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Family-Owned Firm Completes Final Project For Water Agency

During the past 60 years, Vista-based L.H. Woods & Sons, Inc. has executed dozens of contracts for upgrades to the pipelines that convey water throughout San Diego County. The family-owned company was recently honored by the San Diego County Water Authority, following the completion of a $28 million pipe-relining project, which was Woods’ final project for the agency.


San Diego Unified’s Lead Testing Results, Mapped

San Diego Unified has tested nearly 2,000 water fixtures for lead, after first finding contamination at a school in early 2017. Of those, nearly 20 fixtures tested above 15 parts per billion, the Environmental Protection Agency’s limit for lead content. The district has either fixed the problem or cut off access to those fixtures. Another 225 tested above 5 ppb — the standard for bottled water and the new target San Diego Unified has set for all of its water. Those, too, have been remediated or blocked off as the district finishes installing filters.

Hurricane Sergio Bringing Dangerous Surf To SoCal This Week

As Hurricane Michael threatens the East Coast, Hurricane Sergio is making Southern California beaches dangerous this week. Sergio is churning off the coast of Mexico, bringing dangerous surf conditions until Friday, according to the National Weather Service. Some minor coastal flooding is expected at south-facing beaches, from Oxnard all the way down to San Diego. Hazardous surf conditions will likely last through at least Thursday night. Estimates of surf heights are 5 to 8 feet with sets to 10 feet during the peak of the event.

Water Supplies Sufficient For 2019 Demands Despite Hot, Dry Weather

At the start of the 2019 water year, the combination of diversified water supplies and water-use efficiency means the San Diego region has enough water for 2019 and the foreseeable future despite historically low rainfall over the past 12 months. “It has been very hot and dry, but we have invested wisely in infrastructure and regional water-use remains well below where it was at the start of the last drought,” said Jeff Stephenson, a principal water resources specialist with the Water Authority.

Reduced Sierra Nevada Snowmelt Runoff To Threaten California Agriculture

An estimated three-quarters of the water used by farms, ranches and dairies in California originates as snow in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, but the future viability of that resource is projected to be at heightened risk due to global climate change. In a study published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, University of California, Irvine researchers argue that a 1.0 degree Celsius increase in the global average winter temperature will lead to a 20 percent jump in the likelihood of below-average snow accumulation in the high country, resulting in lower spring runoff.

Fact-Checking California Governor’s Debate On KQED: Climate And Energy

You won’t be seeing much of California’s gubernatorial candidates this fall — at least, you won’t be seeing much of them together. The only debate between Democrat Gavin Newsom and Republican John Cox took place on KQED’s Forum radio program Monday. Prompted by host Scott Shafer, the two had a lengthy exchange about the state’s approach to climate change. Newsom applauded the state’s aggressive goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while Cox said they would impose too high a price for the average Californian.

OPINION: Figuring On Climate Change: Model Outputs Vary, But Worries Are Real

The state of California recently released its Fourth Climate Change Assessment. Among the technical reports was a deep dive into the future of the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project. It was over my head. It was calling my name. And in climate change’s frenzied media cycle, the whole assessment soon faded. That’s too bad. This assessment of the state’s two largest water projects provides an important but foggy glimpse into what all of our water successors come 2060 will likely be fighting about. The fog is due to how there is no single prediction from what today’s best science, collectively, is trying to tell us.

Prop. 3 Would Pay For Water And Habitat Projects. Will North State Voters Want Them?

For the second time this year, California voters will be asked to approve a bond measure to pay for water infrastructure and environmental protection programs. Proposition 3 on the November statewide ballot asks voters to approve $8.9 billion in bonds to pay for water infrastructure and environmental projects. During the June primary election, California voters approved Proposition 68, which authorized the state to sell $4 billion in bonds to pay for parks, water infrastructure and environmental projects.