“The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power plans to build the world’s largest groundwater treatment center over one of the largest Superfund pollution sites in the United States: the San Fernando Basin.”
“Satellites peering down on California’s great Central Valley have discovered evidence that the nation’s prime food source is fast losing precious reserves of water from the valley’s underground aquifers.”
“Residential wells in North County neighborhoods will continue to dry up, Paso Robles’ wine industry will be in jeopardy, and city water supplies will be threatened unless San Luis Obispo County leaders act soon to stop declining water levels in the Paso Robles groundwater basin.”
“The tab to defend San Bernardino County against nine lawsuits opposing a pipeline project environmentalists say will drain a swath of the Mojave Desert of precious groundwater grew to $1.5 million Tuesday after county supervisors approved an increase in legal costs.”
“Today’s dairies are raised and sloped to prevent the accumulation of rainwater. The water is collected in a lagoon and used to irrigate crops. There is no runoff into lakes and streams. … The claim that nitrate from cow manure is ruining our water supplies is likewise misplaced.”
“Participants in the review of California American Water’s Peninsula water supply project will have two more weeks to find common ground on a range of issues regarding the overall proposal, including the use of recycled water.”
From the Association of California Water Agencies:
“The Bureau of Reclamation announced June 7 the selection of four groundwater banking projects that will receive about $12.7 million in cost-share funding under the San Joaquin River Restoration Settlement Act.
Combined with local cost-share contributions, the $12.7 million in funding will leverage more than $39.6 million in water management improvements through projects for Friant Division water contractors in the San Joaquin Valley.”
A full environmental review is needed before proposed groundwater transfers take place this summer, Butte County’s top water leaders said in a letter to the Bureau of Reclamation.
Also, if the use of groundwater in water transfers continues to be the trend, the cumulative impacts need to be considered, rather than each transfer considered on a year-to-year basis, the letter from the county Department of Water and Resource Conservation states.