Monday, Feb. 5, 2018

Lukewarm ratings

Water projects hit funding barriers after CWC review

California water officials are expected to dole out $2.7 billion of Proposition 1's $7.5 billion for water supply projects. JOHN BLANCHARD / San Francisco Chronicle

S.F. Chronicle

Los Angeles Times & Mercury News

Backers of new dams and other water storage projects hit a roadblock Friday when their proposals scored badly in the first round of competition for a pot of state bond money. The California Water Commission posted its evaluation of the public benefit of the 11 projects vying for Proposition 1 water storage bond money, and the numbers were far lower than the applicants had claimed.


‘Extraordinary’ river merits protection, state says

Stockton Record

With rapids crashing against house-sized boulders, under a backdrop of thick forest and rugged cliffs, the upper Mokelumne River is worthy of special designation as a wild and scenic river, state officials have concluded. What’s more, they say it can be done without causing major problems for people.


Report: Future forest health needs fire to fight fire

Sacramento Bee

California’s strides toward cleaner air can quickly go up in smoke during one big wildfire. The constant threat of wildfire calls for a radical shift in attitudes toward forest management, not just to save homes and lives but the state’s overall air and water quality, according to a new report from the Little Hoover Commission.