Federal wildlife agencies gave the controversial Delta tunnels a partial approval on Monday, announcing that the $17 billion project to replumb the dying estuary will not jeopardize threatened and endangered fish.
Homeowners along the Kings River forced to evacuated by rising water cannot return yet, but the river is receding and it’s possible they can go back soon. … Army Corps of Engineers data show 12,700 cubic feet per second of water was being released down the spillway of Pine Flat Dam at 2 p.m. Monday, down from a peak of 14,950 cubic feet per second Friday afternoon.
That musty stench in your sink this week may be coming from Los Angeles drinking water across the San Fernando Valley. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power attributes “an earthy or musty odor” in tap water that has been the subject of complaints this week by Valley customers to a harmless algae bloom caused by downpours in the Owens Valley.
Santa Rosa officials working to boost the city’s backup water supply have tapped into deep fears among residents of a Rincon Valley neighborhood that the installation of an emergency well near their homes might threaten their own water supplies.
The Soquel Creek Water District has not yet settled on a future project to provide its customers with a supplementary water supply source, but it is taking strides toward its investigation of water projects.
Hollywood types usually drink bottled water originating from natural springs, exotic islands or, in the case of Perrier, a remote village in the south of France. At noon on Wednesday, as part of a free bottled water giveaway on Hollywood Boulevard, they’ll have a chance to become the first in the world to chug purified wastewater sourced from home toilets, showers and sinks supplied by the Orange County Water District.
The transformation of the western United States by irrigation offers hope for developing countries looking for models to improve their irrigation system for food security or agricultural prosperity. The transformation of the American West from barren desert and low value grazing into one of the largest agriculture areas in the United States would be impossible without irrigation.
As Western states grapple with the best way to allocate dwindling water resources to meet multiple needs, water markets have emerged as one tool. But the idea is not without critics, such as Gary Wockner, who wrote a recent op-ed for Water Deeply about his skepticism that water markets will protect Western rivers. … I [University of Colorado law professor Mark Squillace] see things differently.
With its vast ocean views and wealth of vacation rentals, the Irish Beach subdivision on the southern Mendocino Coast seems a perfect getaway for those seeking peace and solitude far from madding tourist crowds. But the former sheep ranch, purchased by lumberman and developer Bill Moores Sr. in the early 1960s and split into some 450 parcels, also is embroiled in a yearslong legal battle between some of Moores’ descendants and the public water system he established in 1967 to slake the subdivision’s thirst.
Despite drought-related increases in cancer-causing compounds, tap water for 1.4 million East Bay residents is safe to drink, state regulators said Wednesday. … State drinking water officials agreed with EBMUD that the water is safe to drink.
It’s expected to cost area agri-businesses about $1 million to provide bottled water to lower-income Salinas Valley residents whose water supply has been contaminated by nitrates in the first year of a pilot program.
Cancer-causing compounds in East Bay drinking water have increased sharply over the past several years, and water in some areas is close to violating a federal public health standard, the East Bay Municipal Utility District reported Tuesday.
The California National Guard on Monday joined more than a dozen other agencies to help the Yurok tribe combat rampant marijuana grows that have threatened the reservation’s water supply, harmed its salmon and interfered with cultural ceremonies. …
The breakthrough came in April when governor’s office staff was discussing the drought with tribal officials.
The plan won’t help with the immediate drought crisis, but the document is important in the long run because it states the county’s case for a share of state bond money – not only what’s left of voter-approved Proposition 84, but also whatever funds are available should a new water bond pass in November.
From the H2outlook blog, in a post by Metropolitan Water District of Southern California General Manager Jeffrey Kightlinger:
The state/federal effort to improve the reliability of water supplies from Northern California and restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is now in its seventh year, a testament to the time and hard work necessary to come up with a lasting solution. From the outside, it may be difficult to gauge progress of the Bay Delta Conservation Program at any given time.
“Stockton could wind up as one of thousands of cities, irrigation districts or landowners to be subjected to what are called ‘curtailments’ for the whole summer. Essentially, they are orders to stop pumping water due to the drought.”