that Southern California's Mojave River has a native fish a bit surprising. After all, for most of its 110-mile run from the San Bernardino Mountains out to Baker the riverbed is dry as a bone, its water flowing underground if at all.
Snow Survey: Water Supply Low, but Buffered by a Snowy 2011

Snow Survey: Water Supply Low, but Buffered by a Snowy 2011

Water: In its final snow survey of the year, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) trekked up into the mountains near Sacramento on Tuesday to check on our "frozen reservoirs."
Mojave Mirage; What You See -- Or Remember -- Is Not Always What You Get

Mojave Mirage; What You See -- Or Remember -- Is Not Always What You Get

Golden Green: Will the Mojave Desert, which is growing exponentially, have enough water to survive?
Video: What an Earthquake in Mexico Did to a Cave in Death Valley National Park

Video: What an Earthquake in Mexico Did to a Cave in Death Valley National Park

Earthquake: A 7.4 earthquake in Mexico last month sent a shockwave to Death Valley National Park where scientists witnessed a sight not many have -- and they caught it on video.
Sea Change: What Happened When the Pacific Ocean Went Global

Sea Change: What Happened When the Pacific Ocean Went Global

Golden Green: Resource exploitation and environmental injustice have been central to the 450-year long globalization of the Pacific.
White Pelicans: California's Charismatic Megafauna in the Sky

White Pelicans: California's Charismatic Megafauna in the Sky

Wildlife: White pelicans are common this time of year along the California coast and in the estuary of the Colorado River, but in a few weeks, they will pick up and head for other parts of the country.
California Water: Snowpack Low in Sierra Nevada & Rocky Mountains

California Water: Snowpack Low in Sierra Nevada & Rocky Mountains

Water: Officials both in California and Colorado are finding low snowpacks in local mountain ranges, both which serve millions of Californians.