San Diego County / Southern California

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

Newsom Pushes Private Seawater Desalting Plant Over Local and Environmental Opposition

When Gov. Gavin Newsom was photographed dining at an opulent Napa Valley restaurant during a surge in coronavirus cases, many Californians saw it as hypocrisy. For opponents of a planned $1-billion desalination plant along the Orange County coast, however, the optics were menacing. The unmasked Newsom was celebrating the birthday of a lobbyist for Poseidon […]

‘Mega-Miracle’ Will Be Needed to Overcome Dry February in Los Angeles

February is normally the wettest month of the year in downtown Los Angeles, when 3.8 inches of rain would usually fall. This year, next to nothing has fallen. L.A.’s rainfall to date has been 4.39 inches, less than half of normal for this point, which is 9.71 inches.

San Diegans, How Much Would You Tax Yourself to Prevent Floods, Boost Water Quality?

San Diego officials plan to spend the next five months analyzing what size tax increase city voters would likely support in November 2022 to pay for projects that boost flood prevention and water quality. The ballot measure would be the first opportunity for San Diegans to vote to raise taxes on themselves to tackle an […]

Carlsbad Sand Dredging Project Protects Beaches, Water Supply

Heavy equipment will dominate a stretch of Carlsbad’s beach near the old Encina Power Plant for the next month. Crews are funneling thousands of cubic yards of sand per day onto the beach, not only to protect the shoreline, but also the water supply. Poseidon Water, which runs the desalination plant adjacent to the old […]