“Balboa Park’s iconic Cabrillo Bridge will turn 100 in April and Caltrans is giving it a $38 million birthday present.
“Encased in scaffolding, the 769-foot span is being strengthened, repaired and lighted over the next few months. … More importantly, a century of water intrusion has weakened the concrete and corroded some of the steel skeleton.”
“A federal judge has rejected legal claims by environmental groups that sued Caltrans and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in hopes of stopping construction of a controversial freeway bypass in Willits, Calif.
“Mineta San Jose International Airport’s Terminal A is back in business one day after a pipe burst and disrupted flight operations, according to officials. …
“Monday morning at 2:15, a hot water line located in the roof space of the bridge connecting the parking garage/baggage claim area with Terminal A ruptured and poured water into the airport for more than an hour.
“Survivors of the sudden collapse of the Baldwin Hills Reservoir dam gathered Saturday in a grassy valley to commemorate the disaster that sent 150 million gallons of Los Angeles drinking water cascading into their homes 50 years ago.
“Hundreds filed into what is now Upper Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, where the earthen edge of the 66-foot-deep reservoir — holding 292 million gallons — ruptured Dec.
From the Los Angeles Times Framework blog, in a post by Scott Harrison:
“In a Dec. 11, 2003, Los Angeles Times article, reporter Bob Pool wrote about the Dec. 14, 1963, Baldwin Hills Dam collapse:
“The Baldwin Hills Dam collapsed with the fury of a thousand cloudbursts, sending a 50-foot wall of water down Cloverdale Avenue and slamming into homes and cars on Dec. 14, 1963. … It foreshadowed the end of urban-area earthen dams as a major element of the Department of Water and Power’s water-storage system.
From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):
“ACWA and the Texas Water Conservation Association (TWCA) are urging Congress to include an innovative financing pilot program for infrastructure projects within major water resources legislation.
“On Dec. 10 ACWA and its counterpart in Texas sent a letter to House and Senate members who are discussing how to reconcile S. 601, the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) and HR 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA).
“As Detroit goes through the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, the city’s porous water system illustrates how some of its resources are still draining away even as it struggles to stabilize its finances and provide basic services.”
“Already five years behind schedule and about $12 million over budget, a new pump station to prevent flooding in Seal Beach still hasn’t been finished – and won’t be for another six months, say county officials. …
“The pump station and a new water basin were originally intended to keep Seal Beach from getting flooded again after the overwhelming rains of January 1995.”
“A proposed water bond announced on Monday would fund $5.8 billion in water storage projects and establish water of origin rights to protect water in the North State from being sent south.
“The bond was introduced by 3rd District Assemblyman and Chief Republican Whip Dan Logue, who said the two water storage projects the bond would finance — Sites Reservoir near Williams and Temperance Flats Dam near Fresno — would be a cheaper alternative than the water tunnels proposed by Gov.
“This week, the state is expected to release a draft of Gov. Jerry Brown’s twin tunnels plan for the Delta. It is the first time since the old peripheral canal wars of the 1970s and early ’80s that a comparable proposal will have been formally introduced.”
From the Northern California Water Association (NCWA) Blog, in a post by Tib Belza, Chair, Bay-Delta Task Force:
“With the state and federal agencies releasing the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) this week, the leaders in the North State are unified in our commitment to statewide water solutions that protect the economy, environment and quality of life in Northern California. The North State Water Alliance this week continues our call for the Governor to develop an innovative and comprehensive statewide water plan.