“Infrastructure” in general can be defined as the components and equipment needed to operate, as well as the structures needed for, public works systems. Typical examples include roads, bridges, sewers and water supply systems.Various dams and infrastructural buildings have given Californians and the West the opportunity to control water, dating back to the days of Native Americans.
Water management infrastructure focuses on the parts, including pipes, storage reservoirs, pumps, valves, filtration and treatment equipment and meters, as well as the buildings to house process and treatment equipment. Irrigation infrastructure includes reservoirs, irrigation canals. Major flood control infrastructure includes dikes, levees, major pumping stations and floodgates.
On an island at Lake Mead that stopped being an island more than a decade ago, the Southern Nevada Water Authority is about to launch the next phase of a 12-year building binge expected to last until 2020 and cost almost $1.5 billion.
Surface storage is the first and most important part of a comprehensive water solution. Even the areas of the state with the greatest potential to recharge groundwater require a steady supply of water to fill the underground aquifers.
He’s [John Bess of Baltimore] searching for water leaks in the city’s [San Francisco] underground pipelines with a special microphone and earpiece that enables him to hear escaping water from the street — rather than having to dig down and find it.
During the widespread drought, officials are struggling to finish large-scale water infrastructure projects while populations are growing, drinking water resources are dwindling, and federal dollars are diminishing.
Mayor Eric Garcetti’s call to strengthen Los Angeles’ water system — one pillar of his ambitious plan to ready the city for a major earthquake — would cost as much as $15 billion and require decades of work, Department of Water and Power engineers estimate.
The Bureau of Reclamation was honored at the 2015 American Society of Civil Engineers Region 9 (California) Infrastructure Symposium and Awards Dinner on March 6, 2015. The Mid-Pacific Region was awarded the 2014 Outstanding Project Award for the development of the Red Bluff Pumping Plant and Fish Screen Project.
After leaving his lucrative law practice, he [Harold Parichan] turned his attention to growing almonds on about 2,400 acres in the Central Valley. And it’s there that Parichan, 91, has a new opponent: the California bullet train authority.
Claiming it is “doing the government’s job,” an environmental group this week finished posting online nearly 1,000 of the most complex public comments received last year on Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to build Twin Tunnels beneath the Delta.
So far, landowners in the Sacramento Valley have made commitments for 85,000 acre-feet of water if Sites Reservoir is built. … A few weeks ago Reps. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, and Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale, introduced a bill to speed up the Sites Reservoir feasibility study. In the meantime, the Sites JPA is looking to hire a general manager …
Net federal public investment spending, both defense and non-defense, in 2013 (the latest year for which data are available) works out to zero as a percentage of gross domestic product, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis’s National Income and Product Accounts tables.
Is your house built to use water efficiently? … The non-profit organization known as RESNET – the Residential Energy Services Network – has just announced its intention to create an easy to understand numeric rating system for the water efficiency of homes this year. RESNET has already developed the highly successful Home Energy Rating System (HERS) for assigning a score to the energy efficiency of homes …
The calendar may say it’s winter, but the sun is shining and the trees are already in bloom. Still the early spring-like weather isn’t enough to convince people in California that it’s time for something like a coast-to-coast water pipeline.
As the morning light gently shines through brush, illuminating some sections of the Santa Ana River, biologists representing a consortium of water agencies slowly wade through the gently flowing waterway.
Caltrans has traded one wildlife problem for another in its dismantling of the old eastern span of the Bay Bridge — finding a solution to pesky cormorants that refuse to leave the bridge, but facing the possibility it is threatening a state-protected fish.
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission has opened a new 3.5 mile-long tunnel in Sunol Valley, a few miles east of Fremont, that will transport 265 million gallons of water a day, on average, to customers of the Hetch Hetchy water system.
Dread over the water shortage in California has grown to the point that at least half the state’s residents are willing to relax environmental regulations and allow construction of water supply facilities in federal parkland, a statewide Field Poll has revealed.
