“Not long after El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles was founded in the late 1700s, the pueblo’s early inhabitat dug a route for water to move from the Los Angeles river to the new settlement. … And earlier this month, workers in Los Angeles’ Chinatown unearthed a section.”
“Workers excavating the site of a $100-million Chinatown development have discovered a 100-foot section of Los Angeles’ first municipal water system, an ancient maze of brick and wooden pipes and conduits that once fed the city.”
From U-T San Diego, in a commentary presented by ESET:
“Making sure our nation could withstand a cyber assault on critical systems like power, water, transportation or natural gas is a top priority for the federal government.
“As a result, it’s spent the past year collaborating with providers of these critical infrastructures nationwide in order to develop a set of guidelines, best practices and standards to address cyber-security risks.”
“With mere inches to spare, crews gently lowered a 70,000-pound disc of steel into place at the city’s wastewater treatment plant on Thursday, marking a milestone in a $1.5 million project expected to conclude this summer.”
From The Davis Enterprise, in a commentary by Joe Krovoza, Bill Marble, Don Saylor, Skip Davies, Brett Lee, Dan Wolk and Jim Hilliard:
“On Thursday, the cities of Davis and Woodland will celebrate a milestone decades in the making and one with benefits for generations to come: the groundbreaking for the regional surface water treatment facility.”
“The North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board says Caltrans has not done sufficient mitigation to make up for sensitive wetlands that are being filled to build the 5.9-mile highway around Willits.”
“This month, another step forward was taken for plans to build Sites Reservoir near Maxwell. Congressmen John Garamendi, D-Fairfield, and Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale, have introduced federal legislation to authorize and complete the feasibility study for the proposed new water storage.
“One could call the progress slow and steady, understanding that the timeline is decades.”
From The Sacramento Bee, in a column by Dan Walters:
“There’s already an $11.1 billion water bond scheduled for the November ballot, one originally written in the dead of night five years ago, postponed twice and widely seen as untenable because it contains too many specifically earmarked allocations generally known as ‘pork.’
“This year’s effort is aimed at a smaller replacement free of that epithet and, presumably, able to gain voter approval – spurred on by a severe, prolonged drought.”
“California’s drought has sparked a new push by federal lawmakers to create or expand a handful of reservoirs around the state, ramping up a political battle that former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger once referred to as a ‘holy war in some ways.’
“Government agencies have been studying five major water storage projects for nearly two decades, with nothing to show for the effort so far.”
“Hoover Dam has been showing its age lately, and the problem can’t be fixed with fresh concrete or new equipment.
“Roughly two-fifths of the workforce at the federal facility will be eligible to retire within five years, leaving the Bureau of Reclamation scrambling to recruit and train skilled workers while keeping one of the nation’s most important water and power facilities operational.”
Aquafornia’s Water Word of the Week from sister site Aquapedia is Dams. Dams are just one of more than 200 definitions of water terms from A to Z on Aquapedia, the Water Education Foundation’s vetted, interactive online water encyclopedia.
The topic of dams begins with the following overview: “Dams have allowed Californians and the West to harness and control water dating back to the days of Native Americans.
“Two members of California’s congressional delegation on Wednesday called for building a new reservoir north of Sacramento, displaying bipartisan agreement on one potential solution to California’s long-term water problems.
“Democratic Rep. John Garamendi and Republican Rep. Doug LaMalfa held a news conference near the location of the proposed reservoir to announce their bill.”