How A Dying Lake In California Factors Into The Colorado River’s Future

The biggest lake in California is shrinking. The Salton Sea occupies a hot, desert basin a short drive from the Mexico border and it’s been evaporating for years. From the air the lake is pear-shaped, bordered by an intense concentration of farms growing winter vegetables on its south end, and date palms, citrus and brussels sprouts to the north. It’s sustained by the Colorado River water that passes through these farms as irrigation before flowing into the 350 square mile lake. The fact the lake is disappearing isn’t a shock.

Developer Withdraws Bid For Pacific Beach Reservoir Site, What’s Next?

Now that real estate developer McKellar McGowan has backed out of redeveloping the 4.76-acre former PB Reservoir site on Los Altos Road in Pacific Beach, what’s to become of it? “There are a number of [other] parties interested in the property,” said Arian Collins, the City’s supervising public information officer. “Negotiations are continuing. We expect that they will wrap up in the next few weeks.” The former developer’s plans to transform the recently demolished reservoir site into 21 single-family homes met with stiff neighborhood opposition.

DWR Submits Plans To Address Oroville Dam Forensic Report

The state Department of Water Resources submitted its plan to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Tuesday to address findings in the independent forensic report. The extensive forensic report, released on Jan. 5, blamed “long-term systematic failure,” including faulty design and insufficient maintenance, for the Oroville Dam crisis in February 2017. It also had criticisms of DWR’s response to the spillways’ failure.

Rains Pound Northern California, But No ‘March Miracle’ Likely

Pounding rains, heavy snow: It’s shaping up as another wintry week in Northern California. A significant storm poured into the region Tuesday, the first stage of an extended wet period that’s expected to continue through Friday and possibly into the weekend. “It’s a pretty good, wet five or six days or so,” said Mike Kochasic of the National Weather Service in Sacramento. After brief overnight drizzles, the rains started falling in earnest early Tuesday. Temperatures were warm at first, and motorists heading over the Sierra Nevada found themselves dealing with raindrops instead of snow.

MWD Spending $14.7 Million On Water Conservation Ad Campaign

The Metropolitan Water District’s Board of Directors Tuesday voted to spend $14.7 million over three years to continue its advertising and public outreach campaign promoting water conservation. The vote approved a contract with Los Angeles-based firm Quigley-Simpson & Heppelwhite to lead a new campaign that will feature ads on television, radio, streaming radio, newspapers, billboards, buses and social media. “These efforts have produced results. Our research shows attitudes toward conservation have changed, awareness has increased. But we still have work to do,” Metropolitan board Chairman Randy Record said.