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66 Million Trees are Dead in the Sierra Nevada Forest

I’ve noticed with great alarm the number of trees dying from the drought and beetle infestation here in Nevada County  It seems like every day, while driving around the county, I see another group of pine trees dying or dead. There is a small about 1,000 foot long cul-de-sac near my house. I counted 27 […]

What Calif.’s Drought Could Mean for Housing

The Golden State is drying up and it could have repercussions for its real estate market. Lawmakers have called for unprecedented measures to curb residents’ water consumption in response to a severe drought, now running into its fourth year. Gov. Jerry Brown last week called for a 25 percent reduction in water consumption throughout the […]

Coming to a Dying Tree Near You, Bark Beetles

I remember in the seventy’s I had built a home for a client. He insisted that I build the front deck such that it wrapped around some large pine trees. We finished the house in the middle of a drought. Soon enough the bark beetles hit his trees and they died.  We are back again […]

Sierra Nevada Snowpack Is Virtually Gone; Water Content Now Is Only 5 Percent of Historic Average, Lowest Since 1950

 April 1, 2015 SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) found no snow whatsoever today during its manual survey for the media at 6,800 feet in the Sierra Nevada. This was the first time in 75 years of early-April measurements at the Phillips snow course that no snow was found there. Governor Edmund […]

NID Adopts Drought Plan; Calls for 20% Conservation

March 25, 2015 Directors of the Nevada Irrigation District on Wednesday (Mar. 25) adopted a series of drought measures that include limits on outdoor watering and a call for continued 20 percent reductions in water use by all district customers. In a presentation to the NID Board of Directors, Water Operations Manager Chip Close recommended […]

Troubled Waters On The Delta

– By Bill Wells The fabulous California Delta is within an hours drive of the Bay Area, yet you will feel you are in a different world. The Delta is formed by the confluence of two major California rivers; the Sacramento and the San Joaquin, and covers some 500,000 acres in the central part of the […]

More on the Water Wars in the Delta

1 ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 4 Mount Diablo And Sacramento River Pictures 1, 2 and 3 courtesy of Bill Wells The public comment period for the Bay Delta “Conservation” Plan to divert the Sacramento River around the Delta has ended but the California Water War continues for the foreseeable future.  The Natural […]

Cal-Fire Lifts Barn Ban in Nevada County November 1, 2013

httpv://youtu.be/4At3U_mVe7w Residential Debris Burn Demonstration However, burn permits are required. Burning can only be done on a PERMISSIVE BURN DAY. You must call 530-274-7928 in Western Nevada County and 530-582-1027 in the Truckee area to see if it is a Permissive Burn day before you start burning Escaped residential debris burns continue to be a […]

American Fire Update

August 26, 2013 We continue to have smoke here in Nevada County. The American Fire is now 81% contained but it has burned over 24,400 acres. Fire Status: The south, west and north perimeters of the fire remainin patrol status. This is due to completion of fire lines and minimalto no hot spots being detected […]

Be Fire Safe

  Each year fire departments respond to thousands of fires started by people using equipment the wrong way. Whether working to create defensible space around your home, just mowing dry grass, or pulling your dirt bike over to the side of the road, if you live in a wild land area you need to use […]