“The Russian River Flood Control and Water Conservation Improvement District voted Monday to sell water to the Redwood Valley County Water District, which might otherwise have run out of water in two months.”
“The Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors approved a new fallowing program Tuesday that compensates landowners and tenants for water that is not used when agricultural land is taken out of production.”
“The troubled Central Basin Municipal Water District violated the state’s open meeting laws when it created a $2.7-million fund in virtual secrecy, an investigation by the agency’s attorneys concluded.
“The fund, created for a groundwater storage project, was managed without public hearings or notifications, and records related to it were among those subpoenaed by federal prosecutors.”
“While the average single-family home in the East Bay Municipal Utility District used 135 gallons of water per person per day last year, Elizabeth Dougherty got by with just 30 gallons. The lowest she’s hit: 20 gallons a day.”
“As California’s historic drought worsens by the day, Silicon Valley’s main water provider faces a difficult choice: Risk catastrophic flooding if a major earthquake strikes its largest dam — or drain billions of gallons of water from the reservoir behind it to make repairs.”
“Wide-ranging discussions about water use on farms and golf courses, wastewater recycling and how to encourage conservation emerged as the Coachella Valley Water District and the Desert Water Agency led a tour of water infrastructure Thursday focusing on management of the area’s groundwater.
“The water agencies offered the tour to participants in Thursday’s symposium in Palm Springs focusing on drought and water scarcity.”
“Contra Costa Water District customers are being asked to voluntarily cut water use 15 percent this year, but they will not face higher drought rates to penalize those who fall short, the agency’s water board decided Wednesday.”
“The Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors took a small step forward on Tuesday to make the IID’s water delivery process more efficient. It unanimously approved five work authorizations for the design and engineering of canal interties or pumped connections.”
“Quietly whirring away in a dusty field in the Central Valley is a shiny solar energy machine that may someday solve many of California’s water problems.
“It’s called the WaterFX solar thermal desalination plant, and it has been turning salty, contaminated irrigation runoff into ultra-pure liquid for nearly a year for the Panoche Water and Drainage District.”
“After 37 years at the forefront of West Side water issues, Bill Harrison stepped down as general manager of the Del Puerto and West Stanislaus Water Districts Feb. 28. In his place, Anthea Hansen will take over as general manager of the water districts.”
From the Visalia Times-Delta, in a commentary by J. Paul Hendrix:
“Tulare Irrigation District has proposed a new reservoir at McKay Point, near Lemon Cove and Woodlake, to provide new water storage, flood control and more efficient distribution of water for agriculture.
“The McKay Point project, proposed to be located north of the separation of the Kaweah and St.
“Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Tuesday he was bent on writing ‘a new chapter’ for the Department of Water and Power with the help of its new leader Marcie Edwards — a task that goes beyond cleaning up its woebegone billing system, he said.”