Infrastructure

Overview

Infrastructure

“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.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Business Journal

Work nears for $2 billion wastewater treatment upgrade in Elk Grove

What’s thought to be the largest public works project in Sacramento County history will get underway soon — but at a bit less of a cost to the users.

Aquafornia news Las Vegas Review-Journal

Work on $650 million Lake Mead pump station starts

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.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

$140 million project means more water in drought

With the Inland housing market on the rebound and California in the fourth year of a punishing drought, local water officials need a reliable source of fresh drinking water now and in the future.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: State needs new dams, reservoirs

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.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco seeks tech fix to leaky pipes

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.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Utility officials say wipes pose sewer threat (with audio)

Sacramento utility officials say a common household item has the potential to create havoc on local sewer lines.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Federal funding in short supply for rural water projects

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.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Cost to earthquake-proof L.A.’s crumbling pipe system? $15 billion

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.

Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Society of Civil Engineers honors Reclamation with 2014 Outstanding Project Award

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.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Ready to fight: Some growers unwilling to lose land for bullet train

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.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Group obtains, posts Twin Tunnels comments

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.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Sacramento Valley landowners are buying into Sites Reservoir plans

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 … 

Aquafornia news Wall St. Journal

Commentary: Spending on our crumbling infrastructure

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. 

Aquafornia news Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Blog: Is your home water-wise? A new scorecard will have the answer

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 …

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Annual Northern California Water Association meeting includes much support for Sites Reservoir

“Hope is not a strategy” when it comes to water supply, said Bryce Lundberg, chairman of the Northern California Water Association (NCWA). … At the top of his list is Sites Reservoir.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Despite drought, not time for drastic measures (with audio)

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.

Aquafornia news San Bernardino County Sun

Inland Empire water agencies pool resources to save Santa Ana sucker

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. 

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Editorial: Water storage projects need critical analysis

The California Water Commission was born in a long-ago era, in a hopeful attempt to filter some of the politics out of the state’s most important natural resource. 

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

New Bay Bridge headache: Demolition could harm threatened smelt

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.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Fresno to apply for $165 million in state loans for big water project

Fresno City Hall and its big water project are returning to their favorite lender — the state of California.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Pacific Grove eyes approving design-build for water project

Hoping to save money and time, the Pacific Grove City Council on Wednesday will consider adopting an ordinance that allows using a design-build approach on its local water project.

Aquafornia news KQED Public Media for Northern California

A new, stronger tunnel to bring Hetch Hetchy water to Bay Area

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.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Californians growing more concerned about drought, poll finds

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.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Fresno council votes 6-1 to approve $429 million water project

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.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Reservation gets federal aid for storm damage

A December storm that pelted the San Jacinto Valley with rain hit the Soboba Reservation especially hard, severely damaging homes and roadways on the property near San Jacinto.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Dixon sets vote on sewage rate increase, then sues to block it

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.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

State officials send warnings on eve of Fresno’s big water vote

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.

Aquafornia news San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Community calls for greener approach to cleaning out Devil’s Gate Dam in Pasadena

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.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Sacramento meter program accelerated while backyard water mains wait

Tuesday night the [Sacramento] City Council approved a request from the City to install about  51,000 meters by 2020.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Commentary: Fresno water plan is a boondoggle

The City of Fresno says if it builds the proposed southeast water-treatment plant, the water will come. 

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Blog: Brown earns mostly praise in Field Poll

Big projects like the High-Speed Rail and delta tunnels may have contributed to some voter criticism.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Water thefts on the rise in drought-stricken California

As California’s drought drags on, officials are cracking down on thieves who wrench open fire hydrants and ignore or tamper with meters to access one of the state’s precious commodities – water.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Field Poll — Jerry Brown riding high, but not his big projects

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.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Turlock Irrigation District board will talk about two water projects

The board of the Turlock Irrigation District will talk in closed session Tuesday about two major water projects in the offing. 

Aquafornia news NPR

California’s drought exposes long-hidden detritus

The message from park rangers, amateur metal detectors and regular fisherman at California’s Lake Perris is unanimous: the water is lower than they’ve ever seen it.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Editorial: Los Angeles DWP needs both transparency and investment to fix its problems

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.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Editorial: State needs to deliver on water storage promise

A chorus of voices is starting to build, demanding accountability in state government, but so far a suddenly important state agency has been tone deaf. It’s time for Gov. Jerry Brown to start singing.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Fresno water-rate battle heads to a key vote

The Fresno City Council is slated Thursday to vote on higher water rates.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

EBMUD shuts down its biggest aqueduct to repair leak

The largest of three big pipelines that deliver water to 1.3 million East Bay residents has sprung a leak and is temporarily shut down for repairs.

