New fight in California water wars: How to update old system

The News Tribune – In California's long-raging water wars, pitting north against south and farmer against city dweller, the one thing everybody agreed on Wednesday was that the outdated method of shipping water throughout the most populous state needs a serious upgrade. A group of influential California farmers shook up the debate a day earlier, backing out of Gov. Jerry Brown's $16 Read More…

Changes in non-extreme precipitation may have not-so-subtle…

National Science Foundation – Extreme floods and droughts receive a lot of attention. But what happens when precipitation -- or lack thereof -- occurs in a more measured way? Researchers have analyzed more than five decades of data from across North America to find that changes in non-extreme precipitation are more significant than previously realized. And the changes are greater than Read More…

The West’s Wildfires Are Taking a Toll on Reservoirs

News Deeply – Around California, the country and the world, reservoirs are silently filling with sediment, and only a few people are thinking about it. Among them is Tim Randle, a civil engineer with the United States Bureau of Reclamation’s Sedimentation and River Hydraulics Group. “We used to be gaining water storage capacity with dam building,” said Randle, who is based in Read More…

More local water for Los Angeles could mean a drier Los Angeles River

UCLA Newsroom – Local leaders are working to make greater Los Angeles more reliant on local water in order to prepare for a hotter and more crowded future. A UCLA study published today is a reminder that achieving water independence would require a delicate balancing act — in particular for how the region manages the Los Angeles River. The study, the most comprehensive analysis to date Read More…

Gov. Brown’s grand water-tunnel project runs into money uncertainty

San Francisco Chronicle – Just months after Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to shore up California’s water system with two giant tunnels won key approval from regulators, the $17 billion project is running into potential financial problems. The dozens of agencies that have expressed support for the delta tunnels as a way to ensure that they get more reliable water deliveries, from Silicon Read More…

Old LADWP water tunnel to help with Sierra water glut

KPCC – A nearly century-old water tunnel that’s been idle for decades is being resurrected by the Department of Water and Power to carry water from the overflowing Los Angeles Aqueduct to store underground for future use. As the near-record snowpack in the Eastern Sierra melts, it is sending far more water down the aqueduct than city water customers can use. Putting some into Read More…

San Joaquin Valley farmers think Sacramento water agencies should…

Sacramento Bee – Some Sacramento-area water agencies would end up paying for a small share of the Delta tunnels under a last-minute alternative funding plan pitched by one of the state’s largest farming groups. Westlands Water District, whose board of directors is scheduled to vote Tuesday on whether to help pay for the tunnels, says it needs to spread the costs among a greater number Read More…

Water managers are seeking certainty in Colorado Basin

Vail Daily – Bringing more certainty to an unruly and unpredictable Colorado River system was a common theme among water managers speaking at the Colorado River District's annual seminar on Friday, Sept. 15­­. Although the drought that has gripped much of the Colorado River basin for the past 16 years has eased up a bit, population growth and the long dry spell have pushed the river's Read More…

Seeing is Believing: Stanford researchers visualize California’s…

Stanford News – After the wettest winter on record in 122 years, California’s waterways and reservoirs are finally replenishing to reverse the previous years of drought. But as the memory of the driest four-year period in the state’s history fades, Stanford researchers warn not to relax water conservation practices. “Out of the past 50 years, more than half have been dry years in Read More…

Research shows residential conservation during drought can hinder…

Phys Org – Conventional wisdom dictates water conservation can only benefit communities affected by drought. But researchers at the University of California, Riverside have deduced that indoor residential conservation can have unintended consequences in places where systems of wastewater reuse have already been implemented, diminishing both the quantity and quality of influent available for Read More…