Thursday, April 14, 2016

Still serious

Field Poll: Drought fears ease, don't vanish, with rain

Opinions on the seriousness of California's drought have receded among voters in all regions of the state after a more normal winter. SACRAMENTO BEE

Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee

A wetter winter has dampened anxiety about the drought, but large majorities remain deeply concerned about water shortages and committed to consuming less, a new Field Poll shows. More than half of Californians dubbed an enduring lack of water a "major problem," with 62 percent calling it "extremely serious." That marked a sharp decline from October, when 76 percent of voters called the drought "extremely serious."


Drought, drainage bills could collide on the Hill


The politics of California water is becoming three-dimensional chess in Congress as lawmakers balance competing anti-drought ideas with a proposed irrigation drainage settlement that's going to get bigger. While the drought and drainage proposals are distinct, they involve many of the same lawmakers, incite similar regional tensions and in the end could become entangled in each other's fate.


What loss of snowpack means for water supplies

Palm Springs Desert Sun

Among firs and cedars high in the Sierra Nevada, scientists are using an array of instruments to monitor the health of the forest, measure the snowpack and track the water that melts and seeps into the soil. As they collect data, they're taking snapshots of a landscape in the midst of major changes.

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