“A state senator is taking the lead in trying to pass
legislation that would serve as a crucial step toward solving
water supply problems experienced by a neighborhood straddling
the Wildomar-Menifee border.
“Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside, has agreed to carry Senate
Bill 772 as his own legislation after its author, Sen. Bill
Emmerson, R-Redlands, retired Dec.
“The state Department of Toxic Substances Control has issued an
emergency order directing a Vernon battery recycler to clean up
lead and other metals that have been deposited near the Exide
“In a letter released Wednesday, the agency said dust and soil
samples with metals in concentrations at or near hazardous
waste levels have been found near the facility and must be
cleaned up by Jan. 31.
“Water samples collected at Colorado sites where hydraulic
fracturing was used to extract natural gas show the presence of
chemicals that have been linked to infertility, birth defects
and cancer, scientists reported Monday.
“The study, published in the journal Endocrinology, also found
elevated levels of the hormone-disrupting chemicals in the
Colorado River, where wastewater released during accidental
spills at nearby wells could wind up.”
“Fruit Growers Supply Company has its sights on building and
operating a small log mill in Yreka at the old Hi-Ridge Lumber
plant, but a long overdue cleanup of the site’s water
pollutants are hampering the process.
“Charles Brown, Fruit Growers senior vice president of northern
operations, said the cooperative is working with the current
owners and the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board
to see what it is going to require to clean up the site.”
“State tests on soil and groundwater below a Wildomar housing
tract have found no chemical contamination that might explain
illnesses in the neighborhood, where some residents abandoned
their homes after suffering a variety of ailments.”
“Officials in the tiny city at the base of the San Gabriel
Mountains say the temporary use of imported water provided by
the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is to
blame for the off-putting color.
“The Sierra Madre Public Works Department normally uses
chlorine to disinfect water drawn from its own four wells and a
pair of natural spring tunnels dug deep into the
mountains. But the MWD uses chloramines to disinfect the
water it pulls from the Colorado River and the California
From The Modesto Bee, in a commentary by Steve Knell:
“The Brown administration recently released a draft California
Water Action Plan, the purpose of which is to outline and address
the state’s water challenges and provide sustainable management
goals for our water resources.
“Something bad has been in the water at Los Angeles
International Airport for the last several weeks.
“With the city in the midst of a sweeping $2-billion
transformation of the Tom Bradley International Terminal,
airlines that use the facility’s old and new gates have been
unable to replenish their aircraft with drinking water because
of contamination in the building’s plumbing.”
“So here’s what we know: For nearly 10 years, the Orange County
Water District has waged a complex legal war to force businesses
to pay more than $200 million to clean up contamination that it
insists threatens drinking water.”
“A coalition of environmental groups and an elderly Monterey
County woman filed a lawsuit against state water regulators for
failing to protect the public from toxic agricultural
“The suit, filed on behalf of Antonia Manzo, a Monterey County
resident, by Monterey-based The Otter Project and Monterey
Coastkeeper and five other organizations, alleges that the
state Water Board passed a regulation governing agricultural
discharge that is so weak it is in violation of state law.”
“A major milestone for a project that will improve water quality
for the majority of Yolo County residents was celebrated on
Tuesday. The project will replace the largest unscreened intake
on the Sacramento River.”
From the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA):
“The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have announced an
expanded partnership to support water quality trading and other
market-based approaches that provide benefits to the
environment and economy.
“‘New water quality trading markets hold incredible potential
to benefit rural America by providing new income opportunities
and enhancing conservation of water and wildlife habitat,’
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said.