“Infrastructure” in general can be defined as the components and equipment needed to operate, as well as the structures needed for, public works systems. Typical examples include roads, bridges, sewers and water supply systems.Various dams and infrastructural buildings have given Californians and the West the opportunity to control water, dating back to the days of Native Americans.

Water management infrastructure focuses on the parts, including pipes, storage reservoirs, pumps, valves, filtration and treatment equipment and meters, as well as the buildings to house process and treatment equipment. Irrigation infrastructure includes reservoirs, irrigation canals. Major flood control infrastructure includes dikes, levees, major pumping stations and floodgates.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Hydropower plant next to Joshua Tree wouldn’t hurt environment, Interior Department says

Federal officials have concluded that infrastructure for a proposed hydropower project — which would tap billions of gallons of groundwater in the California desert, just outside Joshua Tree National Park — wouldn’t be especially harmful to the environment.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Yearly dam inspection bill proposed

State-maintained dams and reservoirs will be inspected every year if a new bill can make it through the California Legislature.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Barbara Boxer will lobby for an environmentally controversial desalination plant in Huntington Beach

A Boston-based water development company is paying former Sen. Barbara Boxer to push for approval of a proposed seawater desalination plant that has been mired for years in environmental controversy. 

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Brown administration blocks public review of Oroville Dam records

Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration is using federal security regulations written to thwart terrorism to deny public access to records that experts say could guide repairs to the Oroville Dam and provide insight into what led to the near catastrophic failure of its emergency spillway.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Big Los Angeles water agency antes up for a share of Sacramento Valley’s Sites Reservoir

The water agency that supplies drinking water to Los Angeles agreed Tuesday to contribute $1.5 million toward the planning of Sites Reservoir in the Sacramento Valley, giving the agency a toehold in a potentially valuable storage project.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Mighty Los Angeles water agency wants share of Sacramento Valley’s Sites Reservoir – and is willing to pay

Southern California’s most powerful water agency is prepared to invest in Sacramento Valley’s proposed Sites Reservoir, a move that could broaden support for the $4.4 billion project but also raise alarms about a south state “water grab.”

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Cal Am sticks to 6-month desalination project permitting window

A California American Water official argued the company’s desalination project can secure key permits and approvals within six months of certification of the final project environmental review document and start construction shortly afterward, despite a series of delays involving the draft report and the prospect of seeking a critical permit from the city of Marina.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Infrastructure won’t be the big item Trump can check off as an early win

President Donald Trump’s infrastructure plan won’t be ready until later this year, delaying one of his signature campaign promises and depriving his administration of a big policy achievement in the first months of his presidency. 

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Trump’s infrastructure plan is caught in a White House turf war

When Donald Trump and Mike Pence met this month to discuss a promised $1 trillion infrastructure plan, the Cabinet Room was filled with half a dozen billionaire executives … One person who wasn’t there? The man who worked for months to line up priority infrastructure projects for the Trump transition team.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Trump requests — and receives — this infrastructure list from builders union

Among the projects listed by the unions is the $1 billion Huntington Beach Desalination Plant in California. … Also in Southern California, the Cadiz water project aims to tap groundwater from the Mojave Desert to supply roughly 100,000 homes.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

San Jose flood: A month later, 500 have yet to return home

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.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Flood control trumps tunnels

Californians are more likely to favor beefing up the state’s flood control infrastructure than building Gov. Jerry Brown’s Delta tunnels, according to the latest poll from the Public Policy Institute of California.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

When it comes to roads and dams, Brown isn’t always a Trump resister

Among the governor’s priorities, including several with their own revenue streams, are creating an express lane network he says will relieve Bay Area congestion, extending BART to San Jose, raising Folsom Dam to improve flood protection, building a hydroelectric energy storage facility in Riverside County and purifying Los Angeles water now being discharged to the ocean in order to recharge groundwater basins.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: What this week’s storms mean for California’s flood control system

While a nearly record-breaking rainy season has battered California’s dams and stretched the limits of local levees, the storms that began to hit Sacramento on Tuesday aren’t expected to put much additional strain on the state’s flood-control system.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Bigger walls, thicker concrete, more rebar: How a 21st-century spillway compares to Oroville’s 1968 structure

In the nearly 50 years since the Oroville Dam was completed, construction methods have changed. Chico State University construction management professor Chris Souder consulted on the Folsom Dam auxiliary spillway project which began construction in 2008 and is on pace to be completed in October.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

California explores state-run flood insurance program (with audio)

California water managers say it may be time to drop federal flood insurance and start a state-run program. It could be a difficult and risky move.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Mayor calls for state of emergency amid concerns that flooding could damage Los Angeles DWP facilities

[Los Angeles] Mayor Eric Garcetti proclaimed a state of emergency Monday, citing concerns that melting snowpack in the eastern Sierra Nevada could flood homes and highways in the Owens Valley and damage the Los Angeles Aqueduct.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Trump declares disaster for California because of January storms

President Donald Trump on Thursday declared a major disaster for California because of damage caused by heavy rains that hit the state from Jan. 18 to Jan. 23, making available federal assistance to state and local agencies as well as some nonprofit groups.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Trump proposal to fix U.S. water infrastructure invites large role for private investors

President Donald Trump, fashioning himself the builder-in-chief, promised to invest $US 1 trillion to make America’s potholed highways, unstable bridges, leaky water systems, strained ports, and brittle levees whole again. The pledge is more a slogan at this point. Still, Trump and his advisers are adamant that such a big bet on the nation’s arteries of commerce, health, and safety come with a large role for investor-owned companies and equity firms to form public-private partnerships, or P3s.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Just weeks after Oroville Dam crisis, damage found in another key California reservoir

California water officials, still struggling with fixes at Oroville Dam, will have to temporarily shut down the pumping station that delivers water to much of Southern California and Silicon Valley after discovering damage at another key state reservoir.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California bill aims to make it harder for megaprojects to sidestep state environmental law

Two years ago, the Los Angeles Rams did something unheard of in California development politics: In just six weeks, the team went from unveiling plans for an 80,000-seat stadium to earning final approval from the Inglewood City Council.