The Fresno City Council approved Mayor Ashley Swearengin’s historic water project Thursday night, assuring a secure supply of the liquid gold well into the 21st century. The 6-1 vote was actually for a five-year rate plan.
The city of Dixon is suing a taxpayers’ group, trying to block an electoral challenge to a sewage rate increase in a growing rift over how to pay for $23 million or more in state-mandated improvements to the town’s wastewater treatment plant.
Top officials with the State Water Resources Control Board and the state Department of Water Resources took different approaches to emphasize that public health and safety will be the key issue when the [Fresno] City Council on Thursday evening debates the mayor’s plan.
The great pioneers of Pasadena described the Hahamongna watershed and the Arroyo Seco as a place where trout swam in crisp waters, webs of flowery vines and oaks blotted out the sky and hunters scored bears and foxes for display in their Los Angeles homes.
The poll comes as [Gov. Jerry] Brown, starting his fourth and final term, pursues two controversial infrastructure projects: construction of a $68 billion high-speed rail system and a pair of massive tunnels to divert water around the Delta to the south.
Last week, an 89-year-old pipe burst in the Hollywood Hills, releasing at least 100,000 gallons of water that flooded the streets, cracked sidewalks and submerged cars. … Also last week, city officials were scrambling to save an agreement between the city and the politically powerful leader of the DWP employee union.
Elation. That’s how Woodland City Manager Paul Navazio described his feelings upon receiving, hand-carrying and then depositing into the city’s bank an $18.5 million check from the state Water Resources Control Board.
Hazardous heavy metal levels in Indio’s “stand-by” water supply should be under control in time for summer with City Council’s Wednesday 5-0 approval of the $2.95 million-purchase of water treatment equipment.
A nearly century-old water main burst in the Hollywood Hills in the predawn hours Wednesday, cracking sidewalks and pavement and submerging cars as at least 100,000 gallons of water spewed into a residential neighborhood.
About one-fifth of the city’s water pipes were installed before 1931 and nearly all will reach the end of their useful lives in the next 15 years. … The DWP has a $1.3-billion plan to replace 435 miles of deteriorating pipe in the next 10 years …
Californians for Water Security, despite talking a good game on social media about fixing California’s aging water infrastructure, is actually supporting Gov. Jerry Brown’s $60-plus billion Delta tunnels project.
Assemblyman James Gallagher, R-Nicolaus, introduced Assembly Bill 311 on Thursday to streamline the environmental review process for water storage projects funded through the 2014 Proposition 1 water bond.
Carrying murky water in jars as samples, residents in Gardena on Thursday demanded answers from a water company about black, foul-smelling tap water that is pouring from their faucets, toilets and showers. … Golden State Water Company blames sediments from aging pipelines.
When the last chunks of concrete from Glines Canyon Dam were ripped from bedrock in August and the Elwha River again touched its old course, the moment marked an engineering and environmental milestone: the completion of the largest dam removal in U.S. history.
We should be building more low-elevation, off-stream storage such as the San Luis Reservoir in the Pacheco Pass west of Los Banos (which could be enlarged) or the proposed Sites reservoir in the foothills west of Colusa, which would hold about a million acre-feet of water.
Mayor Ashley Swearengin has on tap a $1 million program to help low-income Fresnans pay their water bills. Whether that is enough to turn her proposed upgrade to Fresno’s water system into reality figures to be City Hall’s hottest political question this month.
Former Huntington Beach Mayor Debbie Cook has filed a complaint with the state’s political watchdog, alleging that a water district board member has a conflict of interest and should not be allowed to vote on a proposed desalination plant on the city’s oceanfront.
From building a tunnel connecting two south county reservoirs to clearing the Salinas River and dealing with its half-century-old river diversion permit to managing the Salinas Valley groundwater basin — not to mention the promise of a recently approved $7.5 billion state water bond — Monterey County and its water resources agency are facing an unprecedented number of crucial water-related issues.
