“Fourteen people — including nine children — were killed on Dec. 25, 2003, when a flood of water, boulders and debris tore through a campground in the foothills of San Bernardino, 60 miles east of Los Angeles.”
“A state senator is taking the lead in trying to pass legislation that would serve as a crucial step toward solving water supply problems experienced by a neighborhood straddling the Wildomar-Menifee border.
“Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside, has agreed to carry Senate Bill 772 as his own legislation after its author, Sen. Bill Emmerson, R-Redlands, retired Dec.
“Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael L. Connor released the Santa Ana River Watershed Basin Study, which addresses water supply and demand projections for the next 50 years and identifies potential climate change impacts to Southern California’s Santa Ana River Watershed. …
“Basin studies are a key part of Secretary Sally Jewell’s WaterSMART initiative and help us develop a clearer picture of the potential gap between water demand and available supplies,” Commissioner Connor said.
“State tests on soil and groundwater below a Wildomar housing tract have found no chemical contamination that might explain illnesses in the neighborhood, where some residents abandoned their homes after suffering a variety of ailments.”
“After months of litigation, Eastern Municipal Water District has turned over documents detailing a $60,000 consulting contract — records sought by the San Diego Water Authority in a long-running water rate dispute.
“State legislators are working in conjunction with water district officials to push through a law in January that would expedite a plan to bring drinkable water to a neighborhood straddling the border of Wildomar and Menifee.
“Passage of Senate Bill 772 would relieve Elsinore Valley and Eastern municipal water districts of legal liability for ‘injuries or damages’ for two years while they take over the responsibility of supplying water to the community of about 140 households.”
“A new cooperative study by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Hi-Desert Water District indicates that the artificial replenishment of the groundwater aquifer system in the west hydrogeologic unit of the Warren groundwater basin in San Bernardino County’s Yucca Valley resulted in a decrease of nitrate concentrations in groundwater samples and a rise in water levels.
“The state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife has asked the county to postpone indefinitely the annual stocking of rainbow trout in Lake Skinner to protect endangered steelhead trout in the Santa Margarita River.
“‘If the county stocks the lake with hatchery trout there is a possibility, however remote, that if Skinner floods, non-native trout could wash over the spillway and be carried downstream,’ said Andrew Hughan, the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s spokesman for Southern California.”
“The Rancho California Water District has long allowed nonprofit groups such as the Sierra Club and the Golden Triangle Amateur Radio Club to meet inside the community room at its Winchester Road headquarters for $50 a year. No more.”
From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week ordered D&D Mobile Home Park to address violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act. D&D, located on the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indian Reservation in Riverside County, was found to have high levels of arsenic in its public system that provides drinking water to its 300 mobile park residents.
“The issue began in 2006 when the Riverside City Council authorized upgrading the city’s wastewater treatment plant to a $250 million high-end system — a Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) — in lieu of a traditional, more cost-effective system.
“This town’s [Hinkley's] contaminated groundwater plume has expanded on its western boundaries, reinforcing water regulators’ fears that Pacific Gas & Electric Co.’s efforts to create a barrier are floundering, a map made public Wednesday shows.
“‘This is definitely a concern,’ said Lauri Kemper, assistant executive officer of the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board, the state agency that oversees the cleanup and containment of Hinkley’s water, contaminated by chromium-6, a carcinogen.”