“The second of two winter storms this week delivered on a promise of heavy rainfall as it moved across the region Friday, and hundreds of residents waited to see if their homes would escape feared mudslides within mandatory evacuation zones below the San Gabriel Mountains.”
“The reservoirs behind 14 major dams that line the front range of the San Gabriel Mountains — nearly empty after two years of drought — could rise significantly from the forecasted deluge over the next three days, public works officials said.
“The storm system could drop up to 6 inches of rain, which would dramatically reverse the current conditions, in which water levels are 70 feet below the maximum in some cases, officials said.”
“A storm dumping light to moderate rain across Los Angeles County on Thursday is moving faster than expected, which could mean an extended break starting in the afternoon before a more powerful system arrives, forecasters said.”
“Eureka Dunes, a towering expanse of shifting slopes wedged between weathered mountains in the Mojave Desert, had a reputation as a campground, an off-road vehicle course and a home to a few plant species found no place else on Earth. …
“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.”
“For more than a decade, local water districts in South County have partnered with cities to explore the possibility of developing a desalination plant in Dana Point to convert ocean water to drinkable water for the area.
“After years of testing, some partners are ready to move forward with permitting for the eventual construction of a plant, but funding is a huge obstacle and not all of the partners are sure they can afford it.”
“In one of his earliest boyhood memories, Dion Neutra walked out the front door of his family’s Silver Lake home and down to the water’s edge. …
“But over the next eight decades, the architect — who trained under his father, Richard Neutra, a master of Modernism who lived and worked out of Silver Lake — watched as the water he loved began to change. It was drained several times and its shoreline pushed back.
From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):
“The California water community this week is mourning the passing of Lois B. Krieger, 96, ACWA’s first female president and a former member of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Water District Board of Directors (MWD).
“Emphasizing the need to save water during the worst drought in recent history, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the region’s major supplier of water called on residents Wednesday to take steps to conserve as much as possible and follow existing conservation guidelines.”
“Under intensifying pressure, leading Southern California water managers promised Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday that they will take more aggressive steps to encourage conservation after weeks of caution.
“With the Sierra snowpack meager and reservoir levels rapidly shrinking, Brown has implored Californians to cut use by as much as 20 percent.”
“More than 1,900 acres of the retired Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in Irvine have been cleaned up and removed from the list of the nation’s most hazardous sites after more than two decades, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday.”
From the Los Angeles Times, in a commentary by Jeffrey Kightlinger, general manager, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California:
“Given the record dry weather in recent months, it is quite possible that Southern California will receive very little water from Northern California this year. Major reservoirs in the north are far below their normal levels for this time of year, with the two largest at only one-third of capacity.
“California has often been a crucible for innovation. …
“In that spirit the California Coastal Commission has unanimously put its stamp of approval on a business plan to develop the first shellfish ranch in federal waters nearly 10 miles off the California coast near Long Beach.”