Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018

Dismal start

Snow measures just 3% of average in year's first survey

Rain is in the forecast over the next several days, but precipitation totals will be modest.  BAY AREA NEWS GROUP

Bay Area News Group

Sacramento Bee & Mercury News

When the chief of California’s snow measurements conducts his manual surveys, he usually does it in style, skimming the snow in cross-country skis as reporters plod behind him in snowshoes. No need this time. In an anxiously watched rite of winter, state Department of Water Resources surveyor Frank Gehrke weighed a tube of snow at Echo Summit and found it held less than half an inch of water, about 3 percent of the historical average for the site.


New technology could avert Salton toxicity crisis

Water Deeply

Reduced inflows are shrinking the Salton Sea’s surface area, creating serious health consequences for wildlife and the people who live nearby. Although the state has a plan to head off what could become an environmental disaster, it depends — in part — on uncertain funding and the results of a promising but still experimental new technology to remove selenium – one that could prove useful in many other settings in the western U.S. and around the world.


Earthquake resilience of SoCal's water systems

Maven's Notebook

All the major water infrastructure bringing in water to Southern California crosses the San Andreas fault at least once, sometimes multiple times. What would happen in the event of an earthquake? UCLA’s Dr. Jon Stewart (and others) have been conducting research to find out.