Residents and businesses in South Lake Tahoe can track their water use thanks to a shift to advanced metering infrastructure. That change to the new system, which tracks water usage hourly, replaces old quarterly meter reads, according to South Tahoe Public Utility District.
Certainly the Nevada Irrigation District’s board has seen some contested elections around some controversial issues. But the Centennial Dam, and whether the district needs to continue with the multimillion-dollar reservoir project, is arguably the most contentious issue the district has faced in decades.
With one of the highest costs for water in San Diego County, Padre Dam Municipal Water District has faced a lot of pushback from residents tired of expensive bills. But some relief is in sight. As of July 1, the district said, the average customer in its service area paid the third-highest cost for water in the county — just over $100 per month.
Our state is in a fight over water policy that could hit all Californians squarely in their grocery carts. If the State Water Board’s unimpaired flow policy is adopted, significant additional amounts of water will be diverted away from farms and others and left in our rivers under the assumption that it will help native fish. Not only does science show this approach doesn’t work, we also know it will cause a variety of new problems.
Water agencies throughout California celebrated the second annual Water Professionals Appreciation Week between Oct. 6-14 by highlighting career opportunities and recognizing their employees’ dedication to serving their communities. This year Water Professionals Appreciation Week featured a lot of outreach through social media and online videos, such as Metropolitan Water District’s YouTube video that introduced employees talking about their job duties.
Within a little more than a year, Santa Cruz is due to decide how best to weather future droughts that last multiple years. The city is set in the next few months to begin test driving several water projects, including top favorites where the city sends extra river and stream water to neighboring jurisdictions, rather than letting it pour out into the ocean.
After seven years at the helm of the county Water Resources Agency, general manager David Chardavoyne will leave at the end of the year. In a news release issued on Friday, county officials announced that Chardavoyne’s contract would not be renewed after it expires Dec. 31.
Saving water saves energy. Simply tracing the origin and following the journey of Ventura County’s water shows the tremendous amount of pumping required to supply local water. Ventura County’s imported water originates in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, is pumped through a series of pipes and flows through canals for hundreds of miles, then is stored in Castaic Lake.
The rivers that once poured from the Sierra Nevada, thick with snowmelt and salmon, now languish amid relentless pumping, sometimes shriveling to a trickle and sparking a crisis for fish, wildlife and the people who rely on a healthy California delta. A state plan to improve these flows and avert disaster, however, has been mired in conflict and delays.
The Calaveras County Water District board of directors appointed Director of Administrative Services Jeffrey Meyer as the interim general manager at a board meeting Wednesday. Current general manager Dave Eggerton will be starting a new position as Executive Director Designate of the Association of California Water Agencies on Nov. 1 after four years at CCWD.
Oct. 10 marked the 15th anniversary of the signing of the Quantification Settlement Agreement (QSA). The QSA created the nation’s largest transfer of water from agriculture to cities, building resilience and buffering Southern California from the impacts of the state’s recent drought while decreasing California’s reliance on the increasingly stressed Colorado River.
Various partners in a program to provide food for Delta smelt joined together yesterday along the Yolo Bypass levee to present of the program’s monitoring this year, which showed promising results. This is the second year state and federal agencies, water resources managers, and landowners have collaborated to grow and transport food into the north Delta for smelt.
More than 500 people packed a Nevada Irrigation District board meeting Tuesday that had been set to discuss a requested moratorium on spending on the controversial Centennial Dam project. The board ended up not voting on that request, instead approving what the board called a compromise spending limit that left most in the audience at the Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building confused and unsatisfied.
After years of stop-and-go talks, California and two other states that take water from the lower Colorado River are nearing an agreement on how to share delivery cuts if a formal shortage is declared on the drought-plagued waterway. Under the proposed pact, California — the river’s largest user — would reduce diversions earlier in a shortage than it would if the lower-basin states strictly adhered to a water-rights pecking order.
A longtime water district manager and a leading agricultural technology company were honored Tuesday for their contributions to the farming industry. Garry Serrato, general manager of the Fresno Irrigation District, was named the 2018 Agriculturist of the Year by the Fresno Chamber of Commerce and Agrian Inc. of Clovis received the 2018 Ag Business Award by Baker Peterson Franklin.
A former employee of the Las Vegas Valley Water District pleaded guilty Tuesday to mail fraud and tax evasion in a scheme to steal and sell more than $6.7 million worth of ink and toner cartridges from the public utility.
A San Francisco woman who tested her tap water with a store-bought kit and got a positive reading for pesticides, then posted the results to social media, has prompted the city to step up water testing not just near her home in the Sunset District but across the city. Officials at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission insisted Tuesday, for the second day in a row, that municipal supplies are safe to drink.
The Bureau of Reclamation and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California today [Oct. 9] issued a Draft Environmental Assessment/Initial Study-Negative Declaration for a proposed 635-acre conservation area to be created as part of the Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program. The Draft EA/IS-ND, released for public review and comment, details Metropolitan’s proposed granting of an easement for conservation purposes to Reclamation for the establishment of a conservation area on land owned by Metropolitan.
Seven Southwestern U.S. states that depend on the overtaxed Colorado River have reached landmark agreements on how to manage the waterway amid an unprecedented drought, including a commitment by California to bear part of the burden before it is legally required to do so, officials said Tuesday. The agreements are tentative and must be approved by multiple states and agencies as well as the U.S. government.
Larkfield fire survivors have launched a new nonprofit to help them recover and improve their community one year after the Tubbs fire destroyed hundreds of homes in the unincorporated area just north of Santa Rosa. … [Brad] Sherwood, a spokesman for the [Sonoma] county Water Agency, said residents wanted to “bring some good vibes into our neighborhood on an otherwise somber night.”