“In the decades-long saga of the world’s largest contaminated underground water plume, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and the residents of Hinkley have never been so united for a goal: hiring U.S. Geological Survey Scientist John Izbicki.”
“San Pedro, Wilmington, Venice and other low-lying areas of Los Angeles are vulnerable to future flooding that could damage buildings, erode beaches and impair roadways in the event of a storm like Hurricane Sandy, which devastated parts of the East Coast in 2012, according to a new report by USC researchers.”
“The faux antique wooden sign says it all: ‘Pray for Snow.’
“It hangs on the wall behind the register at the Ski Haus, a rental shop on the main boulevard in Big Bear Lake, minutes away from Snow Summit, one of the most popular ski resorts in Southern California.”
From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):
“DWR engineers oversaw the repair of a section of the California Aqueduct near Palmdale. … DWR engineers and the contractor worked 24 hours a day, seven days a week in order to complete the repairs in December.”
“As temperatures hovered around freezing across much of the United States on Christmas Day, Southern California basked in unseasonably warm weather as Santa Ana winds pushed hot, dry air across the region.
In Long Beach, the mercury hit 85 degrees, beating the 1972 high of 81 degrees. …
“Missing from the forecast is any sign of rain. That puts Southern California on track for a very dry year.”
“You’ll know it’s springtime in the Santa Monica Mountains when wildlife biologists start alerting curious visitors to keep their distance from the first red-legged frog reintroduction effort ever attempted in Southern California.”
“A water war in Southern California could result in rates being driven up for millions of customers, just as the state enters a third year of drought.
“The San Diego County Water Authority is alleging in a lawsuit that its supplier, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, is gouging the county on charges to deliver water through an aqueduct system. MWD officials say San Diego agreed to the rates 10 years ago and is essentially suffering buyer’s remorse.
“The San Diego County Water Authority has long asserted that the giant Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, its primary supplier, overcharges by tens of millions of dollars a year for water. …
“Tuesday, in San Francisco Superior Court, a trial will begin on two authority lawsuits against MWD over its billing practices.”
“In recent years, California’s Agassiz’s desert tortoise population has been decimated by shootings, residential and commercial development, vehicle traffic, respiratory disease and predation by ravens, dogs and coyotes.
“Now, dwindling populations of the reptiles with scruffy carapaces and skin as tough as rhino hide are facing an even greater threat: longer droughts spurred by climate change in their Sonoran Desert kingdom of arroyos and burrows, according to a new U.S.
“Officials in the tiny city at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains say the temporary use of imported water provided by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is to blame for the off-putting color.
“The Sierra Madre Public Works Department normally uses chlorine to disinfect water drawn from its own four wells and a pair of natural spring tunnels dug deep into the mountains. But the MWD uses chloramines to disinfect the water it pulls from the Colorado River and the California Aqueduct.”
“Overnight lows for downtown Los Angeles are forecast to be 38 degrees Fahrenheit. Frost advisories have been issued in the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys, where some areas will see temperatures close to freezing. The coldest snaps are expected in high desert areas: Lancaster will hit 14 degrees and Palmdale will dip down to 10 degrees.”