“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 Technologies plant.
“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 Aqueduct.”
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 discharge.
“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.