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Storm-Lashed California Roads, Dams Could Cost $1B To Fix

Storm-Lashed California Roads, Dams Could Cost $1B To Fix

Feb. 24
By Associated Press

The bill to repair California's crumbling roads, dams and other critical infrastructure hammered by an onslaught of storms this winter could top $1 billion, including nearly $600 million alone for damaged roadways that more than doubles what the state budgeted for road repair emergencies, officials said Friday.

Central Valley Levees Besieged By Pounding Wet Winter

Central Valley Levees Besieged By Pounding Wet Winter

Feb. 24
By Associated Press

State and federal workers are joining Central Valley farmers with tractors in round-the-clock battles this week to stave off any chain-reaction failure of rural levees protecting farms and farm towns.

California Lawmakers Announce Bills To Protect Environment

California Lawmakers Announce Bills To Protect Environment

Feb. 23
By Associated Press

Democratic lawmakers in California on Thursday announced their first attempt to protect the state's wide-ranging environmental regulations from potential interference by President Donald Trump's administration.

Sempra May Have Broken State Rules By Lobbying On Energy Program

Sempra May Have Broken State Rules By Lobbying On Energy Program

Feb. 23
By Claire Trageser

Employees affiliated with SDG&E and its parent company Sempra Energy may have been in violation of a state law by speaking at a county meeting last week.

Thousands Flee, Freeway Shut In Flooding Near San Francisco

Thousands Flee, Freeway Shut In Flooding Near San Francisco

Feb. 22
By Associated Press

Rising floodwaters sent at least 14,000 residents fleeing inundated homes in San Jose, California, and forced the shutdown of a major freeway Wednesday.

Despite Oroville Crisis, California Has The 'Cadillac' Of State Dam...

Despite Oroville Crisis, California Has The 'Cadillac' Of State Dam Safety Programs

Feb. 21
Ben Adler/Capital Public Radio

The state of California missed one of its two annual Oroville Dam inspections last year. It has one field engineer for every 57 dams it must inspect, and there is a potential conflict of interest in how the state inspects dams.

How Can Archaeology Help Us Adapt To Climate Change?

How Can Archaeology Help Us Adapt To Climate Change?

Feb. 20
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Brooke Ruth

For some insight into how human beings coped with changes in the earth's climate in the past, we have to switch from the climate scientists to the archeologists.

Flood Fears Renewed As Northern California Braces For Another Storm

Flood Fears Renewed As Northern California Braces For Another Storm

Feb. 20
By Associated Press

Some Northern California residents are preparing for another powerful Pacific storm by patrolling levees for signs of danger, reviewing evacuation plans and filling hundreds of sand bags.

KPBS Drought Tracker Update: Record-Breaking Winter About To Get Ev...

KPBS Drought Tracker Update: Record-Breaking Winter About To Get Even Wetter

Feb. 17
By David Wagner

An update from the KPBS Drought Tracker shows that strong storms rolling into California starting Friday are about to make the state's already wet winter even wetter.

Pacific Storm To Bring Rain, Flooding To San Diego County

Pacific Storm To Bring Rain, Flooding To San Diego County

Feb. 17
By City News Service

A strong Pacific storm is expected to bring heavy precipitation that may cause flooding, the possibility of thunderstorms, potentially damaging winds and big waves to San Diego County beginning Friday.

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