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  • Jerry Brown defended newly unveiled plans on Thursday that call for dramatically scaling back the amount of habitat restoration done while twin tunnels are built around California's freshwater delta to deliver water to farms and millions of people throughout the state. The amount of land targeted for environmental improvements changed because there...

  • The Department of Environmental Conservation's yearlong review of the pipeline's water quality certificate application was supposed to be completed by May 8, but the agency asked Constitution to resubmit its application to extend the deadline, pipeline spokesman Christopher Stockton said Wednesday. The permit is one of the last remaining hurdles for...

  • KATHMANDU/ SINDHUPALCHOWK, Nepal April 29- Nepali villagers blocked trucks carrying supplies for earthquake victims on Wednesday, demanding the government do more to help after last week's disaster left more than 5,000 people dead and tens of thousands homeless and short of food and water. In the capital Kathmandu, about 200 people protested outside...

  • Drought: California governor seeks fine for water wasters Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 6:03 AM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California businesses and residents that waste the most water as the state copes with a drought should face $10,000 fines, Gov. Later Tuesday, the State Water Resources Control Board released updated mandatory water reduction targets cutting consumption as much as 36 percent compared with 2013. The proposal was largely unchanged from a...

  • Brewers tasked with turning sewage into suds Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 1:42 AM ET

    They won't be competing in the upcoming Pure Water Brew Challenge, in which an Oregon wastewater treatment operator has asked home brewers to make great-tasting beer from hops, barley, yeast and the key, not-so-secret ingredient: treated sewer water. "We need to be judging water by its quality, and not by its history," said Mark Jockers, a spokesman for Clean Water...

  • Governor proposes $10,000 fine for worst water wasters Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 4:13 AM ET

    Jerry Brown on Tuesday called for $10,000 fines for residents and businesses that waste the most water during the drought, as his administration rejected calls from cities to relax its mandatory water conservation targets. We have a long way to go, "Brown said after meeting with the mayors of 14 cities, including San Diego and Oakland. A legislative panel on...

  • FACTBOX-Ways to help Nepal's earthquake victims Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | 5:18 PM ET

    April 27- The following are some of the organizations providing relief in Nepal to thousands of victims from Saturday's 7.9- magnitude earthquake:. About 525 staff members are distributing food, shelter and clean water in Nepal, said Wendy Christian, head of media at Save the Children. Save the Children set a goal to raise $50 million for earthquake relief in...

  • *Nepal's health system creaking under pressure. KATHMANDU, April 27- Hundreds of Nepalis were fleeing the capital Kathmandu for the plains on Monday, terror-stricken by two days of powerful aftershocks following a massive earthquake that killed more than 3,200 people and faced with shortages of food and water. "We are escaping," said Krishna Muktari, who runs a...

  • Cities struggle with CA's efforts to save water Sunday, 26 Apr 2015 | 3:00 PM ET
    The Beverly Hills lily pond with the city's famous sign is seen during a severe drought in Beverly Hills, California on April 9, 2015.

    Challenges have bedeviled some of California water conservation efforts, and experts expect uneven levels of compliance and success.

  • California at 'pretty extreme' wildfire risk Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 12:47 PM ET
    Ventura County Fire Department trainees in drills ahead of the wildfire season.

    California's drought has given it bone-dry grasses and an accumulation of combustible, dead trees. Now comes wildfire season.

  • Is that water in the sink a fix for Calif drought? Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 2:10 PM ET
    A woman installs a diverter valve for a greywater system at a new home in Los Angeles.

    As California faces a historic drought, more residents are looking to graywater treatment as a solution to reduce water usage.

  • RALEIGH, N.C.— A federal judge ruled this week that boats could not navigate North Carolina's second-largest river system at the time of American independence, a decision that helps Alcoa Inc. as it tries to prove it owns the riverbed on which some valuable hydroelectric dams were built. Judge Terrence W. Boyle said late Wednesday that the 40- mile section of the...

  • Nebraska wastewater well wins approval despite opposition Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 1:15 PM ET

    LINCOLN, Neb.— State regulators approved a disposal well Wednesday that would allow a Colorado energy company to discard oil and natural gas wastewater underground in northwest Nebraska— a project that's drawn more opposition from landowners and environmental groups than similar past plans. While Nebraska already has 121 active saltwater disposal wells,...

  • NEW YORK— A clean-water advocate took an Earth Day swim in the polluted Gowanus Canal, a federal Superfund site. yelled Christopher Swain, wearing a yellow-and-black protective suit and a green swim cap as he crossed a railing into the water near a sewage discharge point in Brooklyn, where a sign warns people to stay out of the water. "I've patiently waited for this...

  • April 22- Exxon Mobil Corp has agreed to pay $5.07 million to resolve allegations it violated the federal Clean Water Act and state environmental laws in connection with a 2013 oil spill in Arkansas, the U.S. Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency said on Wednesday. Under a consent decree made public on Wednesday, Exxon will pay $4.19 million...

  • California officials propose higher rates for some Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 9:06 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— California households that use the least electricity would start paying more for it, under a proposal put before state utility regulators on Tuesday intended to bring the prices charged for electricity more in line with its actual costs. "Conservation efforts are going to struggle... and families in California who can least afford to see their...

  • RALEIGH, N.C.— North Carolina officials are advising dozens of residents near Duke Energy coal ash dumps not to drink or cook with water from their wells after tests showed contamination with toxic heavy metals. A state law passed after last year's massive spill into the Dan River required wells within 1,000 feet of Duke's 32 coal ash dumps across the state to be...

  • TORONTO, April 17- Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa said on Friday he expects all of Canada's major pension funds to be interested in a stake of Hydro One as the province prepares to sell off 60 percent of the provincial electricity transmission utility. "It's going to be one of the largest companies in Canada on the Toronto Stock Exchange, and there is huge...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 16- California Governor Jerry Brown on Thursday promised to consider the concerns of businesses affected by his order to cut urban water use by 25 percent as the prolonged drought in the most populous U.S. state drags into its fourth year. Brown, a Democrat, met Thursday with representatives from businesses that would be affected by...

  • BEIJING, April 16- China will ban water-polluting paper mills, oil refineries, pesticide producers and other industrial plants by the end of 2016, as it moves to tackle severe pollution of the country's water supply. The long-awaited plan comes as the central government steps up its "war on pollution" after years of industrial development that have left...