Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017

Stormy shift

Sierra snowpack biggest in 22 years — more on the way

Snow covers the Sierra Nevada and the shoreline of Lake Tahoe on Monday near Memorial Point, Nev. ARIC CRABB / Bay Area News Group

Bay Area News Group

Mercury News

After a month of huge blizzards and "atmospheric river" storms, the Sierra Nevada snowpack — source of a third of California's drinking water — is 177 percent of the historic average, the biggest in more than two decades. After a week to dry off, a new round of storms is set to roll into California. A Pacific system will dump up to 3 more feet of new snow in the Sierra by this weekend.

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Roseville, Placer to help fund $4.4B reservoir

Roseville Press Tribune & KCRA Sacramento

The Roseville City Council voted unanimously last week to allocate $70,000 to help fund the development of a large off-stream reservoir in Colusa County. Meanwhile, efforts to create the Sites Reservoir took a step forward Tuesday as officials announced the start of the environmental review process.

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'Paleo channel' could provide more desal water

Los Angeles Times

The South Coast Water District may have room for a larger well system for its proposed desalination facility in Dana Point, meaning more potable water could be produced. An ancient river channel topped with younger sediment — known as a paleo channel — at the mouth of San Juan Creek is larger than "orginally anticipated."

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