“In response to the continuing statewide drought, Otay Water District’s Board of Directors last Friday declared a Level 1 – Supply Watch Condition in which a 10 percent reduction of water use is requested.”
“North County avocado farmers irrigating their groves with all recycled water. Residents of the southeast San Diego working-class neighborhood of Encanto enjoying a revitalized Chollas Creek, a respite in a sea of concrete.
“In a court battle with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake, the San Diego County Water Authority won a round Tuesday versus its archenemy: the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
“A judge in San Francisco tentatively ruled that Metropolitan violated the California Constitution in setting the rates it charged for transporting water from the Colorado River to San Diego County through its aqueduct and other water transportation facilities.”
“California’s historic drought continued to draw responses on several fronts Wednesday, including in the House of Representatives where the Republican majority pushed through contentious legislation that would weaken environmental protections so that more water can flow to thirsty farms and cities in the Central Valley.”
“A settlement reached this week with the Borrego Water District that will breathe new life into the dormant Rams Hill golf course will come at the expense of hundreds of acres of grapefruit and palm-tree groves elsewhere in town.
“As part of a complicated deal, the new owners of Rams Hill — a master-planned residential community that features a Tom Fazio designed golf course — have agreed to purchase farms and ranches that hold the trees and let them go fallow over the next five years.”
“California’s worsening drought highlights the need for even more conservation among all Californians, in the north and south; more water storage capacity throughout the state; a long-term fix to the infrastructure problems of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta; and a continued push for new sources of water.”
“Smack in the middle of Mance Buchanan Park in suburban Oceanside on Saturday, dozens of Native Americans gathered in a circle on the brown grass to do what their ancestors had done generations before them: pray, sing and dance for rain.”
“The San Diego City Council unanimously approved $163.9 million in new or replaced fire stations, libraries, water and sewer lines and road and sidewalk repairs Tuesday, as it nibbled away at a multi-billion backlog in infrastructure needs.”
“The San Diego County Water Authority on Thursday will hold a public hearing on three related draft documents that map out the agency’s direction through 2035 for building capital projects and dealing with the impacts of climate change on water resources.”
“For 30 years, the lobbying firm of Carpi & Clay has helped the San Diego County Water Authority navigate treacherous political waters, from the Imperial Valley transfer agreement to securing local funding in multibillion dollar bond deals.
“But on Jan. 31, the firm will no longer represent the authority in Sacramento, ending an era started by prominent San Diegan Ben Clay and later carried on by his son, Jonathan.