California

January 29, 2016--Even torrential rain brought by El Niño may not end California’s drought (Economist)

Stillness pervades the South Los Angeles Wetland Park. A turtle floats by, undisturbed by lunch hour at the high school opposite. Tall bulrushes bend around the pool at the centre of the nine-acre (3.6 hectare) site. The water comes from the city’s storm drains, cleaned of oil and rubbish.


January 16, 2016--How federal policies are eroding the San Joaquin Valley floor (Water Deeply)

The San Joaquin Valley floor has been sinking for decades. So much water has been pumped out of wells in this arid agricultural zone that the land’s surface has caved downward almost 30 feet in places.


January 15, 2016--California Governor Brown pushes big water project amid drought (Reuters)

California Governor Jerry Brown warned on Thursday of near-apocalyptic water shortages if his $15 billion plan to divert water from a Northern California river for use elsewhere gets bogged down in political and environmental disputes. The plan to remove water north of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, the fragile source of much of the state's drinking water, is opposed by many e


January 12, 2016--California drought: How will we know when it's over? (Mercury News)

Now that 2016 has gotten off to a wet start, with a series of El Niño storms drenching California in recent days, the question is turning up with increasing frequency at dinner parties and coffee shops:  "How will we know when the drought is over?" The answer, water experts say, is more complicated than you'd think. Simply put: The drought could end this year


January 9, 2016--How the feds can ensure Western states get more water in 2016 (High Country News)

This summer, as California was struggling through its fourth and most severe year of drought, two California Congressmen unveiled legislation meant to ease the pain. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) and Rep. David Valadao (R) introduced, respectively, the California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2015 and the Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015.


January 5, 2016--El Niño effect: California braces for two weeks of rain and snow (Associated Press)

After all the talk, El Niño storms have finally lined up over the Pacific and started soaking drought-parched California with rain expected to last for most of the next two weeks, forecasters said Monday. As much as 15 inches of rain could fall in the next 16 days in Northern California, with about 2 feet of snow expected in the highest points of the Sierra Nevada, said Johnny Powel


December 26, 2015--Damage from sinking land costing California billions (KOAA)

A canal that delivers vital water supplies from Northern California to Southern California is sinking in places. So are stretches of a riverbed undergoing historic restoration.


December 23, 2015--California snowpack exceeds average for first time in years (Los Angeles Times)

A series of powerful snowstorms in the Sierra Nevada has resulted in a small milestone in drought-stricken California: The snowpack is now higher than average for this time of year. The storms, which are likely to continue into Friday, have fattened the mountain snowpack to levels California hasn't seen for two years, said Steve Nemeth, water supply forecaster for the state Department


September 24, 2015--L.A. region pays for water from drought-stricken Lake Mead (All Gov)

Nearly five drought-stricken months after John Glionna at the Los Angeles Times wrote about how “anemic Lake Mead has hit a historic low,” Las Vegas water authorities agreed to sell a rather hefty supply from what's left in the reservoir to the Los Angeles area. The Metropolitan Water District (MWD) will pay around $45 million a year to receive 150,000 ac


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