Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Uncharted territory

Record-low Sierra snowpack will drive home drought

2015 reading is from remote sensors, just prior to the April 1 manual survey. DAVID PIERCE / KQED Science

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BREAKING NEWS:
Gov. Brown orders mandatory water reductions of 25%

KQED Science

We are officially in uncharted territory. The Sierra Nevada snowpack is showing the lowest water content on record: a mere 6 percent of the long-term average for April 1. That doesn't just set a new record, it shatters the old low-water mark of 25 percent. Things are so bad that Gov. Brown has decided to slog into the field for the manual snow survey this morning. He won't need his snowshoes.

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Should water wasters face jail? A drought debate

Los Angeles Times

State water officials bolstered existing emergency regulations this month in response to another year of drought. The new rules came with a warning, too: Even tougher restrictions could be on the way if water agencies and their customers don’t step up their conservation efforts. But unlike during water crises of the 1970s and 1990s, there was no mention of sending water wasters to jail.

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Exotic animals deploy as Delta 'weed whackers'

California Water Blog

Visitors to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta are doing double takes lately as they encounter some newly introduced "biological controls" to keep a fast-spreading waterweed from damaging boat propellers and choking off waterways.

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