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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 1992 | MARESA ARCHER
A proposal to reduce the flow of Sacramento delta water to Southern California drew criticism Friday from elected officials and business owners, who argued that a water reduction could have a negative economic impact on Orange County. At a State Water Resources Control Board hearing in Santa Ana, the officials and residents urged the board to consider the quality of life and the state of the economy in the county in meeting Gov.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 2010 | By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times
A federal judge Tuesday threw out much-disputed delta smelt protections that have cut water shipments to Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley, finding that federal biologists failed to justify aspects of the restrictions. But the ruling in a long-running legal battle was not a clear-cut victory for water contractors, who lost some of their fundamental arguments against the pumping reductions. The decision by U.S. District Judge Oliver Wanger means that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service will for the second time have to rewrite the endangered species document that regulates operation of the huge state and federal pumps that send water south from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
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July 3, 1994 | MARK ARAX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This is where Southern California has come to quench its unquenchable thirst--300 miles north of Los Angeles, straight over the Tehachapis and up the gut of the San Joaquin Valley to the dairy farm of John, Jess and Rusty Areias.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2010 | By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times
More water may be headed to the Southland and the San Joaquin Valley after a judge concluded Tuesday that a federal agency acted arbitrarily when it imposed pumping limits to protect migrating salmon and steelhead. The decision by U.S. District Court Judge Oliver W. Wanger is the latest development in a tangle of legal challenges to restrictions based on the Endangered Species Act that are cutting water exports from the Sacramento-San Joaquin delta, east of San Francisco. Wanger sharply criticized some of the scientific rationale for the pumping curbs, but stopped short of jettisoning them, saying he needed more information before deciding on a cure.
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March 19, 1991 | VIRGINIA ELLIS and BILL STALL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A stalled storm that saturated Santa Barbara and Ventura counties with two to eight inches of rain intensified Monday evening and lumbered south, spawning heavy rain in the Los Angeles Basin, snow and high winds in the mountains, and flash-flood warnings along the coast. Despite the much-needed rain, state officials warned that the five-year drought was far from over. Officials said the critical Sierra Nevada snowpack was still well below normal. Winds gusting up to 60 m.p.h.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 1991
According to Metropolitan Water District projections, Orange County will not increase its share of the demand for water in Southern California during the next 20 years. Currently, the county accounts for 17% of the more than 3.3 million acre-feet of water used in the six urbanized counties of Southern California. And although county water use will increase 32% between now and the year 2010, as a percentage of regionwide use it will remain 17%.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 1991 | FREDERICK M. MUIR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Directors of the Metropolitan Water District on Tuesday gave final approval for construction of a reservoir in the Domenigoni Valley in Riverside County, which would nearly double the MWD's water storage capacity in Southern California. In approving the site, the board also appropriated $189 million to complete design work and purchase additional land. Construction is to begin in 1994 and be completed by 1999 at a cost of about $1.3 billion.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 5, 1990 | DEBORAH A. SAKAMOTO
While most citizens are encouraged to drive dusty cars, let their lawns turn brown and forgo ordering water at restaurants, Southern California's major theme parks and water slide complexes will be splashing through business as usual this summer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 1998 | TERRY MCDERMOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The huge new reservoir being built in east Riverside County by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is more than a quarter-billion dollars over budget. The overrun amounts to approximately 11% of the $2-billion budget. About half of it is due to increased costs for managing the project, said project manager Dennis Majors. Another substantial portion is the increased cost of installing hydraulic systems.
NEWS
March 22, 1991 | VIRGINIA ELLIS and WILLIAM J. EATON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
California water officials announced Thursday that they expect by April 1 to be able to double this year's State Water Project allocation for Southern California, a drought-easing development that could mean a letup in some water rationing. A bountiful supply of rain in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta has raised water levels rapidly in the San Luis Reservoir, a joint federal-state facility that feeds Southern California, said Larry Mullnix, a Department of Water Resources deputy director.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2009 | Bettina Boxall
State officials announced Wednesday they will deliver more water to Southern California this year than previously predicted but cautioned that shipments will remain well below normal. State water resources director Lester Snow said "a series of very beneficial storms in February and early March" prompted his department to increase allocations to water agencies by 5%.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2004 | Julie Cart, Times Staff Writer
The Colorado River, a major source of drinking water for Southern California, is the nation's most threatened waterway, according to the group American Rivers, which annually compiles a list of the nation's 10 most endangered rivers.
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September 30, 2003 | PETE THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
THE REEL TURNS. THE LINE tightens. And as the bluegill-pattern crankbait dives deeper, the reporter senses that he has just fulfilled a journalist's solemn obligation: Fishing in a sea of rumors, he's latched onto a cold, hard fact. Actually, it's a reservoir of rumors under investigation on this cool morning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 2001 | BETTINA BOXALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein and two Republican congressmen have raised concerns about a proposal to pump large amounts of water from an extensive Mojave Desert aquifer, while environmental groups are calling on California Gov. Gray Davis to oppose the project.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2001 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sometime around 10:30 this morning, a laser-guided, 220-foot-long tunneling machine will poke its ugly head, adorned with 36 whirling steel blades, through a scrubby bluff east of Redlands. "It's not going to be like some Jules Verne thing," said Dan Tempelis, project manager for the Metropolitan Water District. "It's not going to be that dramatic." It is, however, a long time coming.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The City Council has voted 4 to 1 to accept a strongly worded report saying the city may be forced to halt construction in three to five years if it does not "expeditiously develop new water supplies." Councilwoman Christine Mulholland would not endorse the report, primarily because it contained those words. The city should live within its means, she said. Effectively, that would mean stopping growth somewhere short of the 56,000 population the city now officially considers its target.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 1990 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tiptoeing around the phrase peripheral canal , Metropolitan Water District officials are making overtures to Northern California environmentalists to open discussions on new ways of moving water south from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. MWD officials, who continue to see the delta as a prime solution to Southern California's water shortages, are approaching the subject gingerly because of bitter experiences. In 1982, a plan favored by Southern California water interests to build a $1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 2001 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A proposed water deal unveiled Friday would pay farmers in this hot and desolate stretch of eastern Riverside County to not grow crops on up to 29% of their land to free up water for Los Angeles and other thirsty coastal cities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 2001
The Metropolitan Water District will shut down four additional pumps along the Colorado River this summer when requested in an effort to reduce the need for rolling blackouts, agency officials said Thursday. "We already turn off some of our Colorado River Aqueduct pumps when requested by the Southern California Edison Co., freeing up enough electricity for 100,000 Southern California homes," said the water district's general manager, Ronald R. Gastelum.
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