Scientists say they’ve seen disturbing new signs that the ailing Salton Sea is entering a dangerous phase. Biologists Chris Schoneman and Tom Anderson of the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge say it appears reproduction might be stalling for a once-hardy fish species. Meanwhile, some birds that normally flock to the lake are nowhere to be found. Schoneman and Anderson say this could signal a long-anticipated tipping point in the ecosystem at California’s largest lake.
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Gov. Jerry Brown’s misguided tunnel vision on the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta has taken the focus off other valuable water projects California should be implementing. Unlike the governor’s $17 billion twin-tunnel disaster, Assemblyman Richard Bloom’s AB 2480 would produce additional water for California, improve the state’s environment and help ward off or at least mitigate climate change. It’s a no-brainer of an idea that should have been prioritized years ago. The bill has passed the Assembly and is currently winding its way through the Senate. The Senate should pass the bill and send it to the governor for his signature.
Some 600,000 residents of Tijuana and Rosarito Beach can expect to see their water deliveries shut off as soon as next weekend as a major aqueduct undergoes repairs.The shutdown, which could last from two to five days, will affect just less than one-third of the area’s 1.8 million water users living in 332colonias, or neighborhoods, across the western and southern parts of Tijuana and northern Rosarito Beach, according to the Baja California Public Service Commission, or CESPT.
Critics and a state lawmaker say they want more explanations on who’s paying for a proposed $16 billion water project backed by Gov. Jerry Brown, after a leading California water district said Brown’s administration was offering government funding to finish the planning for the two giant water tunnels.