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 Eureka Times-Standard

Klamath River dam removal plan delayed

A plan to remove four Klamath River dams to improve water quality and habitat for fish and river communities will likely be submitted to the federal government in September, according to plan proponents.

Western Water Excerpt Gary Pitzer Jennifer Bowles

Outdated Dams: When Removal Becomes an Option
Summer 2016

Mired in drought, expectations are high that new storage funded by Prop. 1 will be constructed to help California weather the adverse conditions and keep water flowing to homes and farms.

At the same time, there are some dams in the state eyed for removal because they are obsolete – choked by accumulated sediment, seismically vulnerable and out of compliance with federal regulations that require environmental balance.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: New questions over California water project

Critics and a state lawmaker say they want more explanations on who’s paying for a proposed $16 billion water project backed by Gov. Jerry Brown, after a leading California water district said Brown’s administration was offering government funding to finish the planning for the two giant water tunnels.

Aquafornia news The Orange County Register

CEQA doesn’t stunt economic growth, study says

The study, sponsored by Oakland-based Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment, found there’s no evidence that the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA, has a retarding effect on the state’s economic prospertity.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Legislators approve audit of Gov. Jerry Brown’s water tunnel plan

The political conflict over Gov. Jerry Brown’s high-priority plan to place twin water tunnels beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta moved to a new venue Wednesday.

Aquafornia news Bloomberg BNA

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Water bill may navigate 2016 congressional rapids

If a Water Resources Development Act of 2016 is passed by Congress this year, it will be accompanied by sighs of relief at seeing the infrastructure legislation successfully get back on a two-year schedule.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

California unveils environmental blueprint for Delta tunnels

California officials Tuesday released a detailed environmental blueprint for Gov. Jerry Brown’s controversial Delta tunnels project, saying the $15.5 billion plan “minimizes potential effects” on endangered fish species whose populations have dwindled following decades of water pumping.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Federal, state leaders pitch for California water tunnels

Representatives of California Gov. Jerry Brown and the Obama administration began making their pitch for approval Tuesday to build a pair of massive water tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Dissent brews over governor’s $16 billion water project

By the time the Sacramento River winds its more-than-400-mile course from the slopes of Mount Shasta past the state capital, it’s well into its leisurely stride, running slowly by fields of sweet corn, tomatoes and alfalfa. But this lazy stretch of river, just south of Sacramento, is a metaphorical whitewater.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Remedy, or boondoggle? Hearings launch on Delta tunnels proposal

Marking the first full-scale public examination of the [California WaterFix] proposal, the hearings before the State Water Resources Control Board are focused on a comparatively narrow issue: whether California’s giant water-delivery projects should be allowed to carve three new intake points in the north Delta to pull water from the Sacramento River and feed into the proposed tunnels.

Aquafornia news KQED

About that $17 billion water project: Delta Tunnels 101

This week, Governor Jerry Brown’s controversial water project is back in the public eye. State officials are launching a marathon series of hearings for the “twin tunnels,” as they’re known, that will ultimately decide the fate of the project.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego accelerates water recycling

San Diego is accelerating construction of its landmark water recycling system and making other changes that will save money, benefit the environment and make pipeline construction less disruptive. 

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Will the Delta tunnels get built? Plan enters critical make-or-break phase

Still swirling in controversy, Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed $15.5 billion re-engineering of the troubled Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is heading into a critical phase over the next year that could well decide if the project comes to fruition. Crunch time starts Tuesday.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Sites Reservoir likely years down the road

Plans to build the Sites Reservoir have been in the works since 1957, and if it is eventually approved, work on the project probably would not be complete for another 10 to 12 years, according to Jim Watson, the Sites Reservoir Project general manager.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Court ruling could boost cost of California water project

The California Supreme Court is set to issue a ruling Thursday that could add millions of dollars to the cost of the governor’s $15.7 billion plan to build two giant water tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Sewage spill in Los Angeles grows to 2.4 million gallons, prompting bans on swimming in Seal Beach and Long Beach

A damaged sewage line spilled a total of about 2.4 million gallons of untreated waste into the Los Angeles River and has forced the closure of all beaches in Long Beach and Seal Beach, officials said Tuesday.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Why this is the perfect time to invest in infrastructure, and why it probably won’t happen

Boken water mains, creaking subway systems, tens of thousands of rickety bridges and countless miles of shoddy, traffic-clogged roads. America’s infrastructure is crumbling.

