Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017

Opting out

Westlands district votes not to join California WaterFix

A key farming district in California's Central Valley voted not to take part in Gov. Jerry Brown's twin water tunnel proposal, dealing a serious political blow to the project. KCRA Sacramento

KCRA Sacramento

Los Angeles Times, Sacramento Bee & Mercury News

The Westlands Water District voted 7-1 on Tuesday against participating in California WaterFix project — a $17 billion plan to build two tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta that would re-engineer the way Northern California supplies are moved to the rest of the state. The district was going to pay roughly $3 billion of the total bill. Now, those costs will have to be shouldered by other water agencies that decide to participate, which could mean higher-than-expected water bills.


The West's wildfires are taking a toll on reservoirs

Water Deeply

New research predicts that an increase in the frequency and magnitude of wildfires will double the rates of sedimentation in one-third of the West's large watersheds, reducing reservoir storage and affecting water supplies. According to a new study from the U.S. Geological Survey, in many regions erosion rates are accelerating because of wildfires and climate change.


UCLA report: The balancing act that planners face


Local leaders are working to make greater Los Angeles more reliant on local water in order to prepare for a hotter and more crowded future. A UCLA study published Tuesday is a reminder that achieving water independence would require a delicate balancing act — in particular for how the region manages the Los Angeles River.