“As the morning haze peeled off the northern corner of the San Fernando Valley, Fred Barker walked along remnants of an engineering marvel that transformed a dusty railhead into a metropolis … One hundred years ago — Nov.
“With the hum of heavy drilling machinery in the background, elected officials from San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties Wednesday celebrated the beginning of construction of a water project that will help stabilize the depleted Nipomo groundwater basin.
“The Nipomo Community Services District has begun construction of a $17.5 million pipeline under the Santa Maria River that will eventually bring 3,000 acre-feet of water a year to the Nipomo Mesa for the next 70 years.”
“The House of Representatives voted 417-3 Wednesday to approve a bill authorizing a broad array of water-related infrastructure projects across the country, including the completion of levee improvements to protect Sacramento from a catastrophic flood.
“The Water Resources, Reform and Development Act aims to shorten the U.S.
“Rep. Janice Hahn, D-San Pedro, sat down with us Wednesday, hours before the House approved its broad water infrastructure bill. Hahn serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and is co-chairwoman of the bipartisan Ports Opportunity Renewal Trade and Security caucus, with Rep.
“The Los Angeles Aqueduct is a product of early twentieth-century engineering, and much of its history has been created through photography, the dominant imaging technology of that century. The connection between the two—the aqueduct and photography—has more metaphorical resonances than are immediately apparent on the surface, resonances that are ironically resurfacing in the twenty-first century through nineteenth-century photographic technology.
From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) Spotlight:
“Rebuilt Weir #2 on the Sutter Bypass has an innovation new to DWR. Like many weirs, #2 dams the water flow to create a pool for nearby irrigation, but uniquely, this weir’s gates close when compressed air inflates large air bladders that force the gates upward to dam the water.”
“Some of the oldest and most picturesque bridges in the Sacramento region are quietly fading away. …
“Sacramento County – home to numerous small bridges over rivers, creeks and Delta sloughs – revealed plans last week to spend $81 million in federal funds to replace 13 bridges and rehab another over the next five years.”
“Water has always been one of California’s most complex, expensive and politically difficult dilemmas.
“The public generally understands the importance of a reliable delivery network in this arid state. But as long as water keeps coming out of the tap, Californians don’t seem to share the same sense of urgency expressed by state leaders who warn the system is on the verge of total collapse.”
From The Sacramento Bee, in a column by Dan Walters:
“Jerry Brown – publicly, at least – rejects any suggestion that he returned to the governorship to establish a more favorable legacy for himself.
“But it’s evident that Brown, now the state’s longest-serving governor, intends for two massive public works projects to become lasting memorials – not unlike the State Water Project that was so closely identified with his father and gubernatorial predecessor, Pat Brown.”
“Water agency and city officials can breathe a sigh of relief, as the one bidder left competing for the contract to build the surface water project treatment facility submitted a bid last month that is $10 million under the price cap the agency placed on the project’s overall costs.
“DeDe Cordell with the Corps says most levee repair and dam improvement projects have carryover funding that will last long enough to avoid any project interruptions. But, some projects with year-to-year funding will be effected. …
“Many projects like the new Folsom Dam spillway have already been funded and will not be effected.”
“Californians say the state’s water supply system has serious problems that require improvement, but they are unwilling to spend billions of dollars in ratepayer and taxpayer funds on the task, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.
“The results suggest an uphill fight for proponents of a state water bond and for a proposal to replumb the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the transfer point for Northern California supplies delivered to the San Joaquin Valley and urban Southern California.”
From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):
“The Central Valley Flood Protection Board refreshed its mission earlier this year and created its first-ever strategic plan as a road map to achieve the Board’s goal of reducing the risk of catastrophic flooding in the Central Valley. On that map is the Folsom Dam Joint Federal Project, which the board visited on September 27 for a briefing on a new auxiliary 2,400-foot spillway, a control structure with submerged gates and a 1,100-foot approach channel. … Led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S.
From U-T San Diego in a column by Steven Greenhut:
“The system that moves water from relatively wet Northern California to arid Southern California is like a superhighway that’s hundreds of miles long, but is slowed by about 40 miles of dirt roads in the middle of it.
“That’s how Jeffrey Kightlinger, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, described the state’s main water problem during a media tour Monday of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta hosted by MWD and state water officials.”