Friday, March 4, 2016

March miracle?

El Niño kicks back in with soaking storms on the way

The persistent ridging of the past month or so is rapidly being displaced by a series of powerful storm systems. KQED San Francisco

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KQED San Francisco & KCRA Sacramento

February was an extremely warm month (once again) across California, with temperature records falling on a daily basis. It was also quite dry across the state, dropping the Sierra Nevada snowpack to just 83 percent of average. But an abrupt change in the prevailing weather pattern is now at California's doorstep. With rain on the way, water experts are busy planning ahead to find the areas of highest impact.

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Wet winter invites flooding research for farmers

The Business Journal

Central Valley farmers report that any flooding of their nut and fruit orchards during the current El Niño would likely do more good than damage to their trees. Some plan to deliberately flood their orchards as part of testing the benefits of winter flooding. By doing so, they not only ensure the trees have enough water, but they also help recharge the groundwater basin.

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Rendon touts need for public trust on water bond

California Forward

Monday, Assemblymember Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) will become the 70th California Assembly Speaker. He authored the bill that became Proposition 1, a $7.5 billion state water bond. In a video interview, Rendon talks about the importance of oversight, and making doubly sure that the bond money is spent wisely.

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