Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Plumbing woes

Damage discovered in another key California reservoir

Clifton Court is a crucial piece of the State Water Project's plumbing. FISHBIO / Flickr

Fishbio / Flickr

Sacramento Bee

The state Department of Water Resources confirmed Tuesday that operators discovered damage to the intake structure at the Clifton Court Forebay, a nearly two-mile-wide reservoir that stores water for the State Water Project pumping plant in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta near Tracy. Repairs will begin today. It's not clear how long they will last.


San Joaquin board OKs bountiful water for farmers

Modesto Bee

To the surprise of no one, the South San Joaquin Irrigation District approved a full water allotment Tuesday, thanks to abundant rain and snow in the Stanislaus River watershed for farmers in Ripon, Manteca and Escalon. The full supply also applies to domestic water for Manteca, Lathrop and Tracy.


For now, El Nino is 'La Nada,' climatologist says

Pasadena Now

Some climate models are suggesting that El Niño may return later this year, but for now, the Pacific Ocean lingers in a neutral "La Nada" state, according to climatologist Bill Patzert of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Whether El Niño returns will be determined by a number of factors.