Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Waiting game

Drought not all bad: We've learned a few things, too

"Obviously, the hot and dry February is disheartening for everyone. It feels weird,"  Felicia Marcus, chair of the State Water Board, says. SWRCB


Los Angeles Times

However pleasing in the abstract, the early turn of seasons has been not so welcome to those who keep watch on California water — and, in particular, to the Sacramento official who spent the last year cajoling residents to cut back significantly on their water consumption. "Crazy-making" is how Felicia Marcus, chair of the state water board and the political face of the drought, characterized a February in which nature suddenly turned off its taps.


A ton of rain is on its way, but it's still not enough

Washington Post

A fire hose of moisture from the tropical Pacific Ocean is expected to take aim at the West Coast later this week, delivering a series of storms to the Golden State. But although the weather pattern appears to be changing, the drought is not, and even a wetter-than-average March may be too little, too late.


Disappearing wetlands: Waterbirds pay the price

High Country News

Each year, 181 species of waterfowl, shorebirds and riparian birds flock to the Central Valley to nest between November and March. The space they roost in is already limited: just 19 wetlands spread across about 270 square miles. But during the past five years of drought, those birds have returned only to find once watery areas no longer suitable for nesting. If dry conditions persist, the little remaining space could disappear.

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