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The Lessons From El Nino

As noted in a March 18 Reuters article by Karen Braun, the very strong El Niño event is showing signs that it is rapidly unwinding, and when it does, there could be some major changes in global temperature.

El Niño is a periodic weakening—or even a reversal, as is the case with this one—of the easterly trade winds across the tropical Pacific.

South Coast Desalination Project is in the Works

The South Coast Water District is forging ahead as the lone agency intent on making a desalination facility in Dana Point a reality after more than 10 years of discussion.

The district, which serves customers in South Laguna, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente, wants to build a treatment plant on 30 acres of property it owns near San Juan Creek in hopes of eventually producing 15 million gallons of potable water a day.

Expanding Use of Recycled Water Would Benefit the Environment and Human Health

Expanding the use of recycled water would reduce water and energy use, cut greenhouse gas emissions and benefit public health in California – which is in the midst of a severe drought – and around the world.

A new study by the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, published online March 17 in the American Journal of Public Health, found that recycled water has great potential for more efficient use in urban settings and to improve the overall resiliency of the water supply.


Bipartisan Push on California Drought Relief

California lawmakers from both sides of the aisle called on President Barack Obama to direct federal agencies to pump more water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, which has been replenished by rainfall, to bring drought relief to the agriculturally intense San Joaquin Valley.

A letter by a coalition of 11 California Republican House members, led by Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy , R-Calif., and another from Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein urged the Obama administration to allow water exports after high water levels resulting from El Niño rain.

Oroville Dam Spillway Gates Open for First Time in Years

Dozens of people made their way toward Oroville Dam to see water surge down the dam’s controlled spillway Thursday.

It’s the first time the spillway has been in opened in five years to maintain storage space in Lake Oroville for flood control. Over the past 10 years, the spillway has been open for flood control just twice. Many people parked their vehicles just off of Oro Dam Boulevard East and got out to see the turbulent water cascade down the long concrete chute away from the earthen dam.

Feinstein, GOP press Obama administration on delta water

As lingering El Niño rains swell the state’s rivers, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein joined California House Republicans on Thursday to demand that President Obama order more water to be pumped from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to farms in the San Joaquin Valley.

Feinstein and the Republicans sent separate, similar letters to Obama timed to apply maximum political pressure on his administration.