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Wetter, Colder, Windier Storm Heading For San Diego

A storm that’s far brawnier than the one that hit San Diego County on Thursday will blow ashore Saturday, dropping an inch or more of rain in San Diego, 1.50 inches across inland valleys and up to two inches in the mountains, says the National Weather Service. Strong gusts of wind are expected in East County, especially along the eastern stretch of Interstate 8. Wind speeds could reach 45 mph to 50 mph. The leading edge of the system will produce scattered showers late Friday night and on Saturday morning. Forecasters say the brunt of the storm will hit on Saturday afternoon and evening.

California Lawmakers Push for Oversight of Delta Tunnels Project

A group of Northern California lawmakers seeking more sway over a mammoth $17 billion water project introduced a proposal Friday that would require new construction contracts to be reviewed by the Legislature. The Legislative Delta Caucus says because of the scope of the California WaterFix, the project should require more scrutiny from both the public and lawmakers now that former Gov. Jerry Brown has left office. Brown fiercely advocated for the expensive public works project that he and supporters believe will both update the state’s aging water delivery infrastructure and protect it against sea level rise and other effects of climate change.

Boil Water Advisory Issued for Campo-Area Community in East County

A boil water advisory was issued Friday for the Lake Morena County Park water distribution system in a rural community northwest of Campo. The drinking water system at 2550 Lake Morena Drive tested positive for E. Coli bacteria, which indicates the water may be contaminated with human or animal waste, according to the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health. The drinking water distribution system serves recreational camping and RV sites, cabins, staff housing and public restrooms and showers in the Lake Morena Village community.

February Is Brewing Month In San Diego

Count the San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) among the many factions that recognize the significant, positive impact that the local brewing industry has on the county. Enough that the governmental organization has declared February as San Diego Brewing Month in an effort to spotlight local brewing companies and coffee roasters, both of which benefit—as do their end customers—from having clean, healthy and reliable water resources.

California Backs Imperial Beach Climate Change Lawsuit

A legal effort to get oil companies to pay for damage linked to climate change is getting a boost this week from California. Imperial Beach and Marin and San Mateo counties filed suit, hoping to force oil companies to pay for climate change impacts caused by their products. The municipalities argue the companies knew about the climate change their products would cause. The state is asking the court to keep the legal challenges in state court, where they stand a better chance of winning. More than a dozen suits around the country argue the energy firms spent years denying climate change impacts they knew would happen.

Elevated Lead Levels Found In Water At Mira Mesa Elementary School

High levels of lead were found in drinking water on the campus of an elementary school in Mira Mesa and on Friday, parents will get more information from school officials on what’s being done to fix the issue. Principal Tobie Pace sent a letter to students’ homes detailing that lead levels higher than the standard set by the school district were found in the drinking water at Hickman Elementary School on Montongo Street. More than 400 children attend the school in grades transitional Kindergarten to 5th grade.

Federal Government Steps In to Handle Colorado River Drought Crisis

Despite a last-minute frenzy of deal-making, the federal government announced that it will begin taking “protective actions” on the Colorado River, where a long-running drought has put the water supply for 40 million people at risk. The seven states that use the river had been trying to broker their own solution, a collective water-sharing deal, with a Jan. 31 deadline to get it done. While most states had agreed, California and Arizona couldn’t finalize the agreement in time.