A year ago, California’s Natural Resources Agency issued a plan for the Salton Sea. That $383-million blueprint called for building thousands of acres of wetlands to control dust and revitalize the deteriorating habitats around the shrinking lake over the next 10 years.
The Los Angeles City Council moved Wednesday to officially oppose staged construction of a proposed multibillion-dollar water-delivery tunnel project if it would result in greater costs or a greater portion of the financial burden for Los Angeles ratepayers.
Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. said on Wednesday that construction of the underground wall below the Oroville Dam emergency spillway completed in early March. The 1,450 feet long wall, drilled 35-65 feet into bedrock, is one preventative measure against the type of erosion that occurred there last year, should the emergency spillway ever be used again.
A drought has lingered in the Colorado River Basin since 2000, causing reservoir storage to decline from nearly full to about half of capacity. … On our Lower Colorado River Tour, April 11-13, you will meet with water managers from the three Lower Basin states: Nevada, Arizona and California. The three states are working to finalize a Drought Contingency Plan to take voluntary cuts to keep Lake Mead, the nation’s largest reservoir, from hitting critical levels and causing a shortage declaration.
Inclusion of money for raising Shasta Dam got the most attention in a recently released federal budget proposal, but the same package also includes money for Sites Reservoir. The Department of Interior is recommending spending $33.3 million under the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act, which was signed into law in December 2016.
A company’s controversial plan to sell groundwater from the Mojave Desert ran into new opposition as a Southern California water district voted against the proposal. The board of the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District decided not to approve a nonbinding letter of intent to purchase water from the Cadiz Inc.’s proposed project.
[Idaho Rep. Mike] Simpson, who chairs an Appropriations subcommittee on energy and water development, called the wildfire fund one of the most significant pieces of legislation he has worked on in Congress. The concept is simple, he said: Treat catastrophic wildfires like other natural disasters.
In an unprecedented “tutorial” before a federal judge Wednesday, a lawyer for a major U.S. oil company accepted the scientific consensus that humans are the primary cause of global climate change. But he also emphasized uncertainties about future impacts, while deflecting industry responsibility. … Wednesday’s hearing was videotaped, and may be viewable by Thursday at the court’s website, http://www.cand.uscourts.gov/home.
The $750 million deal combines San Jose-based SJW Group and Clinton, Connecticut-based Connecticut Water Service, a transaction that would create a water company serving 1.5 million people located in four states: California, Texas, Connecticut and Maine. That would make the combined entity the nation’s third-largest investor-owned water and wastewater utility.
It has all the earmarks of a “Miracle March” — heavy dousings of rain, intense flurries of snow in the Sierra and roadway havoc — but the showy display of stormy weather across California this week isn’t fooling the experts.
A second and final day of heavy rains began pummeling Southern California early Thursday morning as Santa Barbara County residents awakened to emergency phone alerts and calls to evacuate wildfire burn areas. “Flash flood watch in effect for SB County,” read the 5:19 a.m. alert. “Leave now if you are still in evac/burn areas.”
World Water Day is March 22, and to mark the occasion the Foundation is offering a special 20 percent discount on our beautiful poster-size maps, layperson’s guides and other water publications. … Explore the full array of maps, layperson’s guides and other publications on our website, www.watereducation.org/maps-publications. Use promo code WORLDWATERDAY to get your discount. This offer is for one day only – Thursday, March 22.
On March 20, the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee conducted an oversight hearing for the California Water Commission’s (CWC’s) Water Storage Investment Program (WSIP). During the over two-hour discussion, committee members expressed strong concerns about the WSIP process including review criteria and the timeline for allocating the funds. The committee also focused on the need to include appropriate process steps for the allocation process.
The risks from water insecurity span the globe and have deep economic impacts, as many in the business sector have come to understand. Without water to grow alfalfa for cow forage, you can’t produce milk and beef. Without water to cool data centers, the servers that power our smartphones and computers won’t run.
The water isn’t letting up during the next few days leading up to Friday, as Fresno could possibly see another 2 inches of rain. Meanwhile, flash flood warnings remain for the foothills and mountainous areas below 8,000 feet.
A toxic onslaught from the nation’s petrochemical hub was largely overshadowed by the record-shattering deluge of Hurricane Harvey as residents and first responders struggled to save lives and property. … In all, reporters catalogued more than 100 Harvey-related toxic releases — on land, in water and in the air.
The bone-cold rain didn’t keep the regulars from rising early on a Saturday, braving winding mountain roads and thick fog, to wade through muddy lake beds, binoculars in-hand, searching. About 150 Southern Californians showed up to count bald eagles at six inland lakes, part of a little-known federal program that’s been running for 39 years.