A disaster in NorCal could affect our water supply here, where dam catastrophes have happened before.
On Wednesday, the San Diego Regional Water Quality Board decided that its limits on metals dumped into the creek were too strict. Now, thousands of pounds of copper and zinc will continue to flow into the creek, but it’ll be considered fine.
Gov. Jerry Brown wants to build two 35-mile underground tunnels to keep water coming south through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta. The San Diego County Water Authority used to pine for such a plan. But now, emboldened by its drought-proofing projects and wary of shocking ratepayers, the agency is aggressively questioning Brown’s delta tunnels.
On this week’s San Diego Explained, NBC 7 San Diego’s Monica Dean and Voice of San Diego’s Ry Rivard pore over the problems with trying to regulate stormwater pollution.
For local jurisdictions, cannabis farming can generate significant new tax revenues, create jobs and help reverse course for the region’s declining agricultural sector.
The San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board focuses on sites where it can make the greatest difference and protect the largest groups of people. In recent years, the board has prioritized large sources of pollution, such as the San Diego Bay shipyards, sewer overflows, the Tijuana River and watershed-wide stormwater runoff rather than small sites that present less risk.
It’s still too soon to know if the drought is truly over. We can’t predict the future, for one thing. Nor can we agree on what is meant by “drought.” President-elect Donald Trump, the California Department of Water Resources, the U.S. Drought Monitor and some top climate scientists all have different definitions.
Ry Rivard joins the podcast to talk about his series investigating the state’s stormwater rules, plus Andrew Keatts and Scott Lewis dissect SANDAG’s response to our reporting and more.
For years, the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board has tried to make cities clean up Chollas Creek. Now, thanks to a regulatory change, the board will wipe away the problem in part by redefining pollution instead of reducing it.
On this week’s San Diego explained, NBC 7 San Diego’s Monica Dean and Voice of San Diego’s Ry Rivard talk about how the projected water shortage in San Marcos is threatening new development.