“Nothing is final yet, but Gov. Jerry Brown, along with many colleagues and agricultural water users south of Stockton, hope to build a new water-diversion system: a pair of giant tunnels, each 40 feet wide and 39 miles long, that are capable of carrying away two-thirds of the Sacramento River’s water. Brown and Co.
“The bill [SB 7] would deny state construction funding — including state bond money, loans or grants — to any city whose voters have approved charter provisions that exempt contractors from paying prevailing wages for locally funded projects.”
“The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power plans to build the world’s largest groundwater treatment center over one of the largest Superfund pollution sites in the United States: the San Fernando Basin.”
“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.”
“Federal spending on community preparedness for extreme weather events is a fraction of the amount paid to clean up damage from storms, tornadoes and drought, according to an analysis of federal data.”
“When the San Diego County Water Authority first hatched a dream of slaking this region’s thirst with desalinated water from the Pacific Ocean, Southern California was reeling from a five-year drought that had choked its water supply by a third.”
“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.”
“Though the need to adopt policies that sharply curb carbon emissions remains as important as ever, there also are unmistakable signs that decades of inaction on climate change are shaping the present, not just the future.”
“Mayor Kevin Johnson and other local officials on Tuesday announced a new campaign that will lobby the state and federal governments to provide more funding to local infrastructure projects that defend cities from extreme weather.”
“The tab to defend San Bernardino County against nine lawsuits opposing a pipeline project environmentalists say will drain a swath of the Mojave Desert of precious groundwater grew to $1.5 million Tuesday after county supervisors approved an increase in legal costs.”
“Additional materials and documents have been posted for this week’s California Water Plan Update 2013 web-a-thon. … Next week’s Mountain Counties Regional Forum is accepting online RSVPs. … A nationwide survey found California is going to need $44.5 billion through 2030 for the infrastructure to provide safe drinking water.”
An attorney working for the California Public Utilities Commission says he quit the case because an agency proposal setting PG&E’s penalty for the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion is “unlawful.” The proposal in question would allow PG&E to spend $2.25 billion to improve its pipeline network, instead of paying that to the state.
California needs $44.5 billion over the next two decades to fix its aging water delivery systems. That’s $10 billion more than the water infrastructure needs of Texas and more than twice the $22 billion New York state needs.