Aquafornia news San Diego Union-Tribune

Two countries, one sewage problem: Tijuana and San Diego grapple with renegade flows

Baja California’s governor is preparing to declare a state of emergency in the coming days, hoping to draw financial aid for Tijuana’s strained and underfunded sewage system following a massive spill that sent millions of gallons of untreated wastewater from Tijuana across the border and into San Diego last month. 

Aquafornia news NPR

Engineers say tax increase needed to save failing U.S. infrastructure (with audio)

The nation’s roads, bridges, airports, water and transit systems are in pretty bad shape, according to the civil engineers who plan and design such infrastructure. The new report card from the American Society of Civil Engineers gives the infrastructure of the United States a D-plus.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Governor declares state of emergency for storm-wrenched California

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday declared a state of emergency and requested federal aid for parts of California hard hit by winter storms.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles overdue for major earthquake that would ‘impact our ability to be a world-class city,’ research shows

Southern California could be overdue for a major earthquake along the Grapevine north of Los Angeles, according to a sobering new study by the U.S. Geological Survey. The research found earthquakes happen there on average every 100 years.

Aquafornia news Modesto Bee

Modesto begins releasing partially treated wastewater into San Joaquin River

To protect pond levees and its water treatment infrastructure, the city of Modesto began releasing partially treated wastewater into the San Joaquin River on Thursday afternoon. …  Working with the California Department of Water Resources’ dam-safety division, there was a shared concern that increased elevation in treatment ponds, combined with wind and wave action, could erode levees, he [city Utilities Director Larry Parlin] said.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Official — California faces $50 billion price tag for flood control

California faces an estimated $50 billion price tag for roads, dams and other infrastructure threatened by floods such as the one that severely damaged Oroville Dam last month, the state’s natural resources secretary said Wednesday.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

California flood control called a life and death crisis, but federal funding is uncertain

California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird told the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Wednesday that further deterioration of the nation’s aging flood control and water infrastructure systems will put lives at risk.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Klamath River dam removal plan on track as administration shifts

The plan to remove four hydroelectric dams to improve fish passage and water quality on the Klamath River is proceeding on schedule for a 2020 demolition time, according to plan proponents. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will ultimately have to approve or deny the plan, and the change in administration in Washington, D.C., has led to three of the five seats on the commission being vacated. 

Aquafornia news New York Times

In California, a move to ease the pressures on aging dams

Until a few weeks ago, the McCormack-Williamson Tract in the California Delta was an island of low-lying farmland, more than two square miles protected from the surrounding rivers and sloughs by earthen levees.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Latest Cal Am desal project delay impact uncertain, sanctuary official says hope is to stay on schedule

A Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary representative said the latest delay involving California American Water’s proposed Monterey Peninsula desalination project — a 30-day extension of the public comment period on the project’s draft combined state and federal environmental review document — could push back finalization of the report by a month.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Despite Trump’s pledge, governors expect little federal spending on infrastructure

President Trump said again Monday that he was preparing to spend big on infrastructure. But even as he spoke, administration officials and congressional leaders were telling governors to expect little new federal investment in roads, bridges, transit systems, dam repairs and other water works.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: After storms, Oroville, Gov. Brown proposes almost $500 million in flood upgrades (with audio)

In response to this year’s storms and the emergency at Oroville Dam, California Governor Jerry Brown wants to expedite a half-billion dollars in funding for flood repairs and upgrades.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

San Jose mayor: Clear ‘failure’ led to record flooding

A day after rescuers boated hundreds of people to safety during San Jose’s worst flooding in decades, city officials Wednesday let many of the 14,000 evacuated residents return home and blamed the sudden overflow of Coyote Creek on bad information about its capacity.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Thousands flee, freeway shut in flooding near San Francisco

Rising floodwaters sent at least 14,000 residents fleeing inundated homes in San Jose, California, and forced the shutdown of a major freeway Wednesday.

Aquafornia news Modesto Bee

Turlock Irrigation District hopes to prolong spillway releases; Tuolumne River over flood stage

The Tuolumne River in Modesto, struck by a surge of water from the Don Pedro Reservoir’s spillway, rose above the flood stage Tuesday, though it did not result in major flooding.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Not just Oroville: More Northern California infrastructure that needs fixes

The Oroville Dam crisis reminded many Californians of something we only associate with earthquakes: Our crumbling state infrastructure.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Continued erosion of Oroville Dam’s main spillway part of ‘normal process,’ state officials say

Oroville Dam’s badly damaged main spillway is still deteriorating from an onslaught of fast-paced water, but state officials insist that it is “stable” as they make repairs.

Aquafornia news Modesto Bee

Don Pedro spillway opens, could nearly triple Tuolumne River flow in next few days

The spillway gates opened at Don Pedro Reservoir at 3 p.m. Monday, and over the next four or more days could nearly triple the flow of the Tuolumne River as it comes through Stanislaus County and Modesto.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Hillsides are ‘weeping,’ falling on California’s mountain highways

As the rain and snow have fallen this winter, so have California’s hillsides, forcing the closure of major roads through the Sierra Nevada and causing millions of dollars in damage.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Beyond Oroville crisis, record rain strains California’s flood control network

The frantic effort over the last few days to lower water levels at Oroville Dam after the structure’s two spillways became damaged is part of a larger drama playing out as California rapidly shifts from extreme drought to intense deluges. 

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Oroville puts focus on dam spillways – aging and some never tested

When operators of Oroville Dam suddenly ordered evacuations on Sunday, it focused a big spotlight on a crucial piece of California’s flood-control infrastructure – spillways. … Some of these dams are getting upgrades, albeit slowly.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Is there an Oroville-style threat looming in Southern California? Experts say no

While massive, damaged Oroville Dam threatens to disgorge floodwaters, you’ve got to ask yourself: Do Southern California dams pose a significant threat to people living below them?

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Oroville Dam brings California’s $65 billion infrastructure annual price tag into view

Shock over the emergency evacuation downriver from the Oroville Dam has given way to serious questions about how California is coping with its aging infrastructure — which the American Society of Civil Engineers says would cost the state a staggering $65 billion per year to fix and maintain after years of neglect.

Aquafornia news Fresno Bee

Could Oroville Dam crisis happen here? Unlikely, operators of San Joaquin Valley dams say

The scenario that played out at the Northern California dam is unlikely to occur at Friant Dam near Fresno, said Duane Stroup, deputy area manager for the federal Bureau of Reclamation.

