Friday, Feb. 24, 2017

Search for answers

Did drought contribute to severe flooding in San Jose?

Floodwaters surround trees in Coyote Creek. DAVID BUTOW for the Los Angeles Times

LA Times

Los Angeles Times & Mercury News

For five long, drought-plagued winters, Mother Nature refused to refill Coyote Creek. Then an epic winter of rain hit, and the dry creek suddenly became wet again. This week, the creek swelled to record heights after water from a dam spilled into it, creating widespread flooding in central San Jose. Officials acknowledged they badly miscalculated how much flooding would occur and by Thursday, the hunt was on for answers.


5 miles of repairs needed to Feather River levees

Capital Public Radio

A state management and local reclamation district in Yuba City says repairs are required to Feather River levees as they connect to the Highway 99 bridge. The Sutter Butte Flood Control Agency paid $5 million for work on two miles of levees, but does not have the money required for the next five miles. ► SEE HOW LEVEES WORK


West's challenge is still water scarcity, wet or not

Christian Science Monitor

With climate change affecting water supplies already strained by urban growth, states in the Colorado River basin are being forced to innovate and adapt. Yet in the face of these challenges, residents of the West aren't resigning themselves to a bleak future. Instead, states in the Colorado River basin have been turning a page toward a new era of water management.