Behind Fresno’s under-the-radar approach to water
I had a chat last week with Tommy Esqueda, director of Fresno’s Department of Public Utilities. We talked about patterns in the local weather. I now sense that Esqueda and the entire town will soon...
Recharge Fresno chugs ahead of schedule, with one large HSR-caused speed bumpNovember 7, 2017
The mightiest public works project in Fresno’s 132-year history is nearing a successful finish, with one significant blemish.
Fresno plugs away on water infrastructure projects as Temperance Flat effort launchesAugust 22, 2017
The City's public works department is expanding its water footprint in Southeast Fresno and has eyes on Temperance Flat Dam.
Vagim presses City Hall over latest water moves, transparencyAugust 7, 2017
Doug Vagim once again is shining a light on the complexity of water regulation in Fresno. His point this time: An inflexible one-size-fits-all limit on hourly water consumption is unfair. The former Fresno County supervisor...
Tinkering with watering rules should have us revisiting Recharge Fresno pitchJuly 7, 2017
Fresnans are paying higher water rates and being pressured to conserve more, despite Recharge Fresno promises.
Fresno capitalizes on wet winter, takes on water from Friant DamFebruary 10, 2017
Now water bigwigs are begging us to take the stuff off their hands. That’s what a wet 2016-2017 season does to water policy.
Amid epic drought, High-Speed Rail a water hog of unknown proportionsMarch 30, 2016
HSR has been measured in miles-per-hour and dollars-per-minute. George Hostetter inspects a new one: acre feet-per-day.
Fresno prepares to take on additional water from FedsMarch 28, 2016
The decent (but not great) rain season just got a little better for Fresno. City Hall announced last week that the Feds will allocate 18,000 acre feet of Millerton Lake water to Fresno this year....
Swearengin’s unexpected legacy piece takes shapeMarch 3, 2016
Much of Fresno City Hall gathered Wednesday beneath a huge party canopy on the east side of town. The occasion: The official groundbreaking ceremony for construction of the Southeast Surface Water Treatment Plant. A dozen...