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1 Million Californians use tainted water. Will state pass a clean-water tax?

José Hernández has two plastic barrels in his front yard, filled to the brim with water collected during the recent rains. Half a dozen buckets, a trash can and a cooking pot sit close by, nearly overflowing. It should be enough for Hernández to tend to his garden for the next few weeks — and slight relief for a water bill that sets him back $130 to $170 each month. A retired farmworker, Hernández, 64, supports his wife and two daughters primarily on a $950 monthly Social Security check….

Safe drinking water can come at a price

José Hernández has two plastic barrels in his front yard, filled to the brim with water collected during the recent rains. Half a dozen buckets, a trash can and a cooking pot sit close by, nearly overflowing. It should be enough for Hernández to tend to his garden for the next few weeks — and slight relief for a water bill that sets him back $130 to $170 each month. A retired farmworker, Hernández, 64, supports his wife and two daughters primarily on a $950 monthly Social Security check….

Sensors being deployed across Lost Hills will provide non-regulatory look at local air quality

Seven state-funded air-quality monitors are being set up around Lost Hills area as part of an effort to protect the health of the area’s largely immigrant community. The monitors, set to begin operation Monday, are planned to provide continuous, real-time air quality data in an area where activists contend emissions from nearby oilfield and agribusiness operations present pollution risks…

A long-awaited bill to fund drinking water systems in rural areas faces decision time

As State Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, puts it, “We’re at a nervous point.” And surrounding that nervous point, there’s a whole lot of water. By the State Water Resources Control Board’s estimates, more than a million Californians don’t have safe drinking water flowing through the pipes into their homes. In Monterey County alone, more than 70 water systems have been cited for contamination….

A long-awaited bill to fund drinking water systems in rural areas faces decision time.

As State Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel, puts it, “We’re at a nervous point.” And surrounding that nervous point, there’s a whole lot of water. By the State Water Resources Control Board’s estimates, more than a million Californians don’t have safe drinking water flowing through the pipes into their homes. In Monterey County alone, more than 70 water systems have been cited for contamination. In some North County homes, naturally occurring arsenic can be found in unacceptably high levels; in some areas of South County, fertilizer runoff has contaminated systems with nitrates, rendering the water dangerously undrinkable…

Fracking: Inside a BLM report, Environmental Impacts, And The Public’s Response

Fracking has been a hot topic in the San Joaquin Valley ever since the Trump administration released an environmental review about the possibility of expanding hydraulic fracturing on federal lands in Central California.

Dolores Huerta condemns ‘toxic taps,’ supports proposed water tax at Valley ralley

The nation’s most populous state and world’s fifth-largest economy can’t provide clean drinking water to more than a million of its residents, but a proposal in California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s budget is hoping to change that….

BLM stifles comments on fracking plan

Central Valley and Central Coast residents went to Bakersfield last week with the intention of voicing their opposition to new oil drilling leases in the Central California. Instead, they were told the meeting would not be recorded and only written comments would be submitted into the record….

More Than 300 Public Water Systems Serve Unsafe Water In California

Some of California’s struggles with drinking water are well known. The state’s ongoing drought conditions and the difficulties around providing enough supply for residents are usually spread across headlines. But these days, California is not just struggling to provide drinking water volume anymore….

Legislation to mandate setbacks from oil drilling sites becomes two-year bill

Most Californians, including many environmentalists, are unaware of how effectively Big Oil has captured California regulators. After intense lobbying by the Western States Petroleum Association and the oil companies, a bill to create health and safety zones around oil and gas wells stalled in the Appropriations Committee of the California Assembly on May 16, becoming a two-year-bill….