Holy Fire, taken from Lake Mathews Outlet Tower on Aug. 8, 2018. Photo by Brandon Buckholtz
A weekly newsletter by and for Metropolitan employees
August 13, 2018
Happy One Year Anniversary to WaterTalk
This issue marks the 52 nd week for Metropolitan's WaterTalk e-newsletter and we want to thank you all for a great first year. 

When we started this project, it was with the intention of sharing the many compelling, interesting and informative stories about the people and programs of Metropolitan in a short weekly email.

The issues are now read by more than 1,300 employees each week. The number of people viewing on mobile devices is growing, which is a big reason we switched to a new mobile-friendly format a few months ago.

Thanks also to those of you who have contributed interesting story ideas or allowed us to feature you and your work projects. We hope you will continue to do that. 

If you'd like to view any past issues, they are all archived here.

So here’s to all of us and a great second year for WaterTalk. We have much more to talk about.
Click on the photo above to see a video montage of WaterTalk Year One.
- Larisa Campos

"Love the WaterTalk Newsletter!"
- Sherri Barnes

"Great newsletter...hats off!"
- Tedman Tran
The Answer is (No Longer) Blowing in the Wind
In the Sacramento Valley, the Delta Breeze is called “nature’s air conditioning.” But as Metropolitan’s Executive Strategist Tom Philp wrote in last week’s Water Deeply publication, “the blessed Delta breeze isn’t what it used to be.”  Full Article

This lack of wind has actually shifted the ecology of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. That's important to the reliability of Southern California’s water supply since about one-third of our region’s water comes through the Delta in an average year.

Earlier this year, David Fullerton , a researcher for Metropolitan, co-authored a study that was published in the scientific journal, Estuaries and Coasts , which looked at wind in the Delta and found declines ranging from 13-48% throughout the estuary. The research applied sophisticated modeling tools to estimate how the Delta is changing as a result of the decreased winds.

Wind is a primary driver of turbidity (cloudiness) in Delta waters. Take the Suisun Bay as an example. There, winds can suspend sediment in shallow channels. Then, the extraordinary power of the tides help distribute this turbid water to deeper channels throughout the Delta. 

Why does that matter? Turbidity is a documented factor in the survival of the endangered Delta smelt fish -- which seem to like turbid water to hide as they migrate.

Less wind means less turbidity, which means less cover for a fish such as the Delta smelt. This species is under stress for many reasons. Now add wind, or the lack of it, to the list.
Telling Metropolitan's Story in So Many Ways
Imagine once a month preparing a 40-page document filled with large amounts of information, charts, graphs, photos and statistics - a report that is then reviewed by the General Manager and submitted to the Board of Directors.

It’s only one of the many tasks on the plate of Melani Gil de Montes , staff assistant to GM Jeff Kightlinger Melani has been the GM’s assistant for 12 years, and has worked at Met for 26 years. Her work experience spans many areas of the organization - from Real Property to Engineering and WRM - which makes her the perfect point-person for collecting and distilling the monthly GM report reflecting highlights from throughout the District.  Melani credits the valuable connections she’s made with different people over the years with her ability to get the project done.

Melani has brought a creative eye to the report – transforming it with colorful imagery and an easy-to-follow narrative that is formatted to mirror the GM’s strategic business priorities. “It’s a great resource for employees,” she says, adding that it’s posted every month on the Intramet from a link on the homepage.

Among her other major projects have been the dedication of the Jack Foley courtyard, installation of a memorial to 17 workers lost in the 1971 San Fernando tunnel explosion and Employee Appreciation days. The best part of her job? “My connection with Jeff,” Melani says. “I appreciate that he trusts me.”
The GM report can be found on the Intramet http://intramet. Click on the GM box below the photo.    
New hires, transfers, promotions & retirements are posted here each month.    
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