The court of appeals has ruled in favor of San Diego Water Authority and against LA Based Water District. Listen in as Dennis Cushman, Assistant General Manager, discusses what this means for San Diego residents as related to our bills.
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Brett Baker is a sixth-generation pear farmer on Sutter Island in California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. His orchards are surrounded by levees, and water from the Sacramento River regularly percolates inward and upward through the soil. “We actually have to pump out water that creeps through our levees back into the river – we have to fight to keep groundwater levels down,” Baker says.
President Donald Trump’s administration tapped an Arizonan to lead the agency whose water projects shaped the western United States. If confirmed, Brenda Burman will serve as commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation, a division of the Department of the Interior. The more than 100-year-old agency is responsible for projects such as the Hoover Dam, power plants, water conservation and managing partnerships with Native American tribes.
Drought and over-allocation are a persistent threat to the Colorado River’s water supply, the source of much of Southern Arizona’s water, and “water banking” is one way managers work to buffer the state against shortages. The method of storing water underground in natural aquifers for future use has been a crucial component of Arizona’s water management plan for more than three decades. And the practice raises questions about how and where water is stored, who owns stored water, how much can be recovered, and when and where can it be recovered.
When it comes to Oroville Dam, the state Department of Water Resources has been anything but forthcoming in response to California Public Records Act requests. Chico-based advocacy nonprofit AquAlliance sued DWR for documentation relating to asbestos that may have been uncovered during a break in the main spillway (see “Dam records sought,” Downstroke, June 15). Meanwhile, DWR has stymied area media, stalling in many cases and blacking out large sections of documents the agency does release.
Facing a crisis after a huge crater formed in the main flood-control spillway at Oroville Dam, officials at the California Department of Water Resources called in an old hand to help: David Gutierrez, a nationally known engineer who had just retired as chief of the agency’s dam-safety division. He seemed like an obvious choice for dealing with an emergency at America’s tallest dam – valued for his technical expertise, his coast-to-coast connections in the engineering field, and his years of experience.
Drive about 100 miles east-northeast of San Diego and you’ll come to the Salton Sea, a quasi-oasis whose surface is so glassy it reflects the sky in exquisite detail. Don’t be fooled by the serenity. You’re looking at a potential killer. Beneath the seafloor lie strands of the southern San Andreas fault, a 340-mile system that could rupture all the way to Monterey County. The result would be the “Big One,” an earthquake that experts said would collapse buildings, destroy freeways, warp rail lines and crack dams. Thousands of people could die.
San Diego Unified gave parents an update Thursday on district-wide water testing. 94 percent of the schools had no detectable levels of lead in their water. However, out of nearly 200 schools, three tested higher than the EPA’s acceptable level. While changes are complete at Emerson-Bandini Elementary and San Diego Cooperative Charter School 2, they are ongoing at Birney Elementary. Testing also found a few other campuses testing below the EPA level but above the detectable level.
Swimsuit. Sunscreen. Skis. You’re ready: Celebrate your independence by schussing the slopes during the longest snow season in California history. While the rest of America has moved on to lawn parties and backyard barbecues, happy skiers are still carving turns through the sweet, sticky pockets of lingering snow in the Sierra Nevada — where weekend lifts are spinning for the ninth straight month, even as temperatures soar to the mid-70s. But California’s snowiest winter on record means major delays — or danger — for equally beloved summer sports such as backpacking, hiking, trail running, kayaking and rafting.
Hundreds of thousands of acres and countless structures have been destroyed in recent years in California as intense fire seasons have hit the state each summer And while a wet winter that dampened the state’s six-year drought may inspire hope that this fire season could be less severe, experts say that’s not the case. With new water comes new growth, creating weeds and dense grasses that can get up to five feet tall. But as the grass dries out this summer, it becomes prime fuel for the aggressive and fast-moving fires that have become so familiar in the Golden State.