“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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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,” …
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.”
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?
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
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?
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
On an island at Lake Mead that stopped being an island more
than a decade ago, the Southern Nevada Water Authority is about
to launch the next phase of a 12-year building binge expected
to last until 2020 and cost almost $1.5 billion.
Surface storage is the first and most important part of a
comprehensive water solution. Even the areas of the state with
the greatest potential to recharge groundwater require a steady
supply of water to fill the underground aquifers.
He’s [John Bess of Baltimore] searching for water leaks in the
city’s [San Francisco] underground pipelines with a special
microphone and earpiece that enables him to hear escaping water
from the street — rather than having to dig down and find it.
During the widespread drought, officials are struggling to
finish large-scale water infrastructure projects while
populations are growing, drinking water resources are
dwindling, and federal dollars are diminishing.
Mayor Eric Garcetti’s call to strengthen Los Angeles’ water
system — one pillar of his ambitious plan to ready the city for
a major earthquake — would cost as much as $15 billion and
require decades of work, Department of Water and Power
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
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
Claiming it is “doing the government’s job,” an environmental
group this week finished posting online nearly 1,000 of the
most complex public comments received last year on Gov. Jerry
Brown’s plan to build Twin Tunnels beneath the Delta.
So far, landowners in the Sacramento Valley have made
commitments for 85,000 acre-feet of water if Sites Reservoir is
built. … A few weeks ago Reps. John Garamendi, D-Walnut
Grove, and Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale, introduced a bill to speed
up the Sites Reservoir feasibility study. In the meantime, the
Sites JPA is looking to hire a general manager …
Net federal public investment spending, both defense and
non-defense, in 2013 (the latest year for which data are
available) works out to zero as a percentage of gross domestic
product, according to the Bureau of Economic
Analysis’s National Income and Product Accounts
Is your house built to use water efficiently? … The
non-profit organization known as RESNET – the Residential
Energy Services Network – has just announced its intention to
create an easy to understand numeric rating system for the
water efficiency of homes this year. RESNET has already
developed the highly successful Home Energy Rating System
(HERS) for assigning a score to the energy efficiency of homes
The calendar may say it’s winter, but the sun is shining and
the trees are already in bloom. Still the early spring-like
weather isn’t enough to convince people in California that it’s
time for something like a coast-to-coast water pipeline.
As the morning light gently shines through brush, illuminating
some sections of the Santa Ana River, biologists representing a
consortium of water agencies slowly wade through the gently
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
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
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
The Fresno City Council approved Mayor Ashley Swearengin’s
historic water project Thursday night, assuring a secure supply
of the liquid gold well into the 21st century. The 6-1 vote was
actually for a five-year rate plan.
The city of Dixon is suing a taxpayers’ group, trying to block
an electoral challenge to a sewage rate increase in a growing
rift over how to pay for $23 million or more in state-mandated
improvements to the town’s wastewater treatment plant.
Top officials with the State Water Resources Control Board and
the state Department of Water Resources took different
approaches to emphasize that public health and safety will be
the key issue when the [Fresno] City Council on Thursday
evening debates the mayor’s plan.
The great pioneers of Pasadena described the Hahamongna
watershed and the Arroyo Seco as a place where trout swam in
crisp waters, webs of flowery vines and oaks blotted out the
sky and hunters scored bears and foxes for display in their Los
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
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
Elation. That’s how Woodland City Manager Paul Navazio
described his feelings upon receiving, hand-carrying and then
depositing into the city’s bank an $18.5 million check from the
state Water Resources Control Board.
Hazardous heavy metal levels in Indio’s “stand-by” water supply
should be under control in time for summer with City Council’s
Wednesday 5-0 approval of the $2.95 million-purchase of water
A nearly century-old water main burst in the Hollywood Hills in
the predawn hours Wednesday, cracking sidewalks and pavement
and submerging cars as at least 100,000 gallons of water spewed
into a residential neighborhood.
About one-fifth of the city’s water pipes were installed before
1931 and nearly all will reach the end of their useful lives in
the next 15 years. … The DWP has a $1.3-billion plan to
replace 435 miles of deteriorating pipe in the next 10 years
Californians for Water Security, despite talking a good game on
social media about fixing California’s aging water
infrastructure, is actually supporting Gov. Jerry Brown’s
$60-plus billion Delta tunnels project.
Assemblyman James Gallagher, R-Nicolaus, introduced Assembly
Bill 311 on Thursday to streamline the environmental review
process for water storage projects funded through the 2014
Proposition 1 water bond.
Carrying murky water in jars as samples, residents in Gardena
on Thursday demanded answers from a water company about black,
foul-smelling tap water that is pouring from their faucets,
toilets and showers. … Golden State Water Company blames
sediments from aging pipelines.
When the last chunks of concrete from Glines Canyon Dam were
ripped from bedrock in August and the Elwha River again touched
its old course, the moment marked an engineering and
environmental milestone: the completion of the largest dam
removal in U.S. history.
We should be building more low-elevation, off-stream storage
such as the San Luis Reservoir in the Pacheco Pass west of Los
Banos (which could be enlarged) or the proposed Sites reservoir
in the foothills west of Colusa, which would hold about a
million acre-feet of water.
Mayor Ashley Swearengin has on tap a $1 million program to help
low-income Fresnans pay their water bills. Whether that is
enough to turn her proposed upgrade to Fresno’s water system
into reality figures to be City Hall’s hottest political
question this month.
Former Huntington Beach Mayor Debbie Cook has filed a complaint
with the state’s political watchdog, alleging that a water
district board member has a conflict of interest and should not
be allowed to vote on a proposed desalination plant on the