Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Crucial coalition

New partnership seeks to restore Sierra Nevada forests

The Sierra Nevada's snowpack delivers about 60 percent of the freshwater Californians use in their homes, businesses and farms. But more winter precipitation is falling on the Sierra as rain rather than snow, which changes the duration and intensity of runoff. SUE MORROW/Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee

The Sierra Nevada is many things to California: a mountain playground in winter and summer, and vital habitat for a broad variety of wildlife. It also provides the majority of California's freshwater supply. With a fourth year of drought looming, state and federal agencies have launched an ambitious partnership to improve the Sierra's ability to store and filter water, as well as reduce fire risks, by restoring its forests.

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Modesto growers could have to get by on just 16"

Modesto Bee

The drought could limit irrigation for Modesto-area farmers to 16 inches of water per acre — a little more than a third the normal amount and far less than needed for most crops. The tentative start date for the Modesto Irrigation District's season is April 26, with a vote to raise water prices by 40 percent scheduled for March 24.

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Dry since Easter, grant secures new water supply

Fresno Bee

At the usually quiet, Kingsburg home of Abelardo De Leon Garcia, a drilling machine hammered the sandy soil all morning Monday, creating a well shaft three times deeper than a dry well only a few yards away. Garcia, 81, had lost his water well on Easter Sunday last year. Now, his water supply has been resurrected, thanks to federal funding and a Visalia-based nonprofit.

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