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August 2, 2005 | Hugo Martin
A bill in the Legislature could open many of the state's 118 reservoirs now closed to kayaking, canoeing, trail hiking and shore fishing. Assemblyman Johan Klehs (D-San Leandro), an avid canoeist and kayaker frustrated over access restrictions, wants operators of reservoirs 3,500 acre-feet or greater to draft recreation plans. Water bodies that provide treated water directly to customers or are at risk of bioterror attacks would be exempt.
April 20, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS - Deep beneath Lake Mead, a 23-foot-tall tunnel-boring machine grinds through stubborn bedrock in a billion-dollar effort to make sure water continues flowing to this thirsty resort city. For six years, the Southern Nevada Water Authority has been building an intake straw below the reservoir's two existing pipes. Due for completion in fall 2015, critics say it may not provide a long-term solution. An ongoing drought and the Colorado River's stunted flow have shrunk Lake Mead to its lowest level in generations.
August 30, 1991
In response to "MWD Has Too Much of a Good Thing--Reservoirs Brimming" and "MWD Halts Water Conservation Rewards, Reduces Some Prices," Metro, Aug. 20-21: For six months my bathroom has smelled like a urinal. For six months my showers have consisted of 30 seconds of wetting down, two minutes of soaping (sans water), and less than two minutes of rinsing, saving most of the rinse water in a huge pail to be used for the occasional flushing of toilets. For six months one 8-ounce glass of water served for brushing my teeth both morning and evening.
April 19, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
  Portland's now-infamous teenager who was caught on camera urinating into a reservoir there apparently told an online news site that he was relieving himself on a wall. Although tests on the open-air reservoir came back clean, the ick factor was enough for officials to go ahead with their plan to drain all 38 million gallons of drinking water and send it into the sea. Amid the controversy over that decision, the incident spotlights a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule that goes into effect next April, requiring that all reservoirs holding drinkable water are either covered or pass water to a retreatment plant before being sent to taps.
December 17, 1992
I must say that I am pleased to see that California residents have reduced their water consumption by 20% without mandatory rationing, but that doesn't seem to be enough. Yet, these long-term proposals such as desalination plants and reservoirs constructed that supposedly trap rainwater are not only ludicrous but illogical as well. If Southern California Metropolitan Water District (MWD) officials would take a look up north, they could see where all of our fresh water is going. Agriculture is consuming 85% of our freshwater supply.
April 6, 1992
Ten reservoirs heralded by city residents as precious open space in the midst of urban sprawl are a bit too open for water experts. The reservoirs are vulnerable to bird droppings. They provide habitats for worm-like midge fly larvae and small, shrimp-like crustaceans. And, even worse, four of the city reservoirs are not protected from rain that can carry animal feces and debris from nearby hillsides into the bodies of water.
Just imagine the reaction in the executive board room when the boss pitched this project: Let's build the largest lake in Southern California. It'll cost more than $2 billion-with-a-B. It'll hold enough water to serve everyone from Santa Monica to San Diego for five months. This lake will require not one, not two, but three dams.
August 21, 1996 | ENRIQUE LAVIN
The Irvine Ranch Water District will start installing water pipes in September for a 2.5-million-gallon reservoir in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park to provide water to Portola Hills area. The $3-million construction site is just northeast of the park's Four Corners area. It which marks the head of several popular trails that lead into the wilderness. The park will stay open during the, with one trail closed.
November 24, 1988 | MARK A. STEIN, Times Staff Writer
Snow was piling up, rains were tumbling down and for the first time in a long time, more water was flowing into California's major reservoirs Wednesday than was flowing out. Hundreds of remote automated rain gauges and snow monitors were flashing encouraging readings--7 inches, 8 inches, even 9 inches a day at some spots--to computers in the drought war room atop a high-rise state office building here. But even occasional flood warnings could not impress William J. Helms.
February 26, 1992
The Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to ask city water experts to look at the feasibility of rehabilitating the Chatsworth Reservoir for use as a storage area for storm water runoff. Councilman Hal Bernson said he was inspired to propose the study as he watched runoff from this month's storms being dumped into Santa Monica Bay even though the city has a tough water conservation plan to deal with a tenacious drought.
March 12, 2014 | Tony Perry
Like many Americans of his generation, Kurt Chew-Een Lee was eager to fight in World War II. He left college at age 18 to enlist in the Marine Corps. Beyond a deeply felt patriotism, Lee had a personal motive: "I wanted to dispel the notion about the Chinese being meek, bland and obsequious," he told The Times in 2010. Rather than a combat billet, he was assigned as a language instructor in San Diego teaching Japanese. He was deeply disappointed but decided to remain in the Marine Corps after the war. He became an officer, one of the first Asian American officers in the Marine Corps.
