“Southern California water agencies are joining the state government in promoting a plan to build massive tunnels beneath the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to carry water southward to farms and cities.
“The Coachella Valley’s largest water agencies hosted a workshop on Monday to tout the plan, with speakers who included Jerry Meral, deputy secretary of the California Natural Resources Agency.”
From the Los Angeles Daily News in a commentary by Ken Murray:
“As a nation, we dream of energy independence. But in Los Angeles, we wouldn’t dream of water independence. The growth and prosperity of our city has been largely defined by our ability to access large quantities of pure water.”
“Hinkley residents were ’shocked and dismayed’ when the California Department of Public Health issued a standard for chromium-6 regulation that doesn’t more closely match a public health goal already in place that is 500 times more stringent.
“Hinkley residents’ comments will be among those received by the agency on Friday during a public hearing at the Metropolitan Water District, 700 N. Alameda St., in Los Angeles.”
“One would think that if a huge underground lake existed less than 100 miles from Southern California water users who live continually on the edge of a water supply crisis, there would be a rush to get that water into Southern California’s water system.
“One would also think, since this is California, that an extraordinarily challenging level of environmental review would be required before a single drop of that water could head toward users, and that a round of lawsuits would challenge the environmental review’s conclusions.”
From the California Department of Water Resources (DWR):
“The Department of Water Resources (DWR), in partnership with Castaic Lake Water Agency, the City of Santa Clarita, the County of Los Angeles, Department of Parks and Recreation, and the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation, will sponsor a ‘Catch a Special Thrill’ fishing event for disabled and disadvantaged children on Saturday, October 5, at Castaic Lake in northern Los Angeles County.”
“A new plan to determine how much of the world’s largest chromium-6 contamination site here is the result of Pacific Gas & Electric Co. operations and what part comes from nature has circulated among water regulators, the utility, Hinkley residents and their scientific advisers.
“This crucial study to determine the chromium-6 level in Hinkley is expected to start next year and conclude in 2018, said John Izbicki, a research hydrologist with the U.S.
“The Ballona Wetlands Land Trust has sued the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to force resolution of a months-long dispute over access to records related to the Annenberg Foundation’s proposal to build an interpretive center in a portion of the Ballona Wetlands.”
“LA County Department of Public Works engineers released water from Morris Dam’s new massive 72-inch value into a splash pool and into the San Gabriel River during the dam’s modernization project ceremony in Angles National Forest above Azusa on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.”
“Shifting winds pushed the 30-square-mile Mountain Fire dangerously close to Idyllwild and Fern Valley in the San Jacinto Mountains, threatening thousands of homes and triggering evacuations, fire officials said.”
“A giant energy project that would turn an abandoned open pit mine near Joshua Tree National Park into two hydroelectric storage reservoirs got a thumbs-up from California’s main water quality agency this week.”
“Rivaling the Sahara Desert in solar intensity, California’s Mojave Desert is again attracting plans for industrial-scale solar and wind projects on pristine public land near Death Valley National Park and the Mojave National Preserve, two of the largest parks in the Lower 48 states.
“The proposals are drawing fire from area residents and a prominent conservation group.”
“A major toxic waste dump near a Central Valley hamlet is poised to expand, and a troubled battery recycler in Vernon has been cleared to reopen according to key decisions Tuesday that sparked fury in nearby low-income communities.
“At the center of both decisions is a little-known California agency, the Department of Toxic Substances Control, which has repeatedly cited both facilities for violations of hazardous waste regulations.”
“One of a flurry of subpoenas delivered after an FBI raid on the Capitol offices of Sen. Ron Calderon last month went to a Southern California water district, seeking documents related to ‘federal grants and/or funding to include Federal Stimulus dollars.’”