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BLOG: How Desalination Plants Are Trying To Overcome Environmental Concerns

As California labored under a severe drought for more than five years, industry and media debated the pros and cons of desalination coming to the rescue of the drought-stricken state. About a dozen or so desalination plants have been planned or proposed up and down the Golden State’s coast, with the 50 million gallon (189m liter) per day Carlsbad desalination plant opened in December 2015 and Santa Barbara’s smaller desalination facility set to open this spring.

America’s Biggest Water Users – Farmers – Learn To Use Less Of It

Kevin Rogers, a fifth-generation farmer near Scottsdale, sees how technology is helping him use less water. Wearing an off-white cowboy hat while driving his silver truck around his farm, he points to a flood-irrigated field that uses laser-leveling technology. The sensor gathers a signal from satellites to ensure fields are cleared as smooth as possible, preventing water from pooling.

Oroville Dam Faces Another Risk: Earthquakes From Rapid Rise In Water Levels

The crisis over the last few weeks at Oroville Dam was about how to handle large amounts of water flowing into the lake with both of the reservoir’s spillways damaged. But there also was a seismic angle to the story. As Lake Oroville swung from being at 41% of capacity to 101% in just two months, scientists are asking whether the filling of the reservoir at the fastest rate in at least a generation can produce a damaging earthquake.

Policy Exclusions Shield AIG Unit In Construction Dispute

An American International Group Inc. unit is not obligated to provide coverage in a dispute with a construction firm over a San Diego water project, based on exclusions in its policy, says a federal appeals court. Atlanta-based Archer Western Contractors Ltd. was the general contractor for the San Diego County Water Authority’s emergency water storage project, according to Thursday’s ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco in Archer Western Contractors Ltd. v. National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa., a Pennsylvania Corporation.

Reservoirs Swell After Monday’s Deluge

The deluge that hit the county Monday has done wonders for local reservoirs, which — buoyed by an exceptionally wet winter — were already beginning to recover from years of punishing drought. On the border of San Diego and Escondido, Lake Hodges is now 88 percent full. It was just 57 percent full 10 days earlier, according to data gathered by the San Diego County Water Authority and City of San Diego. Lower Otay’s spill gates had to be opened to drain off excess water and Lake Poway was just inches away from overflowing.