“The Imperial Irrigation District is one step closer to participating in a historic water agreement with Mexico.
“The Board of Directors approved on Tuesday an agreement with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California in which both agencies will equally share in the costs and benefits of upgrading water infrastructure in the Mexicali Valley that suffered earthquake damage in 2010.”
“A Texas developer and a group of California scientists are feuding over the amount of environmental damage a gated community would bring to one of the last remaining parcels of prime wildlife habitat in the southern Santa Susana Mountains. …
“The property lies in the north San Fernando Valley between Brown’s and Mormon creeks, the only perennial creeks in the southern Santa Susanas.”
“Decades after industrial waste dumping turned part of Southern California’s seafloor into a toxic hot spot, scientists have dredged up a mystery. Chemicals fouling the ocean off the Palos Verdes Peninsula seem to be going away without being cleaned up.”
“State coastal commissioners Wednesday postponed a vote on a proposed seawater desalination plant after concluding that they lacked the information to decide whether a key part of the proposal should be redesigned.
“State coastal officials say a hotly disputed proposal to turn ocean water into tap in Orange County should be revamped to protect marine life but the company planning to build what would be one of the Western Hemisphere’s two biggest desalination plants called the recommended changes a deal killer.”
“A proposed seawater desalination plant in Huntington Beach could significantly harm parts of the Southern California ocean environment unless substantial changes are made in its design and operation, according to the staff of the state Coastal Commission.
“A staff report prepared for this week’s commission vote on the project highlights the potential downside of large-scale efforts to turn the salty water of the Pacific Ocean into drinking supplies for coastal California.”
“Drakes Bay Oyster Co., a West Marin County company, plants and harvests a third of California’s oysters and owns the state’s only oyster cannery. In February, the Coastal Commission issued a cease-and-desist order …
“Against that backdrop, the Coastal Commission will hold hearings this week in Newport Beach on a proposal by Poseidon Water to construct and operate a seawater desalination plant adjacent to the AES Power Station in Huntington Beach.”
“Due to rising sea levels, storms will make it more likely that the Port of Long Beach’s wharves will be damaged, critical roads submerged and utilities harmed, bringing activity at one of the state’s economic hubs to a disruptive lurch, experts say. …
“Predictions show that by 2100, the water will rise between 55 and 66 inches above its current level.”
“The tales are as long as the oarfish. The 14-foot, serpent-like fish discovered Friday off Oceanside followed the supposedly rare discovery of an 18-foot oarfish off Catalina Island just five days before.
“The unusual findings just 47 miles apart have unearthed some unusual folklore, as Japanese tradition portends that oarfish – which usually dwell in waters 700 to 3,000 feet deep – are the harbingers of earthquakes.”
From the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA):
“It’s been a decade since four Southern California water agencies voluntarily agreed in October 2003 to a set of long-term conservation and water transfer agreements to resolve longstanding disputes and help the state cope with users’ growing demand for water from the Colorado River.
“The Quantification Settlement Agreement (QSA), which will continue for as long as another 65 years, sets water limits for the Southern California water districts in order to help the state consume no more than its annual entitlement of 4.4
“The nation’s largest agriculture-to-urban water transfer was signed 10 years ago today.
“And while there is no shortage of opinions on the implementation and effects of the transfer, statements by officials from the San Diego County Water Authority and the Imperial Irrigation District are illustrative of how the Quantification Settlement Agreement is viewed.”