Thursday, March 9, 2017

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Wettest water year, so far, in 122 years of records

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Bay Area News Group

Mercury News

Fueled by a parade of Pineapple Express storms, California is in the midst of its wettest water year in 122 years of record-keeping, according to federal scientists. Between October and February, the state averaged 27.81 inches of precipitation, the highest average since such records began being kept in 1895, according to data released Wednesday. The water year record for California is 1982–83, which totaled an average of 40.41 inches.


Damaged main spillway likely to reopen next week

Sacramento Bee

Oroville Dam's heavily damaged main spillway is expected to resume releasing water a little more than a week from now as levels continue to rise in the reservoir. DWR officials expect water levels at Lake Oroville to have risen to 865 feet, well below the point at which water would go over the adjacent emergency spillway.


Engineers give infrastructure a near-failing grade


America's infrastructure is close to failing. That's the assessment of the American Society of Civil Engineers, which released its 2017 infrastructure report card today, giving the nation's overall infrastructure a grade of D+. Since 1998, grades have been near failing and averaging only Ds, due to "delayed maintenance" and "under investment across most categories," the engineers said.