Aquafornia news Daily Democrat

Woodland and Davis get millions from state for new water system

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.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Chromium-6 water treatment will cost Indio millions

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.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

State promises $195 million loan for Fresno water project

Fresno’s ambitious water project has qualified for a state loan big enough to make a sizable dent in the typical home’s monthly bill.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Pipe bursts, sending 100,000 gallons into Hollywood Hills neighborhood

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.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Water main break floods Hollywood Hills neighborhood, submerges vehicles

A water main break in the Hollywood Hills was flooding streets early Wednesday, leaving several vehicles in an underground parking structure submerged.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Aging water mains a $1-billion headache for Los Angeles DWP

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 … 

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Beijing now drinking from vast water project environmentalists decry

Drinking water is flowing to Beijing from China’s controversial south-north water project – enough to fill 20,000 Olympic-size swimming pools in the first six weeks, the city reported Friday.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Commentary: Delta tunnels — High cost to Santa Clara Valley but no more water

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.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: On train, tunnel, Newsom would change course from Brown

The two Democrats see eye-to-eye on many things, but not on the train or the tunnels.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Gallagher legislation would block injunctions on water bond projects

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.

Aquafornia news NBC Southern California

Gardena residents demand answers about black, foul-smelling water (with video)

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.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Blog: Pace of U.S. dam removals accelerates

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.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Warm rains dictate new reservoirs

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.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

California Legislature wants oversight on water bond money (with audio)

In total, California has $7.5 billion in bond revenue to work with.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin hopes subsidy program brings her water plan home

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.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Fresno’s water protest vote falls short, putting issue in council’s hands

Fresno’s historic Proposition 218 protest vote turned into an eye-opener, but failed in the end to kill Mayor Ashley Swearengin’s water infrastructure plan.

Aquafornia news KCRA Sacramento

Historically expensive building project set to begin in Sacramento (with video)

With a price tag of $2 billion, Sacramento’s new sewer project is set to begin.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Ex-Huntington Beach mayor alleges water board member has conflict

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.

Aquafornia news Orange County Register

Commentary: Brown’s tunnel vision could sink taxpayers

In his fourth and final term, Gov. Jerry Brown intends to start drilling two massive tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Estimated cost: $25 billion.

Aquafornia news UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences California WaterBlog

Blog: How dam operators can breathe more life into rivers

Dams are no friend to biodiversity. … But dams don’t have to be death knells of biodiversity.

Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

Editorial: Remember — Water storage projects will be in competition

There’s a lot of wait-and-see involved with Sites Reservoir. The proposal for the off-stream reservoir on the Colusa-Glenn county border has been around since at least the 1980s.

Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

Sites Reservoir in a waiting game

Sites Reservoir is in a holding pattern as project leaders wait for the state to settle on regulations for distributing funds from last year’s $7.5 billion water bond.

Aquafornia news Monterey County Herald

New county panel to lobby on Salinas Valley water advocacy

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.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Blog: Important California water infrastructure talks start

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.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

At least 3 people sent to hospital in Willits bypass bridge collapse (with video)

The collapse turned an approximately 150-foot section of bridge into a giant pile of sticks and steel and dumped wet concrete — which is toxic to fish — into a stream.

Aquafornia news U-T San Diego

First-ever comprehensive report details huge San Diego infrastructure funding gaps

The areas with the largest gaps between needed and available funding are stormwater upgrades, street lights and sidewalks.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Montana oil spill renews worry over safety of old pipelines

A second large oil spill into Montana’s Yellowstone River in less than four years is reviving questions about oversight of the nation’s aging pipeline network.

Aquafornia news NPR

Building Sponge City: Redesigning Los Angeles for long-term drought (with audio)

For thousands of years, city planners have engineered water into submission — think aqueducts. …And so there’s a call now to build cities like sponges.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Work underway to replace aged pipes in Ross Valley, Tiburon, Belvedere

Work to replace aging, leak-prone pipes in Belvedere, Tiburon, Ross and San Anselmo is underway after the rains caused delays.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Marin water district resumes pipe flushing as drought eases

Thousands of gallons of clean water will flow into streets in the coming weeks. Don’t be alarmed: It’s a sign that drought conditions are easing, according to water officials.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

City looks at new ‘infrastructure district’ to fund Los Angeles River plans

Los Angeles leaders are hoping to use a new tax-sharing law to help finance ambitious plans to transform the city’s namesake river into a ribbon of recreational areas and vibrant new developments.

Aquafornia news U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

News Release: EPA launches Finance Center to improve community water infrastructure and resiliency

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.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Work is just beginning for California water policy

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.

Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Reclamation to host meeting on Upper San Joaquin River Basin Storage Investigation

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.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Tribe introduces plan to build swimming pool in Windsor

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.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Blog: ‘Substantial’ ad campaign for twin tunnels

A group calling itself Californians for Water Security launched a public relations campaign today in support of Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels project.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Dam work starting at Folsom Lake

Crews are scheduled to begin preliminary work on a nine-foot-tall dam on the north side of Folsom Lake Thursday.

Aquafornia news Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)

California faces an ‘investment gap’ in flood protection, legislators told

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].

Aquafornia news Natural Resources Defense Council Switchboard

Blog: New website tracks new wave of state policies on water loss

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.

Aquafornia news U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Greenversations

Blog: A boring subject

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.

Aquafornia news Maven's Notebook

Blog: The governor’s proposed budget and water

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.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Earthen dike at Folsom Lake to be repaired

One of the earthen dikes that forms Folsom Lake will undergo repairs, starting Tuesday, to prevent seepage.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Editorial: A wish list for the next U.S. senator from California

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.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Soquel Creek district to survey all customers on water supply

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.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Editorial: Brown begins with appeal for future

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.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Gov. Jerry Brown takes fourth oath, targets climate change

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.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Editorial: Tough budget choices await Jerry Brown and Legislature

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 …

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Jerry Brown looks to carry on his family’s legacy building 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.

Aquafornia news KQED Public Media for Northern Calif.

Blog: A thirsty town debates need for new source of water (with audio)

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.

Aquafornia news Brookings Institution

Report: ‘Private Capital, Public Good: Drivers of Successful Infrastructure Public-Private Partnerships’

Despite its fundamental and multifaceted role in maintaining national growth and economic health, infrastructure in the United States has not received an adequate level of investment for years.

Aquafornia news Bay City News

New water-storage project coming to San Mateo County

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.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Marin officials declare storm damage emergency

Marin County officials declared a state of emergency Tuesday, saying last week’s storm caused more than $1 million in damage to county roads and levees.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Editorial: Why the Bay Area fell apart during the storm

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.

Aquafornia news Pasadena Star-News

Devil’s Gate Dam project challenged by area environmentalists

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.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Carmel River diverted to demolish San Clemente Dam

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.

Aquafornia news Las Vegas Review-Journal

‘Historic’ breakthrough at Lake Mead comes during water board meeting

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.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Mayor Garcetti proposes sweeping retrofits of concrete, wood buildings

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.

Aquafornia news California Department of Water Resources (DWR)

DWR Spotlight: Biggest dam project in the state

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.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Cause identified in big San Francisco sinkhole

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.

Aquafornia news U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Greenversations

Blog: Drinking water infrastructure — Out of sight, out of mind

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.

Aquafornia news The Weather Channel

Sinkhole opens in San Francisco after days of heavy rain (with video)

Rain is making an absolute mess in San Francisco. … Public works says manhole covers are floating off sewers.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Woodland-Davis water project wins $2 million grant

A new Sacramento River water intake that will serve Woodland and Davis has been approved for a $2 million state grant to build fish screens to protect migrating salmon and steelhead.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Editorial: No room for waste in the California’s water bond

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.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Water main break closes Beverly Hills road for 7 hours; Los Angeles pipes aging

A canyon road in Beverly Hills will remain closed for about seven hours as crews repair a water main break and clean up after flooding.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Blog: It’s nitty-gritty time for Temperance Flat funding

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.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Small Placer dam is a big barrier to salmon

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.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Study urges thorough review of water storage projects

Voters just approved $7.5 billion dollars for new water storage projects, but a new study says it’s likely not all projects will be worth the money.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Novato deals with two days of rusty water

Novato faucets spouted some rust-colored water a couple times this week in incidents that affected up to 15,000 customers in the North Marin Water District.

Aquafornia news U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Greenversations

Blog: Kids deserve safe drinking water at school and at home

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.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Marin’s oldest water storage structure gets an overhaul

Marin’s oldest water storage structure — dating back to the 19th century — is getting a $3 million revamp. How old is it?

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles County supervisors OK debris clearance for Devil’s Gate Dam

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.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Brown: California’s water system ‘engineered’

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.

Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

Sites Reservoir backers seek to reduce cost

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.

Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

Editorial: Sites will see competition and opposition

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.

Aquafornia news NBC Southern California

Los Angeles DWP tests Japanese earthquake resistant water pipes

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is testing water pipes that have been very successful in Japan, even following major earthquakes.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Water line breaks in San Anselmo, floods road, businesses

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.

