Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Fill 'er up

Storms send billions of gallons of water into reservoirs

State's reservoirs starting to fill up. BAY AREA NEWS GROUP

Bay Area News Group

San Jose Mercury News

This weekend's soaking rains delivered just what drought-weary Northern California needed: billions of gallons of water pouring into the state's major reservoirs. With rain totals reaching 10 inches or more in some mountain areas, 46 of the state's largest reservoirs, closely tracked by the Department of Water Resources, collectively added 391 billion gallons of water between Friday and Monday morning.

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Atmospheric river storms can reduce Sierra snow

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

A new study has found that in the Sierra Nevada, atmospheric river storms are 2½ times more likely than other types of winter storms to result in destructive "rain-on-snow" events, where rain falls on existing snowpack, causing it to melt. Those events increase flood risks in winter and reduce water availability the following summer.

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Should water quality reports be clearer on safety?

Water Technology

Annual water quality reports published by drinking water utilities should provide clear information about whether the water is safe to drink, according to a new study. Researchers at Virginia Tech analyzed a national sample of CCRs and found that the reports failed to communicate important information because they used complicated language and sophisticated data tables.

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