Sierra Nevada Mountains

September 13, 2015--No snow: Californian water source at 500-year low (Associated Press)

Snow cover in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, a water lifeline for California's cities and agriculture, has hit its lowest level in 500 years, a study said Monday. Measured on April 1, the natural, frozen reservoir was barely five percent of the 1950-2000 average, threatening tens of millions of Californians and the state's $50-billion (44-billion-euro) agriculture sector with ch

July 5, 2015--California drought sends U.S. water agency back to drawing board (New York Times)

Drew Lessard stood on top of Folsom Dam and gazed at the Sierra Nevada, which in late spring usually gushes enough melting snow into the reservoir to provide water for a million people. But the mountains were bare, and the snowpack to date remains the lowest on measured record. “If there’s no snowpack, there’s no water,” said Mr.

May 16, 2015--L.A. getting no Owens Valley runoff for first time since 1913 (Los Angeles Times)

For the first time since 1913 -- when Department of Water and Power chief architect William Mulholland opened the waterway with the words, "There it is. Take it!" -- the 233-mile Los Angeles Aqueduct has stopped carrying Owens Valley runoff to Los Angeles.

April 14, 2015--California’s rainless summer will dry up drinking water supplies (Circle of Blue)

Communities in California’s seared Central Valley and arid mountain foothills are expected to end this year’s rainless summer with drinking water supplies so tight they may give out by September, according to state and local water administrators.

May 18, 2014--Is groundwater depletion in the Central Valley causing the Sierra Nevada to grow faster? (Summit Voice)

After crunching the numbers from a global earth-monitoring network, University of Nevada, Reno scientists say rapid depletion of groundwater in California’s Central Valley is accelerating uplift of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The draining of the aquifer causes upward flexing of the earth’s surface, including the surrounding mountains.

January 31, 2014--California snowpack hits record low (Los Angeles Times)

Even with the first significant storm in nearly two months dropping snow on the Sierra Nevada, Thursday's mountain snowpack measurements were the lowest for the date in more than a half-century of record keeping.

January 17, 2014--California faces water shortages and wildfires as “mega-drought” gets even worse (Solon)

The year 2013 was California’s driest on record, featuring the least rainfall since the state started keeping track in 1849. And so far, 2014 is off to a bad start. A full 63 percent of the state is in extreme drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor — up from 23 percent just last week and extending into northwestern Nevada.

January 7, 2014--How will the Golden State face an epic drought? (Huff Post)

In 2013 Californian cities and towns shattered many all-time dry records, some by staggering deficits. For instance, San Francisco received 3.38 inches of precipitation its lowest mark since the inception of continuous record keeping began in 1849 -- The Gold Rush. The normal annual San Francisco rainfall is 20.65 inches.

January 3, 2014--Meager Sierra snowpack is way below average (Los Angeles Times)

The signs aren’t good when the chief of California’s snow survey has to walk over bare ground to take a snowpack measurement in the Sierra Nevada, as Frank Gehrke did Friday near Echo Summit.

December 19, 2013--Water wars began in SF 100 years ago (NBC)

There's a lot of water pressure in San Francisco. Behind every turn of the faucet, there's 100 years of contentious history. Dec. 19, 1913, was when President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the Raker Act, which allowed San Francisco to begin drawing its water from as-yet unbuilt Hetch Hetchy Reservoir in Yosemite National Park.

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