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

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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.

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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.

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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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