The new criminal water waste rule adopted by California this week also applies to government agencies, but no one is sure how the penalty will be enforced.

The California Supreme Court has agreed to decide an epic battle over whether the state must condemn and acquire parcels on tens of thousands of acres of private property to conduct preliminary testing for Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to construct two large water-conveyance tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

With the governor’s controversial Delta tunnel project a key part of the debate, lawmakers on Monday failed to advance a leading Senate proposal to put a revised water bond on the November ballot.

California lawmakers haven't finished maneuvering to get a new water bond on the ballot in November, but opponents have already begun mobilizing.

Federal officials on Tuesday boosted water releases into the American River, despite the ongoing drought, because they are fighting to keep salinity from San Francisco Bay out of the Delta.

California leaders are embroiled in many difficult decisions about the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, such as who should get the water, how it should be delivered and what to do about all the endangered fish that get in the way. Now there’s a new decision looming about the Delta, and policymakers are as stumped as ever: What to call the place?

A member of The Bee’s editorial board briefly met Jo-Ellen Darcy, the assistant secretary of the Army for civil works, last week after she was dropped off atop Folsom Dam by a Black Hawk helicopter with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials.

The Bay-Delta watershed has been named a "Critical Conservation Area" by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a status that will target federal funding for water quality and habitat improvement projects.

The water diversion project proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown in the Sacramento-San Joaquin is so large that it is hard to visualize. A rival state agency has now produced a video simulation that captures the size and scale of three Sacramento River intakes for the first time.

A new report by a group of scientists finds that the plan to build two giant water diversion tunnels in the Delta "falls short" of the scientific rigor required for the project.

More than 30 conservation groups are asking state leaders to extend the public comment period for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, the $25 billion project that includes two giant water diversion tunnels in the Delta.

There is four weeks left to submit public comments on the $25 billion plan to build two giant water diversion tunnels in the Delta.

Planning for the giant water diversion tunnels proposed in the California Delta is about to be handed off to a new entity, one that gives a prominent role to the water diverters that will benefit from the project.

The public is invited to a meeting Friday in Sacramento to learn about a proposal to restore 90 acres of tidal wetlands in the Delta, near Bethel Island in Contra Costa County.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday signed a new emergency drought proclamation that suspends a number of laws to encourage more water conservation, water transfers and some fishery protections.

The water delivery forecast for California’s State Water Project customers increased slightly on Friday, and state officials canceled their plan to temporarily dam three Delta channels to control salinity.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is accepting public comments through April 16 on California’s proposal to build temporary dams across three Delta sloughs due to the drought.

The San Joaquin Valley is facing a crisis of geological proportions: Large stretches of the valley floor are sinking, as groundwater stores are depleted, crippling the region’s irrigation and flood control infrastructure. At the root of the crisis is the frontier-style exploitation of the last unregulated resource in California: groundwater.

California water officials say a court ruling requiring eminent domain for environmental surveys is unlikely to delay the massive Delta tunnels project significantly.

A state appellate court dropped a bomb late Thursday on the early stages of the state’s plan to divert fresh Northern California water under or around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta on its way to Central and Southern California.

In yet another sign of the severe drought facing California, state water officials are planning to temporarily dam three channels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to control salinity intrusion from San Francisco Bay.

Critics of the $25 billion water tunnel project proposed in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta have complained there isn’t enough time to review the 34,000 pages that describe the project. Now they have an additional 60 days to do so.

Pointing to cost overruns with California’s high-speed rail project, lawmakers on Wednesday pressed state officials on the funding sources and ultimate price tag for the governor’s water tunnel plan.

State officials hold a public “open house” meeting in Clarksburg Wednesday on the $25 billion water tunnel project in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

A series of public meetings begin today in Fresno on the two massive water diversion tunnels proposed in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta by Gov. Jerry Brown.

By now, the story seems old. A young city, thirsty for water, deploys wealth, cunning and power to divert a river from a distant valley, safeguarding its future at the expense of others.

The state of California proposes to build two large water diversion tunnels on the Sacramento River and restore 57 wildlife species. For nine of those species, whether the project helps or hurts is still “not determined.”

While California fights over whether to build twin tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to carry water, a more important issue may be whether the state has enough reservoir capacity to capture winter rains.

Jerry Meral, Gov. Jerry Brown’s top water official and a major figure in the controversial, $25 billion water project proposed by the governor, will retire at the end of the month, the Brown administration confirmed Saturday.

A formal draft of the $25 billion Bay Delta Conservation Plan was released to the public Monday, raising many questions about river flows, wildlife habitat and the future of rural towns in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

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