Monday, Jan. 22, 2018

Cleanup goes on

Government shutdown unlikely to slow fire recovery

Debris removal has been completed in Lake County, and a total of 2,540 parcels have been cleared in Northern California. KQED San Francisco


Updated at 11 a.m.

KQED San Francisco

Crews in the North Bay continued to cleanup wildfire debris over the weekend, despite a government shutdown. Federal disaster relief workers and contractors are not affected by the lack of an appropriations bill. In Southern California, the prospect of disaster recovery being slowed by a shutdown led one Democratic congressman to support a temporary funding bill last week.


Major highway reopened as mudslide toll climbs


California’s iconic Highway 101 in Santa Barbara reopened Sunday nearly two weeks after it was covered with 12 feet of debris from mudslides. Cleanup crews had been working around the clock in 12-hour shifts, while ferry boats made commuter runs twice a day between Santa Barbara and Ventura.


As groundwater rule unfolds, some feel left out

Water Deeply

California's sweeping effort to regulate groundwater extraction is still in its infancy as the state’s new Sustainable Groundwater Management Act sets up a new ecosystem of water utilities. But with deadlines looming to satisfy the law, some low-income groundwater users say their needs are being ignored.