May 29, 1990 |
There may be, as the Tourist Bureau claims, many "Californias." But, in truth, only three really count: the empire of Los Angeles; the empire of the Bay Area; and the empire of the San Joaquin Valley. These are the true "Californias," and they have ruled the state for most of this century. This triad is all the more interesting because, every few decades, a tectonic shift takes place and the balance of power is forever altered.
September 22, 1989 |
The estate water board set new standards Thursday for drainage of used irrigation water into the San Joaquin River, but environmentalists charged the program is too easy on farmers. The board also adopted a scaled-down plan for cleanup of the polluted Kesterson Wildlife Refuge in Merced County, and handed the job of enforcing it back to the regional water board in the Central Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 1987 |
The problem of sinking land in the San Joaquin Valley, which gave the region some cockeyed buildings and cracked canals, is coming to a halt, a U.S. Geological Survey report says. Sags in the valley floor were first noticed in the mid-1920s, after farmers began drawing irrigation water from the ground much faster than nature could replace it. As the levels of aquifers fell, the crust of the land sank like the surface of a falling cake.
November 30, 1988 |
A Department of Interior decision that water in the upper San Joaquin River can be diverted to farms for another 40 years without environmental review was announced Tuesday and quickly drew fire from environmentalists. "This opinion basically gives away the store to the growers in the San Joaquin Valley," said Hal Candee, an attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council. Candee said the NRDC would consider legal action.
July 27, 1994 |
For David Moss, there is nothing like standing in the middle of a cool-running river, surrounded by grassy meadows and an evergreen forest. But then Moss used to work in the garment district of downtown Los Angeles. Standing in the middle of a mud puddle would be fine with him, as long as it's a mud puddle up here. "I still have to go to Los Angeles on family business sometimes," Moss says. "But that's fine, as long as I know I get to come home."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 1993 |
Without any fanfare, a four-year debate over whether to cover the San Joaquin Reservoir to keep the water free of contamination ended Tuesday when the Metropolitan Water District voted to spend $2.9 million to begin the designing of the cover. The board of directors of MWD, which co-owns the reservoir with seven Orange County agencies, voted unanimously to have the 55-acre reservoir capped with a floating nylon-reinforced rubber cover, which will cost $18.2 million upon completion.