Aquafornia news USA Today Network

U.S. dams are aging and many don’t have emergency plans

As the nation’s 84,000 dams continue to age, a growing number of people downstream of these structures are at risk, according to experts and data of the nation’s dams. … California has 1,585 dams, according to the National Inventory of Dams database. Fifty-two percent of those dams are considered a high hazard, the fourth-most of any state.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Oroville Dam crisis highlights need to fix Anderson Dam, other California dams

One day after the deterioration of an Oroville Dam spillway forced the evacuation of more than 180,000 people in the Sacramento Valley, a reservoir at the southern end of Santa Clara Valley flirted with an ominous milestone.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Brown administration puts forward projects for possible Trump plan

The Brown administration has presented a list of 51 road, water, energy and other projects as candidates for any public works package crafted by the Trump White House and Congress.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California submits a $100-billion wish list of infrastructure projects to Trump for federal funding

With President Trump pledging $1 trillion for infrastructure, California officials on Wednesday took a break from their feud with the new administration to propose a list of $100 billion in projects for possible federal funding to help rebuild the Golden State’s system of crumbling roads and bridges and improve transit and water storage.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Spillway crumbles as California reservoirs max out capacity

California’s recovery from drought has been so remarkably quick that reservoirs on the verge of record lows just a year ago are now too full to handle more rain, prompting dam operators across the state to unleash surpluses of water not seen in years.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Governors send list of more than 300 infrastructure projects to Trump administration

The nation’s governors will submit a list of more than 300 infrastructure projects to President Donald Trump’s administration this week, aiming to share billions he’s urging for nationwide construction projects.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Storms preview sea-rise damage to California roads, cities

Ocean rise already is worsening the floods and high tides sweeping California this stormy winter, climate experts say, and this month’s damage and deaths highlight that even a state known as a global leader in fighting climate change has yet to tackle some of the hardest work of dealing with it.

Aquafornia news McClatchy’s Kansas City Star and The News Tribune

Trump team compiles infrastructure priority list

President Donald Trump’s team has compiled a list of about 50 infrastructure projects nationwide, totaling at least $137.5 billion, as the new White House tries to determine its investment priorities, according to documents obtained by McClatchy’s Kansas City Star and The News Tribune.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Democrats pave the way toward spending $1 trillion on roads, ports and other projects

A lot more money could fuel improvements to California’s highways, airports and rail lines under a 10-year, trillion-dollar infrastructure plan proposed by Senate Democrats on Tuesday.

Aquafornia news Orange County Register

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Huntington Beach desalination plant is among Trump priorities, leaked document shows

A document purportedly leaked from the Trump administration indicates that the proposed desalination plant in Huntington Beach is among 50 infrastructure projects nationwide that the president has designated as a priority.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Sites Reservoir plan gets support from Placer, Roseville

In a boost for the proposed Sites Reservoir northwest of Sacramento, the city of Roseville and the Placer County Water Agency have agreed to invest in the $4.4 billion project.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

A key reform of California’s landmark environmental law hasn’t kept its promises

Overhauling the environmental law, the California Environmental Quality Act, is a perennial issue at the Capitol, and the measure benefiting the Warriors arena was one of the most high-profile CEQA reforms in recent years.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Klamath dam removals heavily supported by community

Close to 100 people showed up to speak for the removal of the four dams on the Klamath River at a public meeting put on by the California State Water Resource Control Board in Arcata on Thursday evening.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

California lawmakers tour proposed Sites Reservoir

Assemblyman James Gallagher, R-Yuba City, is leading a troupe of lawmakers today on a tour of the Sites Reservoir, a $4.4 billion proposed water storage project four decades in the making.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: With prudent budget crafting, Brown shows again that he’s the adult in the Capitol

It isn’t entirely true that [Gov. Jerry] Brown’s new $179.5-billion budget proposal ignores infrastructure. The state is moving toward helping to finance probable construction of a major reservoir called Sites in the Sacramento Valley. 

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

New California dam proposed to combat climate change concerns

Americans have had one primary reason for building dams over the past century: capturing water for growth, whether on farms or in cities. Now a new dam proposed on California’s Bear River offers another reason: adapting to climate change.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Obama administration aids giant California water project

The outgoing Obama administration on Wednesday tried to nudge forward Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to build two giant north-south water tunnels for California.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Should Los Angeles County have a huge desalination plant? A battle looms in the South Bay

On a a picturesque summer afternoon, West Basin Municipal Water District officials chose to woo regulators with a stroll by the beach in El Segundo, stopping to admire an unadulterated strip of California coastline. … A few hours later, environmental advocates held a town hall two miles away in Manhattan Beach. 

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Environmental documents for replumbing California water system released (with audio)

California Governor Jerry Brown’s administration has released a 97,000 page environmental document on a plan to re-engineer the state’s water delivery system. 

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Jerry Brown’s controversial tunnel project moves forward

Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to build two giant tunnels to send Northern California water southward moved a step closer Thursday to final state and federal decisions, with the state’s release of a 90,000-page environmental review supporting the $15.7 billion project.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

‘On the brink’ of Delta tunnels

Saying that his Delta tunnels proposal has been subject to “more environmental review than any other project in the history of the world,” Gov. Jerry Brown and his administration on Thursday released 97,000 pages of final reports.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

With environmental review finalized, could construction on the Delta tunnels begin in 2018?

After years of planning, officials have finalized all 97,000 pages of environmental documents to support Gov. Jerry Brown’s controversial plan to build two massive tunnels through the heart of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: State releases report on disputed twin tunnels water plan

It takes a while to get to the point, but an 80,000-page environmental opus released Thursday makes the case that Gov. Jerry Brown’s $15.7 billion twin tunnels project is the best way to fix California’s water woes.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Feds to pour $225 million into water projects around US

The federal government will be pouring nearly a quarter-billion dollars into several dozen projects aimed at tackling the effects of drought in the West and restoring watersheds that provide drinking water to communities around the nation.

Aquafornia news Yuba-Sutter Appeal-Democrat

Sites Reservoir ‘one step closer’ with Prop. 1 regulations

The California Water Commission recently adopted regulations that outline in greater detail the process water storage projects such as Sites Reservoir will have to go through to receive state funding.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Will Trump live up to his infrastructure promises?

