San Diego County / Southern California

The latest news and analysis covering water issues in the San Diego County region and Southern California.

November marked the second month in a row that Californians failed to meet the governor’s emergency water conservation order amid a historic drought.   Regulators announced Tuesday that residents used an average of 20.3 percent less water in November when compared with the same month in 2013, the baseline year for Gov. Jerry Brown’s mandate. […]

‘A Brash El Niño’: Storm Season Begins With Record Rainfall and Mudslide Fears

The first major El Niño storm of the season arrived at this small Ventura County beach town Tuesday morning, and it didn’t take long for that potent combination of fire and rain to cause problems.   An intense downpour hammered a stretch of Highway 101 where a brush fire had swept through on Christmas weekend. […]

IID Presses California to Pay for Salton Sea Fixes

There’s been a lot of progress at the Salton Sea in the last year, but local officials and activists aren’t taking anything for granted.   In what’s becoming a regular ritual, representatives from the Imperial Irrigation District and other groups trekked to Sacramento on Tuesday to make the case for action on the Salton Sea. […]

Army Corps of Engineers Activates Reservoir Operation Center to Manage Flooding Risk

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Los Angeles office activated its Reservoir Operations Center on Tuesday to help reduce flooding risk during the winter storms.   Van Crisostomo, chief of the operations center, said late Tuesday morning that rainfall had “not really affected our areas of operation, but we will continue to monitor in the […]