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