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.


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.


'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."