The growing leadership of women in water. The Colorado River’s persistent drought and efforts to sign off on a plan to avert worse shortfalls of water from the river. And in California’s Central Valley, promising solutions to vexing water resource challenges.
These were among the topics that Western Water news explored in 2018.
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A bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday, July 21, clears the way for two water districts to extend their systems to a neighborhood on the Wildomar-Menifee border that has been plagued by a poor quality, unreliable water supply.
Healdsburg Mayor Jim Wood is a dentist who believes in the effectiveness of fluoridated water in combating tooth decay. But he won’t be writing the argument against a November ballot measure to remove fluoride from the city’s water.
From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Linda S. Adams and Karen L. Hathaway:
As early as next month, the State Water Resources Control Board could take up the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board’s recommendation for the maximum level of copper particulates allowed in Marina del Rey, one of the largest man-made harbors in the world.
From the San Jose Mercury News, in a commentary by Richard Santos:
In the midst of exceptional drought conditions, a new, locally controlled, drought-proof water source for Silicon Valley could not have come at a better time. The Santa Clara Valley Water District, in partnership with the cities of San Jose and Santa Clara, is celebrating the completion of the Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center.
A proposal that federal officials said was intended to simplify federal water laws has instead been interpreted to do the opposite – and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is scrambling to defend itself to agriculture and other industries.
A small water agency that pumps water from Clear Lake expects to declare a water shortage emergency as early as this week, not because it’s running out of water but because thick algae growth is putting a strain on its purification system.
From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):
Cindy Forbes, a veteran of the California Department of Public Health’s former Drinking Water Program, was named July 1 as the new Deputy Director of the State Water Resource Control Board’s (State Water Board), Division of Drinking Water.
Five hundred million dollars in road and water-quality improvements are underway on the California side of Lake Tahoe. … The new roads are designed to collect storm water and filter out pollution in 30-by-60-foot sand pits.
Water flows into the American River were increased Tuesday, despite the ongoing drought, because state and federal officials are fighting to keep salinity from San Francisco Bay from intruding into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
Opponents of fluoridated water opened a new front in their campaign Monday, urging the Healdsburg City Council to put warning labels in utility bills advising residents not to mix city water with baby formula for infants under 6 months old.
From The Fresno Bee Earth Log blog by Mark Grossi:
“Gov. Jerry Brown’s new budget, which cleared the Legislature, moves the state’s Drinking Water Program from Public Health to the State Water Resources Control Board. The move will be made July 1, state leaders said.”