The state’s plan to build a pair of 35-mile tunnels under the delta would cause the extinction of winter-run chinook salmon, steep declines in dozens of other species and devastate water quality in San Francisco Bay, an environmental group said Wednesday.
Hundreds of people who oppose a plan to build two tunnels to carry water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to southern California held a rally at the State Capitol Tuesday. The event was timed to protest the plan as the official public comment period on the more than 30,000-page draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan comes to an end.
Add another casualty to California’s prolonged and punishing drought: Wildlife officials warned this week that dry conditions in the state’s Central Valley could have a devastating effect on North American waterfowl.
In response to the pipeline rupture that flooded UCLA, City Councilman Paul Koretz made a motion Wednesday with Council President Herb Wesson for an immediate report from the Department of Water and Power on what caused the break.
As UCLA tallied the damage from rampant flooding triggered by the rupture of a 90-year-old city water line, Los Angeles city leaders on Wednesday were once again confronted with the consequences of deferred maintenance on the city’s aging infrastructure.
The cost of the damage hasn’t been pegged from the rupture of a pipeline that spewed more than 20 million gallons of water, but officials Wednesday were beginning to assess its soggy aftermath at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Atascadero Lake has nearly dried up, and a group of residents wants it back. An official plan emerged earlier this month when Friends of Atascadero Lake sought and gained approval from the Atascadero Mutual Water Co., the nonprofit water utility that distributes water to Atascadero, to divert private well water to the withered lake bed.
The osprey, a fierce and powerful fishing bird, used to be just another San Francisco Bay shoreline visitor, flying over and feeding without setting down roots. These days, however, the acrobatic divers are becoming natives, constructing elaborate stick nests on cranes, poles or other man-made structures.
It’s always a dry summer here in California, but this year is particularly challenging with local water restrictions in effect after record-setting winter drought. Fortunately, even in dry years, there are edibles to be found in our gardens and fallow places that can add flavor and interest to any meal.
If Los Angeles leaders needed any reminders about the city’s aging infrastructure and the ever-increasing backlog of maintenance, they got it Tuesday in the form of a 30-foot geyser spouting from Sunset Boulevard.
The State Water Board’s recent decision to outlaw some water-wasting activities under penalty of $500 fines helps alert urban residents and businesses to the seriousness of the drought. These water conservation actions, though, are fairly mild compared with the water rationing and other mandatory restrictions that Santa Cruz and a few other California communities have imposed this year.
This week’s Water Plan eNews includes: Legislature receives CII report on water use best management practices; Multiple scenarios worth considering for natural resource planning; NASA’s satellite images offer insight to drought impacts; Climate action team opens draft research plan to public comment; PPIC one-page fact sheet provides a picture of California’s water use; and Research foundation adds IWM to list of water focus areas.