March 4, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
The storms that doused Los Angeles County over the weekend filled reservoirs in the San Gabriel Mountains with some 6 billion gallons of water, enough to supply more than 150,000 people for a year. The twin storms left more than 11 inches of rain in some higher elevations. The rainfall from the storms was enough to substantially fill some dams that were at minimum levels, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, which operates 14 dams and debris basins in local ranges.
February 15, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Irregular shapes and a variety of exterior finishes set a bold tone at this newly built contemporary in Bel-Air. Walls of glass offer views of the Stone Canyon Reservoir, downtown Los Angeles and the distant mountains. Location: 2170 Stradella Road, Los Angeles 90077 Asking price: $8.85 million Year built: 2013 Architect: Patrick J. Killen House size: Six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, 5,402 square feet Lot size: 26,642 square feet Features: Steel-beam framing, concrete and wood floors, retractable walls of glass, high ceilings, three indoor fireplaces, open dining area, home theater, office, 73-foot solar-heated infinity pool, spa, fire pit, three-car garage About the area: Last year, 157 single-family homes sold in the 90077 ZIP Code at a median price of $1.945 million, according to DataQuick.
February 15, 2014 | By Marisa Gerber
In one of his earliest boyhood memories, Dion Neutra walked out the front door of his family's Silver Lake home and down to the water's edge. It was the early 1930s, and the wall around Silver Lake Reservoir was so low that he could fling a fishing line above it and into the water. But over the next eight decades, the architect - who trained under his father, Richard Neutra, a master of Modernism who lived and worked out of Silver Lake - watched as the water he loved began to change.
August 29, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. -- A thick blanket of smoke hung Thursday over Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, where a team of fire lookouts was stationed to monitor the Rim fire to make sure it does not flare up next to San Francisco's water supply. The blaze moved through this area in the northwestern part of Yosemite National Park days ago, but the firefight is far from over. While the fire burned so intensely in some areas it left only blackened, defoliated trees and ashen slopes, other patches were left largely intact and could ignite and pose a threat in the days and weeks to come.
February 12, 2013 | By John Horn
 At the recent Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Oscar nominee Quentin Tarantino was the recipient of the American Riviera Award for his screenwriting. The event included a conversation in front of 2,000 festival guests and clips of his films throughout his career. Here is the transcript of that Jan. 30 conversation with L.A. Times writer John Horn; it has been edited for length and language: OSCARS 2013: Full coverage John Horn: Thank you very much. Great reception.
April 17, 1990 | LAURA MICHAELIS
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District tonight is expected to again discuss a proposed 10-acre underground reservoir on district property. Previously, a 10-acre field next to the Kaiser Elementary School, at 2130 Santa Ana Ave. in Costa Mesa, had been mentioned as the most likely site for the $12-million reservoir. The underground tank would store about 25 million gallons of ground water, which would serve the east side of the city of Costa Mesa.
June 23, 1990
The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is proposing to reinforce Garvey Reservoir in Monterey Park with concrete and asphalt lining, dig more wells and install a new drainage system to prevent serious leaks such as one that flooded more than a dozen homes last year. Monterey Park officials want a full review conducted before any work begins on the 35-year-old reservoir, which was shut down and drained in November after divers discovered two cracks in the clay liner.
December 13, 2012 | Bettina Boxall
As part of a new study of future water shortages in the Colorado River Basin, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation solicited ideas on how to solve the looming gap between supply and demand. They received about 160 suggestions, ranging from the common-sense (use less water) to the ideological (control the population) to the far-fetched (tow icebergs to Southern California) and the high-tech (reduce evaporation from reservoirs by covering them with solar panels). Although U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar made it clear when he released the lengthy study Wednesday that the more fanciful schemes were dead in the water so to speak, the analysis included at least a cursory examination of them.
October 31, 2012 | By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times
Next week, voters in San Francisco, one of the nation's most progressive and environmentally aware cities, will be asked to decide just how green they want to be. For nearly 80 years, the city has been getting pristine Sierra Nevada water piped from behind a dam it erected in a majestic glacial valley in Yosemite National Park. The 1913 passage of the Raker Act, which allowed the city to turn Hetch Hetchy Valley into a 300-foot-deep reservoir, was one of the biggest defeats in America's youthful conservation movement.
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