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CWA Requests Extension On Campus Park West Annexation

The San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) has requested an extension in the annexation process for the Campus Park West development. The SDCWA approved a request to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) for the extension at the Dec. 8 CWA board meeting. MWD’s conditional approval provided in December 2014 stipulated that all necessary documents for the annexation must be filed by Dec. 31, 2016, but the lack of state and federal permits led to the request to extend the completion prerequisites to Dec. 31, 2017. The Rainbow Municipal Water District had requested that the CWA seek the extension from MWD.

When State Water Boards Clash On Lack Of Science And Evidence

The California State Water Resources Board (SWRCB) was taken to the woodshed this week by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), when Mark Holderman, the principal engineer at DWR’s South Delta Branch offered expert testimony that the Bay-Delta water plan was written “without evidence, incomplete scientific information, ill-suited for real-time operations, and unverified assumptions.” On January 3, 2017, the SWRCB held its fourth and final public hearing on the Bay-Delta Plan’s Draft Substitute Environmental Document (SED), in Sacramento.

Campus Experts Say Increased Rainfall Into New Year Could Mark End Of California Drought

California’s current La Niña period, characterized by highly unpredictable rainfall patterns, might mean the end of the statewide drought, according to UC Berkeley environmental experts. If the rainfall continues further into the new year, most, if not all, of the state will likely see the end of the drought, according to assistant professor of water and climate Ted Grantham. Grantham said there are two definitions of a drought — the traditional meteorological drought is characterized by significantly below average rainfall. Another definition, however, also considers water supply in reservoirs.