December 9, 1992 |
As winter storms move into the Southwest, Southern California's air conditioners click off and the Colorado River flows quietly through ancient canyons and marshes. The river is biding its time, storing its power behind dams for the wallop it will deliver when asked again to turn the mighty turbines that light up Los Angeles. Meanwhile, minimal power mean low flows--too low to launch anything but a canoe in some places.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2005 |
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California on Friday named Colorado River specialist Dennis B. Underwood as its chief executive officer and general manager. Underwood, known as an agency insider who has helped negotiate several controversial water deals, replaces Ronald R. Gastelum. Gastelum stepped down in December after five years of guiding the Los Angeles-based agency through water shortages and cutbacks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 1991 |
Drought-stressed Southern California water managers got some rare uplifting news Friday as the federal government announced that it would permit the Metropolitan Water District to take more than its annual share of water from the Colorado River. At the same time, state officials said copious rain and snowfall from March storms will enable them to increase water deliveries to the MWD and other municipal customers by mid-April.
November 10, 1985 |
From glacial trickle to sluggish ditch, the Colorado River is a 1,440-mile spine of life. Everything it touches thrives and prospers. Everything else is sagebrush and sand. It is the American Nile, more precious than coal or timber or gold. Puny compared to the miles-wide Mississippi or the mighty, muddy Missouri, the Colorado sometimes acts more creek than river. But its history is linked with two of the world's wonders--the Grand Canyon and the Hoover Dam.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2003 |
Prodded by the Davis administration, negotiators for four embattled Southern California water districts indicated Wednesday that they are close to a compromise on the contentious issue of divvying up the state's share of the Colorado River. Richard Katz, lead water negotiator for Gov. Gray Davis, said legislation may be introduced as early as today to ratify the four agencies' agreement and allow the sale of water from Imperial Valley to arid San Diego County.
June 28, 2005 |
EVERY EVENING FOR two weeks, I have been walking down to the Colorado River where it passes through the bare stone desert of southeast Utah. I've been watching its whirling mud-brown water swell as it does this time every year, muscling up its banks in a dance choreographed by the melting snowpack of the southern Rockies, a couple of hundred miles upstream. This year the dance is a frenzy.
April 7, 2005 |
The Colorado River has a reputation this time of year as party central. For college kids, it's a popular spring break spot, with cheap hotels, chain restaurants and margaritas the size of babies' heads. And for Southern Californians of any age, it's a giant weekend water park, complete with Mardi Gras beads. But a trip to "the river," as most of us simply call it, is more than shotgunning Tecate cans while hanging shirtless from the bow of a rented motorboat.
January 13, 1999 |
In the first shot of what could become an urban vs. rural water war, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California voted Tuesday to ask Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt to reconsider the 1931 agreement that gives farmers the lion's share of the Colorado River.
December 18, 1999 |
Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt on Friday praised the progress made in California toward using less water from the Colorado River and suggested that the other six states that depend on the river drop their historic distrust of their big neighbor to the west. Specifically, Babbitt, in his annual state of the river speech to regional water officials, said he wants to see an agreement between the seven Western states on how to divvy up surplus water from the Colorado.
December 10, 2000 |
In a final effort to settle the Western water wars, the Clinton administration plans to announce this week a tentative truce between California and six other states over how to divvy up water from this enormous reservoir behind Hoover Dam on the Colorado River. But the guys who run the Lake Mead Marina are skeptical. California's reputation as the water hog of the West is firmly rooted in this part of the country.