Two discussions that play a large role in the future of California’s water systems begin this week. … The two meetings are the highest profile examples of discussions that are taking place in California communities large and small.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency launched the Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center today to help communities across the country improve their wastewater, drinking water and stormwater systems, particularly through innovative financing and by building resilience to climate change.
In his State of the State and inaugural address, Gov. Jerry Brown reflected on the “eerie resemblance” between the challenges his father faced and those we grapple with today. Gov. Pat Brown’s California responded to the water crisis of his day with a massive undertaking, building the State Water Project.
The Bureau of Reclamation has scheduled an informational meeting to present updates on the Upper San Joaquin River Basin Storage Investigation. This meeting will address potential impacts to residents and landowners from the proposed construction activities if Congress authorizes the project.
Plans for a long-sought municipal aquatic center in Windsor were introduced this week by the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians, who are willing to pay to build it in exchange for obtaining water and sewer service to the tribe’s planned housing project.
California needs to significantly increase its annual spending on flood protection infrastructure to help close an “investment gap” that places the state’s flood preparedness at risk, legislators were told during an informational hearing today [Jan. 13].
From New England to the Pacific, states across the country are taking new interest in the loss of drinking water from public water systems, and adopting sensible policies for communities to report and reduce these losses.
DC Water dedicated its second Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) on December 12, 2014. It has been named “Nannie”, in honor of Nannie Helen Burroughs, a prominent 20th century African-American educator, civil rights activist, and Washington resident. This TBM will join another – called “Lady Bird” – as part of Washington’s strategy to reduce combined sewage overflows into the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers when it rains.
Earlier today [Jan. 9], Governor Brown proposed his balanced budget that increases funding for schools and health care coverage, holds college tuition flat and delivers on the propositions approved by voters last November by starting investments in water projects and saving money, while also working to reduce the state’s other long-term liabilities, according to the Governor’s press release.
After three years of drought, water shortages and the impact on agriculture show that California’s system of delivering water is troubled. The voter-approved $7.5 billion water bond will help. But whoever replaces Boxer must be steeped in water policy and able to deliver federal aid back home.
Soquel Creek Water District leaders said Tuesday they want to conduct a districtwide survey of all customers before pursuing a binding vote on how to increase the water supply. Board members said they don’t want to ask voters to support a project or series of solutions without a sense of what customers want.
Gov. Jerry Brown kicked off his unprecedented fourth term Monday with an appeal to lawmakers to confront California’s greatest challenges … Overall, Brown had little to say about his more costly and controversial projects including high-speed rail and his two-tunnel plan for redirecting water resources to the Central Valley.
Gov. Jerry Brown, sworn in Monday for a fourth and final term, called in his inaugural address for sweeping changes to fight climate change and for renewed spending on California’s aging infrastructure.
Jerry Brown takes his fourth and final oath of office as California governor on Monday, and members of the Assembly and state Senate, having been sworn in last month, are gearing up for Brown’s 13th state budget proposal. … The tunnels project, in fact, links three eras of California …
[Gov. Jerry] Brown is focused, at least in part, on endeavors that would outlast him: a bullet train linking the Bay Area with Los Angeles, a proposal for twin tunnels to move water around the state, bolder efforts to battle climate change. He ties these forward-looking projects to the pioneering drive that led his ancestors to California.
The coastal tourist town of Cambria, located just below Big Sur and adjacent to Hearst Castle on California’s central coast, will begin pumping about 300 gallons a minute of treated water into the local aquifer this week. The new water source is part of a controversial emergency solution—built just this fall—to keep the community from running dry.
The [San Francisco Public Utilities] commission’s Regional Groundwater Storage and Project with Daly City, San Bruno and California Water Service Co., which serves South San Francisco and Colma, would store water that could be used during emergencies such as a drought or earthquake, SFPUC officials said.
While the Bay Area’s “storm of the decade” left many residents shrugging about its strength (San Francisco got less than 3.5 inches of rain), our infrastructure tells a different story. Local school districts and businesses closed their doors in droves. … Power outages throughout the Bay Area, and overwhelmed sewage systems in different places, including San Francisco, showed how stressed our infrastructure has become.
