US government funding desalination research

Funding for research and laboratory studies, pilot-scale projects and demonstration projects in desalination and water purification is to be made available by the US federal Bureau of Reclamation.

The bureau announced on 25 May 2010 that it anticipated awarding a total of up to US$ 1 million under this funding opportunity made available by the Desalination & Water Purification Research & Development Program.

Through this program, Reclamation is partnering with private industry, universities, water utilities and others to address a broad range of desalting and water purification needs.

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West-side farmers clear water hurdle

Despite activist opposition, west Valley farmers have cleared a key hurdle for a decadelong extension on the deadline to clean up tainted irrigation drainage going into the San Joaquin River.

The extension for the Grassland Bypass Project, which prevents the bad water from passing through 100 miles of sensitive wetlands channels, was approved Thursday by the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board.

The California Sport Fishing Alliance and the California Water Impact Network argued the contamination will jeopardize the revival of long-dead salmon runs in early 2013. Re-establishing the salmon is part of a San Joaquin River restoration program that began last year.

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‘This makes “Chinatown” look like high school’

Suspicions, conspiracy theories: Imperial Irrigation District election about QSA and much more

In a community whose sole source of water is the distant Colorado River, the Imperial Irrigation District is a formidable public agency because it controls the spigot.

In June the majority of this powerful district’s five-member board is up for election, and the main issue is of course: water.

Just as it transformed the Imperial Valley from a desert into the ninth-largest producing agricultural county in California, water divides the Valley, fueling suspicions and conspiracy theories. People whose community roots run deep advocate, argue and litigate over how to make sure the water keeps flowing, a political undercurrent that surfaces during board elections.

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Better late than never for the Salton Sea

It marked the first time that the major proposed plans to save the sea were shown in public at the same time. This explains the confusion that existed every time an official or quasi-official group unveiled a plan to save the sea. There are lots of plans.

Actually, there have been more than 50 plans suggested through the years but only the plans proposed by the feds, the state and the local Salton Sea Authority carry weight. Only the feds (U.S. Bureau of Water Reclamation) and the state (Department of Water Resources) have the potential to fund anything. The problem is that all three plans have different goals and different solutions. These three programs must be merged, somehow.

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Long Beach Shores: The L.A. River’s Dumping Ground

by Keith Higginbotham | City Beat

9:00am | The previous CityBeat touched on how the outflow from the Los Angeles River impacts beaches in Long Beach. Based on comments from readers, it is clear that people wanted more information about why Long Beach suffers so singularly from the cumulative upstream pollution discharged in to the Los Angeles River.

The Los Angeles River runs for 51 miles from its headwaters in the Santa Monica Mountains to its mouth in Long Beach Harbor.

The river originally followed an at-times meandering course but after severe floods in 1914, 1934 and 1938, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Los Angeles County Flood Control District constructed the concrete-lined structure we see today.

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Clock is ticking on Central Valley flood-control plan

State officials have about 18 months to complete a first-ever comprehensive flood-control plan for the Central Valley, and they’re seeking public input to help finish the job.

The California Department of Water Resources is required by 2007 state legislation to complete the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan by Jan. 1, 2012. It must be adopted six months later by the Central Valley Flood Protection Board.

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Legislature rejects study of peripheral canal alternative

By Alex Breitler
Record Staff Writer
May 31, 2010 12:00 AM

The Legislature will not consider the latest alternative to a peripheral canal: a proposal to build gates, barriers and fish screens to protect both the ecosystem and the reliability of the water supply for much of California.

Lawmakers on Friday declined to move forward a bill by Assemblyman Bill Berryhill, R-Ceres, requiring study and analysis of the so-called Delta Corridors Plan. The plan is supported by Delta farmers, San Joaquin County and some environmentalists.

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