Trump or his campaign also mentioned schools, hospitals, pipelines, water treatment plants and the electrical grid as part of a job-creation strategy that would make the U.S. “second to none.”

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Proposed desalination plant in Huntington Beach will test California’s environmental rules

Poseidon Water hopes to help quench Orange County’s thirst, but first the company’s proposed desalination project must slake a thirst of its own. That’s why Poseidon has long eyed a coastal power plant that has, for more than a half-century, sucked up seawater to cool its massive generators. 

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: Everyone is at odds over Gov. Brown’s Delta tunnels plan — here’s a compromise that could stop the fighting

When enemies are in face-to-face combat, they’re often blind to an obvious path to potential compromise. That’s certainly true of water warriors, who have been battling over California’s most valuable and limited resource since statehood. Fights don’t get any more ferocious than over water in this state.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

U.S. dam safety improves but faces evolving risks

All was quiet at the Fehring house before the flood came. It was before dawn on March 14, 2006. The family was asleep, unaware of trouble upstream. The Ka Loko Dam, strained by six weeks of heavy tropical rain, was coming unhinged.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Long-sought flood control projects eased passage of California water bill

Flood control concerns in the Sacramento area and Merced County helped drive a big water bill that won overwhelming congressional approval despite heated conflict over other California provisions.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Project to retrofit one of Bay Area’s largest dams doubles in cost, faces long delays

Reflecting problems at other aging reservoirs, a $200 million project to drain and repair one of the Bay Area’s largest dams to reduce the risk of it collapsing in a major earthquake will double in cost and be delayed by at least two more years.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

After years of drama, farmers score a big win in California water battle

The California water bill now ready for the president’s signature dramatically shifts 25 years of federal policy and culminates a long and fractious campaign born in the drought-stricken San Joaquin Valley.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: A problem ‘too big to ignore’ — how years of congressional wrangling led to a water compromise

Few people expected a California water fight in the final days of a lame-duck Congress, and fewer still expected landmark water legislation to pit the state’s U.S. senators against each other in the last moments of their 24-year partnership.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Early spending proposals from Senate, Assembly Democrats (with audio)

Senate Democrats introduced a $13 billion package of measures that would provide money for street and bridge repair, urban parks, transit systems, trade corridors, water infrastructure and affordable housing.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

House to clear stopgap spending, water projects measures

Also on deck is separate legislation to authorize water projects that has sparked a major battle between environmentalists and agricultural interests over legislation to allow more of California’s limited water resources to flow to Central Valley farmers hurt by the state’s lengthy drought.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: White House voices opposition to California water measures added to big bill

The White House on Tuesday voiced doubts about controversial California water legislation that has already caused an unusually public split between the state’s two Democratic senators.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Boxer, Feinstein in angry split over new California water bill plan

A controversial California water bill that’s sparked years of fighting has been added to a fast-moving measure, boosting the chance the water measures will pass Congress but sharply dividing the state’s U.S. senators.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Last-minute push for California drought legislation creates friction between Feinstein and Boxer

House Republican leaders and California’s senior senator announced Monday a new attempt to pass legislation that would increase water deliveries to San Joaquin Valley agribusiness and Southern California. 

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Boxer slams water bill rider backed by Feinstein

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, teamed up Monday to slip a legislative rider into a giant end-of-year water infrastructure bill that would override endangered species protections for native California fish for the purpose of sending water to San Joaquin Valley farmers.

Aquafornia news San Bernardino Sun

Why the Rialto water district is building a different type of perchlorate-eating plant

Having made environmental clean-up history with a specialized plant that breaks apart perchlorate using bacteria, management at West Valley Water District is now focused on creating another type of plant to attack this harmful water pollutant.

Aquafornia news San Bernardino Sun

Stock sale nets Cadiz Inc. $9 million to move forward with controversial groundwater plan

Cadiz Inc. has raised more than $9 million in a public stock offering held Thursday, said Andy Moore, president of B. Riley & Co., of Los Angeles, which underwrote the offering on the NASDAQ Global Market.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Mega-earthquake on San Andreas fault would damage 3 million homes, cost $289 billion in California, study finds

A sobering new report on California’s seismic vulnerabilities said that up to 3.5 million homes could be damaged if an 8.0 earthquake ruptured on the San Andreas fault.

Aquafornia news Desert Sun

Eagle Mountain hydropower gets boost from NextEra

NextEra Energy Resources is working to build a massive hydropower plant just outside Joshua Tree National Park, bringing the weight of one of the country’s biggest renewable energy companies to a controversial project that critics say would harm wildlife and diminish an underground water supply critical to the park.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California voters reject threat to governor’s megaprojects

California voters narrowly voted to reject a ballot initiative that could have threatened two of Gov. Jerry Brown’s megaprojects, the latest results showed Tuesday.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Voters narrowly reject Proposition 53 and future votes on big infrastructure projects

Proposition 53, an effort that sought to force statewide votes to fund a major water project and the future of high-speed rail, failed in a late count of ballots Tuesday.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Proposition 53 to restrict bonds for Delta tunnels fails

California voters have rejected Proposition 53, a November measure to limit the state’s use of revenue bonds to pay for large public works projects that could have undermined Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed twin water tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Aquafornia news Capitol Weekly

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Delta tunnels — A steady trickle of progress

California Water Fix faces one less obstacle, following voters’ rejection of Proposition 53, which would have required a statewide vote for any state project financed by more than $2 billion in revenue bonds. It’s unclear how a Donald Trump presidency will impact the twin tunnels. 

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Is Sites Reservoir a savior for the Sacramento Valley – or a Delta tunnels project in disguise?

An hour north of Sacramento, in a ghost town tucked into a remote mountain valley, California is poised to build a massive new reservoir – a water project of a size that hasn’t been undertaken since Jerry Brown’s first stint as governor in the 1970s. Sites Reservoir, all $4.4 billion of it, represents an about-face in a state where drought has become the norm and water users are told to scrimp and save.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Cortopassi not about to give up on Proposition 53

Stockton native Dino Cortopassi refused to concede on Wednesday, holding onto hope that vote-by-mail and provisional ballots will give his Proposition 53 a comeback win.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: California measure on state mega-projects trailing slightly

A California ballot measure on funding state mega-projects that Gov. Jerry Brown had thrown his time and campaign money into defeating was trailing — but barely — in the vote count early Wednesday.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Cortopassi measure behind by slim margin

Proposition 53, the brainchild of Stockton agricultural icon Dean Cortopassi, was trailing early Wednesday morning, the closest of all the propositions on the ballot.

