Daily Digest: Finish line for San Diego’s desalination plant; Southern California’s billion-dollar water recycling plan draw ire; Drought bill ‘slight’ likely to push negotiations to 2016; and more …

In California water news today, Finish line for San Diego's desalination plant; Southern California's billion-dollar water recycling plan draw ire; Drought bill ‘slight' likely to push negotiations to 2016; Russian River towns rise from past disaster to weather the floods; Storm blows through Sacramento; drops nearly half-inch of rain; Snowfall fallout in Lake Tahoe:  Hotel prices soaring; and Nature controls Colorado River outlook

In the news today …

Finish line for San Diego's desalination plant:Poseidon Water’s desalination plant in Carlsbad is poised to begin regular operations within days — decades after water officials first considered harvesting drinking water from the sea and 14 years after they formally took the first steps toward its construction.  The opening, to be celebrated with an anticipatory ceremony Monday, will be a milestone for the company, for arid San Diego County and for all of California.  The San Diego region, which imports most of its water, will enter a new era in its quest for a reliable supply of this precious and increasingly pricey commodity. For the first time, a significant portion of its water supply will come from the sea. … ”  Read more from the San Diego Union-Tribune here:  Finish line for San Diego’s desalination plant

Southern California's billion-dollar water recycling plan draw ire:  “Political leaders in water-starved Southern California are headed for a confrontation over an innovative but costly plan to build one of the world’s largest systems for recycling wastewater, VOA has learned.  San Diego officials are casting serious doubt on the proposal, which advocates say could provide the region with a secure source of drinking water even in the event of future droughts or an earthquake.  The Metropolitan Water District, Southern California’s massive water importer serving a six-county area and nearly 19 million people, partnered with the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County to develop the plan. … ”  Read more from the Voice of America here:  Southern California’s billion-dollar drought plan draw ire

Drought bill ‘slight' likely to push negotiations to 2016: “Infighting among California's congressional delegation has likely put off a legislative attempt to deal with the state's historic drought for another year.  After an apparent attempt to circumvent the state's senators in inserting drought language into the omnibus spending bill, House Republicans on Friday blamed Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) for the breakdown in talks (Greenwire, Dec. 11).    “The deal was close to being done, but unfortunately, Senator Feinstein took umbrage over something that occurred in a closed-door meeting,” said Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.). “That small slight was not worth throwing away all that we achieved.”  ... ”  Read more from E&E Publishing here: Drought bill ‘slight’ likely to push negotiations to 2016

Russian River towns rise from past disaster to weather the floods:Resort owner Lynn Crescione and most of her neighbors are readier than ever for the whopper El Niño predicted to spread havoc along the Russian River in coming weeks. That preparation was learned the hard way, through years of pain.  The first time the river leaped its banks and drowned Crescione’s spread of rustic cabins in Guerneville, in 1986, she reckoned it was a once-in-a-lifetime bad break. It’ll never hit that hard again, she thought. … ”  Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle here:  Russian River towns rise from past disaster to weather the floods

Storm blows through Sacramento; drops nearly half-inch of rain: A strong storm lumbered across Northern California on Sunday, dousing Sacramento with much-needed rain and layering the Sierra with more than a foot of snow.  Sacramento’s downtown area recorded 0.45 inches of precipitation, according to the National Weather Service. Yuba City saw more than 1.18 inches of rain, while Davis recorded about half an inch. Wind gusts reaching up to 35 mph drove the rain in sheets throughout the early morning, swirling leaves and downing tree limbs before giving way to sunshine in the early afternoon. … ”  Read more from the Sacramento Bee here:  Storm blows through Sacramento; drops nearly half-inch of rain

Snowfall fallout in Lake Tahoe:  Hotel prices soaring:  “A white Christmas at Tahoe and across the high Sierra has set off a rush for holiday lodging and driven up prices across the board.  Even the 1-star hotels are getting in on it. For New Year’s weekend at South Lake Tahoe, a 2-star hotel on Hotels.com is going for $219 a night for a New Year’s Eve check-in. Motel 6 was sold out. For Christmas weekend, Motel 6 was selling rooms at $135 a night and had only five rooms left. … ”  Read more from the San Francisco Chronicle here:  Snowfall fallout: Hotel prices soaring

Nature controls Colorado River outlook: The Colorado River Basin's water supply is mainly affected by wet and dry weather cycles, not changes in human use, according to a study led by researchers from the University of Texas at Austin. The strained nature of the system is caused by the lack of enough precipitation between droughts to fully replenish what was consumed, the study indicates.  Fixing this will require greater efforts to store as much water as possible in the rainy years, the study said. The study was published Dec. 10 in Water Resources Research Journal. ... ”  Read more from the San Diego Union-Tribune here:  Nature controls Colorado River outlook

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