Tuesday, July 21, 2015

On notice

Regulators seek $1.5 million fine for illegal water use

Garrett Mussi checks a water meter on his farm near Stockton. RANDALL BENTON / Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee

San Francisco Chronicle

California regulators are seeking a $1.5 million penalty from a Tracy-area water district for allegedly illegally tapping the Delta for farmers and thousands of homes, marking a significant escalation in the state's push to get big users to go along with drought-forced reductions. The fine would be the first penalty levied against a longtime water-rights holder during the four-year drought.


Dramatic climate year ahead with El Niño, drought

Los Angeles Times

Friday, an out-of-control brush fire destroyed 20 vehicles on Interstate 15 in the Cajon Pass. Hours later, the area was pounded by historic rainstorms that eventually washed out Interstate 10. The heavy rain is the most concrete evidence yet of powerful El Niño conditions that scientists are becoming increasingly convinced will lead to a wet winter for Southern California.


Institute opens the faucets on decades of data

Redlands Daily Facts

How deep would you have had to dig to reach water in your neighborhood in 1963? What do we know about the local water quality when your parents were children? The Water Resources Institute at Cal State San Bernardino knows the answer.

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