Aquafornia news Politico

Gov. Brown presses hard to stop Proposition 53 as supporter cries foul

Gov. Jerry Brown has been appearing on the air and on the campaign trail all over California to defeat one of the state’s most hotly contested ballot measures — Proposition 53. It would require voter approval on expensive infrastructure projects that are considered linchpins in Brown’s legacy, including high-speed rail and the Delta water tunnels, a plan to divert water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to Southern California.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Reservoir expansion could store water for millions in Bay Area

Millions of Bay Area residents could get extra drought insurance against water shortages and quality problems from a proposed $800 million expansion of the Los Vaqueros Reservoir that may have up to 10 water suppliers as partners.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Cortopassi’s race nears finish line as showdown with Gov. Brown draws big bucks

Under certain circumstances, Proposition 53 would require a public vote on very expensive bond-funded projects — including, potentially, high-speed rail and the Delta tunnels.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Gov. Jerry Brown slams Prop 53, omits analysis on mega-project measure (with video/audio)

Gov. Jerry Brown is no fan of California’s Proposition 53. The measure would require the state to place a public works project of $2 billion or more up for a statewide vote before using revenue bonds to pay for it.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

This man is bankrolling a California ballot measure to force voter approval on big bonds

[Dean] Cortopassi insists that no particular public works project inspired Proposition 53 but admits he thinks two particular proposals should have a statewide vote if they end up relying on big revenue bonds: California’s plans to build a high-speed train system and the sweeping proposal to build twin underground tunnels to transport water through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta region.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California farmer’s measure takes on Jerry Brown’s legacy

Wealthy farmer Dino Cortopassi has a lot in common with Gov. Jerry Brown. Both are in their late 70s. … And both have a lot riding on Proposition 53, which would force state leaders to get voters’ approval before undertaking massive state building projects needing $2 billion or more in revenue bonds.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Governor’s ads pan measure requiring vote on big projects

A nonpartisan state analysis has said [Gov. Jerry] Brown’s proposals to spend $15.7 billion to build two giant tunnels to help haul water across the state and $64 billion on a high-speed rail system are the two projects that would most likely be affected.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Sites Reservoir has a new website, logo and more than enough investors

Last week, folks who are in the inner circle of the plans for Sites Reservoir held a get-together in Maxwell to show off the group’s new office and new logo. Also new is a website, that talks about all things Sites Reservoir — a construction schedule, facts sheets and a list of interested participants (see sidebar).

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Secretary of Interior urges approval for Klamath dams removal

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell penned a letter this week to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission urging it to approve a plan to remove four dams from the Klamath River to protect the interests of fish and farmers.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Interior Department supports Klamath Dam removal

Four dams on the Klamath River in California and Oregon are a step closer to being taken down. In an October 17 letter to federal dam regulators, the Department of the Interior signaled its approval of a multi-party agreement that would result in dismantling the Copco No. 1, Copco No. 2, Iron Gate, and J.C. Boyle dams, which stand along a 30-mile stretch of the Klamath.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Jerry Brown, allies spend millions to kill measure that could doom high speed rail, Delta tunnels projects

With less than three weeks until Election Day, Gov. Jerry Brown and his political allies are suddenly pumping money into the campaign to defeat Proposition 53, a previously low-profile measure that could be the death knell of Brown’s high-speed rail and Delta tunnels projects.

Aquafornia news Center for American Progress

Aging dams and clogged rivers: an infrastructure plan for America’s waterways

U.S. infrastructure is in bad shape. … A new report from the American Society of Civil Engineers, or ASCE, quantifies how the United States’ chronic underinvestment in infrastructure—spending only half of what is needed—has created an investment gap that affects the economy, safety, jobs, communities, and health. 

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Proposition 53 aims to give voters say on big projects (with audio)

The measure is about revenue bonds, but its outcome at the polls could throw a roadblock in front of the state’s plans to build a high-speed rail system or its biggest water project in decades. 

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Prop 53 would give California voters bigger say on mega-projects

A proposition that a prosperous farmer brought to the California ballot would threaten two ambitious water and rail projects that Gov. Jerry Brown is pushing, requiring voters’ OK before launching any state building project requiring $2 billion or more in revenue bonds.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Energy storage is saving water utilities money and easing grid demand

A new frontier in the energy-water nexus is being forged in Southern California. Teaming up with Advanced Microgrid Solutions, Irvine Ranch Water District will be using an energy storage system to reduce its costs and help ease demand on the grid during peak hours.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Deal reached to keep US government running, help Flint

The Flint measure, set for a vote Wednesday as an amendment to a separate water projects bill, would authorize $170 million to help Flint and other cities with water emergencies.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

California projects fill water resources bill

Flood control efforts in California’s Central Valley get a boost in sprawling water legislation that reaches the House floor Tuesday. 

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Why it matters — Infrastructure

Politicians generally agree the nation’s infrastructure is in need of improvement. … To hear either candidate talk, a staggering amount of money is going to be spent on infrastructure – if Congress goes along.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Study: Delta tunnel plan would require federal funding (with audio)

California Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to build two tunnels to carry water across the state is only economically feasible if the federal government pays for nearly a third of it, according to a previously unreleased economic analysis.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

California water tunnels would need US funding, analyst says

Giant tunnels that Gov. Jerry Brown wants to build to haul water across California are economically feasible only if the federal government bears a third of the nearly $16 billion cost because local water districts may not benefit as expected, according to an analysis that the state commissioned last year but never released.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Senate boosts bill for water projects, $220 million for Flint

The Senate voted to move forward Monday on a $10 billion water projects bill that includes $220 million in emergency funding for Flint, Michigan, and other communities beset by lead-contaminated water.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

With nod to Flint crisis, Senate weighs a $9 billion water infrastructure bill

With senators in a standoff over annual spending bills, the chamber is expected as soon as Wednesday to take up a bipartisan, $9 billion measure that would authorize spending on the nation’s water infrastructure.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Benbow Dam demolition on schedule

The demolition of the Benbow Dam — the second largest such undertaking in state history — is on schedule and is set to be completed by October, according to California State Parks Engineering Geologist Patrick Vaughan.

