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Another Leak: Sacramento County Joins Action Alleging Illegal Communications Over Twin Tunnels

Already facing a lawsuit claiming decades of state mismanagement of the Oroville dam and a “culture of corruption” that fostered harassment, the California Department of Water Resources drew a new legal challenge from Sacramento County—one that accuses its employees of improper communications around the twin tunnels project.The latest DWR drama was triggered January 15, when attorneys for Sacramento and San Joaquin counties, and the city of Antioch, filed a motion demanding that the State Water Resources Control Board halt the phase-two public hearings for WaterFix, better known as “the twin tunnels” project.

One Possible Delta Tunnels Deal Would Give Cheap Water to Farmers — and More Expensive Water to Cities

Months of behind the scenes talks have failed to drum up enough money to pay the full costs of replumbing the center of California’s sprawling waterworks with two giant water tunnels. That has left the state with little choice but to scale down a roughly $17-billion water delivery project to fit a funding pot of less than $10 billion. State officials are expected to soon announce exactly what form a revised California WaterFix would take.

OPINION: We must not get distracted by new Salton Sea proposals

Two noteworthy items related to the Salton Sea were unveiled at the recent Southern California Energy Water Summit. First, the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership released a report entitled “Revitalized Salton Sea-Analysis of Potential Economic Benefits-December 2017.”  The report basically says that the Coachella Valley will benefit (avoided loss of visitors) economically if the Salton Sea is revitalized at cost of $1.1 billion. Is this report getting valley residents and businesses primed for picking up the tab? I hope not.

Idea of ‘Maximizing’ Water Deliveries Takes a Beating

The Bureau of Reclamation came to Chico Thursday to take input on a proposal to maximize water deliveries from the Central Valley Project, and for two hours a succession of speakers told them it was a bad idea. The meeting was nominally to get comments just on what the environmental studies for the proposal should look at, but most of the speakers objected to the basic idea of taking more water from the north to deliver to the San Joaquin Valley for what more than one speaker called “desert agriculture.”

DWR Says There Was Redundant Power for Spillway Gates

The state Department of Water Resources now says there were “many redundant systems” to ensure the Oroville Dam spillway radial gates had power during February’s crisis. This comes after environmental groups voiced concern in an article published in this newspaper Wednesday about, seemingly, a lack of backup generators that would allow the department to control the gates even if crucial power lines went down. Radial gates at the top of the spillway allow for water releases.

OPINION: Options for Gov. Brown’s delta tunnel project look to be drying up

Gov. Jerry Brown’s $17 billion plan for two massive tunnels to move water under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta could be on the rocks. The governor’s office is reportedly holding talks with water contractors around the state to gauge support for downsizing the project to one tunnel at a cost of about $10 billion. But whether the smaller project would accomplish its goals or justify its cost remains unclear.

State Of The State: Brown Focuses On Environment, Legacy Projects In Final Address

Thursday marks the final State of the State address for California Gov. Jerry Brown. He’s entering his record sixteenth and last year in office. Check back here throughout the day as we’ll be adding updates on Gov. Jerry Brown’s State of the State address, including a transcript of the governor’s remarks and analysis from Capital Public Radio reporters.

Water in the West: Precipitation — Or the Lack Thereof

In the early 1990s, Steve Martin starred as a television weatherman in the movie “L.A. Story.” He humorously prerecorded his weather broadcasts, since the temperature and lack of humidity were the same day after day. Our local weather had been consistent, too — very dry. Bone dry, in fact, until Jan. 8, 2018. The California Water Year begins Oct 1. Last year, from Oct. 1 to Dec. 20, there was only 0-5 percent of normal precipitation in San Diego, making November 2017 the driest November on record.