CA’s salt lake weather station at Lake Oxbow is expected to be shut down in early 2018, the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced Friday.
The agency’s announcement comes days after a California Superior Court judge ruled that the station’s operations must be halted as a result of the state’s continued efforts to curb climate change.
The station is a vital part of the water-quality monitoring system, which DWR oversees.
The department has been trying to limit CO2 emissions from the region’s salt lakes by closing salt lake water treatment plants.
The DWR said it expects to close the station this year.
“DWR will continue to use every available tool to protect the environment and ensure public health,” the agency said in a statement.
“The salt lake station is critical to ensuring public health and safety.
DWR will work to ensure this station continues to operate at full capacity.”
The Dwr said it plans to use public information and public education to inform the public about the station and the state of climate change, and will work with other agencies to implement a “sustainable, cost-effective, and efficient” water quality management plan.
The Salt Lake Tribune reported that DWR is expected the station to close by the end of 2019.
“This station serves the entire state of California and is a critical part of our state’s water-monitoring system,” DWR Deputy Director Mike Schmitz said in the statement.
Schmitts agency said it will continue its efforts to keep the station operational.
“We are committed to the well-being of our customers, and we will continue our work to provide the best possible services to them, including implementing a cost-efficient, efficient and sustainable water quality monitoring system that addresses the needs of our people and the environment,” the statement said.
A DWR spokesperson told the Sacramento Bee that the agency was working with a private company to replace the station with a smaller facility that will “more efficiently and cost-effectively meet the needs” of the agency.
“It is the agency’s understanding that the proposed replacement will operate at a fraction of the current station’s capacity, and there is no need for DWR to shut the station down,” the spokesperson said.
The Associated Press reported that the DWR did not provide any additional details on the proposed facility.