Aquafornia news Orange County Register

Does California’s environmental protection law impede development? Five things to know about CEQA

In a competing study, a pro-environmental group pushed back at the notion that CEQA is impeding growth and driving up home prices. … Californians have been skirmishing over CEQA reform for over a decade.

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One Hundred Year Flood

Risk Assessment, Not a Timeline

Contrary to popular belief, “100-Year Flood” does not refer to a flood that happens every century. Rather, the term describes the statistical chance of a flood of a certain magnitude (or greater) taking place once in 100 years. It is also accurate to say a so-called “100-Year Flood” has a 1 percent chance of occurring in a given year, and those living in a 100-year floodplain have, each year, a 1 percent chance of being flooded.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Q&A: What you need to know about California’s $17 billion water project

Water, or the lack of it, has emerged as one of the greatest sources of stress for California, its people and its native species. … But state officials have proposed a solution – a massive hydroengineering project dubbed California WaterFix. Its two giant tunnels will divert water from the Sacramento River toward Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and farms in the San Joaquin Valley.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Italy and California share earthquake risks, although geology differs

In the Bay Area, more than $22 billion in infrastructure upgrades since Loma Prieta have built a metropolitan area that is far safer and far more resilient than before. Major water pipes are now designed to bend, not break.

Aquafornia news Eureka Times-Standard

Klamath River dam removal plan delayed

A plan to remove four Klamath River dams to improve water quality and habitat for fish and river communities will likely be submitted to the federal government in September, according to plan proponents.

Western Water Excerpt Gary Pitzer Jennifer Bowles

Outdated Dams: When Removal Becomes an Option
Summer 2016

Mired in drought, expectations are high that new storage funded by Prop. 1 will be constructed to help California weather the adverse conditions and keep water flowing to homes and farms.

At the same time, there are some dams in the state eyed for removal because they are obsolete – choked by accumulated sediment, seismically vulnerable and out of compliance with federal regulations that require environmental balance.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: New questions over California water project

Critics and a state lawmaker say they want more explanations on who’s paying for a proposed $16 billion water project backed by Gov. Jerry Brown, after a leading California water district said Brown’s administration was offering government funding to finish the planning for the two giant water tunnels.

Aquafornia news The Orange County Register

CEQA doesn’t stunt economic growth, study says

The study, sponsored by Oakland-based Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment, found there’s no evidence that the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA, has a retarding effect on the state’s economic prospertity.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Legislators approve audit of Gov. Jerry Brown’s water tunnel plan

The political conflict over Gov. Jerry Brown’s high-priority plan to place twin water tunnels beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta moved to a new venue Wednesday.

Aquafornia news Bloomberg BNA

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Water bill may navigate 2016 congressional rapids

If a Water Resources Development Act of 2016 is passed by Congress this year, it will be accompanied by sighs of relief at seeing the infrastructure legislation successfully get back on a two-year schedule.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

California unveils environmental blueprint for Delta tunnels

California officials Tuesday released a detailed environmental blueprint for Gov. Jerry Brown’s controversial Delta tunnels project, saying the $15.5 billion plan “minimizes potential effects” on endangered fish species whose populations have dwindled following decades of water pumping.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Federal, state leaders pitch for California water tunnels

Representatives of California Gov. Jerry Brown and the Obama administration began making their pitch for approval Tuesday to build a pair of massive water tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Dissent brews over governor’s $16 billion water project

By the time the Sacramento River winds its more-than-400-mile course from the slopes of Mount Shasta past the state capital, it’s well into its leisurely stride, running slowly by fields of sweet corn, tomatoes and alfalfa. But this lazy stretch of river, just south of Sacramento, is a metaphorical whitewater.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Remedy, or boondoggle? Hearings launch on Delta tunnels proposal

Marking the first full-scale public examination of the [California WaterFix] proposal, the hearings before the State Water Resources Control Board are focused on a comparatively narrow issue: whether California’s giant water-delivery projects should be allowed to carve three new intake points in the north Delta to pull water from the Sacramento River and feed into the proposed tunnels.

Aquafornia news KQED

About that $17 billion water project: Delta Tunnels 101

This week, Governor Jerry Brown’s controversial water project is back in the public eye. State officials are launching a marathon series of hearings for the “twin tunnels,” as they’re known, that will ultimately decide the fate of the project.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego accelerates water recycling

San Diego is accelerating construction of its landmark water recycling system and making other changes that will save money, benefit the environment and make pipeline construction less disruptive. 

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Will the Delta tunnels get built? Plan enters critical make-or-break phase

Still swirling in controversy, Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed $15.5 billion re-engineering of the troubled Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is heading into a critical phase over the next year that could well decide if the project comes to fruition. Crunch time starts Tuesday.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Sites Reservoir likely years down the road

Plans to build the Sites Reservoir have been in the works since 1957, and if it is eventually approved, work on the project probably would not be complete for another 10 to 12 years, according to Jim Watson, the Sites Reservoir Project general manager.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Court ruling could boost cost of California water project

The California Supreme Court is set to issue a ruling Thursday that could add millions of dollars to the cost of the governor’s $15.7 billion plan to build two giant water tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Sewage spill in Los Angeles grows to 2.4 million gallons, prompting bans on swimming in Seal Beach and Long Beach

A damaged sewage line spilled a total of about 2.4 million gallons of untreated waste into the Los Angeles River and has forced the closure of all beaches in Long Beach and Seal Beach, officials said Tuesday.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Why this is the perfect time to invest in infrastructure, and why it probably won’t happen

Boken water mains, creaking subway systems, tens of thousands of rickety bridges and countless miles of shoddy, traffic-clogged roads. America’s infrastructure is crumbling.

