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MWD’s New Chair, Gloria Gray, Prioritizes Reliability of Supply & Affordability

Several major developments have altered the course of water management in California this year. First, Governor Newsom significantly modified the plan to bring water to the southern region through the Delta. Second, California forged a historic agreement with seven other states to cooperate in times of drought. And not least, industry veteran Gloria Gray took the helm at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. In this interview, Gray shares how she plans to steer the largest water supplier in the nation through changing political priorities and climate conditions to continue safeguarding the future of California’s water.

New Bill Aims To Help Vets Fill Thousands Of Water Worker Jobs

A new bill is moving through the California Legislature that may make it easier for veterans to get jobs within the state’s water industry. Assemblymember Todd Gloria helped introduce AB 1588 to stem the phenomenon called the “silver tsunami” in which thousands of water workers are expected to retire from the water industry in the coming years. AB 1588 is aimed at helping water employers fill civilian water and wastewater operator roles with military veterans.

California Forest Die-Off Caused by Depletion of Deep-Soil Water

A catastrophic forest die-off in California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range in 2015-2016 was caused by the inability of trees to reach diminishing supplies of subsurface water following years of severe drought and abnormally warm temperatures. That’s the conclusion by researchers from the University of California, Irvine and UC Merced outlined in a study published today in Nature Geoscience.

Lake Oroville is Hot Spot for Chinook Salmon

Salmon fishing been superb this summer in the ocean off the Sonoma and Marin county coasts, but you can also catch hard-fighting landlocked Chinook salmon at Lake Oroville, located on the Feather River.

Outlook Bleak For California’s 2019 Fire Season

Everyone with any knowledge of the subject agrees: California is on the brink of a potentially disastrous fire season. And there is concern that the problem is not going to be solved soon.

“Our best efforts may still be inadequate,” said Michael Picker, president of the California Public Utilities Commission told reporters in June. Forty percent of California is in a fire danger zone, Picker added, and  half of the state’s new housing is being built in those danger zones

Public Encouraged To Provide Input On Creating Climate-Resilient Water System

In order to assist in fulfilling CA Governor Gavin Newsom’s April 29 executive order calling for a suite of actions to build a climate-resilient water system and ensure healthy waterways three state agencies are seeking the public’s input and assistance. Public input will aid the Natural Resources Agency (NRA), California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), and Department of Food and Agriculture (DFA) craft recommendations for meeting future water needs and ensuring environmental and economic resilience through the 21st century.

Water Board Considers Water, Sewer Rate Hikes

Proposed rate and fee increases for sewer and water services will be considered by the Ramona Municipal Water District (RMWD) Board of Directors at a public hearing in Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane, at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 9.