A local emergency has been declared by Fresno County officials because of a weakened levee operated by Tranquillity Irrigation District and the continued high flows into local waterways from reservoir releases.
Those who have been keeping an eye on the numbers at Don Pedro Reservoir the last couple of days might have noticed something that seems troubling: since officials opened a spillway to release water, the level actually has been rising.
For 12 years, Mark Johnson worked as the Coachella Valley Water District’s director of engineering, overseeing projects such as the construction of a water pipeline, adding concrete lining to a canal and completing a $44-million facility where water from the Colorado River pours into ponds to recharge the aquifer.
A process that began more than a year ago with a scathing audit of Central Basin Municipal Water District directors culminated Wednesday in the election of three water professionals as new board directors. But just getting to the counting of the 30 ballots from the water utilities that purchase water from the district meant overcoming some obstacles.
As Soquel Creek Water District works its way through an environmental study on creating a new backup water supply source, Soquel customers are protesting a potential residential treatment plant location.
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.
One of the experts in this emerging field of study is Martin Ralph of the University of California, San Diego, who is fast unraveling the mysteries of atmospheric rivers. I [Tom Philp] was one of about 2,000 water industry officials who attended his presentation a few months back at an Association of California Water Agencies conference.
San Francisco’s famously pure High Sierra water is about to be served with a twist. Starting next month, city water officials will begin adding local groundwater to the Yosemite supplies that have satiated the area’s thirst since the 1930s and made the clean, crisp water here the envy of the nation.
A roaring waterfall is pouring over Santa Clara County’s Anderson Reservoir for the first time in 11 years. … Flooding along Coyote Creek is expected on Tuesday as the reservoir continues to spill over.
Last week I [Kirsten James] was a guest on an “inspection” trip of the Colorado River Aqueduct, the engineering marvel that delivers up to 1 billion gallons (3.8 billion liters) of water daily to Southern California from the Colorado River hundreds of miles to the east. Organized by the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California, these inspections are a relic of an old piece of administrative code.
Having dammed almost all major rivers in California and many tributaries and creeks, we have constructed entire cities in what a century or 150 years ago was swamp, and made islands of rocks piled on peat. And then the bill comes due.
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.