Two local environmental groups filed a lawsuit Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court challenging the Board of Supervisors’ recent approval of the controversial Devil’s Gate Reservoir Sediment Removal Project.
The Carmel River had just begun flowing after the recent rains, prompting Lorin Letendre and several others to hike up to a ridge above the San Clemente Dam in Monterey County this past week to see the surging stream. … The new river channel will allow workers to take down the dam structure next year without worrying about a catastrophic mudslide.
The “Eagle has landed” moment came at the start of Wednesday’s Southern Nevada Water Authority board meeting, when engineering director Marc Jensen stood to announce what many people in the room were already buzzing about.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Monday proposed the most ambitious seismic safety regulations in California history — rules that would require owners to retrofit thousands of buildings most at risk of collapse during a major earthquake. … Garcetti is also proposing sweeping plans to protect aqueducts that supply L.A. with water and ensure firefighters won’t be left helpless by ruptured pipes as fires burn through neighborhoods.
Some DWR projects are so big they almost take on a life of their own. The New Calaveras Dam construction project near Fremont has a history dating to the 1920s, when the dam now being replaced was built over a partially completed dam that collapsed during construction in 1918.
A day after heavy rains opened up a massive sinkhole in San Francisco’s Richmond District, the city on Thursday continued with efforts to repair the 20-by-20-foot crater, while revealing it was caused by water flowing from a broken storm drain line.
Most of us have never really considered the vast amount of infrastructure needed to bring water from its source to your tap. In reality, the network of pipes, pumps, power generators, reservoirs, and fixtures responsible for delivering drinking water is massive.
More than two-thirds of California voters authorized the state to borrow more than $7 billion to improve a water system strained by more than three years of drought. Now the difficult job of smartly targeting problems and effectively implementing projects is beginning.
The San Joaquin Valley campaign for Temperance Flat Reservoir may have moved forward on federal drawing boards, and it may have gotten a shot of adrenaline when the $7.5 billion water bond past this month. But the public money is not committed here yet.
On a recent day after a rainstorm, several dozen fall-run Chinook salmon trying to migrate upstream in Auburn Ravine found their progress frustrated. Efforts to complete their long spawning run from the Pacific Ocean were halted by a small dam on the outskirts of Lincoln.
Nothing seems to beat the fascination my boys and most young kids seem to have with water fountains. … Most schools and child care facilities receive their drinking water from nearby public water systems. … Water pipes and plumbing fixtures in school buildings can affect the quality of the drinking water.
Despite strong opposition from neighbors and recreational enthusiasts, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a five-year project Wednesday to remove debris from a basin above Devil’s Gate Dam in Pasadena.
California Governor Jerry Brown welcomed representatives from western states to Sacramento today for the Western Governors’ Drought Forum. And Brown took some time to share his thoughts on moving water around California.
With the resounding passage of the $7.5 billion state water bond, Sites Reservoir supporters are confident the storage project will be erected in Colusa County, although its completion could still be imperiled by competing projects and environmental backlash.
Good for the Sites Joint Powers Authority. The group of Sacramento Valley leaders and water district personnel is working on further planning and financing for the off-stream reservoir proposed to be built at the border of Glenn and Colusa counties.
A Marin Municipal Water District water line broke Wednesday afternoon sending water gushing onto Tunstead Avenue and into businesses in San Anselmo. … The rupture of an 8-inch cast iron line that dates back to 1969 occurred at about 3:30 p.m.
According to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET), in the last two years, illegal marijuana grows have stolen 1.2 billion gallons of water. … Just this year, wardens from Fish and Wildlife’s MET have uncovered 136 dams, reservoirs and elaborate piping systems set up by pot growers to steal water.
The headline on Thursday’s front page spoke volumes: “Californians approve $7.5 billion water bond; now what?” … After billions are spent on pork projects designed to garner votes (it worked), there’s $2.75 billion set aside for “water storage.”
