Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017

Fingers crossed

Is the California drought finally ending? Yes. Maybe …

The photo was taken January 9, 2017 at Pardee Dam. CHRIS SWANN / EBMUD

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Los Angeles Times

The state's biggest reservoirs are swelling. The Sierra Nevada have seen as much snow, sleet, hail and rain as during the wettest years on record. Rainy Los Angeles feels more like London than Southern California. So is the great California drought finally calling it quits? Yes. Or at least maybe. If the storm systems keep coming, state and regional water managers say, 2017 could be the end of a five-year dry spell.

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Brown's budget adds funds for key water issues

Association of California Water Agencies

Gov. Jerry Brown released a $177.1 billion spending plan Tuesday that contains funds for drought, water rights management, continuation of the statewide conservation program Save Our Water and other key water programs. About $8.8 billion — $2.8 billion of general fund money — is designated for the California Natural Resources Agency and drought-related services.

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Lawmakers tour area of proposed Sites Reservoir

Sacramento Bee

As Northern California skies begin to clear, California lawmakers are using the storm that pelted the region over the last week as a catalyst to talk about the state's water management system. Today, a troupe of lawmakers are touring the Sites Reservoir, a $4.4 billion proposed water storage project four decades in the making.

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