Aquafornia news San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Why Los Angeles County wants to risk an endangered bird to clean Devil’s Gate Dam

The Los Angeles County Flood Control District needs permission from a state environmental agency to destroy an endangered bird and its habitat in order to remove 2.4 million cubic yards of sediment from behind Devil’s Gate Dam.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

The ‘Holy Grail’ for earthquake scientists has been accidentally destroyed

For nearly half a century, thousands trekked to Rose and Prospect streets to behold a slice of sidewalk that, by conventional standards, had no curb appeal.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: San Joaquin Valley groups, feds seek funds to build Temperance Flat dam

A coalition of local elected officials, water districts, tribal members and the federal government will gather Friday to launch the application process to help build Temperance Flat Dam and Reservoir project.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

$250 million plan to treat drinking water approved

The Coachella Valley Water District has approved a plan to start building treatment plants to remove the potentially hazardous heavy metal chromium-6 from drinking water. … But the district’s managers have also questioned the science behind the regulation and have said they will consider joining a lawsuit to challenge the state’s limit.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Ballot measure threatens bullet train, Delta tunnels

Two of Gov. Jerry Brown’s favorite projects — building a high-speed rail system and a pair of massive tunnels under the Delta — face a serious threat if California voters pass a measure heading for the November ballot.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Analysis finds higher flood risk from dam in Los Angeles County

The Army Corps of Engineers has raised its estimation of flood risk from the Whittier Narrows Dam in eastern Los Angeles County.

Aquafornia news Monterey Herald

Historic dam removal project celebrated in Carmel Valley

About 100 people, from stakeholders and supporters to dignitaries and politicians, came out to the former site of the San Clemente Dam on Monday to celebrate the removal of the dam and Carmel River Reroute Project.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Old irrigation pipe under freeway cause of Interstate 5 sinkhole

A deteriorating abandoned irrigation pipe below the pavement of Interstate 5 is being blamed for a sinkhole that has detoured motorists near Tracy this week.

Aquafornia news San Bernardino County Sun

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Drought, water department delay threaten endangered Santa Ana sucker fish

Unless the Santa Ana sucker is returned to a healthy population, water agencies planning for the needs of more than 600,000 people between Yucaipa and Rialto will not be able to rapidly move ahead with needed water recapture projects and wastewater recycling plants like the proposed $128 million Sterling Natural Resource Center in Highland, which officials say will create 1,400 jobs.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California quake warning system could start sending public alerts by 2018

In a major reversal, Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking state funds for a fledgling earthquake early warning system for California, which would allow for a limited rollout of alerts by 2018.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

San Francisco proposes $8 million to find a fix for quake-vulnerable sea wall

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has proposed spending $8 million to find a solution to the earthquake-vulnerable sea wall that holds up the city’s famed Embarcadero waterfront.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

San Andreas fault ‘locked, loaded and ready to roll’ with big earthquake, expert says

Southern California’s section of the San Andreas fault is “locked, loaded and ready to roll,” a leading earthquake scientist said Wednesday at the National Earthquake Conference in Long Beach. … Other areas of focus have included strengthening Los Angeles’ vulnerable aqueduct systems and its telecommunications networks.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Mining residue in Gold Rush town of Jackson remains a threat

In the Gold Rush-era foothills community of Jackson, the worst-case scenario painted by the Environmental Protection Agency last year about a 100-year-old dam there held a chilling warning.

Aquafornia news Desert Sun

Joshua Tree can’t stop Eagle Mountain hydropower plant

Joshua Tree National Park is working to annex more than 25,000 acres of important wildlife habitat to protect it from potential development, even as it appears increasingly likely those lands will surround a massive hydropower plant.