A day after passage of bond measure Proposition 1, water experts said it was too soon to say exactly how the gusher of tax dollars will be spent — but they envisioned new pipelines in Bay Area neighborhoods, groundwater cleanup in the San Fernando Valley, clean tap water in East Porterville, creek protections in the Sierra and a new dam on the San Joaquin River.
California’s passage of a $7.5 billion water bond is not an end, but a beginning. … Joining us to explain what Californians need to know about the future of these water funds is Andrew Fahlund, deputy director of the California Water Foundation.
[Gov. Jerry] Brown will face a series of challenges as he presses forward. There’s vocal opposition to a $25-billion proposal for massive tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a project the governor has pitched as crucial to the state’s water system.
California’s aging water infrastructure and collection of ecosystems will receive a $7.5 billion injection of taxpayer dollars, as voters on Tuesday approved a sizable bond that had become a priority for lawmakers and the governor.
The trees are a symbol of the drought’s effect on the relatively isolated Central Coast, which — despite its proximity to the world’s largest body of water — is particularly vulnerable to shortages because it relies on an unstable networks of creeks, lakes and State Water Project allocations.
When Californians close the musty drapes of the voting booth on Tuesday, they will face a $US 7.5 billion question: Should the perpetually water-worried state, in the midst of a record drought, use its taxing authority to pay for another set of state-funded water projects? If the voters say yes – as the polls suggest is likely – Proposition 1 will be the seventh and most expensive water-related bond passed in California since 2000.
In a new report, the Center for American Progress takes a look at the danger climate change poses to wastewater systems from stronger storms, higher seas, and heavier downpours and offers realistic and cost-effective recommendations to shore up this aging infrastructure before the next massive storm. Chief among those recommendations are that all new investments in wastewater infrastructure take into account the projected impacts of climate change and that affordable, green infrastructure solutions be considered.
California voters have turned against two health-related measures on Tuesday’s ballot while majorities continue to support a water infrastructure bond and a criminal sentencing initiative, according to a new Field Poll.
For the past half-century, California has fallen behind in adequately planning for our water future by not investing in water storage and improved infrastructure. This failure, combined with the persistent drought, has led to the current statewide water crisis and threatens the future of our agriculture.
A showdown over whether to employ state legislation requiring union-backed labor protections on the Interlake Tunnel project continued Tuesday even as a status report indicated the project cost has nearly doubled.
A month of water debate has delivered an unsurprising message to Fresno City Hall — given their druthers, people prefer stuff to be free. But the 150 people who gathered at Gaston Middle School in southwest Fresno on Monday for the third of four water forums got an equally unsurprising reply: Water is the stuff of life, and it’s going to cost you.
A water main break will continue to affect the busy Hollywood intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Highland Avenue on Tuesday after a second rupture occurred just as repairs were wrapping up overnight, utility officials said.
Three inches of rain fell across La Quinta within an hour on Sept 8. It was deemed a “700-year storm” … On Thursday, Riverside County Fire/Office of Emergency Services, the California Office of Emergency Services and the U.S Small Business Administration visited 81 homes and businesses in La Quinta, Indian Wells and Thousand Palms.
An in-depth analysis of the $7.5 billion water bond (Proposition 1) on the Nov. 4 ballot finds that it could benefit California’s communities and the environment but that those benefits (water supply, water reliability and environmental quality improvements) are not guaranteed.
The Bureau of Reclamation has released a report summarizing six years of testing coatings to control the attachment of quagga and zebra mussels to water and power facilities. … The testing was conducted at Parker Dam on the Colorado River.
This drought year, as in those past, California water regulators have given away to cities and farms some river flows critical to fish and wildlife. … There are, however, legal backstops to prevent harmful reductions in fish flows, even during a drought as severe as this one.
