Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017

Out of the woods?

5 things to know about state's drought after big storms

In January, things got even wetter as a series of heavily moisture-laden storms known as atmospheric rivers struck the state, delivering heaps of snow and rain. LOS ANGELES TIMES

LA Times

Water Deeply

California's water year officially began in October, and it got off to a good start. This month, though, the state has been hit with multiple large storms that have brought above-average snow and rainfall. Mudslides, flooding and raging rivers resulted as reservoirs began to refill and the snowpack accumulated foot by foot in the Sierra Nevada. Is the state finally out of the woods? Here's a look at what that means for the state's more than 5-year-old drought.


Monson to get state money for new water system

Fresno Bee

The State Water Resources Control Board has authorized giving $1.21 million to Tulare County to help build a new water system in Monson, the tiny town where wells went dry during the California drought and the water has high levels of nitrates. The county now has $2.1 million for its Monson emergency water supply project to drill a new well and start the first phase of a distribution system.


How much stormwater is L.A. catching? Billions

KPCC Pasadena

Los Angeles County stormwater capture systems have shunted enough water from rain-swollen rivers into percolation ponds this rain season to serve the annual water needs of about a half-million people, an official said Monday. More than 22 billion gallons of stormwater has been collected since mid-October along the San Gabriel and Los Angeles rivers.