Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017

Not over yet

State keeps emergency drought restrictions in place

The rain-swollen Sacramento River flows through downtown under the Tower Bridge in Sacramento. RANDY PENCH / Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee

KQED San Francisco & Los Angeles Times

It might seem like California's marathon drought is over, but water regulators beg to differ. The State Water Resources Control Board held firm Wednesday and extended the state's emergency drought regulations through September, pledging to revisit them in May, when the state's traditional rainy season has ended. The board's new regulation reflects continued angst over the few months left in California's wet season.


Despite drought, Valley farmland keeps sinking

Mercury News

Even as California struggles with surface flooding, the state is going dry underground, triggering more sinking in parts of the San Joaquin Valley, according to a new NASA report. Satellites found the ground subsiding up to 20 inches near the Fresno town of Tranquillity. Even worse, the sinking is threatening the stability of the California Aqueduct.


Brown sets priorities for Trump infrastructure bill

KPBS San Diego

Gov. Jerry Brown's administration has released its list of California priorities for a potential federal infrastructure funding package under President Trump. On the list are highway projects, including new carpool and toll-charging express lanes, an earthquake early-warning system and high-speed rail and the Delta tunnels.