Aquafornia news NBC Bay Area

Pot farmers steal water amid epic drought

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. 

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Q&A: Lester Snow is the answer man on the water bond

Californians, you just voted yourselves a $7-billion-plus water bond measure. What happens now? Lester Snow can draw you the map of water needs and detail the money being spent.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Editorial: Watch next steps closely on state’s water bond

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.”

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Blog: Election 2014 Recap — Voters mostly say ‘yes’ to water spending

Measures to spend public money for water infrastructure, pollution control, and environmental protection scored more victories than defeats yesterday at the ballot box.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

How Prop. 1’s tax dollars will be spent

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.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: How will Proposition 1 money be spent?

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.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles identifies riskiest pipes in aging water system

As Los Angeles struggles to fix its decrepit water system, officials are most concerned about 400 miles of pipes that they say pose the greatest risk of breaking and causing major property damage.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

California’s water bond, a $7.5 billion ‘down payment’

California’s newly approved $7.5 billion water bond will energize the state’s efforts to deal with a host of water problems by channeling money to a list of broadly defined categories of projects.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Jerry Brown plans final touches on legacy as California governor

[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.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Business Journal

What Propositions 1 & 2 mean for business, California’s economy

If the dollars flow in the intended areas, the newly approved water bond and rainy-day fund both have the power to improve California’s economy, local business leaders said Wednesday.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: California water bond wins passage

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. 

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

In Cambria, rift over water treatment plant is a drain on parched town

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.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Blog — Californians will vote on big water bond not knowing exactly what they are buying

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.

Aquafornia news Center for American Progress

News Release: On Superstorm Sandy anniversary, CAP report calls for investment in better wastewater infrastructure

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.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Blog: Stockton East’s giant ‘swimming pool’

‘Stockton East now ‘swimming’ in storage,’ sang the headline in Monday’s Record. Well, kinda.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Poll: Voters support water bond, against health-related ballot measures

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.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Commentary: One of two views on Proposition 1 on Nov. 4 ballot

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.

Aquafornia news Monterey County Herald

Debate over Interlake Tunnel project rages on

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.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun (video)

Grafitti in Joshua Tree National Park

Vandals have left graffiti covering the Barker Dam in Joshua Tree National Park.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

City officials say fixing Fresno’s water challenges won’t be cheap

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.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Burst pipe shuts down, floods Hollywood intersection

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.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Stockton East now ’swimming’ in storage

The Stockton East Water District recently finished a new concrete-lined reservoir that helps secure Stockton’s water supply and also prepares for the city’s future growth.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Officials tour storm damage in Indian Wells, La Quinta, Thousand Palms

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.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Commentary: $7.5 billion plan won’t fix drought

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.

Aquafornia news Bureau of Reclamation

News Release: Finding durable foul-release coatings to control invasive mussel attachment highlighted in study

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. 

Aquafornia news UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences California WaterBlog

Blog: Flagging problem dams for fish survival

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.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Dozens of dams found to put fish in danger

A screening of California’s more than 1,400 dams has found that 181 dams are potentially imperiling native fish downstream.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

PG&E plan may reduce water flowing into Lake Mendocino

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.

Aquafornia news Pasadena Star-News

Final EIR released for Devil’s Gate Reservoir Sediment Removal Project

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.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Daily News

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: California water agencies lose millions of gallons underground

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.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Blog: Report — U.S. water systems, deteriorated and slow to change, need new strategy – and money

The venerable water utilities of the United States, the essential guardians of public health and enablers of economic growth for more than two centuries, are showing signs of significant wear.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Blog: Breaking down the numbers on that Temperance Flat Reservoir plan

Readers asked a very good question last week about the proposed $2.6 billion reservoir project that would more than double the capacity of Millerton Lake.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Jerry Brown takes the long view on water

Battles over water rights, wet years flowing into dry ones, Jerry Brown gubernatorial tenures – in California, some storylines recur.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Gov. Jerry Brown touts water bond measure at Stanford summit

Gov. Jerry Brown pitched his plan Monday for a water bond and a rainy-day fund at a Stanford University water conference. … He called his water plan a “four-term effort.”

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Daily News

Proposition 1 could lessen future water shortages, but at what cost?

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. 

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Could desalination solve California’s water problem?

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.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Desalination comes of age

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.

Aquafornia news Sacramento Business Journal

New website explains water bond funding

The California Water Foundation has released an informative site on the various projects that would be funded under this year’s $7.5 billion water bond proposal.

