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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 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

 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


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


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

 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


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


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


State Water - Targets Eased

Despite the continued dry weather, the State Water Resources Control Board has eased targets for individual water districts. Having recently announced changes to policy for limiting water use, that could eliminate the reduction... — Updated 8/1/2016


Update on Christmas Circle

Landscaping around the buildings at Christmas Circle is complete. New drought resistant surface should protect the buildings from water damage and cut down on the amount of water required to maintain the popular meeting... — Updated 7/21/2016


Salton Sea - Dust Mitigation Continues

The Water Conservation and Transfer Project currently being implemented in Southern California is one of the largest agricultural-to-urban water transfer projects in the entire world. The long-term transfer of up to 303,000 acre-feet of water annually from Imperial Irrigation... — Updated 7/10/2016


Border Fire Continues - 10% Containment

Even with cooler temperatures, the steep terrain, extremely dry vegetation due to many years of drought, difficult access and low humidity is continuing to hamper efforts in controlling the erratic ‘Border’ fire. As fire fighters continue their efforts, as of 6.30 a.m. today,... — Updated 6/22/2016


Coachella Valley - Water Restrictions Lifted

Coachella Valley Water District (CVD) customers will no longer face drought penalties after June 1st following the Tuesday. May 24 vote by the Board of Directors. Penalties are to be lifted, after the state decided to end mandatory conservation targets in favor of water... — Updated 5/25/2016

 By Nancy Bye    News

Desert Critters and Climate Change

Researchers from the National Park Service and UC, Riverside have been working for three years at Joshua Tree National Park to see how the climate change is affecting plants and animals. There has been a sharp decline in the... — Updated 5/18/2016


Salton Sea - Boost to Projects

The bipartisan Water Resources Development Act of 2016 introduces legislation which will provide important flood protection, restore vulnerable ecosystems, and maintain ports and navigation routes across the State of California. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Ranking Member of the... — Updated 4/27/2016


Borrego Springs - Blooming Through Storms

New Mall plantings are sprucing up the grounds with drought tolerant cactus, shrubs and trees as the latest in a series of Pacific storms moves into the region. With more scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms expected... — Updated 4/15/2016


Proposed Smoking Ban, State Parks

A bill proposed by state Sen. Marty Block, that would end smoking in California’s state parks cleared a state Senate committee Tuesday, April 12, with a 7-2 vote. A move that brings advocates a step closer to banning smoking on Inland beaches, boating lakes, and in forests and... — Updated 4/13/2016


Coachella Valley - Arson Arrest

Coachella Valley resident Luis Josue Perales, 22, has been charged with setting fire to three occupied buildings, two unoccupied buildings, six vehicles and 14 other miscellaneous pieces of property, including palm trees and dumpsters. Perales pleaded not guilty Tuesday March 5,... — Updated 4/6/2016


Coachella Valley Water - Rate Hike

The Coachella Valley's largest water provider Coachella Valley Water District is considering its first residential rate hike since 2010. Under the proposal, which the board of directors are expected to vote on in June, homes that stay within their water budgets should only see an... — Updated 3/30/2016


Borrego Springs - El Niño

Southern California had one good week of rainfall before the promised El Niño appeared to disappear off the radar. Meteorologist for the National Weather Service, Robbie Munroe says, “We could have certainly had more rainfall to date, but the fact we haven’t had big rain... — Updated 1/19/2016

 By Michael Sadler    News

Borrego Springs - WATER! Part II

In the Nov. 19 issue of the hard copy, we took a look at some of the findings of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Report on the Borrego Valley groundwater situation. In short, there is currently a huge yearly imbalance between... — Updated 1/15/2016

 By Michael Sadler    News

Borrego Springs - Film Festival, Block A Reviews

"Thirst" - Directed by Roman S. Koenig: 7-Minute Narrative Short A cautionary tale of how people might react to a serious, long-lasting and widespread drought. That one could or should be jailed for refusing water to a stranger will be debated amongst the film-goers, for sure.... — Updated 1/15/2016


Have We No Conscience?

New year begins with rain Please, let me get this straight! Because of the drought, California has mandated a twenty-five percent reduction of ‘monitored’ water usage within the state. Here in Borrego Springs, that applies only to Borrego Water District rate payers who use... — Updated 1/13/2016


Tough Time for California's Drought

Despite the Sierra Nevada having an above-average snowpack for this time of year, water managers have said that it is still not enough to make a dent in California's drought. Recent storms boosted the snowpack's statewide water content to 112 percent of normal for late December,... — Updated 12/25/2015


Drought Certification for Landscapers

Jessyca Frederick, cofounder of The Water Wise Now, approached the Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) board members, to discuss drought certification for landscapers. CVWD President John Powell and fellow board members have been receptive to the idea. According to Fredericks,... — Updated 11/17/2015


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