Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017

'This is a big deal'

Series of storms could spell an end to historic drought

8-year-old son Hendrix Robinson crossed flooded waters on Neeley Road during flooding in Guerneville. BRIAN L. FRANK / Special to the Chronicle

S.F. Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle & Los Angeles Times

The storms barreling into California aren’t only flooding towns, ripping trees from the earth and igniting roadway chaos. They’ve had the extraordinary effect of filling reservoirs that haven’t breached their brims in years and, for much of the north state, intensifying a rainy season that is finally, mercifully, driving an end to the historic drought.

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Hope that storm runoff can help replenish supplies

Fresno Bee

While some farmers lament the release of thousands of acre-feet of water from Friant Dam, others are putting it to good use: recharging groundwater supplies. Some farmers and irrigation districts are sinking the excess water into the ground as a preventive measure against future droughts.

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Once teetering, Mono Lake revived by heavy rains

Los Angeles Times

Less than two weeks ago, hydrologists worried that it would take a wetter than average winter to keep Mono Lake at a level high enough to avoid having to halt diversions of its Sierra Nevada snowmelt to Los Angeles. Six inches of rain has changed all that.

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