Monday, Jan. 8, 2018

2018 outlook

The biggest water topics in California and the West

This year will see key decisions on water management regarding the Delta, including whether the state will move forward with a proposal to build new water conveyance. PAUL HAMES / DWR


Water Deeply

For the next few months, much of the talk around water issues in California and the rest of the Western United States will be about how much precipitation falls, the water content of the snowpack and how temperatures will impact runoff in the spring. But it’s still too soon to tell whether 2018 will be a record dry year or whether some atmospheric rivers will race in to save the day.


Heavy rain an uneasy mix with SoCal burn areas

Ventura County Star

Heavy rain expected to hit Ventura County starting tonight has an unsettling bull's-eye: the Thomas Fire burn area. Charred hillsides marking the massive wildfire's path now pose another threat. Flash floods, mudflows and debris flows are possible if expected downpours inundate the burn scar.


Sonoma’s coastal cliffs no match for rising seas

Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Sonoma County’s coastal cliffs are receding by as much as a foot a year and will surrender an area the size of Sebastopol by the end of the century, experts say. A new study featuring high-tech measurements of the state’s retreating coastal cliffs said it’s going to be difficult to stay out of nature’s relentless path.