Aquafornia news Voice of San Diego

After a rush to build costly water treatment plants, they’re now sitting unused

Over a decade ago, Southern California water officials rushed to build or expand treatment plants so they could keep up with the demand for drinkable water. That cost hundreds of millions of dollars.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Butte County supervisors back Proposition 1 funding for Sites Reservoir

Despite some reservations, the Butte County Board of Supervisors unanimously backed a conditional letter of support for the Sites Reservoir project. The letter, to be sent to the California Water Commission and the Sites Joint Powers Authority, called for using Proposition 1 money to further investigate the off-stream project west of the Sacramento River in Colusa and Glenn counties.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: California water board denies bias claims in Delta tunnels dispute

Two members of the state board that will play a crucial role in the fate of Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to build two giant tunnels through the heart of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta rebuffed demands from a south state water agency that they disqualify themselves from upcoming hearings on the issue.

Aquafornia news Water Deeply

Blog: Klamath Dam removal could boost water supplies

It doesn’t seem possible that removing four dams could actually improve water supplies. But that is one potential result of the recently approved deal to remove dams on the Klamath River. The agreement, announced on April 6 by the U.S. Department of Interior, will likely become the largest dam removal project ever undertaken in the United States. 

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

Moraga sinkhole: Gov. Brown declares state of emergency response to storm-related damage

Gov. Jerry Brown issued a state of emergency Tuesday for 11 counties, including Contra Costa where Moraga will be able to fix their gaping El Niño-induced sinkhole.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Federal government to probe state spending on Delta tunnels

The Interior Department’s inspector general has opened an investigation into possible funding irregularities involving the proposed delta tunnels, a $15 billion plan to dig giant twin pipes to siphon water directly from the Sacramento River and send it underground to farms and cities in the southern part of the state.

Aquafornia news Riverside Press-Enterprise

Temecula Valley: Vail Dam may fail in large earthquake

The Rancho California Water District is looking into the feasibility of building a new dam at Vail Lake to augment the existing structure, a 68-year-old mass of concrete that has been deemed “deficient” by a state agency.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

States, federal agencies will seek removal of Klamath dams

Oregon, California, the federal government and others have agreed to go forward with a plan to remove four hydroelectric dams in the Pacific Northwest without approval from a reluctant Congress, a spokesman for dam owner PacifiCorp said Monday.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Gov. Brown’s $17 billion Delta tunnels plan faces new hurdle — a leading taxpayers organization

In a development that casts significant doubt on whether Silicon Valley’s largest water district will help pay for Gov. Jerry Brown’s $17 billion Delta tunnels plan, a majority of Santa Clara Valley Water District board members now say they want to put the issue to a public vote.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

California Water Alliance ballot measure that could have derailed the bullet train project is put on hold

California’s bullet train dodged a major threat Friday as critics delayed a proposed ballot measure that would have taken $8 billion in high-speed rail bonds and reallocated them for water projects.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Proponents put brakes on California proposal to divert high-speed rail money

Proponents of a proposed initiative to divert high-speed rail funding to water projects said Friday that they are pulling their petitions from the street and instead will pursue a place on the 2018 ballot.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

White House water summit focuses on climate threat

The White House held its first national water summit on Tuesday, seeking to put a greater focus on water challenges ranging from climate change to the old, leaky pipes that waste billions of gallons across the country every day.

Aquafornia news Brookings Institution

A surefire strategy to improve water infrastructure in Flint and beyond

As Flint’s water crisis continues to reverberate nationally, policymakers have turned their attention to the fundamental infrastructure challenges at hand. From Los Angeles to New York, many regions are not only contending with aging, overburdened water facilities—including areas with lead pipes similar to Flint—but are also confronting an enormous backlog of costs, severe financial constraints, and difficulty in coordinating action across thousands of individual community water systems.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Things to know about California’s giant twin tunnels project

California is proposing its most ambitious water project in a half-century.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Decision time for California governor’s big water project

Promoted by Gov. Jerry Brown, the $15.7 billion project would run giant twin pipes, each four stories high, underground for 35 miles and eventually pull thousands of gallons of water a second from the stretch along the Sacramento River where [Russell] van Loben Sels farms to cities and farms to the south.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

State highway collapses, hillside crumbles from Northern California storms

Days of rain caused a hillside to collapse and part of a state highway through Trinity County to crumble and wash away this week, cutting off a main pass for locals, Caltrans officials said.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco selling off spare parts for emergency water system

San Francisco is having a fire sale on spare parts for the city’s 100-year-old emergency water supply system — the network of high-pressure pipes and hydrants designed to help firefighting efforts should city water mains fail in a major earthquake.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Bond jitters spread after Westlands investigation

Jitters over a federal investigation of Westlands Water District bled over into the proposed delta tunnel project Thursday as a bond rating agency placed a negative watch on a $29.8-million bond helping to fund the controversial water diversion plan.