A plan by PG&E to temporarily shut down a powerhouse that feeds water from the Eel River to the Russian River may cut into consumer supplies this winter by further reducing the amount of water coming into Lake Mendocino.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works plans to remove 2.4 million cubic yards of sediment from behind the Devil’s Gate Dam over the next several years, according to the final environmental impact report (EIR) for the project released Monday.
Turns out the UCLA flood was just a drop in the sea of potable water that leaks or blows out of underground pipes. California’s water distribution systems lose up to 228 billion gallons annually, the state estimates — more than enough to supply the entire city of Los Angeles for a year.
Step by step, sewage flows through the city’s Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant in the San Fernando Valley. Ultimately, the cleaned effluent flows into lakes and rivers. … Mayor Eric Garcetti, who prefers the term “showers to flowers” instead of “toilet to tap,” also lobbied for groundwater cleanup funds.
Along this patch of the Pacific Ocean, welders and pipefitters nearly outnumber the surfers and sunbathers. … They are building the Carlsbad Desalination Project, which will convert as much as 56 million gallons of seawater each day into drinking water for San Diego County residents.
Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink. That line is all that remains in my brain from an early exposure to “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” the endless poem that has been cruelly inflicted upon generations of American schoolchildren.
About 100 people listened at a public meeting in Fresno to sometimes passionate statements from speakers who faulted everything from the feasibility analysis to the notification for the hearing on the draft Environmental Impact Statement for Temperance Flat Reservoir.
The reduction of water use in new homes has long been a focus of California’s homebuilding industry. … The good news is the state has a golden opportunity to use the emergency drought funds available to retrofit older homes to comply with current building standards – potentially saving hundreds of billions of gallons a year.
It’s been 25 years since a massive quake rocked the Bay Area just before a World Series game … There have been about $30 billion worth of upgrades made to roads and water and telecommunications systems.
A massive earthquake in Southern California could economically cripple the Los Angeles region, earthquake “czar” Dr. Lucy Jones warned City Council members during a hearing Wednesday. … A seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, Jones is working for the city for free for 12 months, helping craft a report on earthquake preparedness in building safety, water issues and communication systems.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced $5.4 million in funding to invest in Northern Calif. tribes’ environmental programs, water infrastructure development, community education and capacity building. The announcement was made at the 22nd annual Regional Tribal Conference in Sacramento, Calif.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced $5.4 million in funding to invest in Central Calif. tribes for environmental programs, water infrastructure development, community education and capacity building. The announcement was made at the 22nd Annual Regional Tribal Conference in Sacramento, Calif.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced $5.6 million in funding to invest in Southern Calif. tribes for environmental programs, water infrastructure development, community education and capacity building. The announcement was made at the 22nd Annual Regional Tribal Conference in Sacramento, Calif.
This summer, California’s water authority declared that wasting water — hosing a sidewalk, for example — was a crime. Next door, in Nevada, Las Vegas has paid out $200 million over the last decade for homes and businesses to pull out their lawns.
This week, the $288 million tunnel begins carrying the Bay Area’s water supply from the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite National Park to the Peninsula, bolstering the dependability of the region’s water system.
Approaching the end of the second year of the San Clemente Dam removal project — the largest of its kind in state history — California American Water and Granite Construction will offer a progress update at a public meeting Tuesday night.
A popular rock climbing area and other recreational facilities on the southeast side of Lake Perris will be closed for three years starting this week so that seismic work can begin on the dam, state officials said.
An extensive Bay Area News Group survey of our infrastructure offers much reassurance: Major water pipes are now designed to bend, not break. … But our readiness to recover from the Big One gets far from a perfect score — more like a C-plus, say experts who study quake preparation around the globe.
Storage was the key sticking point in getting the legislature to pass the water bond with the two thirds vote it needed. That portion of the bond includes reservoirs and projects to clean up or store more groundwater.
We talked the other day about the most exciting project now going on in California, public or private. That would be Poseiden Water’s Carlsbad desalination plant north of San Diego, scheduled to begin operating next year.
