“City Manager Greg Nyhoff said Modesto has been taking steps to address the findings in an auditor’s report that concluded the Public Works Department’s water and wastewater divisions are plagued by problems, including poor leadership, low morale and high turnover.”
“The transfer of water from the Imperial Irrigation District to San Diego and the Coachella Valley has netted the IID nearly $85 million over a 10-year period, and is expected to net the district more than $2.7 billion from 2009 through 2047, according to IID projections.”
“There’s no longer a dispute over whether the Modesto Irrigation District should help drought-stricken farms get more water this year by paying some growers a fixed price to forgo their water shares or by allowing open-market sales among farmers.”
“This is the time of year county agencies are submitting their fiscal year (July 1-June 30) budget forecasts for the next three years, and in the case of the Monterey County Water Resources Agency, the forecast is much like the drought: Funds are dwindling with little rainfall on the horizon.”
“About 61,000 Novato residents will soon be urged to cut back water usage 20 percent and guided to tools to help them do so under an emergency water shortage ordinance adopted Tuesday night by the North Marin Water District.”
“A possible way to reduce groundwater pumping in eastern Stanislaus County’s rapidly expanding agricultural region was proposed Tuesday: Start delivering surplus Oakdale Irrigation District water there.”
“A Tulare County judge has ordered a landowner to stop pumping groundwater in the southern San Joaquin Valley and moving it off the property, to the relief of an irrigation district that wants to keep water available for landowners fighting the drought.
“The preliminary injunction will stay in effect until a trial determines whether the pumping and movement of water violates state water law, visiting Judge Harry N.
“A Los Angeles County judge signaled Tuesday that Department of Water and Power union chief Brian D’Arcy will have to turn over records showing how two nonprofit trusts he co-directs used $40 million in ratepayer money.”