Aquafornia news NPR

National parks have a long to-do list but can’t cover the repair costs (with audio)

Today, the total backlog of needed maintenance at U.S. national parks is $11.9 billion. … Grand Canyon National Park needs $330 million, due largely to outstanding wastewater and water system upgrades.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Critics of Calif. revenue bond initiative warn of unintended consequences

The initiative, sponsored by wealthy Stockton-area farmer Dean Cortopassi, is widely seen as an attempt to derail the Brown Administration’s Delta Tunnel project, which would be funded by revenue bonds.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

California bond vote measure takes a beating

Democratic legislators and officials, business and labor representatives, and water suppliers took turns Wednesday flailing a November ballot measure that would require voter approval of major state revenue bond issues.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Failure of key water pipeline into Silicon Valley may have exposed wider problems

Like a car owner whose transmission unexpectedly breaks down and results in a huge bill, Silicon Valley’s largest water provider will have to spend at least $20 million to drain, test and repair a critical water pipeline that failed last summer and may have more hidden problems.

Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

‘Murky’ rail measure could hurt Sites

At first glance, a proposed initiative to reallocate bond funds from the controversial high-speed rail project to fund water storage projects seems tailor-made for Northern Californian water leaders who have been pushing for such projects, particularly Sites Reservoir, for decades.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: San Joaquin Valley farmers, others come out against rail-water initiative

A group of central San Joaquin Valley agriculture, government and Latino leaders is raising an alarm about a proposed ballot initiative to take money away from high-speed rail and use it instead for water-storage projects in California.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Fact check: Gavin Newsom stretches impact of bond initiative

The immediate effect of the measure is the impact it could have on Gov. Jerry Brown’s $15.5 billion plan to build two tunnels to divert water southward under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Global list of water-related conflicts grows

Violent conflicts over water have been flaring in places from Yemen to Peru, and an updated global list shows a sharp rise in the number of water-related clashes reported over the past three decades.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Proposal would shift bullet train funding for use on new water projects

The state’s powerful agriculture industry and its political allies are gathering signatures for a November ballot initiative that would grab bond money earmarked for California’s bullet train and use it instead for new water projects.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Quake early warning system for California is delayed by fight over who will pay

When a magnitude 6.0 earthquake hit Napa in 2014, an earthquake alert system gave researchers in San Francisco about eight seconds of warning before the shaking began.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Quake early warning system gets $3.6 million, but it’s still a long way from goal

With officials still struggling to find money to create an earthquake early warning system for the West Coast, a private foundation, Intel Corp. and an arm of Amazon.com Inc. said they will pitch in money or other support, officials said at a White House summit Tuesday.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

State regulators consider Delta tunnels plan

Opponents and supporters were at a California Water Resources Control Board meeting Thursday.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: California starts decisive year on governor’s water tunnels

State regulators launched Thursday into a year of pivotal decisions on Gov. Jerry Brown’s quest to build two giant tunnels to ferry water from Northern California for Central and Southern California, a $17-billion project that would be one of the largest in decades in the state.

Aquafornia news The San Diego Union-Tribune

Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: EPA announces $182 million for California water projects

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials were in Carlsbad on Wednesday to announce more than $182 million in federal funding that will be funneled to drinking water and wastewater infrastructure improvements throughout California.

