Reclamation has selected five ideas as potential solutions for the Detection of Movement of Soils within Earthen Dams, Canals and Levees prize competition. Ted Grygar of San Diego, California, and David Orlebeke of Ridgecrest, California, were selected as having the two top ideas. Each received $6,250.
Just months after Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to shore up California’s water system with two giant tunnels won key approval from regulators, the $17 billion project is running into potential financial problems.
Westlands Water District, whose board of directors is scheduled to vote Tuesday on whether to help pay for the tunnels, says it needs to spread the costs among a greater number of water districts, both north and south of the Delta, to make the project affordable to the Fresno and Kings county farmers who get water from Westlands.
In announcing its opposition Monday night, the Golden Gate Audubon Society said the proposed ballpark near Laney College threatens to degrade nearby Lake Merritt and a channel connecting to the Oakland estuary with contaminants, trash, loud noise and bright lights.
Immigration and housing dominated the headlines from Sacramento this year. But with little fanfare, state lawmakers working with Gov. Jerry Brown also approved a sweeping measure to provide $4.1 billion in new funding for parks and water projects — everything from building Bay Area hiking trails to expanding Lake Tahoe beaches to constructing new inner city parks in Los Angeles.
When you’re facing a “once in a lifetime” mudslide, it’s not a bad idea to hire a contractor who can call on two lifetimes’ worth of experience in road-building. The mudslide is the enormous Mud Creek Slide on Highway 1.
Over the next several weeks, water districts flung across hundreds of miles of California — from the sprawling almond orchards of the San Joaquin Valley, to the second biggest city in the nation in Los Angeles — will give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down to Gov. Jerry Brown’s Delta tunnels.
The governor has speeded up efforts to secure financing for his $17.1 billion delta tunnel dream. Water agencies should tell the governor they won’t vote to commit their ratepayers to pay for this ill-conceived plan.
Some of the state’s biggest water districts are about to make their opening moves in a financial chess game that ultimately could saddle the Southland with much of the bill for re-engineering the failing heart of California’s water system.
The north state assemblyman who represents Oroville, where the threat of a dam collapse in February forced 188,000 downstream residents to evacuate, is racing to tighten inspection standards before the end of the legislative session Friday night.
Calls for the restoration of a 41-year-old patriotic mural in Corona’s Prado Dam received unanimous support Tuesday from the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. … The display, situated inside the flood control channel for the Santa Ana River, was painted in May 1976 to celebrate America’s 200th birthday.
Several county residents say fencing installed by Nevada Irrigation District at Scotts Flat Lake is blocking their only easy access to the other side of the reservoir and nearby trails. … The fence was installed due to “increased public safety concerns in and around the spillway,” NID said in an Aug. 16 news release.
State lawmakers responsible for the safety of residents downstream from Lake Oroville applaud the Department of Water Resources reconstruction to the dam’s damaged primary and emergency spillways, but the lawmakers still want answers and accountability for the cause of February’s near-catastrophe.
Three years ago, I [California Natural Resources Agency Secretary John Laird] was pleased to join San Diego leaders at a ceremony dedicating the San Vicente Dam Raise, a $416 million project that marked the single largest increase in water storage in San Diego County history.
The clock is ticking as the Brown administration presses public water agencies to make a final decision on whether to fund the proposed California “WaterFix” project, a plan to construct two 40-foot diameter, 35-mile long tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
A series of water main breaks caused major problems in Mission Valley Thursday, where a geyser shot high into the air along Interstate 8, opened a large sinkhole and forced the closure of all four eastbound traffic lanes.