Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017

Will rules reign?

State considers ending emergency drought regulations

Statewide snowpack — the so-called frozen reservoir —  now stands at a whopping 182 percent of normal for this time of year. DWR


San Diego Union-Tribune

California's top water cops will decide today whether to extend the state's emergency drought rules. The staff of the State Water Resources Control Board has recommended against nixing the regulations, which have been in effect since June 2015 and would expire Feb. 28. If approved, the regulations would be extended for another 270 days.


Hole opens in Oroville Dam spillway during rains

Mercury News & KCRA Sacramento

Flows from one of the state's biggest supplies of drinking water were suspended Tuesday after a massive hole opened in the Oroville Dam spillway amid heavy rains. The damaged spillway remains closed today as water continues to surge into the man-made reservoir, pushing the Butte County lake near its capacity.


Drought increases severity of West Nile epidemics

Capital Public Radio

A study led by UC Santa Cruz researchers has found that drought dramatically increases the severity of West Nile virus epidemics in the United States, although populations affected by large outbreaks acquire immunity that limits the size of subsequent epidemics.