Closed for eight years because of a dam-raising project, the San Vicente Reservoir reopened to the public Wednesday. The city of San Diego-owned body of water in the East County will be available for boating and fishing. The marina will include a six-lane boat ramp, concessions stand to rent boats and supplies, parking lot for more than 300 vehicles and a picnic area. “This is an exciting day for anglers, water sport enthusiasts, boaters and San Diego families,” Mayor Kevin Faulconer said.
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Each spring, a group of UC Davis student scientists and their professors take a whitewater rafting trip through the Grand Canyon to study a river that sustains 40 million people. Capital Public Radio’s Amy Quinton traveled with them. I’m in a raft on the Colorado River, about to hit the fastest, steepest and most treacherous rapid in the Grand Canyon — Lava Falls. Here, the river drops 27 feet in a span of several hundred feet. The raft’s direction or momentum is not up to me. My fate is in someone else’s hands, someone far more experienced than me. Ann Willis, a researcher at the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences, guides the boat with precision. “You hanging on?” Ann asks as we approach the monster and hear the screams from rafters in front of us.
Most San Diegans are drinking water containing hexavalent chromium at levels higher than the goals set by California’s scientists, but that fall well below the state’s legal limits for the toxic metal, a new report by the Environmental Working Group found. The report, released Wednesday, seeks to draw attention to a chemical that’s ubiquitous in drinking water in more than 200 million Americans. It also highlights the tension between maximizing public health and setting limits that regulators deem practical.
Heavy showers fell in San Diego early Wednesday, the third day of a storm system spurred by tropical weather moving north from Baja California. The storm, according to NBC7’s Whitney Southwick, will weaken by late morning producing just partly cloudy skies for the afternoon in most areas.The exception could be some possible thunderstorms in our local mountains.Conditions will feel tropical, rain or not; muggy and hot with 70s at the coast, 80s valleys, 60s in the mountains and low to mid 90s in the deserts.
Fishermen, water skiers and boating enthusiasts filled the San Vicente Reservoir in Lakeside Thursday morning, marking the grand re-opening of the popular recreation area after eight years. Some people were so eager, they camped out overnight outside at the front gate off Moreno Avenue. The reservoir, owned by the city of San Diego, shut down to visitors Sept. 2, 2008. It closed so the San Diego County Water Authority could raise the height of the reservoir’s concrete dam by more than 100 feet to increase its water storage. The dam is now at 337 feet.
California grows more than 90 percent of the tomatoes, broccoli and almonds consumed in the U.S., as well as many other foods. These crops require a lot of water. In the spring of 2015, after four years of little winter rain, the state was in a severe drought. Reservoirs were far below capacity, and underground aquifers were being heavily tapped. Mountain snowpack, an important source of meltwater throughout the spring and summer, was nearly gone in many areas.
Closed for eight years because of a dam-raising project, the San Vicente Reservoir is scheduled to reopen to the public Thursday.
The city of San Diego-owned body of water in the East County will be available for boating and fishing. The marina will include a six-lane boat ramp, concessions stand to rent boats and supplies, parking lot for more than 300 vehicles and a picnic area.
“This is an exciting day for anglers, water sport enthusiasts, boaters and San Diego families,” Mayor Kevin Faulconer said.
Governor Jerry Brown says he will continue to push California’s climate change policies, no matter the results of November’s presidential election.
“I would do what I’m doing now,” he said, speaking in Sacramento at the Doubletree Hotel on the opening night of the Society of Environmental Journalists conference, an annual meeting attended by more than 300 journalists from around the country this year. Brown, who has made climate change a centerpiece of his final term as governor, touted the group of climate change bills signed over the last month, including SB32, which set a new climate change agenda for California.
Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed two bills aimed at overhauling operations of the Central Basin Municipal Water District in Commerce after years of political scandal and allegations of ethical lapses at the agency.
One of the measures, by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), will expand the district’s governing board from one of five elected members to four members elected by residents and three with technical expertise who would be appointed by water purveyors in the district beginning in 2022. It also imposes new ethics rules on the district.
Some comments carry more weight than others – such as comments from Gov. Jerry Brown.
The State Water Resources Control Board unveiled its plan to take 30 to 50 percent of the Merced, Tuolumne and Stanislaus rivers late last week. After taking four years to compile the 2,000-page report, the water board gave the people of the Northern San Joaquin Valley 60 days to digest it and make objections.