First Snow Survey Shows Water Content Just ‘Adequate.’ But There’s Hope For Improvement

A lot more snow will have to fall if California is to have enough water this year to fill reservoirs, nourish salmon, help crops flourish and moisten the fire-prone hills long enough to avoid another catastrophic conflagration, state officials said Thursday. California’s top snow surveyors, in the Sierra on Thursday with measuring poles and electronic sensor data, concluded that the state’s frozen water supply is just adequate, at best.

2018 In San Diego: Mostly Dry And Warm; What Does 2019 Hold?

San Diego’s weather in 2018 was almost uniformly warm and dry. Until late in the year, when it was neither. 2019 begins with its own personality: cool days and cold nights, with a couple of storms over the next week that should get the month off to a fairly wet start. Rain is expected to begin Saturday night and continue off and on through Sunday evening. Another storm should arrive Wednesday or Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. That’s quite a change from the bulk of 2018 — until December arrived.

 

Weekend Storm Could Bring Up To A Half-Inch Of Rain To San Diego

A fast-moving storm could bring 0.25 inches to 0.50 inches of rain to San Diego this weekend, along with a dusting of snow to the county’s highest mountain peaks. The National Weather Service says the system will blow ashore late Saturday and could produce scattered rain before midnight. But the heaviest rain will fall overnight and into the morning hours. Inland valleys and foothills are more likely to receive between 0.50’’ inches and 1 inch of rain. The daytime highs will be on the cool side: 62 degrees on Saturday and Sunday.

OPINION: Why Border Pollution Fix Requires Sewers, Not Suers

Cross-border sewage flows in the Tijuana River reaching Imperial Beach are in the news and on the minds of concerned citizens of the region. Since pollution has been finding its way into the Tijuana River Valley for 40 years, it’s remarkable that it still manages to make the headlines. To be clear, I don’t condone it. I’m dismayed by sewage on a river (any river), its impact on water quality, as well as on public health. But that’s urban life in developing countries and emerging economies throughout the world.

Kelley Scores 17-Month Consulting Deal With IID

With the start of the new year came the start of a 17-month consulting service agreement between the Imperial Irrigation District board and its recently retired general manager, Kevin Kelley. The value of the contract, which is specifically for consultation between Kelley and the IID Board of Directors, not IID staff, is just under $396,000. It ends May 30, 2020, the same date Kelley’s employment contract as GM would have ended had he not retired, said IID board President Erik Ortega.

Report Calls For Poway Water, Sewer Rate Hikes

A recommendation that water and sewer rates be increased starting in March will be discussed at a special City Council meeting next Tuesday night. City staff is recommending the water commodity (use) rate increase by 4.5 percent and the fixed water meter charge be increased by 7.5 percent. The staff report also recommends at 3.35 percent increase in the sewer commodity rate and a 3.25 percent hike in the sewer service charge.