January 26, 2014 |
Southern Californians are facing not one drought but three, interconnected yet distinct, each bringing its own hazards and each requiring its own emergency and long-term responses. The first drought is regional, caused by the lack of rain in our own mountains and our own backyards. In normal winters - or rather those we have come to accept as normal - storms blow south from the Gulf of Alaska, churning in a counterclockwise direction and keeping much of their stored water in the air until they move inland from the west and run smack into the San Gabriel Mountains.
July 10, 1998 |
Think California Aqueduct and images come to mind of pristine mountain water rushing through the desert to thirsty Southern Californians. Well, think again. As one water department spokesman put it, "There is no such thing as pristine water in its natural form." Not to mention that as the aqueduct runs its 440-mile course from the Sacramento delta through farmland, under freeways and past creeping desert sprawl, it picks up a lot more than water.
April 14, 1991
A small fire Saturday destroyed the roof of a water pumping station on the California Aqueduct about 16 miles southeast of Palmdale, but it did not affect the flow of water to Southern California, authorities said. Lonnie Long, division chief for the state Department of Water Resources, said the fire at the Pearblossom station broke out shortly before 5:30 p.m., after workers completed roof repair work. "The exact cause is under investigation," he said.
July 11, 1990 |
Divers searched the California Aqueduct south of Coalinga for the bodies of a 7-year-old boy and his grandfather, who were believed to have drowned. Their names were not released. Witnesses told Fresno County sheriff's deputies that the boy fell into the aqueduct while playing on the bank and that his grandfather, 65, went into the water in an attempt to rescue him, but that both were swept away by the current.
December 1, 1989 |
A 107-mile stretch of the California Aqueduct between the Tehachapi Mountains and Silverwood Lake has been closed until Feb. 5 to permit new construction, renovation, cleanup and repair work, the state Department of Water Resources said. Officials said other systems will be used to deliver water during the relatively low-usage period, and there should be little effect on agencies receiving water from the State Water Project.
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July 25, 1992 |
A 32-year-old man was discovered dead in an Antelope Valley aqueduct Friday evening, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. The man, whose identity was being withheld pending notification of relatives, was discovered by divers near 60th Street West and Avenue N in Palmdale, Deputy Gil Arce said. Sheriff's deputies launched a search for a missing person after a vehicle filled with fishing equipment had been parked near the California Aqueduct for more than a day, Arce said.
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March 1, 2007 |
The bodies of two divers who died this month while inspecting a pumping station in the California Aqueduct were found in front of the lone pump that was operating when they submerged, according to a preliminary investigation by the Department of Water Resources. The internal report obtained Wednesday by the Associated Press sheds light for the first time on the events surrounding the Feb. 7 deaths of Tim Crawford, 50, and Martin Alvarado, 44.
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September 7, 1993
Search-and-rescue teams dredged the California Aqueduct in Palmdale on Monday looking for a man who had fallen into the canal, but called off the search by early evening. The man, who was not identified, fell into the aqueduct at 9 a.m. while he and his 5-year-old son fished near 60th Street West, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Ron Shreves. The son, who saw his father fall in, called to nearby adults who then called the Sheriff's Department, Shreves said.