Aquafornia news Redding Record Searchlight

Siskiyou residents debate Klamath River dams

The debate about whether four Klamath River dams should be removed raged on Tuesday evening.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Lead pipes lurk in older neighborhoods across the nation

Lead pipes like the ones that led to contamination of the tap water in Flint, Michigan, carry water into millions of older homes across the U.S. every day, a legacy of an era before scientists realized the severe long-term health consequences of exposure to the heavy metal.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Cofferdam leak at Folsom Lake spillway project stabilized

A temporary cofferdam that kept crews and construction areas dry during the construction of a new spillway at Folsom Dam began leaking Wednesday, forcing crews to evacuate.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

In survey, mayors say they worry about aging infrastructure

Among the findings of the survey: — Mayors say aging and underfunded infrastructure is their most pressing challenge. Mass transit, roads and water top the list of priorities.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Emergency planners work on playbooks for the deadly big one

Seismologists say a full rupture of a 650-mile-long offshore fault running from Northern California to British Columbia and an ensuing tsunami could come in our lifetimes, and emergency management officials are busy preparing for the worst.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Another step toward the twin tunnels

State officials on Friday announced a tentative agreement with water agencies on the design and construction of the $15 billion twin tunnels beneath the Delta.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Is the era of dam-building over? Backers of several major projects say it shouldn’t be.

Drought, climate change and environmental curbs on water deliveries are fueling campaigns for more water storage in California.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Damage from sinking land costing California billions

A canal that delivers vital water supplies from Northern California to Southern California is sinking in places.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Extreme weather poses increasing threat to U.S. power grid

An Associated Press analysis of industry data found that severe weather is the leading cause of major outages on the nation’s power grid.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

California wants to store water for farmers, but struggles over how to do it

This state, forward-looking on other environmental issues, has been stymied for decades over how to upgrade its plumbing system, an immense but aging network of reservoirs and canals that move water from the mountainous north to the drier south.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: State high court clarifies environmental law’s impact on development

The California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that public agencies reviewing a development proposal generally do not have to consider the effects of environmental conditions on future occupants unless the project itself would worsen those conditions.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

Corps of Engineers to get $1.3 billion funding boost in budget bill

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will receive a 27 percent spending boost in a $1.1 trillion budget bill working its way through Congress this week.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles DWP board approves water rate hike to fix aging pipes

The board that oversees the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power on Tuesday approved the utility’s plan to increase water rates about 4.7% each year over the next five years. … Utility officials have said they need the approximately $330 million in additional revenue to repair aging water pipes and other infrastructure.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Brown considers using his campaign war chest in 2016 initiative battles

Gov. Jerry Brown said he is preparing to wade into next year’s crowded field of ballot battles, which could include proposing a new effort on climate change or fighting off an initiative to restrict infrastructure projects.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Jerry Brown preparing to engage in 2016 ballot measure fight

Gov. Jerry Brown said Thursday he is considering placing a measure on the 2016 ballot, possibly related to climate change, or engaging in an effort to defeat a threat to his Delta water project.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Project to drain largest reservoir in Santa Clara County a year behind schedule

State regulators ordered a few years ago that the vast lake near Morgan Hill in Santa Clara County — which holds more water than the other nine reservoirs in the county combined — could not be filled any more than 68 percent full because geologic tests found that in a major earthquake, its 240-foot high earthen dam could slump, releasing a wall of water that could generate a trail of death and destruction all the way to San Jose.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

4 arrested in vandalism of Bay Area dam that caused loss of 50 million gallons of water

Under the cover of darkness, a group of vandals this spring slashed an inflatable dam in the Bay Area, sending millions of gallons of water into San Francisco Bay.

Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Ballot measures aim to cut funding for Delta tunnels, high-speed rail

Gov. Jerry Brown could have a huge battle on his hands next year against ballot-measure proponents asking voters to essentially kill his two most-beloved public works projects — the bullet train and his proposed twin water tunnels under the Delta.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Ballot proposal would divert high-speed rail money to water

Two well-known Republican state lawmakers submitted language Thursday for a ballot initiative that would ask California voters to redirect about $8 billion in bond money from the state’s high-speed rail project to build water storage.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

New ballot measure moves high-speed rail bonds to water projects

Two Republican elected officials have submitted a 2016 ballot measure that would shift $8 billion in unspent high-speed rail bond funds to water storage projects.

Aquafornia news The New York Times

Human cost rises as old bridges, dams and roads go unrepaired

From coast to coast, the country’s once-envied collection of bridges, dams, pipelines, sewage treatment plants and levees is crumbling.