Nearly an inch of rain, with more wet weather forecast for the weekend, has helped firefighters gain the upper hand on a massive wildfire burning in the mountains east of Sacramento, officials said Friday.
Gov. Jerry Brown launched a statewide campaign Friday — not for his own re-election, but for a pair of state ballot measures that he said were critical for both California’s economic and environmental future. … He called Prop. 1 “the first real integrated water plan” to come before voters since his late father, Edmund “Pat” Brown, was governor in the 1960s.
This 25-minute documentary-style DVD, developed in partnership with the California Department of Water Resources, provides an excellent overview of climate change and how it is already affecting California. The DVD also explains what scientists anticipate in the future related to sea level rise and precipitation/runoff changes and explores the efforts that are underway to plan and adapt to climate.
Water as a renewable resource is depicted in this 18×24 inch poster. Water is renewed again and again by the natural hydrologic cycle where water evaporates, transpires from plants, rises to form clouds, and returns to the earth as precipitation. Excellent for elementary school classroom use.
Redesigned in 2017, this beautiful map depicts the seven Western states that share the Colorado River with Mexico. The Colorado River supplies water to nearly 40 million people in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and the country of Mexico. Text on this beautiful, 24×36-inch map, which is suitable for framing, explains the river’s apportionment, history and the need to adapt its management for urban growth and expected climate change impacts.
As the state’s population continues to grow and traditional water supplies grow tighter, there is increased interest in reusing treated wastewater for a variety of activities, including irrigation of crops, parks and golf courses, groundwater recharge and industrial uses.
The 24-page Layperson’s Guide to Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) is an in-depth, easy-to-understand publication that provides background information on the principles of IRWM, its funding history and how it differs from the traditional water management approach.
The Colorado River provides water to more than 35 million people and 4 million acres of farmland in a region encompassing some 246,000 square miles in the southwestern United States. The 32-page Layperson’s Guide to the Colorado River covers the history of the river’s development; negotiations over division of its water; the items that comprise the Law of the River; and a chronology of significant Colorado River events.
The 24-page Layperson’s Guide to California Water provides an excellent overview of the history of water development and use in California. It includes sections on flood management; the state, federal and Colorado River delivery systems; Delta issues; water rights; environmental issues; water quality; and options for stretching the water supply such as water marketing and conjunctive use.
The 24-page Layperson’s Guide to the Central Valley Project explores the history and development of the federal Central Valley Project (CVP), California’s largest surface water delivery system. In addition to the history of the project, the guide describes the various CVP facilities, CVP operations, the benefits the CVP brought to the state, and the CVP Improvement Act (CVPIA).
Everywhere you look water infrastructure is working hard to keep cities, farms and industry in the state running. From the massive storage structures that dot the West to the aqueducts that convey water hundreds of miles to large urban areas and the untold miles of water mains and sewage lines under every city and town, the semiarid West would not exist as it does without the hardware that meets its water needs.
This printed issue of Western Water discusses low impact development and stormwater capture – two areas of emerging interest that are viewed as important components of California’s future water supply and management scenario.
This printed issue of Western Water examines the changed nature of the California Water Plan, some aspects of the 2009 update (including the recommendation for a water finance plan) and the reaction by certain stakeholders.
This printed issue of Western Water looks at some of the pieces of the 2009 water legislation, including the Delta Stewardship Council, the new requirements for groundwater monitoring and the proposed water bond.
It’s no secret that providing water in a state with the size and climate of California costs money. The gamut of water-related infrastructure – from reservoirs like Lake Oroville to the pumps and pipes that deliver water to homes, businesses and farms – incurs initial and ongoing expenses. Throw in a new spate of possible mega-projects, such as those designed to rescue the ailing Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and the dollar amount grows exponentially to billion-dollar amounts that rival the entire gross national product of a small country.
This printed issue of Western Water examines the financing of water infrastructure, both at the local level and from the statewide perspective, and some of the factors that influence how people receive their water, the price they pay for it and how much they might have to pay in the future.