Monday, Jan. 15, 2018

Strategy shift

Gov. Brown works to scale down Delta tunnels project

The new plan reflects the reality that Brown has only one year remaining in office and that the original project has failed to win enough financial backing from water agencies around California that Brown was asking to pay for construction. BAY AREA NEWS GROUP

Bay Area News Group

Mercury News

Faced with a shortage of money and political support after seven years of work, Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration is working on a plan to scale back one of his key legacy projects — a $17 billion proposal to build two massive tunnels under the Delta. Instead of two tunnels, each 40 feet high and 35 miles long, DWR has been negotiating with major water agencies on a revised plan to build just one tunnel at slightly more than half the cost of the original project.


Revived hydroelectric project renews concerns

Riverside Press-Enterprise

A $2 billion plan for a Lake Elsinore hydroelectric plant and new reservoir in the mountains above the Riverside County town is no less controversial the second time around. The Lake Elsinore Advanced Pumped Storage project was rejected by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in July 2011. But a few months ago, the project's proponent filed a new application with FERC.


New tool tailors weather forecasts to watersheds

Water Deeply

Understanding watersheds is vital to tracking environmental conditions and water availability. Now there is a new tool to fill this forecast gap. A partnership between the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the University of Colorado Boulder has produced a forecasting website that offers real-time weather prediction maps based on watershed boundaries across the nation.