Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Relief in sight

Snowpack falls to 83%, but new storms are heading in

"Clearly El Niño is not a slam dunk," says Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program. DWR


San Francisco Chronicle & Los Angeles Times

The weather gods in California are about to pull back the beach blanket and unleash a soggy salvo — the kind of angry El Niño outpouring that the state's water managers hope will make up for a confounding lack of rain and snow over the past month. After a promising start to winter, California's snowpack has shrunk to below-average levels, causing state water officials to redouble their calls for water conservation. Tuesday, the Sierra snowpack stood at only 83 percent of average for the day.


Failed water pipeline may have more problems

San Jose Mercury News

Silicon Valley's largest water provider will have to spend at least $20 million to drain, test and repair a critical water pipeline that failed last summer and may have more hidden problems. The 8-foot-high, 31-mile-long concrete pipe delivers up to 40 percent of the drinking water for 1.8 million Santa Clara County residents. A section of the underground pipe suffered "catastrophic failure" Aug. 1.


Grant will help farmworkers train for new jobs

Ventura County Star

A $6.4 million state grant awarded Tuesday will help farmworkers in 31 counties train for new jobs. The grant was awarded to La Cooperativa Campesina de California, a Sacramento-based nonprofit consortium serving farmworkers statewide, which will provide retraining and employment services so that workers displaced by the drought can find jobs in emerging industries, especially in the energy-efficiency and renewable-energy fields.

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