Two dams critical to U.S. national security are at high risk for “insider threats” that could impair operations because of poor computer security practices such as too many employees having access to administrator accounts and failures to routinely change passwords, according to a new inspector general report.
A California statewide tax on drinking water died in a budget compromise deal Friday, June 8, 2018. The plan would have imposed a 95 cents monthly tax on residents to clean up contaminated water systems in the Central Valley and elsewhere.
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California said Thursday, June 7, 2018, that it will vote again on supporting the Delta tunnels, or California WaterFix. Critics said Metropolitan violated the Brown Act before April's vote.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed two bills mandating permanent water conservation, including goals for indoor water use. A blog called Zero Hedge falsely claims the bills outlaw showering and washing clothes on the same day.
Water in some parts of California is contaminated by pollutants including arsenic, nitrates and uranium. The unsafe water largely is in the San Joaquin Valley. A statewide tax could help fix wells and treatment facilities.
Latest surveys by California water scientists showed no Delta smelt present in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The smelt are protected by the Endangered Species Act and their woes could affect operation of the Delta pumps.
There are 3,015 independent water systems serving communities in California. As of May 2018, 269 of these suppliers were out of compliance with state drinking water standards. Use this database to see if your community’s water system is out of compliance.
Gov. Jerry Brown on May 31, 2018, signed a pair of bills to establish new standards for indoor and outdoor residential water use in California. The targets provide more flexibility than Brown's emergency drought conservation mandates, but are meant to be permanent.
A pamphlet notifying Folsom residents of a city proposal to increase water rates was not vetted by the City Council before being mailed this week, City Council members say. Some residents speculate the rate hike is meant to fund the city's new housing development south of Highway 50.
In order to get boaters and swimmers back to Lake Oroville after the Oroville Dam spillway was damaged in 2017, California State Parks and the California Department of Water Resources announced they will waive fees for the recreational area on select days over the summer 2018.