Aquafornia news Marin Independent Journal

Napa earthquake prompts readiness in Marin on 25th anniversary of Loma Prieta

Twenty-five years after the Loma Prieta earthquake, people in Marin are getting more serious about being prepared — and the Napa temblor that sent a jolt through the county this summer helped.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Temperance Dam plan is flawed, critics say at Fresno forum

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.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Californians can save a lot of water by retrofitting wasteful older homes

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.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

25 years later, could Bay Area take another quake?

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.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Daily News

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Los Angeles’ earthquake ‘czar’ Dr. Lucy Jones outlines doomsday scenarios

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.

Aquafornia news U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

News Release: EPA announces $5.4 million for environmental improvements on tribal lands in Northern California

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.

Aquafornia news U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

News Release: EPA announces $7.8 million for environmental improvements on tribal lands in Central California

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.

Aquafornia news U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

News Release: EPA announces $5.6 million for environmental improvements on tribal lands in Southern California

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.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

The risks of cheap water

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.

Aquafornia news Monterey County Herald

Interlake Tunnel project in line for state water bond funding

If state voters approve a water bond on the ballot next month, Monterey County would be in line for $12.5 million for the Interlake Tunnel water storage project, Assemblyman Luis Alejo said Tuesday.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Big debut for 1st-of-its-kind water tunnel below San Francisco Bay

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.

Aquafornia news Monterey County Herald

San Clemente Dam project update set for Tuesday

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.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

People who would be flooded by Sites Reservoir still back project

Cattle and sheep have grazed on the floor of the Antelope Valley for more than a century. But just a few years from now, the land could be transformed into the bottom of a vast inland sea.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Lake Perris Dam retrofit to close Big Rock

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.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

25 years after Loma Prieta: Bay Area infrastructure is safer, but we’re still on shaky ground

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.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Voters will decide fate of $7.5 billion water bond

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.

Aquafornia news Victorville Daily Press

Commentary: Water for a parched land

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.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Huge California fire mostly spares infrastructure

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.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Gov. Jerry Brown launches pitch for Props. 1 and 2

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.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Glen Canyon Dam marks 50 years as power source

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and other officials on Saturday marked the 50th anniversary of power generation by Glen Canyon Dam, a structure that helped usher in a new era in the Southwest.

Video

A Climate of Change: Water Adaptation Strategies

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.

Maps & Posters

Water Cycle Poster

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.

Maps & Posters

Colorado River Basin Map
Redesigned in 2017

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.

Publication

Layperson’s Guide to Water Recycling
Updated 2013

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.

Publication

Layperson’s Guide to the State Water Project
Updated 2013

The 24-page Layperson’s Guide to the State Water Project provides an overview of the California-funded and constructed State Water Project.

Publication

Layperson’s Guide to Integrated Regional Water Management
Published 2013

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.

Publication

Layperson’s Guide to the Colorado River
Updated 2018

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.

Publication

Layperson’s Guide to California Water
Updated 2015

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.

Publication

Layperson’s Guide to the Central Valley Project
Updated 2011

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).

Western Water Magazine

Ante Up: Funding California’s Water
May/June 2014

This printed issue of Western Water looks at how water use is paid for and the push to make public financing more flexible.

Aquapedia background Oroville Dam Shasta Dam Hoover Dam

Dams

Dams have allowed Californians and the West to harness and control water dating back to the days of Native Americans. At that time, Native Americans erected simple dams for catching salmon.

Today, California and neighboring states are home to a vast integrated system of federal, state and locally owned dams that help with flood management, water storage and water transport.

Flood management projects, for example, have prevented billions of dollars’ worth of damage and countless lives lost.

Western Water Magazine

Are We Keeping Up With Water Infrastructure Needs?
January/February 2012

This printed issue of Western Water examines water infrastructure – its costs and the quest to augment traditional brick-and-mortar facilities with sleeker, “green” features.

Western Water Excerpt Gary Pitzer

Are We Keeping Up With Water Infrastructure Needs?
January/February 2012

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.

Western Water Magazine

Mimicking the Natural Landscape: Low Impact Development and Stormwater Capture
September/October 2011

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.

Western Water Magazine

Saving it For Later: Groundwater Banking
July/August 2010

This printed issue of Western Water examines groundwater banking, a water management strategy with appreciable benefits but not without challenges and controversy.

Western Water Magazine

A ‘New Direction’ for Water Decisions? The California Water Plan
May/June 2010

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.

Western Water Magazine

Changing the Status Quo: The 2009 Water Package
January/February 2010

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.

Western Water Excerpt Gary PitzerRita Schmidt Sudman

Dollars and Sense: How We Pay For Water
September/October 2009

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.

Western Water Magazine

Dollars and Sense: How We Pay for Water
September/October 2009

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.

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