San Diego County / Southern California

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

Governor Brown’s State Budget Includes Salton Sea Funding

Gov. Jerry Brown’s $122.6 billion budget plan out Thursday contained $80.5 million for the restoration of habitat at the shrinking Salton Sea, the creation of a longterm plan for the lake’s management, and is raising hopes for its restoration, officials said.   “This $80.5 million will not fund the entire program, but it takes us […]

After Much Damage, an El Niño Breather

San Diego’s week of wild weather isn’t quite over yet, although it is winding down.   After repeated soakings in recent days — with a casualty list that includes battered businesses, flooded homes and waterlogged cars — many residents surely have this question on their minds: Is this just El Niño’s opening act? In the […]

El Niño Danger: Rain and Gravity Combine To Create Sea Of Mud

As the latest El Niño rainstorm moved into Southern California, there were already signs that the combination of rain and gravity was creating problems.   Mud and debris flowed onto the 101 Freeway in northern Ventura County in an area that was recently burned in a fire, shutting northbound lanes. Here are some questions and […]

Storms Cause Floods, Damage in San Diego

Roads were washed out, trees toppled, sinkholes formed and residents became trapped as strong El Niño storms swept through San Diego County Tuesday and Wednesday.   San Diego lifeguards worked swiftly to rescue people from rising water. One of those rescues took place Wednesday at Miramar Road and Cabot Drive, where lifeguards rushed to help […]