‘Toilet to Tap’ Water Surprisingly Good, Study Finds

WVXU – Scientists have long known treated wastewater is safe to drink but how does it taste when compared to "conventional" groundwater and bottled water? Researchers at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) asked 143 people to compare the two in a blind taste test. This is especially important in California where residents have dealt with years of drought. Recycled Read More…

The Challenge of Our Time: Healthy Economies and Sustainable…

Maven's Notebook – Since the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) was passed in the fall of 2014, new Groundwater Sustainability Agencies have been formed across the state to manage the groundwater basins, and the discussion has now turned to the difficult task of preparing plans to sustainably manage their groundwater basins.  With Kern County being home to three basins considered Read More…

It’s Only April and a Stretch of the Rio Grande Has Already Dried

News Deeply – In springtime, rivers are supposed to swell with snowmelt, filling their channels and triggering fish to spawn. This year, however, the Middle Rio Grande has already dried south of Socorro in New Mexico. Record-low snowpack in the mountains upstream means that the state’s largest river is in trouble this year. And so are the species and communities that depend Read More…

Water Quality in the Sacramento Valley is Healthy for Aquatic Life

Norther California Water Association – Recent water quality monitoring testing conducted for the Sacramento Valley Water Quality Coalition (Coalition) show that water quality in the Sacramento Valley is good and particularly healthy for the aquatic ecosystem. Aquatic health and the biological condition of waterbodies is generally measured by toxicity testing for sensitive algae, Read More…

When it comes to California water, nothing is easy

Capitol Weekly – Camrosa Water District, a public services provider in Ventura County, gets its water from a combination of groundwater, recycled wastewater, and the State Water Project, which transports water south through the state. Twenty miles away, another mid-size public water agency also founded around 1960 has a very different portfolio: Las Virgenes Municipal Water District gets Read More…

Portland Warns Public To Avoid Willamette River After Sewage Overflow

OPB – Record-breaking rain on Saturday triggered the city to issue a Combined Sewer Overflow warning on Sunday morning. At 9:15 a.m. on April 8, the Bureau of Environmental Services warned the public to avoid the Willamette River downstream of the Ross Island Bridge for 48 hours after the overflows end. KOIN 6 Meteorologist Joseph Dames said downtown Portland eclipsed the one-day Read More…

Southern California might pay for two Delta tunnels after all

The Sacramento Bee – A powerful Southern California water agency has breathed life back into the twin-tunnels Delta water project, a plan that appeared dead just a few days ago. In a dramatic 11th-hour pivot, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is considering again whether to finance the lion's share of the entire Delta tunnels project instead of supporting the Read More…

California crews break ground on second phase of $600M Isabella Dam…

Construction Dive – Officials broke ground on the $200 million second phase of upgrades for California's Isabella Dam, according to KBAK & KBFX Eyewitness News. In phase two, workers will raise the dam 16 feet and mend existing leaks, as well as increase the ability of the auxiliary dam to withstand a seismic event. The dam straddles an active fault, so crews will also add filters, Read More…

CA Water Commission: Article 21 water, explained

Maven's Notebook – The nine members of the California Water Commission have been tasked with deciding how to award the $2.7 billion in Prop 1 funds slated to pay for the public benefits of water storage projects, and competition is pretty fierce among the eleven competing projects.  However, in order for these newly built storage projects to be filled, there must be water available to be Read More…

Public willing to pay to improve ecosystem water quality

Science Daily – In the wake of the recent water crisis in Flint, Michigan, in which studies confirmed lead contamination in the city's drinking supply, awareness of the importance of protecting watersheds has increased. User-financed ecosystem service programs can compensate landowners to voluntarily participate in environmental improvement efforts. Now, researchers from the University of Read More…