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Mini-Bloom in Borrego

It now seems but a distant and faded memory, but back on Oct. 13, Borrego Valley got some rain. Not a lot, but enough to produce the germination of annuals in five locations between the Salton Sea and Borrego Springs. Fred and Carl... — Updated 12/3/2018


2018 Farm Bill Advances Salton Sea Conservation

The Senate passed the final 2018 Farm Bill yesterday and included far reaching drought legislation secured by Senator Feinstein (D-CA) and supported by Senator Harris (D-CA) and Congressman Ruiz (D-CA). Senator Feinstein’s legislation would allow the U.S. Department of... — Updated 12/25/2018

 By Michael Sadler    News

VIEWPOINT: Heat is a Solstice Thing

There are two kinds of people in Borrego. First are those who were absent the past two sum- mers around the Summer Solstice on June 21 but were here this year (we’ll call them “Absentees”), and second are those who were present for all three (we’ll call them... — Updated 7/16/2018

 By Michael Sadler    News

Borrego Beautification Project Underway

The Borrego Village Foundation began in 2011 by clearing asphalt, cleaning up shrubbery, and planting trees, and now the Palo Verde trees are coming into maturity. Trees have been planted west of Christmas Circle along Palm Canyon... — Updated 6/14/2018


Lady Rams Basketball Fall To Hamilton

After a two-week break, the Borrego Springs Lady Rams basketball were back on the court to face the Hamilton Bobcats in Anza Jan. 3. With a few second half mistakes and giving the opportunity for shots, the Lady Rams fell short,... — Updated 1/11/2018


Special Events at the Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center

New life has been given to the desert plants and animals in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park with members of the Anza-Borrego Foundation already hosting a number of special events, beginning Friday, Jan. 19. The weekend activities planned at the Desert Research Center in... — Updated 1/22/2018


Salton Sea, "No Longer A Good Place To Live"

The Desert Sun has provided a story about the Salton Sea, and some say it may "no longer a good place to live." Growing up near the Salton Sea during the 1960s, Johnson, now 59, remembers a healthy lake with a flourishing tourism industry. Southern Californians flocked to the... — Updated 11/1/2017


Governor Signs SB 5, Approve Funding For Salton Sea

Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 5, California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate Coastal Protection and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018 Sunday Oct. 15. If voters pass the bond in June 2018, SB 5 would provide $4 billion in much-needed funding for California’s parks a... — Updated 10/23/2017


Bark Beetle Makes Way In Julian

The Bark Beetle has taken a serious toll on the native oak trees in the back country including parts of the mountains in and around Julian. This epidemic has been going on for years. The drought that occurred in the last several years has made matters worse, Oak trees bcoming... — Updated 8/10/2017


Wild Flower Bloom From Space

The worlds media have been watching closely as the drought came to a brief end and the desert came alive. NASA Earth Observatory have put together a compilation of pictures showing the wild flower bloom in the Anza-Borrego Desert... — Updated 4/20/2017

 By Michael Sadler    News

Water, Salt and Dust: The Salton Sea Management Plan

After 17 years of drought in the Colorado Basin, the Salton Sea has undergone by reason of decreasing volume 1) increasing water salinity, and 2) increasing acreage surrounding the Sea, called the playa. In the playa, formed as the water level continues to drop, microscopic... — Updated 3/22/2017


Salton Sea and the IID

Since President Trump's election a lot has happened for the Salton Sea. Or more to the point, hasn’t happened. As well as leaving out much needed funding from the budget for works required to continue improvements for wildlife and local residents, the Sea has become a sticking... — Updated 1/30/2017

 By Kristine Whitman    News

A Sea of Green Blankets the Desert

The Ocotillos are green and the recent storms and abundant rainfall has given life to the upcoming flower season. This springtime shows promise for seedlings to spring up throughout the desert floor. Some mountain slopes are... — Updated 2/22/2017


Garcia to Chair New Committee

Speaker Anthony Rendon has announced that Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia has been appointed to Chair the California State Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife. This committee oversees numerous significant issues that... — Updated 1/11/2017


Borrego Water in the News

Local resident Ray Shindler, has spoken out about Borrego's water issues. To read the full story, see - Also see Shindlers letter to the editor online and in the next issue of the Borrego... — Updated 1/3/2017


Salton Sea Battle Continues

Managers of water agencies in California, Arizona and Nevada gathered together to finalize a deal to use less water from the dwindling Colorado River before the end of the Obama administration. The deadline has now proven to be unobtainable and the talks acknowledge they likely wo... — Updated 12/19/2016


IID issues Salton Sea Ultimatum

After more than a decade of inaction by the state, the Imperial Irrigation District (IID) has announced that it has no choice but to use the water transfers agreed on in 2003, as a bargaining tool. If the state doesn’t agree to the proposed ten year schedule of restoration for... — Updated 12/1/2016

 By Nancy Bye    Information

Nature Watch

Watching our weather is pretty interesting these days. Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday could not have been more lovely. Seventies, blue sky, calm. This is why we love living in our gorgeous valley. Saturday? Well, toward the end of Welk’s “God Bless America,” I smelled it.... — Updated 12/1/2016


Salton Sea - Another Bill Another Day

Following on from the L.A Times article yesterday and the confusion generally, another member of state has spoken out for the Salton Sea. If you are wondering whether all the talk and the occasional grants makes a difference? Congratulations, you aren't alone. You have people in... — Updated 12/12/2016

 By Denny DuVall    News


Sunday afternoon found Henry and I heading to the opening of the farmers market at the Don Bree Park in Santa Ysabel. There were five or so venders set up displaying their wares. There was also an area set aside for live music. A... — Updated 10/14/2016


West Nile Virus Season - "Prevent, Protect, Report"

It hasn't rained in months and the region is still mired in a drought, but that hasn't stopped the spread of illness or the mosquitoes that carry them. Environmental health officials warn that drought can actually increase... — Updated 9/16/2016


8th Annual SoCal Energy + Water + Green Living Summit

The State of California is at a crossroads facing a historic drought and new mandate to reduce green house gases 40% below 1990 levels and reach 50% renewables by 2030. To address these critical issues, the Energy Summit has... — Updated 9/19/2016


Save Our East County Lakes

A petition has been launched online to save two East County Lakes. Witnesses claim firefighting aircraft had to go to alternative water sources, farther away, during the Border Fire - in which two people died, due to the city of... — Updated 8/7/2016


Boxer Calls for Accountability on Salton Sea

A 2014 study from the Pacific Institute, a global water think-tank, found that Californians could face $70 billion in costs, ranging from lower property values to dramatically higher health care costs for respiratory illnesses, if action is not taken to save the sea. Following on... — Updated 8/20/2016

 By Suzanne Howarth    News

Killing the Colorado River

Imperial Valley farmers are coming under increasing scrutiny for using the vast majority of the state's water. A desire to utilize the consistent weather despite the natural resources available, will always be an impossible balanci... — Updated 9/2/2016


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