Monday, Jan. 19, 2015

Storm watch

Atmospheric rivers could help put a dent in the drought

Atmospheric rivers, ribbons of water vapor that extend for thousands of miles, pull moisture from the tropics. WIKIMEDIA

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Los Angeles Times

California's drought crept in slowly, but it could end with a torrent of winter storms that stream across the Pacific, dumping much of the year's rain and snow in a few fast-moving and potentially catastrophic downpours. Powerful storms known as atmospheric rivers have broken 40 percent of state droughts since 1950, recent research shows.

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'Infrastructure district' would fund L.A. River plans

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles leaders are hoping to use a new tax-sharing law to help finance ambitious plans to transform the city's namesake river into a ribbon of recreational areas and new developments. As of Jan. 1, officials have the authority to direct a greater share of property taxes to revitalization, public works and environmental cleanup projects.

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Poison Lake Piru? Option on table to kill mussels

Ventura County Star

State wildlife officials are so worried about invasive quagga mussels at Lake Piru that they're asking a local district to stop releasing lake water. "While we understand the need for these releases, we feel the threat posed by quagga mussels is far more serious," officials say.

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