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Daily Digest: How California could develop new water supplies; Growing water crisis in Borrego; Late week rain to bring much needed dousing; and more …

In California water news today, How California could develop new water supplies; Growing water crisis in Borrego; Late week rain to bring much needed dousing to drought zone; Hamilton City: Groundbreaking levee project to restore ecosystem; Group eyes Suisun Marsh for elaborate Pacific Flyway Center; Ruling snags push for Hetch Hetchy restoration; Lake Mission Viejo to test the waters by using treated sewer water; and lastly … Woman dies after becoming infected with a brain-eating amoeba following a swim in the Colorado River

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How California could develop new water supplies:  “As California endures the current drought and faces a future with increased population and the likelihood of climate-induced changes to water availability, leaders are researching the best options to increase water supply.  Assembly member Rich Gordon, whose home turf is Silicon Valley, chairs an Assembly Select Committee on Water Consumption and Alternative Sources. In March the committee released a report, New Sources for California’s Water Supply, that looks at water supply possibilities for the state.  The report found that despite mounting pressure on water sources, “California could have all the water it needs – we just need proper planning and investments to use our water more efficiently and wisely.” ... ”  Read more from Water Deeply here:  How California could develop new water supplies

Growing water crisis in Borrego: The water crisis in Borrego Springs is as simple to understand as it will be difficult to solve. The elephant in the room is farming.  Citrus and palm ranches in northern Borrego Springs are sucking huge amounts of water from the underground lake beneath their land — far more than the state is likely to allow in the future.  The problem: Borrego Springs, home to about 3,000 permanent residents in the desert of northeast San Diego County, has no feasible way to import water. It relies completely on an underground aquifer that on average is replenished by nature each year to the tune of about 1.8 billion gallons. … ”  Read more from the U-T San Diego here:  Growing water crisis in Borrego

Late week rain to bring much needed dousing to drought zone:  “A storm will deliver several days of much-needed rain to the drought-stricken western United States late this week. However, rain could be heavy enough to cause flash flooding and travel delays.  Rain is desperately needed across most of the Southwest and parts of the Northwest. According to an April 26 report by the U.S. Drought Monitor, an estimated 45 million people are being affected by drought in the West.  Over 50 percent of California is in extreme or exceptional drought. … ”  Read more from Accu-Weather here:  Late week rain to bring much needed dousing to drought zone

Hamilton City: Groundbreaking levee project to restore ecosystem: Ground was broken on a new levee Monday morning in Hamilton City.  Leaders from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District and Reclamation District 2140 joined Congressman Doug LaMalfa and John Garamendi, as well as state and local officials, during the ceremony.  The event kicked off nearly seven miles of expected levee improvements and 1,500 acres of ecosystem restoration. … ”  Read more from KRCR here:  Groundbreaking levee project to restore ecosystem

Group eyes Suisun Marsh for elaborate Pacific Flyway Center:  “The former owner of the Oakland Athletics believes the Suisun Marsh is the ideal place to see and learn about waterfowl and its habitat – and his vision for a resplendent $75 million Pacific Flyway Center will be presented to the Solano County Board of Supervisors and Fairfield City Council on Tuesday.  A critical element to make the project reality is getting water and sewer service from Fairfield, which will require voter approval. The plan is to put the project on the November ballot. … ”  Read more from the Fairfield Republic here:  Group eyes Suisun Marsh for elaborate Pacific Flyway Center

Ruling snags push for Hetch Hetchy restoration:  “The group trying to erase Hetch Hetchy Reservoir from Yosemite National Park has lost a round in court.  Judge Kevin Seibert, ruling in Tuolumne Superior Court, rejected a claim that the 93-year-old reservoir violates a state mandate that water diversions be “reasonable.”  Thursday’s decision was cheered by officials in San Francisco, which supplies about 2.6 million Bay Area residents from the Tuolumne River impoundment and other storage. And it was welcomed by the Modesto and Turlock irrigation districts, which balk at the suggestion that their Don Pedro Reservoir could help make up for the loss of Hetch Hetchy. … ”  Read more from the Modesto Bee here:  Ruling snags push for Hetch Hetchy restoration

Lake Mission Viejo to test the waters by using treated sewer water:  “The city will contribute $4 million toward a plan – in the works for about a year – to fill the 124-acre Lake Mission Viejo with highly treated sewage water instead of drinking water.  It would be the first recreational lake in California to be fed with advanced purified water that experts say would be safe for swimmers and the lake’s fish population.  The City Council on Tuesday night unanimously approved providing a $1 million grant to help the Santa Margarita Water District build a new facility to purify recycled water at the pumping station across the street from the lake. … ”  Read more from the OC Register here:  Lake Mission Viejo to test the waters by using treated sewer water

And lastly … Woman dies after becoming infected with a brain-eating amoeba following a swim in the Colorado River:A California woman lost her life after what appeared to be a harmless weekend enjoying her birthday at a fresh-water river.  Kelsey McClain, 24, passed away after a brain-eating amoeba left her brain dead after entering her nose while she was swimming in the Colorado River.  McClain was staying at Fisher’s Landing, a resort along the Colorado River just hours away from her home in El Cajon, California. … ”  Read more from the Daily Mail here:  Woman dies after becoming infected with a brain-eating amoeba following a swim in the Colorado River

Precipitation watch …

  • Unsettled weather on the way:  From the National Weather Service: “An approaching storm system will bring chances for thunderstorms across the valley and the mountains for Wednesday and Thursday. Widespread rainfall is possible, with higher amounts expected in the foothills and the Sierras. Heavy rain and small hail are possible in thunderstorms across the valley. Snowfall is also expected at higher elevations, which may cause travel difficulties at pass levels.”

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