Monday, March 13, 2017

Sewage woes

Tijuana and San Diego grapple with renegade flows

San Antonio de Los Buenos sewage treatment plant at Punta Bandera and the discharge of partially treated sewage into the ocean. SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE


San Diego Union-Tribune

Baja California's governor is preparing to declare a state of emergency in the coming days, hoping to draw financial aid for Tijuana's strained and underfunded sewage system following a massive overflow that sent millions of gallons of untreated wastewater across the border and into San Diego last month. The spill has put a spotlight on the need for improvements.


Is there too much water behind Oroville Dam?

Sacramento Bee

Long before a fractured spillway plunged Oroville Dam into the gravest crisis in its 48-year history, officials at a handful of downstream government agencies devised a plan they believed would make the dam safer: Store less water there. That plan, proposed in 2006, went nowhere.


Stanford maps seawater threat to coast aquifers

Stanford University

Researchers from Stanford and the University of Calgary have transformed pulses of electrical current sent 1,000 feet underground into a picture of where seawater has infiltrated freshwater aquifers along the Monterey Bay coastline. The findings help explain factors controlling this phenomenon, called saltwater intrusion.