Monday, March 14, 2016

Runneth over

State's biggest reservoir, Shasta, rises to key milestone

The 21-mile-long reservoir, north of Redding, holds enough water when full for the needs of 23 million people for a year.

San Jose Mercury News

Sunday's storms brought more rain to Northern California, but they also helped the state hit a key milestone in its efforts to recover from the four-year drought. Shasta Lake, the largest reservoir in California and a critical source of water for Central Valley farms and cities from the Bay Area to Bakersfield, reached 100 percent of its historic average Sunday as billions of gallons continued to pour in from drenching downpours.


Catching runoff may ease drought, but no quick fix

KQED San Francisco

Stormwater is starting to get some serious attention in California, as the state's drought enters a fifth year. The Oakland-based Pacific Institute estimates that rainfall captured in the San Francisco Bay Area and metro Southern California could, in a strong year, provide enough water to supply the entire city of Los Angeles.


Humboldt Bay turns red today in name of science

North Coast Journal

The California Department of Public Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will begin a series of water tests today that will include dumping a non-toxic, fluorescent red dye into Humboldt Bay to help track how wastewater flows and dilutes. The test seeks to make sure the bay's commercial shellfish industry is protected from potential sources of contamination.

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