Kudos and heartfelt thanks to Ian James, Sammy Roth and the Desert Sun for their recent four-part series on the Salton Sea. They did and excellent job of showing the history and crisis (human health and environmental) looming. Combined with the Salton Sea seminar hosted by the Sun last Tuesday night, it is not easy to be optimistic for our future, health wise. We have the highest percent of childhood asthma in the state near the sea, and it is getting worse daily.
Archive for date: June 25th, 2017
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A water manager who led the state’s emergency response to the erosion of the nation’s tallest dam says he’s retiring. Acting Director Bill Coyle made the announcement Friday after nearly a decade with the California Department of Water Resources. The 59-year-old had planned to retire in January, when Gov. Jerry Brown asked him to lead the department. The following month, the spillway at Oroville Dam crumbled when water overflowed during one of the state’s wettest winters on record. Nearly 200,000 residents downstream were ordered from home. His department is also shepherding plans to build a massive pair of $16 billion water tunnels.
Federal wildlife officials say they’re set to issue the crucial first rulings on Gov. Jerry Brown’s decades-old ambitions to re-engineer California’s water system with the $16 billion construction of giant water tunnels from the Sacramento River. The National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service say they’ll announce their findings later Monday on the environmental impacts of the proposed tunnels, which would be California’s biggest water project in decades.
After four months of comment representing thousands of hours of labor from advocates for the embattled estuary known as the California Delta, the Delta Stewardship Council voted 5-1 last week in favor of an amendment that endorses “dual conveyance” — the latest euphemism for a project to dig two of the largest water tunnels the world has ever seen. Touted by Gov. Edmund Brown Jr. as one of his legacy projects he hopes to leave to Californians, the tunnels would be an underground version of his voter-rejected Peripheral Canal of the 1980s.
Long Beach water users may see a water and sewer rate increase beginning Oct. 1 as part of the 2018 fiscal year budget recently passed by the Water Commission. The 2018 spending plan totals $127.4 million, with $106.5 million in the water fund and $21.9 million in the sewer fund. In both cases, expenses are higher than expected revenue, even with the planned rate increases, officials said. Under the plan, water rates will go up 4 percent, and sewer rates will rise by 2 percent. Combined, that amounts to about $1.84 more a month for the average water and sewer user.
Gov. Jerry Brown won crucial early approval from federal wildlife officials Monday for his $16 billion proposal to re-engineer California’s north-south water system, advancing his plan to build two giant tunnels to carry Northern California water to the south even though much about the project remains undetermined. The National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service gave their green light by finding that the project would not mean extinction for endangered and threatened native species of salmon and other fish.