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Levee breach plugged for now

MANTECA — A breach in a levee in south San Joaquin County that forced as many as 500 people from their homes was plugged Monday night. But the evacuation order…

Don Pedro spillway to open this afternoon

(Updated at 1:30 p.m. with information from 1 p.m. press conference). TURLOCK — Turlock Irrigation District will open the spillway at Don Pedro Reservoir this afternoon. The spillway gates will…

Fiscalini Farms turns methane into electricity

Fiscalini Farms turns methane into electricity

MODESTO — Just as dairy operations are getting pressure to reduce their carbon footprint, two Modesto-area dairy businesses are receiving recognition for environmental innovation. The Environmental Protection Agency gave Crystal…

California’s drought conditions improve dramatically

California’s drought conditions improve dramatically

STOCKTON — This rainy winter is helping parts of California emerge from its epic drought. In fact, slivers of San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties are drought-free, according to a U.S.…

Western Growers president urges reset on river flow discussion

Western Growers president urges reset on river flow discussion

IRVINE — Western Growers President and CEO Tom Nassif is urging Gov. Jerry Brown to reset efforts to update minimum flow standards for the Lower San Joaquin River. In the…

Wettest storm in a decade headed for Northern California

Wettest storm in a decade headed for Northern California

STOCKTON — Californians are bracing for a powerful winter storm that is expected to bring wind and widespread flooding starting this weekend. The National Weather Service has issued a flood…

Stakeholders make arguments on water flow issue

STOCKTON — Hundreds of people turned out in Stockton, Modesto, Merced and Sacramento for public hearings with the State Water Quality Board in December and January to speak out on…

Delta tunnels environmental reports released

Delta tunnels environmental reports released

SACRAMENTO — California Department of Water Resources released the final environmental documents for WaterFix and says the data shows the state’s controversial plan to use tunnels to divert freshwater from…

Modesto awarded $53,000 recycling grant

MODESTO — The city of Modesto has received a $52,919 grant to help boost its recycling efforts. The grant from CalRecycle will go toward providing education, advertising and recycling resources…

Support split for federal water bill

Support split for federal water bill

WASHINGTON — California’s congressional delegation is split on a potentially game-changing federal water bill. On Thursday, the House of Representatives voted 360-61 to approve $558 million California water package that,…

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