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Our one-year Water Leaders program gets you out of the office and into the field – whether it’s on one of our water tours to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta or the lower Colorado River, or meeting with your assigned mentor. Mentors play an important role in the program as they conduct a shadow day with class members and help to shape ideas for the class project on a key water topic.
A ballot measure that would give San Francisco the money to start rebuilding the Embarcadero seawall was approved by voters Tuesday by a comfortable margin. Proposition A, which needed a two-thirds vote to pass, had nearly 82 percent support, with 206,446 ballots tabulated.
A second bid to force a public buyout of California American Water’s Monterey district water system took a sizable early lead in Tuesday night’s returns from Monterey County elections. The public takeover ballot initiative had captured 55 percent of the 25,000 votes counted by late Tuesday night.
Challenger Angelo Spandrio and incumbent Mary Bergen are vying for a seat on the Casitas Municipal Water District. … In the race for Division 4, the drought and shrinking water supply have been the focus and those issues have generated more than usual attention to campaigns.
Early results Tuesday showed the challengers in the lead in the San Lorenzo Valley Water District race, based on absentee voting. A slate of three challengers sought to unseat three incumbents in the San Lorenzo Valley Water District, though the ballot listed the six names in random order.
Correlation is not the same as causation. But it can be fun to play with correlation, especially when causation starts to grow cloudy. As the deadline nears for entry in the Union-Tribune’s 17th annual Precipitation Prediction Contest, here’s some correlation to chew on, if you haven’t already entered:
“A cooling trend is expected through much of the upcoming week, with temperatures remaining near seasonal averages through next weekend,” states the weather service. As for precipitation, there doesn’t appear to be any in sight for the foreseeable future.
You’ve heard of turning swords into plowshares. How about turning soldiers into farmers? Private groups and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have launched programs intended to recruit former service members into the agricultural ranks. One private group, the Farmer Veteran Coalition, is based in Davis
Voters in Washoe County appeared to reject WC-1, the countywide measure to fund flood control projects along the Truckee River. With 58 percent of votes counted, the measure was losing 32 percent to 68 percent.
This week on Sea Change Radio, we focus on two people doing what they can to protect endangered species around the globe. First, we speak to Brooke Bessesen, an author and wildlife researcher whose new book about a small, rare type of porpoise in the Sea of Cortez called the vaquita is facing possible extinction.
For more than 50 years, fees on offshore oil and gas drilling have provided billions of dollars for the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund to protect redwood forests, Joshua trees, beaches, mountains, parks, trails and other natural treasures in California — and similar assets around the nation. But the fund’s authorization expired at the end of September, and Congress left for its autumn recess without renewing it.
Few political issues have been more contentious in the West than water. A century ago, politicians like Delph Carpenter, an attorney who helped write and promote the Colorado River Compact, openly waged political war against California, declaring it Colorado’s “greatest water enemy.”
Octavia Patno and her mom, a federal hydraulic engineer, stood on a narrow walkway at the base of Glen Canyon Dam Monday morning, their heads covered with hard hats. The Colorado River flowed below. Red-rock canyon walls towered above. The dam’s hydropower turbines hummed.
Voters across the Central Valley have been flooded with water initiatives this election season. President Trump’s Western Water Memo sought to “ease regulatory burdens” that he says keeps water out of Valley farms, while Proposition 3 will appropriate billions of dollars to Valley water projects.
A trial date has been set to hear several lawsuits against the state Department of Water Resources over the Oroville Dam crisis. The court scheduled the trial for June 1, 2020 during the second case management conference Friday in the Sacramento County Superior Court.
The 2018 water year in the Klamath Basin was as wild as a rollercoaster ride by some accounts, with a collective sigh of relief coming at the end of the season by many in the Ag community. While water orders continue through November for Tulelake Irrigation District, water in the Klamath Project was turned off on Oct. 15, bringing possibly the most disruptive water year since 2001 to a close.
In the process of removing the San Clemente Dam in 2015, workers created a pristine route for the Carmel River, complete with step pools and nicely arranged boulders. Winter floods have since transformed the river route into anything but pristine, but the “messy” course has been good for the native steelhead.
Preparing to begin spreading the wealth of its riverwater to neighboring agencies, the Santa Cruz Water Department is set to study the impacts of changing it water-sharing rules. In an initial report outlining the areas the city plans to study for environmental impacts, a city notice of preparation lays out the potential to share its unused water supply with Soquel Creek Water District, Scotts Valley Water District, San Lorenzo Valley Water District and Central Water District.
San Diego’s proposed redevelopment of Mission Bay Park’s northeast corner could include significantly more marshland if city officials embrace new proposals from local environmentalists concerned about sea level rise.