San Diego County / Southern California

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

El Nino: It’s Here and Are We Ready?

The sun shone down on the suddenly soddened Santa Clarita Valley Thursday, but officials warn the at-times heavy rainstorms seen this week could be just the first taste of what’s to come as the historically strong El Nino weather event continues in the Pacific Ocean.   Back-to-back storms on Tuesday and Wednesday dropped almost 4 […]

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 […]