Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015

Crucial questions

Water stress takes toll on California's large trees: study

Ponderosa pines can grow more than 230 feet high and four feet across. But there are a lot fewer big ones in California than there were in the 1930s. RAUL TOUZON/National Geographic

National Geographic

Los Angeles Times

Drought, fire-suppression techniques and changes in land use have made California forests denser with smaller trees and more susceptible to fast-moving wildfires, a new study has found. Drier conditions caused by drought reduce water available for trees to grow while making it easier for fires to start and spread. Scientists say the changes raise crucial questions about how the state manages its forest land.

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Cambria's emergency water plant to start today

San Luis Obispo Tribune

Cambria's long-sought emergency water reclamation project, designed to provide the drought-stricken community with additional water during dry spells, will start producing water at 1 p.m. today. The "flip-the-switch" event won't be open to the public. A full dedication of the facility is to happen later, perhaps in March.

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Groundwater worries at Stanislaus water summit

Modesto Bee

A new state law requires people in every California groundwater basin to create a plan for protecting their groundwater resources so aquifers aren’t pumped so much that water levels plummet and wells go dry. Exactly how to do that is the challenge. The state wants local communities to devise their own solutions, while warning that it will step in if that doesn’t happen.

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