Aquafornia news McClatchy Washington, D.C., Bureau

McCarthy: Use high-speed rail funds to quench California’s drought

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a persistent critic of California’s high-speed rail program, said that the funds for the project should be diverted to quench the state’s severe drought.

Aquafornia news PBS NewsHour

Why dams are at the heart of California’s water wars

California is soul searching right now on how to deal with the drought. Should it build more dams? Or are there already enough dams — more than 1,400 — in the state, and not enough water to fill them up anyway?

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Measure that imperils Delta tunnels plan qualifies for 2016 ballot

A constitutional amendment that would erect a significant political hurdle for Gov. Jerry Brown’s plans to build twin tunnels to carry water south around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is poised to qualify for the November 2016 ballot.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Ballot measure is new obstacle to diverting water to Southern California

Californians will act on a ballot measure next year that would require voter approval of many large public works projects, including Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin-tunnel plan to divert water south around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

New Delta tunnel plan spurs familiar criticisms

Republicans fight taxes, business groups fight labor, and Delta lawmakers fight the tunnels. … Backers, meanwhile, are marshaling a big show of support for a project rebranded as the “California Water Fix,” …

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Opponents expect 30,000 comments against Delta tunnel plan (with audio)

California officials expect an earful from opponents of the Bay Delta tunnel plan, as the public comment period comes to a close Friday.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: South state storms show no easy remedies for California drought

An epic rainstorm brought mudslides, flooding and road closures to Southern California recently, but it did little to ease the state’s four-year drought. … The problem revolves around El Nino’s typical behavior and the lopsided nature of California’s mostly man-made plumbing system.

Aquafornia news East Bay Express

Commentary: Damning California’s future

Few places in California are more remote from urban life than Round Valley, but the watershed and [Richard] Wilson are central to understanding why Governor Jerry Brown and other powerful interests are avidly pursuing several multibillion-dollar dam projects and two massive water tunnels that are strikingly similar to plans laid out in economic and engineering charts in California in the early-1950s.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

San Joaquin County remains opposed to ‘Water Fix’

The San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors voted 3-0 on Tuesday to adopt a resolution affirming the county’s opposition to the BDCP [Bay Delta Conservation Plan]/Water Fix, as well as to approve the county’s comments on a revised draft environmental impact report and supplemental environmental impact statement.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Temperance Flat Dam dominates California Water Commission meeting in Clovis

As members of the California Water Commission convened Wednesday night in Clovis to update the public on the Water Storage Investment Program, conversation centered on one topic: Temperance Flat Dam. … Water bond money is seen as competitive.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Cities and private equity firms fight over ownership of water systems

The fight in San Bernardino County is part of a wider tug of war between cities and private owners over water systems. More broadly, the controversy is over the degree to which Wall Street and other private parties should be controlling basic municipal infrastructure such as water systems and parking meters.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Drinking water systems imperiled by failing infrastructure

Around the country, scores of decaying drinking water systems built around the time of World War II and earlier are in need of replacement. … The challenge is deepened by drought conditions in some regions and government mandates to remove more contaminants.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Millions remain unspent in federal water-system loan program

The largest federal aid program for improving the nation’s drinking water systems has struggled to spend money in a timely fashion despite demand for assistance that far exceeds the amount available, a review by The Associated Press shows.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Does water district’s dam blocking salmon violate state law?

This spring, state fisheries officials sent a letter to the Nevada Irrigation District alleging it was in violation of two sections of the state’s Fish and Game Code over a small dam near Lincoln that blocks fall-run Chinook salmon as they migrate up Auburn Ravine Creek.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Plans for Sites Reservoir move ahead; new manager hired to lead project

A group of Northern California water users, and now investors, have taken the next big step in the plans to build a new reservoir in Northern California. Jim Watson has been hired as the new and first general manager of the Sites Reservoir Joint Powers Authority, sitesjpa.net.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

How a 1930s water war between California and Arizona delayed Parker Dam

In 1934, the Metropolitan Water District began construction on Parker Dam, which was opposed by Arizona. The resulting Lake Havasu would feed the new Colorado Aqueduct.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

A future of dams — Floodgates open to add barriers to combat drought

Driven by drought, California stands ready to build a water system for the 21st century. Ideas are flowing: conservation, recycling, desalination, aquifer recharge, floodplain restoration, storm water capture. But the biggest, most expensive, most popular item of all is the foundation of the 20th century water system — dams.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Blog: East Bay earthquake ruptures more than a dozen water lines

