The Lake Oroville spillway’s 400-acre construction site is an intense flurry of activity. In one corner, an excavator driver uses an old tire as a squeegee to clean away loose rock and prep a foundation. In the steeply sloping spillway chute, a crane operator flies in a rebar cage to workers who tie it into neighboring chute wall segments. Everywhere, dump trucks buzz around the circuitous roadways while rock crushers and batch plants keep pace with dozens of dozers and excavators. Drones hover in the sky photographing and surveying the site, while inspectors pour over every detail of the finished assets.
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Rep. Jeff Denham, one of the nation’s most vulnerable Republicans, is trying desperately to shut down a state water plan that’s widely disliked in his district. But nothing has worked so far. One thing could: Yet another lawsuit between the Department of Justice and the state of California over the issue. Denham first tried to include a provision in a congressional budget bill in July that would prevent a federal reservoir, called New Melones, from using federal dollars to participate in the plan, which would direct greater amounts of water out of his district’s water resources and into the ocean, purportedly to help salmon populations.
Two Ramona Municipal Water District (RMWD) recycled water customers can expect to pay up to $1,013 per acre foot for recycled water, an increase from $35 per acre foot in their previous 10-year agreement. RMWD directors gave their unanimous approval during two separate votes at a special meeting Sept. 28 in which RMWD’s price for recycled water was set at a rate of $1,013 per acre foot for San Diego Country Estates Association (SDCEA) and Spangler Peak Ranch. However, SDCEA can access a $450 credit to lower the cost to $563 per acre foot and terms of the deal have not been finalized.
It was the autumn of 1858, and Abraham Lincoln was on the ballot as a candidate for the U.S. Senate from Illinois. On the national front, the Compromise of 1850 divided the nation into free and slave states and was brewing political tensions during the years leading up to the Civil War. But off the coast of California — less than a decade into statehood — a different kind of storm was approaching. Tuesday, Oct. 2, marked 160 years since the San Diego Hurricane of 1858, the only hurricane on record to make landfall on the western coast of the United States. Newspaper clippings from the time and academic research since offer a glimpse into how the skies turned above the typically sunny shores of Southern California.