Monday, Jan. 26, 2015

Getting ridiculous

'Resilient Ridge' may be back to prolong the drought

Storms headed for the California coast run into the Ridiculously Resilient Ridge, represented by the "H" in this graphic. DAVID PIERCE/KQED

KQED

KQED San Francisco

You might've noticed a conspicuous absence lately: rain. We had two big bursts that qualify as atmospheric river storms and then … crickets. If this sounds somewhat familiar, flash back to the beginning of 2013, when, after a similarly soggy December, almost in sync with the New Year's ball dropping in Times Square, the tap suddenly shut off — and stayed off.

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Dry January conjures a familiar feeling of dread

Fresno Bee

Facing a fourth drought year and maybe the driest January on record, farm water leaders hope storms are on the way, but they saw a dry January last year and got no water from the federal Central Valley Project. Farm water leaders say both east and west sides of the Valley are again at risk of getting no river water.

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Agency to invest in treating water for chromium-6

Palm Springs Desert Sun

The Coachella Valley Water District is about to embark on its costliest infrastructure project ever. Tuesday, the board will consider spending $15.5 million to hire a consulting firm to design treatment plants that would remove hexavalent chromium, or chromium-6, from the groundwater pumped from 19 wells.

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