Thursday, March 31, 2016

Still not over

Sierra snowpack shows improvement, but not enough

California Council on Science and Technology fellows Dan Brumbaugh, John Thompson and Sarah Carville join Frank Gehrke, chief snow surveyor for the Department of Water Resources, at the fourth media snow survey Wednesday at Phillips Station in the Sierra Nevada mountains. KELLY M. GROW / DWR

DWR

Los Angeles Times

In a symbolic moment in California's slow but steady drought recovery, a state surveyor on Wednesday found several feet of snow in the same Sierra Nevada meadow that was bare and brown just a year ago. The depth of the snowpack was declared to be just below average, a huge improvement from last year, but still far from enough to declare the drought over.

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Tough decision ahead on state water conservation

KPBS San Diego / AP

State water surveyors Wednesday found a barely average snowpack in the Sierra Nevada, setting the stage for tough decisions to come on water conservation requirements for state residents. Californians are now under orders to use at least 20 percent less water.

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A first: State orders Tulare to pipe clean water

Fresno Bee

In a statewide first under a new law, Tulare has been ordered to merge its water system with the nearby Matheny Tract so the disadvantaged community can finally have clean tap water. For years, Matheny's water has had too much arsenic, forcing residents to buy bottled water to protect their health.

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