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Oroville Spillway crisis sheds light on failing infrastructure

Oroville Spillway crisis sheds light on failing infrastructure

Editorial Board

February 14, 2017


Filed under Editorials, Opinion

The Oroville Dam situation isn’t a sudden problem, it comes from years of neglect by California Governor Jerry Brown. Brown is not the only person who was responsible for the spill. Yes, he could have payed attention to the 2005 reports about the massive spillway adjacent to the dam, which would ...

Wildcats wet their toes with water field trip

Wildcats wet their toes with water field trip

Amelia Storm and George Johnston

May 3, 2016


Filed under Campus, News

Last weekend, 36 students and three faculty members got a firsthand look at water rights and usage all across Northern California. The overnight trip was put on by Eric Houk, a professor in the College of Agriculture, with help from Jennifer Rotnem who works at the Center for Water and Environment. Destinations...

Students want to halt the waste of single-use water bottles

Students want to halt the waste of single-use water bottles

April 13, 2016


Filed under Breaking News, News

On April 13, Students for Sustainable Hydration passed the ballot to eliminate single-use bottled water on campus. "We are a group of students who all have one thing in common: We strive to live a sustainable lifestyle," said Molly Marcussen, leader of Students for Sustainable Hydration. Bottl...

Water pipeline bursts on 9th and Orange Street

Water pipeline bursts on 9th and Orange Street

February 1, 2016


Filed under Breaking News, News, Showcase

A waterline bursted on the corner of 9th and Orange street around 3 p.m. Monday. Chico Fire Department conducted traffic control as California Water Service crews tried to reverse the flooding. “We're working with Cal Water in protecting the assets of the community,” said Fire Captain Carlos Munoz. It...

Slip ‘N Sliding through California’s water supply

Slip ‘N Sliding through California’s water supply

Miles Inserra

April 27, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Water. Everyone needs it, but the privileged still abuse it. Coming from an upper middle-class, suburban family, I was no exception. But considering California’s current circumstances, even I am shortening my showers. The way I see it, adults today won't bear the full burden of the drought. C...

University Farm hit hard during drought

University Farm hit hard during drought

Eric Mccauley

April 13, 2014


Filed under News

Chico State's University Farm has not had enough rain this year to be able to produce nearly as much feed as it used to.Low rainfall has drastically increased the price and demand for crops, said Cindy Daley, manager of the University Farm's dairy farm. At the same time, feed crop suppliers have not been able to produce as much either, and both the shortage of and the demand for these cr...

Drought-resistant plants grow on campus

Drought-resistant plants grow on campus

Yessenia Funes

March 11, 2014


Filed under News

Students walking through the Chico State campus will find trees and plants from the East Coast, Europe and Southeast China. In fact, 90 percent of the campus harbors non-native flora, said Michael Alonzo, the supervisor of grounds and landscape services for Facilities Management and Services.Though London plane trees, Chinese pistache trees and grassy lawns provide aesthetic value...

A conversation about conservation

Zachary Phillips

January 23, 2014


Filed under Blogs, Opinion

Unless you've been under a rock for the past few weeks, you've most likely heard that California is in a bit of a water crisis. According to the US Drought Monitor, about 99 percent of California is "abnormally dry" or worse. However, that statistic really doesn't do the drought justice as abou...

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