Imperial County Agency Opposes Regionalizing Grid

The Imperial Irrigation District, which could lose its authority over transmission lines across its service area, has adopted a resolution formally opposing the state’s plan to regionalize the California power grid.

The board of directors said the California Independent System Operator’s proposal to expand the power grid to six other Western states is not in the best interest of the public and should be scrapped.

 

BLOG: MWD boss on being a ‘good neighbor’

Now that the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California officially owns 20,000 acres of Delta farmland, a question asked of General Manager Jeff Kightlinger at a public forum last week becomes even more relevant.

The question: As an absentee landowner in the Delta, what does it mean to Metropolitan to be a “good neighbor?”

Southern California water district finalizes land purchase

Southern California’s largest water supplier has bought sprawling farmland that could be used to help build twin tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/2a3qYUm) the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California said Monday it has completed its purchase of five islands at the hub of California’s water system east of San Francisco.

The newspaper reports Metropolitan announced the completion of the purchase in a two-paragraph memo to board members from the agency’s general counsel.

 

Unlocking the West’s Weather Maker

One thing the drought has brought to wider attention is the role of so-called atmospheric rivers in the state’s weather and water supply.

An atmospheric river is a narrow band of high-speed wind that sweeps across the Pacific Ocean, often dragging vast amounts of tropical moisture with it. Sometimes dubbed a “horizontal hurricane,” just a handful of these storms can bring California half of its annual rainfall every year. Indeed, an absence of very wet atmospheric rivers over the past few years is one reason California has experienced such a severe drought.

Atmospheric rivers are also responsible for the state’s worst flooding events.

Southern California water district completes $175-million purchase of delta islands

Southern California’s powerful water supplier has completed the $175-million purchase of five islands in the heart of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, the ecologically sensitive region that’s a key source of water for the Southland.

The top attorney for the Metropolitan Water District said in a memo Monday that the agency had finalized the purchase of the islands from Delta Wetlands Properties. The purchase comes less than a week after the state Supreme Court lifted an order that had barred the water agency from buying the islands.

Southern California water agency completes Delta islands purchase

A portion of the Delta is now owned by a powerful water agency from Los Angeles.

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California said Monday that it has completed its purchase of five islands in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a $175-million deal that has aroused suspicion about a “water grab.”

Metropolitan announced the completion of the purchase in a two-paragraph memo to board members from the agency’s general counsel. The deal was finalized three days after the state Supreme Court turned aside legal efforts by San Joaquin County officials and others to block the acquisition.