The Department of the Interior announced Thursday controversial plans to roll back core provisions of the Endangered Species Act, a move aimed at reducing the burdens of such safeguards on landowners, industry and governments.
No one is popping the champagne corks just yet, but the process to remove four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River just took a big step forward. On June 28, the Klamath River Renewal Corporation released the Definite Plan for the Lower Klamath Project, a 2,300-page detailed analysis of how the reservoirs would be drawn down, the dams removed, the materials disposed of and the formerly inundated land restored.
Today [July 18], the Department of Water Resources (DWR) convened the inaugural meeting of a community-led group of local elected officials and stakeholder organizations – known as the Ad Hoc Group – as part of the recently initiated Oroville Dam Safety Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA). The Ad Hoc Group consists of 12 community members appointed by State Senator Jim Nielsen and Assembly Member James Gallagher to provide community perspectives to both DWR and an Independent Review Board (IRB) of dam safety experts throughout the assessment process.
Concerns over the cost and environmental impacts of desalinated water were overridden by the desire to fortify water supplies when the Orange County Water District board voted 6-2 Wednesday to approve non-binding contract terms with Poseidon, which has spent 20 years on the desalination plant proposal for Huntington Beach.
With the reopening of Highway 1 at Mud Creek, Caltrans can close the books on damage inflicted upon this road by the winter storms of 2017. After 17 months and more than $100 million replacing a damaged bridge and rebuilding the highway in two locations, drivers can once again skirt the western edge of the continent, forever burnished by wind, rain, waves and tide.
The funding, which will go to the East Bay Regional Park District from the state’s 2018-19 budget, will be mainly for its flood control, and water supply and public recreation, according to Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, R-San Ramon. Baker and state Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, jointly announced the funding at a press conference at the park on Monday.
When asked about the Temperance Flat proposal, [Lt. Gov. Gavin] Newsom said many projects are fighting for a finite amount of money. He stressed, however, that some form of above-ground storage would be built in the near future, as dictated by the voters.
Critical permits and legal challenges are still pending, and some farming groups still haven’t committed to paying for part of Gov. Jerry Brown’s controversial $17 billion Delta tunnels project. But even with the uncertainty, backers of the project are poised to ask the Trump administration for a $1.6 billion federal loan that millions of Californians ultimately would have to repay through increases in their water bills.
Less than two weeks after state regulators announced sweeping new water allocation limits, the GOP-controlled House is expected this week to pass spending legislation that would block federal funding for that allocation plan. It also includes measures that would bar legal challenges to major water infrastructure projects in the state.
California Water Service has submitted an infrastructure improvement plan for its Oroville facility to the California Public Utilities Commission for review. Cal Water intends to replace over 6,000 feet of water main “to prevent failure of aging and high-risk pipelines,” rebuild a booster pump station, increase on-site security, among other things, at a slightly higher cost for customers.
In the coming year, the Santa Cruz Water Department is set to begin a massive reservoir and dam improvement project unmatched in cost since construction of the Graham Hill Water Treatment Plant and the Loch Lomond Reservoir in the 1960s. The city will launch the effort by studying the potential environmental impacts of major improvements to its 57-year-old Newell Creek Dam at Loch Lomond Reservoir, some 10 miles up the San Lorenzo River.
Phase two of construction on the Oroville Dam’s main and emergency spillways is speeding along, as the Oroville Mercury-Register got to see up close in a tour on Wednesday guided by state Department of Water Resources officials. With half of the main spillway currently a work in progress, the department’s goal is to have the structure ready to use, if needed, by Nov. 1 — just under four months away.
A 152-mile long canal that irrigates pistachios and other crops in the eastern San Joaquin Valley is sinking by an inch a month, the result of groundwater over-pumping by farmers. … Proposition 3, an $8.9 billion bond on the November ballot, would set aside $750 million to repair the canal, and additional sums to avert subsidence.
Los Angeles County – facing threats of drought and pollution from extreme storms – is looking to transform the vast infrastructure that captures storm runoff. On a recent tour for ethnic media reporters, the Department of Public Works showed off its stormwater infrastructure and outlined plans to capture, clean and transport water.
A local oversight committee will get to have a say as long-term changes are considered for the Oroville Dam, after Sen. Jim Nielsen and Assemblyman James Gallagher recently came to an agreement with the state Department of Water Resources.
Downstream from majestic Mount Shasta is the Shasta Dam and the reservoir now known as Lake Shasta. According to historical records, dam construction started in 1937, and was such a high priority that when some of the men working on the project went to war, they were replaced by men and women who completed the project in 1945.
Today [July 11] the Department of Water Resources (DWR) provided an update on construction-related activities for the Lake Oroville Spillways Emergency Recovery Project. Construction on the Main Spillway Foundation clean-up and placement of dental and leveling concrete continues on the uppermost 730 feet of the spillway chute. Later this year, crews will place structural concrete walls and slabs. Crews are currently placing structural concrete slabs and walls on the middle chute.
Suddenly, the ocean was on the street. This week’s king tides caused water to breach a seawall on Balboa Peninsula, flooding the streets late Wednesday. Swell with sizable surf and onshore winds in the region likely helped contribute to the flooding.