More than half a dozen water mains ruptured in the East Bay on Monday, mostly in and around the areas affected by a magnitude 4.0 earthquake Monday morning, according to the East Bay Municipal Water District.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Monday’s Top of the Scroll: Price, risk weigh heavily on farmers who would draw from Delta water tunnels

Sometime over the next year or so, [Mike] Stearns and several thousand other farmers from Tracy to Bakersfield will decide the fate of a project that’s supposed to resuscitate their parched San Joaquin Valley farms while stabilizing the delivery of drinking water to 25 million Southern Californians.

Aquafornia news Circle of Blue

Blog: Sites Reservoir in Northern Calif. is 20th-century idea trying to fit the 21st

Almost 40 years after it began operation, California’s four-year drought has turned the state’s fourth largest reservoir, capable of storing 2.4 million acre-feet of water, into a shallow brown pool that holds 343,000 acre-feet, less than 15 percent of its capacity.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Q&A: Calif. is falling apart; here’s why

Steven P. Erie, a political science professor at UC San Diego, says that if California infrastructure were a student in his class, he’d give it an “F.” 

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Wednesday’s Top of the Scroll: Drought now Californians’ top concern, poll finds

Voter concern over California’s drought is “extremely high and intensifying,” according to a new poll, while a majority of respondents said they would willingly pay “a few more dollars a month” to improve state water infrastructure.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

I-10 bridge collapse might not be California’s last (with audio)

Flash flooding washed out a stretch of I-10 near Desert Center in southeastern California. And with a potential El Niño coming later this year, there could be a lot more flash floods up and down the state.

Aquafornia news The Modesto Bee

Turlock, Ceres, south Modesto take key step toward water plant

A vote Thursday secured the raw water supply for a treatment plant proposed for Turlock, Ceres and south Modesto. … The long-delayed project would reduce reliance on wells, as has happened for 20 years with a similar plant for the rest of Modesto.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Strong El Niño could cause more Interstate 10 bridges to collapse

If a potentially historic El Niño brings powerful floods to Southern California this winter, Sunday’s rain-induced bridge collapse could be a preview of highway hazards to come. Across California, state officials list about 450 bridges as potentially unstable during intense floods. 

Aquafornia news KPCC Southern California Public Radio

CA water agencies resist bill to report water losses from leaky, broken infrastructure (with audio)

While water consumers are pressed to save every drop in the continuing drought, water utilities keep poor track of how much of their supply is lost before it ever reaches faucets – and at least some are resisting a bill to make them report those loses more frequently.

Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Tunnels plan pushes forward

Construction on Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels could begin in 2018, though a top state official said Monday that it remains unclear how much water the tunnels would convey to justify their $15 billion cost.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Fresno County aims to push Temperance Flat agency

Fresno County supervisors want to lead an effort to get bond money to build Temperance Flat Dam on the San Joaquin River when funding becomes available in early 2017. … The county is being pressed into action after the splintering of the Friant Water Authority, said Supervisor Brian Pacheco.

Aquafornia news Victorville Daily Press

Pricey pipes

While water pipelines are judged to have a useful life of 50 to 100 years, much of America’s infrastructure is falling behind recommended replacement and upgrade benchmarks, civil engineers say. … ‘Aging infrastructure illustrates what some see as the failure of many agencies, particularly municipalities, to have properly invested in replacing infrastructure or even regular replacement programs,’ the Sacramento-based Water Education Foundation wrote in its Western Water magazine in 2012.”

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: Will local water projects lose out to Brown’s tunnel vision?

San Diego water officials have some cogent questions for Gov. Jerry Brown. First, about those costly, monster tunnels he wants to dig under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta: Wouldn’t it be smarter to use that money — at least a good chunk of it — to build local water projects?

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: Reforming CEQA still vital work

The California Environmental Quality Act, signed into law more than 40 years ago, is a perfect example of how a political decree meant to do one thing can transmogrify into something else entirely.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Development deals tied to state budget sidestep ‘green’ rules

The piecemeal approach to the 45-year-old California Environmental Quality Act, a law that has been a lightning rod for controversy, has frustrated defenders and critics alike.

