Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016

'Darth Niño'

First major storm sets rain records across California

Homes at Mondo's Beach between the Solimar and Faria Beach communities west of Ventura have their sea walls tested this morning, as the third storm this season's El Nino moves in with more rain and heavy surf. AL SEIB / Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times & KGTV San Diego

The first major El Niño storm of the season slammed into Southern California on Tuesday, setting new rain records for the day and causing various traffic headaches. The storm set rainfall records for the day in several places, including Los Angeles International Airport, as well as to the north in Stockton and Redding. Meteorologists say the current El Niño has stormed its way into the record books, tying 1997–98 as the strongest recorded.

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$3.2 million for Water Loss Control Collaborative

Association of California Water Agencies

The State Water Resources Control Board approved a resolution Tuesday authorizing the use of approximately $3.2 million in Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Local Assistance set-aside funds to establish a Water Loss Control Collaborative, a statewide water loss control program intended to make the state's water management system more efficient and resilient.

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$1.2 billion boost for more water recycling projects

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

The state got a big financial boost in its quest to find more water sources — by recycling it. The State Water Resources Control Board authorized the sale of $1.2 billion in revenue bonds Tuesday to fund additional recycled water projects. Supporters believe the money will help agencies and cities build more water recycling plants, pipes and delivery facilities that will increase California's water supply.

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