The light rain and gusty winds that developed overnight in San Diego County will continue Thursday as a trough of low pressure sweeps through the region. As of early this morning, automated gauges collected .04 of an inch of rain at a site on the La Jolla Reservation; .02 on Mount Laguna; and .01 at Lake Cuyamaca and the Henshaw Dam, and in Descanso, De Luz, Julian and San Onofre, according to provisional data from the National Weather Service. No precipitation was reported in the deserts.
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Plans for a new dam on the San Joaquin River above Millerton Lake are on a collision course with a new proposal from the Bureau of Land Management to designate a portion of the area as a “Wild and Scenic River.” Conservationists say it would save some rare land values while improving public access, but supporters of the dam say the designation would essentially kill the project. What does the incoming Trump administration mean for the reservoir? FM89’s Ezra David Romero reports.
As the The Valley is slammed with rain and storms, the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range is coming in under average for snow fall totals, which accounts for nearly 30 percent of drinking water for all Californian. The under average conditions brings up the question, does California need more water infrastructure?
With Northern California having just come through a series of storms bringing snow and rain, forecasters are predicting more heavy weather ahead for the weekend. The National Weather Service said an “atmospheric river” will bring more rain and high-elevation snow beginning on Saturday, which rainfall and snowfall expected to be heaviest across the region on Sunday and Monday. Atmospheric rivers are narrow regions on the atmosphere that transport most of the water vapor outside of the tropics, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The recently expanded San Vicente Reservoir could become a backup source of electric power under a plan being considered by the San Diego County Water Authority and the City of San Diego. The agency and city, which owns the reservoir, are studying a 500-megawatt pumped-storage project — big enough to power a quarter million homes during periods of high electrical demand. An official request was issued Wednesday to utilities, developers and investors potentially interested in the project with response expected by Feb. 15.
2016 finished strong for the Los Angeles County economy. Employment during the year grew by 65,300 jobs and the unemployment rate declined to 5.1 percent. Voters expressed their willingness to invest in transportation (Measure M), housing (Measure HHH) and education (Measure CC) at the Nov. 8 election by 71.15 percent, 77.14 percent and 75.92 percent respectively. We have the opportunity to continue this positive economic momentum in 2017 if our voters and elected officials continue taking bold actions to build on these basic foundations.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell has issued a Secretarial Order that directs federal officials to expedite the environmental review of the California WaterFix project as part of larger effort to take “timely actions” to address the effects of drought and climate change on California’s water supply and imperiled wildlife. The order outlines several actions that address critical water issues in California, including expedited actions ranging from fostering Delta smelt resiliency to asking the federal government to work for voluntary flow agreements that align with the Endangered Species Act. The order is specific to California.
The release of a lengthy collection of environmental documents has the California WaterFix marching on, even as many continue to doubt the viability of Gov. Jerry Brown’s nearly $16 billion plan to reroute water deliveries to the Central Valley and Southern California. The road is far from over for the massive plan, but experts and stakeholders believe that the release of the Final Environmental Impact Report before the Christmas holiday set the stage for the project to move forward and for its opponents to continue fighting it in both courtrooms and the court of public opinion.
On Tuesday, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California approved funding intended to offset the cost of a project for the Santa Margarita Water District. The funding comes from the district’s Local Resources Program. The project approved for funding Tuesday will receive up to $475 per acre-foot of recycled water produced, which can help bring the costs of new water projects in line with the cost of water from the State Water Project and Colorado River Aqueduct.
The U.S. imports vehicles, equipment, fresh produce and other goods from Mexico. That list may soon include water too, now that a San Diego County water district is looking south for help to diversify its supply. The Otay Water District serves a population of 220,000 people in southeastern San Diego County, in a service area spanning 125 square miles (201 square km), from the border city of Chula Vista to the unincorporated areas in Jamul. It currently buys potable water from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) and the Helix Water District.