“Mounting legal bills spurred Monterey County Water Resources Agency representatives to seek a quick deal with state water board prosecutors over a contested Salinas River water use permit. But water agency officials continue to defend a decision to keep the settlement talks secret from an advisory committee charged with helping to defend the permit.”
From the United States Geological Survey (USGS) California Water Science Center:
“Initial findings from an ongoing study evaluating groundwater availability in the Cuyama Valley groundwater basin show continued decreases in aquifer water levels and associated land subsidence of up to 12mm annually in areas where substantial groundwater pumping occurs.
With nitrate levels in Salinas Valley groundwater surpassing state and federal health standards, regional water quality officials and a coalition of agriculture concerns are launching an ambitious project to fully understand that particular enemy.
“Dubbed the Central Coast Cooperative Groundwater Program, it will anonymously test wells in southern Santa Clara, San Benito, Santa Cruz and Monterey counties for levels of compounds that leach into groundwater from modern agriculture practices, nitrate being of top concern.”
“A day trip to any of the five [Channel] islands – the two most popular and easily accessible are Santa Cruz and Anacapa, ferry service to Santa Rosa, San Miguel and Santa Barbara islands being spotty – not only gives visitors a greater appreciation of the delicate biogeography at work and how nonnative flora and fauna have been systematically removed and endemic plants and animals reintroduced, but also serves as an escape for weary souls whose blood pressure hits 201 when driving on the 101.”
“Cambria services district directors want to start handing out intent-to- serve letters for new water connections, ‘on an interim basis’ until a supplemental water source is found, they reiterated during an evening ’study session’ meeting with the public Friday, June 21.”
“The [Natural Resources Defense Council] national report found California’s beach water quality ranked 20th among 30 states included in the report, with Santa Cruz’ famed shoreline ranking in the middle of the pack statewide.”
“More than 90 years ago the San Clemente Dam rose on what John Steinbeck called in a novel ‘a lovely little river’ that ‘has everything a river should have.’ … But next month, in what officials say is the state’s largest-ever dam removal, work will begin on a three-year project to dismantle the 106-foot-tall concrete dam and reroute half a mile of the river.”
“In a project that will be watched by engineers and biologists across the nation, construction crews today will begin a three-year, $84 million project to tear down the hulking landmark [San Clemente Dam] – California’s largest dam-removal project ever.”
“Residential wells in North County neighborhoods will continue to dry up, Paso Robles’ wine industry will be in jeopardy, and city water supplies will be threatened unless San Luis Obispo County leaders act soon to stop declining water levels in the Paso Robles groundwater basin.”
“For years, Paso Robles thought its water supply was an endless bounty. City leaders sat atop a liquid treasure trove — a vast underground basin that in 1979 was said to have enough water to last the entire North County more than 250 years.”
“Local organizations like the nonprofit Central Coast Vineyard Team and the statewide California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance reach out to vineyard owners, educating them about a variety of conservation methods.”
“In a lawsuit filed in Monterey County Superior Court on Thursday, the Monterey Peninsula Taxpayers Association argues the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District board of directors should be ordered to either repeal the water service charge or submit it to a vote, as required by elections law.”
“Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Watsonville, has been shepherding 10 bills through the Legislature that would free up funding and streamline bureaucratic processes when it comes to drinking-water improvements across California.”
“Last week, Ventura’s water agency released a report, the Comprehensive Water Resource Report, that detailed the city’s fragile future with its water supply and noted that, by 2017, it could be overtapped.”