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Trump Could Force $1.3B California Dam Expansion

The Trump administration is pushing for a $1.3 billion expansion of the 602-foot Shasta Dam in Northern California even though state officials are dead set against it, according to the Los Angeles Times. Plans include a vertical expansion the equivalent of two stories, although California state law prohibits an increase to the dam’s current height. The dam is on federal land, but similar projects in the past have deferred to state law in the permitting and construction processes.

San Diego County Water Authority Co-Sponsoring Nationwide ‘Leaky Pipes’ Technology Contest

The San Diego County Water Authority is planning to co-sponsor a nationwide contest to advance leak- and corrosion-detection technologies for large-diameter pipelines. The competition runs through May 8 and includes a $75,000 prize provided by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. The Water Authority is helping to design the competition and providing judges to identify new approaches to detecting problems with pipelines. Corrosion and leaks result in billions of gallons of wasted water annually, the authority said.

OPINION: An Alternative Approach To Managing The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

The State Water Board is updating the water quality plan for the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta. This plan sets flow and water quality standards for the Delta and its watershed, affecting water supply to more than 25 million Californians and millions of acres of Central Valley farmland. Parties that would be affected by this plan – water suppliers, fish and wildlife managers, environmental nonprofits – are negotiating voluntary agreements to present to the board for consideration.