Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017

Filling up

Almost half of California is no longer in a drought

Then and now: San Luis Reservoir. FRANCES LOW and WALT WARNEKE / DWR

SF Chronicle

Los Angeles Times

Continued rain and snow has lifted nearly half of the state out of drought, according to an analysis released today. Just over 51 percent of California remains in "moderate" to "extreme" drought, the U.S. Drought Monitor reported. By comparison, more than 95 percent of the state was in some form of drought a year ago. Just 2 percent remains in "exceptional drought."


Farmers can't win as monster storms hurt crops


January's monster storms and flooding inundated farmlands up and down the state, dealing a blow to many crops. Although the series of tropical storms benefited some drought-stricken areas, the heavy rains brought flooding to vineyards in Northern California and harvest delays further south for vegetable growers.


Sac State shuts off water due to high lead levels

Sacramento Bee

Students at Sacramento State returned to school after winter break this week to find drinking fountains, bottle-filling stations and sinks in six classroom buildings and two dormitories shut down after elevated lead levels were discovered. Testing revealed 27 water sources had lead levels above the EPA's allowable limit of 15 ppb.