Friday, Jan. 16, 2015

Don't panic — yet

Drought fears return with signs of 4th straight dry year

House boats sit idle on the low water of Lake Oroville in Butte County, where farmers are feeling the effects of a winter without significant rainfall. LEAH MILLS/San Francisco Chronicle

S.F. Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

The December rain was but a cruel tease. The storms that brought some of the biggest downpours of the decade have given way to a dry January and renewed fears that California will languish in yet another parched year. Thursday, the State Water Project bumped up its projected water deliveries to cities and farms this year from 10 percent to 15 percent of what was requested.

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LAO: Funding uncertain for Delta tunnels project

Sacramento Business Journal

The primary state agency responsible for the Delta tunnels project could run out of money soon, a new report by the Legislative Analyst's Office says. Local water agencies provided funding for preliminary planning on the tunnels project, but 84 percent of those funds — or $202 million — has been exhausted, the LAO found.

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