Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

Back to the ballot?

L.A. may revisit raising funds for stormwater projects

A Caltrans worker toils to clear drains on flooded Interstate 5 in Sun Valley in January. BRIAN van der BRUG / Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Three years ago, an attempt to raise money for regional projects to capture and treat stormwater went nowhere. Now, with heightened attention on water supplies and flood control as a result of the drought and El Niño, some Los Angeles officials and activists want to try again — possibly refloating an initiative to ask voters for a parcel fee.

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Accelerating on-farm recharge across the Valley

Maven's Notebook

Groundwater overdraft has become a serious problem in many parts of California as water is being extracted at far greater rates than it is being replenished. Applying flood water on existing cropland to recharge groundwater could potentially be a cost-effective way for groundwater sustainability agencies to recharge basins.

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Contaminated water mystery in South Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe News

Two underground plumes of a highly toxic chemical are inching their way toward Lake Tahoe. Even though tetrachloroethylene, or PCE, was first detected in South Lake Tahoe near the Y in 1989, the source of these plumes remains a mystery.

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