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Small Amounts of Lead in Water Can Elevate Lead in Child’s Blood: Pediatrician

Even small amounts of lead in water could raise the amounts of lead detected in a child’s blood if the child is drinking large amounts of that lead-tainted water, according to a pediatrician and medical toxicologist at Children’s Mercy in Kansas City Missouri. This month, some 300 schools across San Diego County began testing their water for lead, following an NBC7 series on water quality in schools.

Recycled City Water for Ag Use Ensures Prosperous Future

With the drought ending for the most part in this part of California, agriculture will have enough water once again to produce its bounty and prove farming is the economic base of the valley. Saying that, many are thinking ahead and bringing about a new and unique water resource project for the west side of Stanislaus County.   I think both the cities of Modesto and Turlock deserve high praise for selling recycled and treated waste water to the water sparse Del Puerto Water District. This is a first for us in this county.

California State Water Project Boosts Irrigation Allotment

Fresh on the heels of a boost to 100 percent for federal water contractors south-of-the-Delta, California water managers upped their initial allocation to full allotments for northern California users and 85 percent for those south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta . Acting California Department of Water Resources (DWR) Director William Croyle hopes to boost the south-of-Delta allocation as the state continues to monitor hydrologic conditions, which have never been wetter in California’s recorded history.

California Tries to Refill Its Biggest Reservoir

After the wettest winter in 122 years of record-keeping, California’s reservoirs are filling up again, with more than 22 million acre-feet of water in the 46 reservoirs tracked by the state Department of Water Resources (they’d be even fuller if it weren’t for flooding worries at the now-infamous Oroville Dam and several other reservoirs in the Sierra Nevada foothills): The snowpack in the state’s mountains, while it hasn’t quite broken records across the board, currently holds even more water than the reservoirs — about 29 million acre-feet.

Food and Farm News — Drought Still Influences Plant Sales Trends

Drought still influences plant sales trends. Despite the demise of the California drought, plant nurseries say their customers remain interested in drought-tolerant landscaping. Nursery operators say Californians want to remain water conscious while livening up their yards by planting fresh annuals. Demand for what nurseries call “edibles”–such as fruit trees, blueberry bushes and vegetable gardens–has also increased.

The Drought May Be Over, But Many Water-Use Restrictions Remain

For the last five years, Californians have adjusted to a new reality when it comes to water usage. Not much will change now that the drought emergency is officially over. After unprecedented rainfall and the development of a robust Sierra-Cascades snowpack, Gov. Jerry Brown declared an end to the drought emergency on April 7. Brown spoke with caution, stressing that “the next drought could be around the corner.”

Expert Performed Autopsy on Oroville Spillway Collapse. Here’s What He Found.

As state officials clamp down on records at Oroville Dam, one of the country’s foremost experts on catastrophic engineering failures has used state inspection reports, photographs and historical design specifications to piece together an autopsy detailing why the spillway at the country’s tallest dam failed so spectacularly this winter. The independent analysis by Robert Bea, of the Center for Catastrophic Risk Management at UC Berkeley, points to design and construction flaws dating back to the spillway’s construction in the 1960s.

New Report Shows Thousands of California Jobs Lost Due to Water Cuts

A report released today by the Southern California Water Committee and the Committee for Delta Reliability exposes the unintended consequences of nearly two decades of water cuts caused by environmental regulation – showing the hardest hit are those who rely on agriculture to survive, such as farmworkers, food processors, truck drivers and warehouse workers, among many others.