Monday, Jan. 25, 2016

The big short?

Feds to farmers: Water reserves low despite latest rains

Even though a stormy winter is refreshing water supplies in California reservoirs such as Folsom Lake, shown on Jan. 19, 2016, deliveries of water to the state's farmers might not be increased. ANDREW SENG / Sacramento Bee


Sacramento Bee & Maven's Notebook

Even as steady rains were drenching the Sacramento Valley, federal managers issued a bleak proclamation to farmers hopeful that recent rain and snow might translate into more water deliveries for their crops. Friday, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said reservoir levels behind Central Valley Project dams remained unusually low despite recent rains and heavy snowpack. The notice likely portends another rough year ahead.


Lawmakers want Delta tunnels plan before voters

Los Angeles Times & Sacramento Bee

Lawmakers have introduced a bill that would make Gov. Jerry Brown's controversial twin tunnels project subject to statewide voter approval. "The Legislature should be able to weigh in on this. And certainly the people should be able to weigh in on this," said Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton).


Storm damage from El Niño puts Pacifica on edge

San Francisco Chronicle

Fears that crushing waves and powerful rains from El Niño would erode the coastal bluffs in Pacifica — where several vacant apartment buildings and homes have been left teetering for years — were realized this weekend. The city declared a state of emergency Friday in part because of accelerated erosion to the cliffs, where two properties in recent days were evacuated.

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