Drive through rural Tulare County and you’ll hear it soon enough, a roar from one of the hundreds of agricultural pumps pulling water from beneath the soil to keep the nut and fruit orchards and vast fields of corn and alfalfa lush and green under the scorching San Joaquin Valley sun.
More than two decades after California American Water was ordered to cut its overpumping from the Carmel River, Monterey Peninsula residents will finally be able to witness construction of the first major infrastructure component of a new water supply — a $50 million California American Water-owned transmission pipeline and pump station project.
At a special meeting Monday, irrigation leaders will consider selling more river water to buyers south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a tradition that has brought in millions of dollars but also controversy to the Oakdale Irrigation District.
On a hot summer evening in 2004, Mike Conner’s 4-year-old daughter turned on the bath water in their northeast Fresno home and let out a scream. … That was the beginning of complaints about discolored water in northeast Fresno, and over the next dozen years the number of complaints was small.
Of the five large drinking water suppliers in Santa Cruz County, each system’s average chromium 6 rates are already below the state mandated maximum, but several wells within Watsonville and Soquel Creek are individually over the state limit.
For 36 years, the Southern California Public Power Authority has brought together various cities to work on energy projects. Now Burbank Water and Power and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power want to form a new joint powers authority to do the same for water projects.
A year after the tap water in Flint was exposed as a source of dangerous levels of lead, residents of the impoverished city are still grappling with the man-made public health crisis, which has led to criminal charges and drawn attention in the presidential election.
State officials are promoting stormwater capture as a new way to boost the reliability of local water supplies. Steven Kuo of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power explains how the city has made this a focus of its water management for decades.
It’s an understatement to say that water pricing is complicated – because it’s a social good and it’s undervalued and tied to outmoded fee structures. It was public policy in the U.S. during the 20th century for federal grants and public works programs to build much of today’s water infrastructure.
Earlier this month, an anonymous group of people published an ad in the Herald and News containing a timeline of events that occurred in the Klamath Irrigation District (KID) since 2011. Unfortunately, the timeline omitted 99 percent of the important information.
Earlier this week, water and fisheries officials joined the Northern California Water Association and a number of Northern California water management entities at the Anderson-Cottonwood Irrigation District Diversion Dam in Redding to take an in-depth look at the collaborative projects and programs underway to benefit salmon as part of the Sacramento Valley Salmon Recovery Program. Experts from the region and water managers provided overviews of the projects that have been carried out to date, as well as what is being planned, to aid the survival of salmon.
California is in the midst of a fifth year of drought. More than 80 percent of the state is experiencing drought conditions, and nearly 34 million people are living in drought-afflicted areas. The drought affects all of us, including California’s many farms and ranches
“The month of August 2016 is a memorable period in our [Hoover Dam] Apprenticeship Program,” Randolph M. Argote declared recently. Argote, the Supervisory Apprentice Coordinator at Hoover Dam, added, “Our power system electrician apprentices (PSEAs) successfully completed their first year in the program on Aug. 21.”
The [San Vicente] reservoir, owned by the city of San Diego, shut down to visitors Sept. 2, 2008. It closed so the county Water Authority could raise the height of the reservoir’s concrete dam by more than 100 feet to increase its water storage.