“Balboa Park’s iconic Cabrillo Bridge will turn 100 in April
and Caltrans is giving it a $38 million birthday present.
“Encased in scaffolding, the 769-foot span is being
strengthened, repaired and lighted over the next few months.
… More importantly, a century of water intrusion has
weakened the concrete and corroded some of the steel skeleton.”
“A federal judge has rejected legal claims by environmental
groups that sued Caltrans and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
in hopes of stopping construction of a controversial freeway
bypass in Willits, Calif.
“Mineta San Jose International Airport’s Terminal A is back in
business one day after a pipe burst and disrupted flight
operations, according to officials. …
at 2:15, a hot water line located in the roof space of the
bridge connecting the parking garage/baggage claim area with
Terminal A ruptured and poured water into the airport for more
than an hour.
“Survivors of the sudden collapse of the Baldwin Hills
Reservoir dam gathered Saturday in a grassy valley to
commemorate the disaster that sent 150 million gallons of Los
Angeles drinking water cascading into their homes 50 years ago.
“Hundreds filed into what is now Upper Kenneth Hahn State
Recreation Area, where the earthen edge of the 66-foot-deep
reservoir — holding 292 million gallons — ruptured Dec.
From the Los Angeles Times Framework blog, in a post by Scott
“In a Dec. 11, 2003, Los Angeles Times article, reporter Bob
Pool wrote about the Dec. 14, 1963, Baldwin Hills Dam collapse:
“The Baldwin Hills Dam collapsed with the fury of a thousand
cloudbursts, sending a 50-foot wall of water down Cloverdale
Avenue and slamming into homes and cars on Dec. 14, 1963. … It
foreshadowed the end of urban-area earthen dams as a major
element of the Department of Water and Power’s water-storage
From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):
“ACWA and the Texas Water Conservation Association (TWCA) are
urging Congress to include an innovative financing pilot
program for infrastructure projects within major water
“On Dec. 10 ACWA and its counterpart in Texas sent a letter to
House and Senate members who are discussing how to reconcile S.
601, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) and HR 3080,
the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA).
“As Detroit goes through the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S.
history, the city’s porous water system illustrates how some of
its resources are still draining away even as it struggles to
stabilize its finances and provide basic services.”
“Already five years behind schedule and about $12 million over
budget, a new pump station to prevent flooding in Seal Beach
still hasn’t been finished – and won’t be for another six
months, say county officials. …
“The pump station and a new water basin were originally
intended to keep Seal Beach from getting flooded again after
the overwhelming rains of January 1995.”
water bond announced on Monday would fund $5.8 billion in water
storage projects and establish water of origin rights to
protect water in the North State from being sent south.
“The bond was introduced by 3rd District Assemblyman and Chief
Republican Whip Dan Logue, who said the two water storage
projects the bond would finance — Sites Reservoir near Williams
and Temperance Flats Dam near Fresno — would be a cheaper
alternative than the water tunnels proposed by Gov.
“This week, the state is expected to release a draft of Gov.
Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels plan for the Delta. It is the first
time since the old peripheral canal wars of the 1970s and early
’80s that a comparable proposal will have been formally
From the Northern California Water Association (NCWA) Blog, in a
post by Tib Belza, Chair, Bay-Delta Task Force:
“With the state and federal agencies releasing the Bay-Delta
Conservation Plan (BDCP) this week, the leaders in the North
State are unified in our commitment to statewide water solutions
that protect the economy, environment and quality of life in
Northern California. The North State Water Alliance this week
continues our call for the Governor to develop an innovative and
comprehensive statewide water plan.