Rain Making

February 6, 2014

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Lake Nacimiento

The Reservoir Operations Committee of the Monterey County Water Resources Agency Board meets today to discuss options for dealing with the shrinking San Antonio and Nacimiento reservoirs.

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Talking Drought

January 30, 2014

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The bone dry Nacimiento River

Rain. For the first time in a long time it actually rained a little last night. Little being the operative word as, on the Monterey Peninsula, it amounted to only a couple hundredths of an inch. But that’s OK. We’ll take what we can get. Read the rest of this entry »


Some Real Rain … Finally

March 19, 2012

While the Santa Cruz Mountains may have gotten most of the rain and left our rainfall totals still languishing way below average, at least there’s now a little water in the creeks and some snow on the hills.  For the first time since last fall it’s … finally … starting to seem like a rainy season again. Read the rest of this entry »


Spectre of Drought

January 11, 2012

The sun sets over Soberanes Pt., bringing yet another week without rain to an end.

The ground is drying out, there’s no rain in sight, and the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center is calling for drought through at least the end of March. Read the rest of this entry »


San Clemente Dam Removal: A Job for the Army?

November 29, 2011

The silted up, useless, unsafe, and steelhead blocking, San Clemente Dam awaits removal Read the rest of this entry »


Runoff Roundup

March 25, 2011

The Carmel River pushing better than 5,000 cubic feet per second across the sandbar this morning at 7:30am Read the rest of this entry »


Nacimiento River at 12,000cfs and Climbing

February 18, 2011

The Nacimiento River is normally a placid little creek

With most of the rain from the recent storms falling, as it so often does, on the South Coast ridges, the Nacimiento River is on the rise this morning. As of 8:00 AM it was at 12,000 cubic feet per second, and quickly climbing. By contrast, the impressive looking flows in the Big Sur and Carmel Rivers this morning amount to only 572 and 547cfs, respectively. Read the rest of this entry »


Desal Deal Goes Down

December 3, 2010

Public officials and amazingly well-informed and articulate members of the public (together with a smaller number of “agreement-as-written” proponents) waste their time by packing the Monterey City Council Chambers on June 28, 2010, to explain to a member of the PUC and Administrative Law Judge, Angela Minkin, the multitude of problems with the desal agreement.

The long spring and summer of public hearings and public debate over the governing agreement for the new desalination plant were all, it turns out, just public participation theater. Yesterday, the PUC approved the agreement pretty much as originally written, acknowledging none of the serious problems and rejecting even the weak improvements recommended by their own Administrative Law Judge. Read the rest of this entry »


“Extreme” Risk that Water Demand will Exceed Supply in Monterey County

July 31, 2010

“Food Grows Where Water Flows”

A new report analyzing the sustainability of water supplies for every county in the United States finds that the risk that water demand will exceed supply in Monterey County by 2050 is “high” if current climate patterns persist and “extreme” under expected climate change scenarios. With all major water basins in Monterey County already in overdraft, this finding is not exactly a surprise, but it does underscore the seriousness of the situation. Read the rest of this entry »


Big Turnout at Monday Night Water Hearing

June 28, 2010

A big thank you to the more than 130 people who packed the Monterey City Council Chambers for the first of three Public Participation Hearings on the Regional Water Project. The testimony was, in most cases, well-reasoned and articulate, and the vast majority of those who spoke asked the PUC to fix the glaring problems with the current scheme for running the Regional Project. So many people were so well-informed and so well spoken, in fact, that we’ve rarely sat (or, in this case, stood) through a public hearing that gave us more hope for the future of direct democracy and effective community engagement. Read the rest of this entry »