Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016

El No-no

Summer drought rules likely to continue unless more storms come in March and April — with a vengeance

Wet years, dry spells. GOLDEN GATE WEATHER SERVICES

GGWS

San Jose Mercury News

Even in the midst of a strong El Niño, California's sunny weather this February is not surprising, experts say: The longest dry spell this month — 14 days — is actually less than the average for a strong El Niño winter. But state water officials said Monday that unless the rainy weather returns with a vengeance, some drought restrictions are likely to continue this summer.

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Folsom Dam operators ready to double releases

Sacramento Bee

Even with unseasonably warm temperatures and little to no rain in the forecast for at least the next seven days, the operators of Folsom Dam are going to more than double the flows in the lower American River to protect against flooding. The releases are mandated in Folsom's nearly 30-year-old manual drawn up by the Army Corps.

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Tipping point: How '16 will shape our water future

Maven's Notebook

With the state remaining gripped in drought and El Niño not providing the hoped-for relief, drought and climate change impacts are being felt statewide. This year alone, two sets of rules will come out that will shape large parts of our water infrastructure for the next 50 to 100 years: implementing the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and funding water storage projects with the billions of dollars from Proposition 1.

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