In a recent op-ed by Contra Costa Water District board president Lisa M. Borba and Central Contra Costa Sanitary District director Paul H. Causey, the duo state that California’s efforts to advance water efficiency will diminish recycled water investments and disincentivize future recycled water projects. As a civil engineer/water policy analyst who has worked on California water issues for 15 years, I [Tracy Quinn, NRDC] draw the exact opposite conclusion: Water efficiency and conservation measures complement investments in recycled water.
More than a month after Coyote Creek spilled its banks and flooded surrounding neighborhoods, city leaders Thursday said some 500 families remain unable to return home and pleaded with property owners to help house them.
For the past eight years, the California Coastal Commission has worked closely with the Marin County staff and the public to update its Local Coastal Program to guide future development. We have attended countless public meetings, we have toured farms and sampled strawberries, we have watched cows being milked and cheese being made and we have spoken with some members of the agricultural community so frequently we are on a first-name basis.
Concern over the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s management of Anderson Dam bubbled to the surface at a meeting Wednesday night to update the public on a project to replace the structure, which spilled over in February for the 11th time in its 67-year history, resulting in some of the worst flooding San Jose has seen in decades.
The North Marin Water District has embarked on a pilot program that will feed data to its headquarters in real time, a change that will help the public and utility save water, according to officials. The district — which serves 60,000 people in Novato and parts of West Marin — now relies on a crew of three to read 20,500 meters, logging in water use totals into hand-held computers while making the rounds.
Six meerkats are back home this week in their exhibit at Happy Hollow Zoo after the perky mongoose-like creatures made famous by Disney’s “Lion King” spent the last month bunking in one of the more creative shelters for animals displaced by San Jose’s destructive flood: the bathroom of the zoo’s veterinary clinic.
Repairs to decrepit housing, restoration of coho salmon runs, funding for homeless services and legal assistance to low-income tenants are among the Sonoma County programs targeted for significant cuts in the budget blueprint released Thursday by President Donald Trump. Public access broadcasting and weather forecasting to improve water supply management also were threatened …
A state reservoir at the starting point to ship Delta water to 23 million Californians has been damaged by heavy water flows this winter — which may trigger a temporary shutdown of the state’s giant water pumps.
State officials say that it will take 30 to 45 days to repair damage detected this week at a key point in the state’s system for shipping water from the Delta to farms in the San Joaquin Valley and to cities from Silicon Valley to Los Angeles.
Marin County public works, parks and flood control officials Tuesday presented Marin supervisors with a list of 24 sites damaged by severe rain storms in January and February that will cost an estimated $8.76 million to repair.
Frustrated by the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s snub of a city hearing about last month’s destructive flooding, Mayor Sam Liccardo issued a scathing letter Monday expressing his disappointment and demanding answers.
The Marin Municipal Water District is looking to raise water rates July 1 and again in 2018, an increase of 14 percent. … The work is needed to improve the district’s aging water system, parts of which date back more than 100 years.
Ross Valley’s controversial flood fee was hiked 3 percent Tuesday, helping pay for a public relations campaign smoothing the waters for projects that will turn key park areas into flood retention basins.
Healdsburg Mayor Jim Wood is a dentist who believes in the effectiveness of fluoridated water in combating tooth decay. But he won’t be writing the argument against a November ballot measure to remove fluoride from the city’s water.
From the San Jose Mercury News, in a commentary by Richard Santos:
In the midst of exceptional drought conditions, a new, locally controlled, drought-proof water source for Silicon Valley could not have come at a better time. The Santa Clara Valley Water District, in partnership with the cities of San Jose and Santa Clara, is celebrating the completion of the Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center.