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Rain Brings Water and Relief to Area

The ferocious winter storm that flooded roadways and knocked down old Eucalyptus trees in South County has helped with water conservation measures. The San Diego County Water Authority in the past few months has officially declared an end to the  five-year long water drought. While the drought appears to be over, the California Water Resources Control board still believes water agencies and users need to conserve water. The drought is no more because of conservation methods by local water agencies and because of the abundance of rain this winter.

Winter Storms Cause Massive Sewage Spills In Sacramento Region

Just as recent storms revealed weaknesses in Northern California’s dams and levees, they also exposed problems with Sacramento-area wastewater systems that failed to contain sewage. Record precipitation in the last two months created more pressure than some sewer lines and plants could handle. From Jan. 1 to March 2, more than 1 million gallons of wastewater spilled in the capital region, most into waterways, according to reports made by sewage districts to the State Water Resources Control Board. While spills occurred in several communities, most were in areas served by the Sacramento Area Sewer District and the city of Placerville.

Oroville Dam Power Plant Back Online

The Hyatt Powerhouse under Oroville Dam went back online Friday after removal of debris from the bottom of the main Oroville Dam spillway allowed the level of the Diversion Pool to be reduced. Acting Department of Water Resources Director Bill Croyle said in a press conference at noon Friday that two of the six turbines were in operation and that the power plant would be ramped up as the day went along. Croyle said one of the six turbines is under maintenance.


State Officials Temporarily Shut Down Power Plant at Lake Oroville

The California Department of Water Resources has temporarily shut down a power plant at Oroville Dam to make improvements that will increase its capacity for releasing water, officials announced Saturday. The Hyatt Power Plant initially stopped functioning when a massive mound of concrete, earth and debris formed in the channel below the dam’s 3,000-foot concrete spillway, which fractured Feb. 7. State officials were able to get it working again Friday, but it was not pumping water fast enough.


It’s Really Wet — So Why Is Santa Barbara Still Mired In Drought?

More than four inches of rain pounded the red-tiled roofs of this coastal enclave one day last month. Waves damaged a scenic pier. Historic pine trees fell, crashing into vehicles. The airport closed. The county jail relocated 200 inmates. Residents evacuated three apartment buildings. Six vacation cabins and 15 vehicles were swept down a river in a nearby canyon. And yet, Santa Barbara remains one of the last, and perhaps worst, remnants of California’s historic drought.

Riverbanks Collapse After Oroville Dam Spillway Shut Off

When state water officials scaled back their mass dumping of water from the damaged Oroville Dam this week, they knew the riverbed below would dry up enough to allow the removal of vast piles of debris from the fractured main spillway. But they apparently did not anticipate a side effect of their decision to stop feeding the gushing Feather River — a rapid drop in river level that, according to downstream landowners, caused miles of embankment to come crashing down.

New Permanent Exhibit at Fleet Explains San Diego’s Water Supply

A new permanent exhibit at the Fleet Science Center explores what may be the San Diego region’s most important system — it’s water supply. From the Colorado River to dams to desalination, the exhibit focuses on innovation and conservation in the 21st century. It replaces an earlier exhibit that debuted a decade ago. The new water exhibit is supported by the San Diego County Water Authority and the City of San Diego and was funded by a grant from the Hans and Margaret Doe Charitable Trust.