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Jim Madaffer Elected as Board Chair of Water Authority

San Diego, Calif. – New officers for the San Diego County Water Authority’s Board of Directors were unanimously elected today, with Jim Madaffer starting his two-year term as Board chair on Oct. 1.

Madaffer, vice chair of the Board for the past two years as a representative from the City of San Diego, will serve with incoming Vice Chair Gary Croucher, a Board representative from the Otay Water District, and incoming Secretary Christy Guerin from the Olivenhain Municipal Water District.

MWD Extends Greenland Farm Lease On Diamond Valley Lake Property

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California does not currently use a 72.5-acre parcel which was acquired to construct MWD’s Diamond Valley Lake reservoir. Five years ago MWD leased that parcel to Greenland Farm Inc., and a MWD board vote extended the lease, Sept. 11. The lease will be on a year-to-year basis through 2023. During the 2018-2019 lease term Greenland Farm will pay the water district $14,137, and the lease includes a 3 percent annual rent increase. The year-to-year basis allows MWD to end the lease before 2023 if the water district needs the land for reservoir or other use, and termination for cause can be given with a 30-day notice.

Water Works: Diverse Support of Proposition 3 Water Bond

In today’s Water Works, brought to you by AquiMax, there will be another water proposition on the ballot for Californians this November.  Proposition 3, the Water Supply and Water Quality Act of 2018, would authorize $8.877 billion in general obligation bonds for various types of water projects.  The proposition’s broad spending categories include watershed lands, water supply, fish and wildlife habitat, water facility upgrades, groundwater, and flood protection.

The Science Is Clear: Dirty Farm Water Is Making Us Sick

William Whitt suffered violent diarrhea for days. But once he began vomiting blood, he knew it was time to rush to the hospital. His body swelled up so much that his wife thought he looked like the Michelin Man, and on the inside, his intestines were inflamed and bleeding. For four days last spring, doctors struggled to control the infection that was ravaging Whitt, a father of three in western Idaho.

OMWD Board To Honor Outgoing Director, Appoint Replacement

The Olivenhain Municipal Water District Board of Directors will honor outgoing Division 4 Director Jerry Varty at the board’s Oct. 17 meeting. Varty announced his resignation from the board on Sept. 12, as he is moving out of OMWD’s service area. Upon receipt of the resignation, OMWD Board President Larry Watt thanked Varty for his nine years of dedicated service to OMWD and its ratepayers.

Replacement Dam At Calaveras Reservoir Has Reached Full Height

The replacement dam at Calaveras Reservoir has reached its full height, marking a major milestone in the Calaveras Dam Replacement Project in California. According to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, California Department of Water Resources Division of Safety of Dams and Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency, the earth and rock fill dam has been built to its full height of 220 feet, concluding the dam construction portion of the project.

First Rain Of Season Possible Next Week

San Diego County could get its first substantial rain since March early next week. Or not. The remains of Hurricane Rosa, a major hurricane with 125 mph winds southwest of the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula on Thursday night, are expected to drift northward. By Monday, Rosa should be downgraded to a tropical storm. By Tuesday, much of its moisture, if not its tropical-storm-force winds, should move into or close to Southern California.

Fall, Early Winter 2018 Temperature Outlook Update: Cold In The North In October, Then Turning Milder For November And December

October is expected to be rather cold in the north-central United States before the pattern flips for November and December, yielding warmer temperatures in the northern states and colder temperatures in the southern states as winter begins. Colder-than-average temperatures are expected in October from the northern Rockies to the northern Plains and upper Midwest, with far below-average temperatures likely in the Dakotas, eastern Montana, northeastern Wyoming and western Minnesota, according to the latest outlook from The Weather Company, an IBM Business.

OPINION: L.A. Is Reopening Deep Wounds From The California Water Wars In The Eastern Sierra

Before the 20th century, much of the Owens Valley on the eastern edge of California was uninhabitable swampland, which shows how much water the Sierra Nevada are capable of producing. Starting in 1913, the city of Los Angeles began draining the Owens Valley, resulting in the high, dry desert we have become.

Work Begins On Raising The Height Of Shasta Dam

Nathan Morgan has been hanging over the side of side of Shasta Dam recently — sometimes upside down — making marks on the side of the dam. Morgan is part of a U.S. Bureau of Reclamation crew drilling holes in the side and on the top of the dam to test the strength of the concrete.