Aquafornia news Santa Cruz Sentinel

Soquel Creek Water District unveils new $6 million well (with video)

Celebrating the completion of the multimillion-dollar construction of the O’Neill Ranch Well, Soquel Creek Water District officials gathered under auspicious storm clouds Wednesday.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Commentary: Brown’s water quest taps forebears’ inspiration, if not their flexibility

If his dad [former Gov. Edmund G. “Pat” Brown] more than half a century ago could lead California into building a world-class water project over fierce northern opposition and southern apathy, the son [Gov. Jerry Brown] believes, certainly he can complete that troubled system with the delta tunnels. 

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Daily News

Commentary: California needs to modernize its major water projects

Say you built a new house. A big, sturdy house, designed to meet the needs of your family for generations to come. After 30 years, the roof starts leaking. The furnace breaks. The paint peels, and wood trim begins to rot. Would you make repairs?

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles DWP takes first step toward possible rate increases

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power took a first step Tuesday toward possible rate increases as it tries to address aging infrastructure that has resulted in spectacular water pipe breaks and other problems.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: A better alternative to Delta tunnels

The way we move water from Northern California to the south is the worst of all worlds. … California needs a better conveyance system – one that is reliable, protects the environment, can be used to supply more water and anticipates climate change.

Aquafornia news The Desert Sun

Eagle Canyon Dam project to affect traffic

Traffic delays are expected in Cathedral City through the rest of 2015 as the Eagle Canyon Dam project enters its final phase of construction.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

String of quakes near Concord rattles Bay Area

East Bay Municipal Utility District crews were repairing a minor break to a 12-inch steel water main at North Main Street and Geary Road in Walnut Creek on Sunday night. The break was reported at 4:15 p.m., but repair crews could not immediately determine if the shaking caused the underground break to the 52-year-old water main, said EBMUD spokeswoman Tracie Morales-Noisy.

Aquafornia news U-T San Diego

Gov. Brown vows to speed up local water projects

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday pledged to give municipalities new power to penalize water wasters — by creating fines of up to $10,000 for the worst violations — while also promising to fast-track reviews of local water supply projects.

Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

Rally, area support not enough for reservoir bill to continue

Despite a rally that attracted hundreds of supporters to the state Capitol, a proposed bill that would have expedited the environmental review process for two large reservoir projects failed to pass through committee.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

California lawmakers reject attempt to speed up water storage projects (with audio)

Supporters of a bill that would have streamlined the environmental review process for water storage projects stood on the steps of the state Capitol next to dead almond trees.

Aquafornia news The Sacramento Bee

Tuesday’s Top of the Scroll: Assembly panel kills Republican bill to speed dam construction

Drought-inspired legislation to hasten the construction of water-storage facilities died in a California Assembly panel on Monday.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Editorial: Legislature, close loophole exempting building projects from CEQA

There are few state laws developers loathe more than the California Environmental Quality Act.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

Blog: State funding for larger reservoir above Millerton? Crowded field competes for it

Will there be competition for the state bond money that could help pay for $2.6 billion Temperance Flat Dam near Fresno? Yes.

Aquafornia news Appeal-Democrat

House panel OKs storage bill

New federal legislation proposed by a Central Valley congressman designed to hasten work toward development of Sites Reservoir and four other storage projects has passed a House committee.

Aquafornia news The Fresno Bee

California Water Commission hears from supporters of Temperance Flat dam

The California Water Commission came to Fresno on Wednesday to collect comments on how to spend $2.7 billion in bond money for water storage projects. The message the commissioners heard was loud and clear: build Sites Reservoir and Temperance Flat dam.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Sites has advantages in competition for Proposition 1 bond money

It’s much clearer how water storage money from the Proposition 1 water bond will be spent, following Monday’s well-attended meeting in Chico hosted by a couple of members of the California Water Commission. But it’s much less clear what it will be spent on.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

California Water Commission to hold Chico meeting on Proposition 1 water storage plans

On Monday, Chico will be the California Water Commission’s first stop in a series of informational meetings on investing in water storage as part of Proposition 1. 

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.

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