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2009-12-14 14:35:00

New space observations reveal that since October 2003, the aquifers for California's primary agricultural region -- the Central Valley -- and its major mountain water source -- the Sierra Nevadas -- have lost nearly enough water combined to fill Lake Mead, America's largest reservoir. The findings, based on data from the NASA/German Aerospace Center Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (Grace), reflect California's extended drought and increased rates of groundwater being pumped for human...

2009-07-30 14:48:00

Reps. Cardoza, Costa championed new Farm Bill partnership programs, enabling coalition of growers and conservationists to secure funds WASHINGTON, July 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Farmers in the Northern San Joaquin Valley will be eligible for more than $2.6 million in funds this year under two new farm bill conservation partnership programs this year to tackle some of the region's most pressing environmental problems. The awards will be renewable for several years, likely bringing the...

2009-05-16 14:34:37

Biologists say they're using sound, bright lights and bubbles to keep baby salmon from being sucked into pumps on California's San Joaquin River. The pumps divert water from the southern Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta for use on farmland and for drinking water for 25 million Californians, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday. The $1 million project is the latest attempt to save baby salmon en route to the sea and also could aid threatened delta smelt, said Jerry Johns, deputy...

2009-05-09 13:25:43

California officials have asked the federal government to review rules that reduced water exports from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to protect a fish. In a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the state Department of Water Resources said the water pumps that direct water to two-thirds of California may not be as harmful to the endangered delta smelt fish as thought, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday. The newspaper reported that pumping restrictions were imposed...

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2009-04-07 08:46:43

California's two lengthiest rivers have been labeled the United States' most endangered watercourses from archaic water supervision and subpar flood preparation, states an environmental advocacy group. American Rivers chose the Sacramento and the San Joaquin Rivers as their end might jeopardize the water supply of 25 million Californians, flood Sacramento, and spoil the fragile freshwater delta where the two rivers meet. "The health of the delta depends directly on maintaining the health of...

2009-01-10 14:05:27

The number coho salmon returning to Marin County, Calif., creeks to spawn is so low it has reached crisis proportions, marine biologists say. Only a few coho were spotted and only 20 egg nests, called redds, were counted in the Lagunitas Creek watershed's two main tributaries during the annual winter survey of fish, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday. The decline is being blamed on the lack of winter rains. It's just frightening, actually, Paola Bouley, conservation program...

2008-11-05 09:00:14

Forestar Real Estate Group Inc. (NYSE:FOR) today reported third quarter 2008 net income of $0.9 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, compared with third quarter 2007 net income of $9.6 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, and second quarter 2008 net income of $9.6 million, or $0.27 per diluted share outstanding. "Despite difficult market conditions, third quarter 2008 results reflect our low-cost operation and the benefit of our natural resources value creation strategy," said Jim DeCosmo,...

2008-10-14 15:00:14

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) will hold a workshop in San Diego on October 21, 2008, to summarize current water conditions and preparations for the possibility that 2009 may be a dry year. The workshop is relocating to the North City Reclamation Facility from the originally announced City Administration Building. The workshop will still begin at 10 a.m. and end at approximately 2 p.m.; location information and the agenda are below. North City Reclamation...

2008-08-06 09:00:31

Forestar Real Estate Group Inc. (NYSE: FOR) today reported second quarter 2008 net income of $9.6 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, compared with second quarter 2007 net income of $14.4 million, or $0.41 per diluted share, and a first quarter 2008 net loss of ($0.2 million), or ($0.01) per basic share outstanding. Results for second quarter 2008 include a net after-tax charge of $2.3 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, principally related to environmental remediation activities at our San...

2008-08-03 21:00:10

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. _ Scientists predict that climate change will mean more rainfall and less snow in Yosemite in the next 50 years. If that happens, they say, one of the nation's premier outdoor destinations could experience problems _ including severe floods in winter and spring, plus dry wells in the summer. Farmers in the San Joaquin Valley also could be hurt because reservoirs might not be able to handle large winter runoffs, and water needed for irrigation or groundwater...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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