Friday, Feb. 9, 2018

Reckoning point

Sierra snowpack on pace to shatter record low of 2015

Water Supply Index forecast from DWR. MAVEN'S NOTEBOOK

Maven's Notebook

San Francisco Chronicle & Tahoe Daily Tribune

As relentless sunshine Thursday continued to pound California, the Sierra Nevada hit a reckoning point: There’s less snowpack now than on the same date three years ago, when the winter went down as the driest in recorded history, sending shudders through cities, farmlands and the state Capitol. Snowpack levels at Mount Rose summit haven't changed much, but the reservoir storage in the region this year is a buffer, at least for two more years.


Brown tried to smooth the way; friction ensued

Sacramento Bee

California officials tried to smooth the way for the Delta tunnels project by slicing it in half. Instead they’re facing more pushback and the possibility of additional delays. One day after Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration downsized the Delta tunnels project, a host of project opponents tried Thursday to halt a state regulatory hearing that’s crucial to getting it built.


Big idea: Blend expertise to tackle infrastructure

U.S. Water Alliance

The U.S. Water Alliance has released the fourth policy brief in its seven-part One Water for America Policy Framework. For the nation at large to attract more investment and innovation to water management, we need to address barriers to putting private money and expertise to work, while making sure that communities' needs are met and all partners benefit.