Aquafornia news San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Why Los Angeles County wants to risk an endangered bird to clean Devil’s Gate Dam

The Los Angeles County Flood Control District needs permission from a state environmental agency to destroy an endangered bird and its habitat in order to remove 2.4 million cubic yards of sediment from behind Devil’s Gate Dam.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

The ‘Holy Grail’ for earthquake scientists has been accidentally destroyed

For nearly half a century, thousands trekked to Rose and Prospect streets to behold a slice of sidewalk that, by conventional standards, had no curb appeal.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: San Joaquin Valley groups, feds seek funds to build Temperance Flat dam

A coalition of local elected officials, water districts, tribal members and the federal government will gather Friday to launch the application process to help build Temperance Flat Dam and Reservoir project.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

$250 million plan to treat drinking water approved

The Coachella Valley Water District has approved a plan to start building treatment plants to remove the potentially hazardous heavy metal chromium-6 from drinking water. … But the district’s managers have also questioned the science behind the regulation and have said they will consider joining a lawsuit to challenge the state’s limit.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Ballot measure threatens bullet train, Delta tunnels

Two of Gov. Jerry Brown’s favorite projects — building a high-speed rail system and a pair of massive tunnels under the Delta — face a serious threat if California voters pass a measure heading for the November ballot.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Analysis finds higher flood risk from dam in Los Angeles County

The Army Corps of Engineers has raised its estimation of flood risk from the Whittier Narrows Dam in eastern Los Angeles County.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Historic dam removal project celebrated in Carmel Valley

About 100 people, from stakeholders and supporters to dignitaries and politicians, came out to the former site of the San Clemente Dam on Monday to celebrate the removal of the dam and Carmel River Reroute Project.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Old irrigation pipe under freeway cause of Interstate 5 sinkhole

A deteriorating abandoned irrigation pipe below the pavement of Interstate 5 is being blamed for a sinkhole that has detoured motorists near Tracy this week.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Fight over LGBT rights scuttles energy spending bill

A $37 billion bill to fund the Energy Department and water projects has crashed in the House, scuttled by a fight over LGBT rights.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

America’s vanishing West: California losing most land to development

The natural landscape of the American West is gradually disappearing under a relentless march of new subdivisions, roads, oil and gas production, agricultural operations and other human development, according to a detailed mapping study released Tuesday.

Aquafornia news San Bernardino County Sun

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Drought, water department delay threaten endangered Santa Ana sucker fish

Unless the Santa Ana sucker is returned to a healthy population, water agencies planning for the needs of more than 600,000 people between Yucaipa and Rialto will not be able to rapidly move ahead with needed water recapture projects and wastewater recycling plants like the proposed $128 million Sterling Natural Resource Center in Highland, which officials say will create 1,400 jobs.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California quake warning system could start sending public alerts by 2018

In a major reversal, Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking state funds for a fledgling earthquake early warning system for California, which would allow for a limited rollout of alerts by 2018.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

San Francisco proposes $8 million to find a fix for quake-vulnerable sea wall

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has proposed spending $8 million to find a solution to the earthquake-vulnerable sea wall that holds up the city’s famed Embarcadero waterfront.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

San Andreas fault ‘locked, loaded and ready to roll’ with big earthquake, expert says

Southern California’s section of the San Andreas fault is “locked, loaded and ready to roll,” a leading earthquake scientist said Wednesday at the National Earthquake Conference in Long Beach. … Other areas of focus have included strengthening Los Angeles’ vulnerable aqueduct systems and its telecommunications networks.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Mining residue in Gold Rush town of Jackson remains a threat

In the Gold Rush-era foothills community of Jackson, the worst-case scenario painted by the Environmental Protection Agency last year about a 100-year-old dam there held a chilling warning.

Aquafornia news Desert Sun

Joshua Tree can’t stop Eagle Mountain hydropower plant

Joshua Tree National Park is working to annex more than 25,000 acres of important wildlife habitat to protect it from potential development, even as it appears increasingly likely those lands will surround a massive hydropower plant.

Aquafornia news Voice of San Diego

After a rush to build costly water treatment plants, they’re now sitting unused

Over a decade ago, Southern California water officials rushed to build or expand treatment plants so they could keep up with the demand for drinkable water. That cost hundreds of millions of dollars.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Butte County supervisors back Proposition 1 funding for Sites Reservoir

Despite some reservations, the Butte County Board of Supervisors unanimously backed a conditional letter of support for the Sites Reservoir project. The letter, to be sent to the California Water Commission and the Sites Joint Powers Authority, called for using Proposition 1 money to further investigate the off-stream project west of the Sacramento River in Colusa and Glenn counties.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: California water board denies bias claims in Delta tunnels dispute

Two members of the state board that will play a crucial role in the fate of Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to build two giant tunnels through the heart of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta rebuffed demands from a south state water agency that they disqualify themselves from upcoming hearings on the issue.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Blog: Klamath Dam removal could boost water supplies

It doesn’t seem possible that removing four dams could actually improve water supplies. But that is one potential result of the recently approved deal to remove dams on the Klamath River. The agreement, announced on April 6 by the U.S. Department of Interior, will likely become the largest dam removal project ever undertaken in the United States. 

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

Moraga sinkhole: Gov. Brown declares state of emergency response to storm-related damage

Gov. Jerry Brown issued a state of emergency Tuesday for 11 counties, including Contra Costa where Moraga will be able to fix their gaping El Niño-induced sinkhole.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Federal government to probe state spending on Delta tunnels

The Interior Department’s inspector general has opened an investigation into possible funding irregularities involving the proposed delta tunnels, a $15 billion plan to dig giant twin pipes to siphon water directly from the Sacramento River and send it underground to farms and cities in the southern part of the state.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Temecula Valley: Vail Dam may fail in large earthquake

The Rancho California Water District is looking into the feasibility of building a new dam at Vail Lake to augment the existing structure, a 68-year-old mass of concrete that has been deemed “deficient” by a state agency.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

States, federal agencies will seek removal of Klamath dams

Oregon, California, the federal government and others have agreed to go forward with a plan to remove four hydroelectric dams in the Pacific Northwest without approval from a reluctant Congress, a spokesman for dam owner PacifiCorp said Monday.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Gov. Brown’s $17 billion Delta tunnels plan faces new hurdle — a leading taxpayers organization

In a development that casts significant doubt on whether Silicon Valley’s largest water district will help pay for Gov. Jerry Brown’s $17 billion Delta tunnels plan, a majority of Santa Clara Valley Water District board members now say they want to put the issue to a public vote.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California Water Alliance ballot measure that could have derailed the bullet train project is put on hold

California’s bullet train dodged a major threat Friday as critics delayed a proposed ballot measure that would have taken $8 billion in high-speed rail bonds and reallocated them for water projects.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Proponents put brakes on California proposal to divert high-speed rail money

Proponents of a proposed initiative to divert high-speed rail funding to water projects said Friday that they are pulling their petitions from the street and instead will pursue a place on the 2018 ballot.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

White House water summit focuses on climate threat

The White House held its first national water summit on Tuesday, seeking to put a greater focus on water challenges ranging from climate change to the old, leaky pipes that waste billions of gallons across the country every day.

