Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016

Snowpack Day

Statewide water conservation slid to 18% in December

Water levels have improved at Folsom Lake but Californians remain under orders to conserve in the drought. ANDREW SENG / Sacramento Bee

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Sacramento Bee

California's water conservation effort slipped again in December, drought regulators announced today, although they said the state remains on track to meet Gov. Jerry Brown's mandate of 25 percent savings. Meanwhile, officials with DWR are scheduled to take their second manual snowpack survey of the season later today near Echo Summit.

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Drought's harm to forests is worse than feared

San Francisco Chronicle

Worsening drought conditions may be doing more damage to forests in California and throughout the West than their ecosystems can handle, causing a spiral of death that could have a devastating impact, a U.S. Forest Service study has concluded.

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PPIC lays out roadmap to boost drought response

Sierra Sun Times & Public Policy Institute of California

The federal government should leverage its "carrot-and-stick" powers to help resolve long-standing conflicts in the American West that are increasing regional and local vulnerability to drought. This is among the key recommendations made by the PPIC Water Policy Center in a new report released today.

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