Energy & Environment

Friant Water Authority: Jacobsma out as GM

The Friant Water Authority announced today that longtime General Manager Ron Jacobsma has stepped down.

Drought creates flood of business for synthetic turf industry

Blaine McQuown and Matt Price, owners of the SYNLawn of Central California distributorship, show off the latest synthetic turf products outside their Clovis headquarters. Photo by George LurieBusiness is booming at Valley synthetic turf installers.

Leadership Fresno dives into ‘water-wise’ class project

Leadership Fresno Class 31 hopes to draw attention to the beauty and benefits of “water-wise landscaping” with its new Woodward Park project.In a sign of these drought-stricken times, members of the current Leadership Fresno class have chosen an apt challenge for their class project: creating a xeriscaped “demonstration garden” in northeast Fresno’s Woodward Park.

Parlier, Selma, Fresno County join PACE program

Homeowners and commercial property owners in Parlier, Selma and unincorporated parts of Fresno County can now take part in the HERO (Home Energy Renovation Opportunity) Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program. 

Endangered bighorn sheep moved to Yosemite, Sequoia parks

(AP) — For the first time in a century, endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep are back on their ancestral range and headed toward recovery, wildlife officials said Monday.

Cap-and-trade funds slated for Valley water, energy projects

Central Valley organizations are slated to receive more than $2.23 from the state for projects aimed at saving both water and energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Magnitude-4.2 quake shakes central California; no damage

(AP) — A small earthquake jolted an area of Fresno County, but there were no reports of damage.

Green energy equals more ‘green’ for Tulare

The City of Tulare is looking to use gas being flared off at top right of this photo into a source of revenue at it wastewater treatment plant.The City of Tulare has an electricity bill of around $1.2 million annually, as well as a huge volume of waste gas coming from its wastewater treatment plants.

EPA grants Fresno $175K for Elm Avenue cleanup

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to award $175,000 to the City of Fresno to help cleanup the 2.25-mile Elm Avenue Corridor in southwest Fresno.

State Water Project boosts deliveries by 5 percent

The California Department of Water Resources announced a slight bump in the amount of water that will be delivered this year to State Water Project customers.