Aquafornia news Brookings Institution

A surefire strategy to improve water infrastructure in Flint and beyond

As Flint’s water crisis continues to reverberate nationally, policymakers have turned their attention to the fundamental infrastructure challenges at hand. From Los Angeles to New York, many regions are not only contending with aging, overburdened water facilities—including areas with lead pipes similar to Flint—but are also confronting an enormous backlog of costs, severe financial constraints, and difficulty in coordinating action across thousands of individual community water systems.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Things to know about California’s giant twin tunnels project

California is proposing its most ambitious water project in a half-century.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Decision time for California governor’s big water project

Promoted by Gov. Jerry Brown, the $15.7 billion project would run giant twin pipes, each four stories high, underground for 35 miles and eventually pull thousands of gallons of water a second from the stretch along the Sacramento River where [Russell] van Loben Sels farms to cities and farms to the south.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

State highway collapses, hillside crumbles from Northern California storms

Days of rain caused a hillside to collapse and part of a state highway through Trinity County to crumble and wash away this week, cutting off a main pass for locals, Caltrans officials said.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco selling off spare parts for emergency water system

San Francisco is having a fire sale on spare parts for the city’s 100-year-old emergency water supply system — the network of high-pressure pipes and hydrants designed to help firefighting efforts should city water mains fail in a major earthquake.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Bond jitters spread after Westlands investigation

Jitters over a federal investigation of Westlands Water District bled over into the proposed delta tunnel project Thursday as a bond rating agency placed a negative watch on a $29.8-million bond helping to fund the controversial water diversion plan.

Aquafornia news NPR

National parks have a long to-do list but can’t cover the repair costs (with audio)

Today, the total backlog of needed maintenance at U.S. national parks is $11.9 billion. … Grand Canyon National Park needs $330 million, due largely to outstanding wastewater and water system upgrades.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Critics of Calif. revenue bond initiative warn of unintended consequences

The initiative, sponsored by wealthy Stockton-area farmer Dean Cortopassi, is widely seen as an attempt to derail the Brown Administration’s Delta Tunnel project, which would be funded by revenue bonds.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

California bond vote measure takes a beating

Democratic legislators and officials, business and labor representatives, and water suppliers took turns Wednesday flailing a November ballot measure that would require voter approval of major state revenue bond issues.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Failure of key water pipeline into Silicon Valley may have exposed wider problems

Like a car owner whose transmission unexpectedly breaks down and results in a huge bill, Silicon Valley’s largest water provider will have to spend at least $20 million to drain, test and repair a critical water pipeline that failed last summer and may have more hidden problems.

Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

‘Murky’ rail measure could hurt Sites

At first glance, a proposed initiative to reallocate bond funds from the controversial high-speed rail project to fund water storage projects seems tailor-made for Northern Californian water leaders who have been pushing for such projects, particularly Sites Reservoir, for decades.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: San Joaquin Valley farmers, others come out against rail-water initiative

A group of central San Joaquin Valley agriculture, government and Latino leaders is raising an alarm about a proposed ballot initiative to take money away from high-speed rail and use it instead for water-storage projects in California.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Fact check: Gavin Newsom stretches impact of bond initiative

The immediate effect of the measure is the impact it could have on Gov. Jerry Brown’s $15.5 billion plan to build two tunnels to divert water southward under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Global list of water-related conflicts grows

Violent conflicts over water have been flaring in places from Yemen to Peru, and an updated global list shows a sharp rise in the number of water-related clashes reported over the past three decades.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Proposal would shift bullet train funding for use on new water projects

The state’s powerful agriculture industry and its political allies are gathering signatures for a November ballot initiative that would grab bond money earmarked for California’s bullet train and use it instead for new water projects.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Quake early warning system for California is delayed by fight over who will pay

When a magnitude 6.0 earthquake hit Napa in 2014, an earthquake alert system gave researchers in San Francisco about eight seconds of warning before the shaking began.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Quake early warning system gets $3.6 million, but it’s still a long way from goal

With officials still struggling to find money to create an earthquake early warning system for the West Coast, a private foundation, Intel Corp. and an arm of Inc. said they will pitch in money or other support, officials said at a White House summit Tuesday.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

State regulators consider Delta tunnels plan

Opponents and supporters were at a California Water Resources Control Board meeting Thursday.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: California starts decisive year on governor’s water tunnels

State regulators launched Thursday into a year of pivotal decisions on Gov. Jerry Brown’s quest to build two giant tunnels to ferry water from Northern California for Central and Southern California, a $17-billion project that would be one of the largest in decades in the state.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: EPA announces $182 million for California water projects

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials were in Carlsbad on Wednesday to announce more than $182 million in federal funding that will be funneled to drinking water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout California.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Siskiyou residents debate Klamath River dams

The debate about whether four Klamath River dams should be removed raged on Tuesday evening.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Lead pipes lurk in older neighborhoods across the nation

Lead pipes like the ones that led to contamination of the tap water in Flint, Michigan, carry water into millions of older homes across the U.S. every day, a legacy of an era before scientists realized the severe long-term health consequences of exposure to the heavy metal.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Obama says budget includes more money for water systems

The federal government is investing more money this year to help local governments improve their water systems, and about $80 million will go to Michigan next week, President Barack Obama told the nation’s mayors on Thursday.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Cofferdam leak at Folsom Lake spillway project stabilized

A temporary cofferdam that kept crews and construction areas dry during the construction of a new spillway at Folsom Dam began leaking Wednesday, forcing crews to evacuate.