California and the U.S.

The latest news and analysis covering water issues in Caliornia and the rest of the United States.

30 Feet in 30 Days: El Niño Storms Help Folsom Lake

Folsom Lake, one of the water storage areas in northern California, rose almost 30 feet in just 30 days. The increase was thanks in big part to the recent series of storms, bringing multiple days of rain to the Central Valley.   According to the National Weather Service, Folsom Lake rose steadily at the end […]

Lawmaker Wants To Throw the Checkbook at California Water Hogs

A California lawmaker is dramatically raising the stakes in water management, proposing fines that could reach thousands of dollars a day and public shaming of people who use too much.   Legislation introduced this week would require the state’s 411 urban water districts to set local limits on household water consumption during drought emergencies.

Oregon On Pace to Reverse Drought Designation

Cold weather and heavy snowfall this winter may mean the end of drought in 2016 — maybe.   According to the first water supply outlook report for the year — released by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service — all basins in Oregon are experiencing above-normal snowpack levels, an estimated 125 percent of average.   That’s […]

Vallecitos Water District Delivers Desalinated Water

The Vallecitos Water District is now receiving high-quality desalinated water directly from the Claude “Bud” Lewis Desalination Plant in Carlsbad, California. The direct connection pipe, located at the corner of Pawnee and Cherokee Streets in San Marcos, will deliver as much as 4,083 acre feet of desalinated water annually to Vallecitos’ distribution system. This equates […]

Tracking San Diego River Levels during El Niño Storms

  The San Diego River is overflowing from this week’s El Niño-driven downpours. Four days of relentless rain have transformed the river to a raging torrent at times, flooding roads and parking lots across Mission Valley.   The U.S. Geological Survey is closely monitoring conditions with a small, boat-like instrument called an acoustic Doppler profiler, […]

The $2.4 Billion Plan to Water California

Scott Slater has a plan. It is not a popular plan, but he wants to pump 814 billion gallons of water from under the Mojave Desert to Los Angeles and other drought-stricken communities in southern California, and make more than $2 billion doing so.   “Yes, it’s quite a lot of money,” Slater, the 57-year-old […]