Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017

Drought retreat

Today's snow survey a reason to celebrate, experts say

John Paasch, chief of flood operations, and Frank Gehrke, chief of snow surveys, conduct a manual snow survey Jan. 3 at Phillips Station. DALE KOLKE / DWR

DWR

KPCC Pasadena

Roaring storms that brought California almost a year's worth of snow and rain in January should make water managers' Sierra snowpack survey today a celebration, marking this winter's dramatic retreat of the more than 5-year-old drought, experts say. This time last year, 95 percent of California was in drought, after the driest three-year stretch in the state's history.

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State's climate policy depends on federal waivers

KQED San Francisco & UCLA Daily Bruin

California officials have discerned a chilling signal that the Trump administration may be willing to halt the state's unique authority to impose its own vehicle emission rules — a move that could undercut its pioneering effort to battle climate change. Meanwhile, UCLA researchers are anxious about the future of federal funding.

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New valve boosts seismic safety for Sonoma lines

Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Anyone who's ever labored over a lawn or garden irrigation line can appreciate Wednesday's installation of a new valve on a 36-inch Sonoma County Water Agency pipeline in downtown Santa Rosa. The work is part of an effort to keep drinking water flowing in the event of an earthquake.

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