Monday, April 17, 2017

'A wake-up call'

How the 5-year drought has changed California forever

The low water level reveals two chairs at the Almaden Reservoir in San Jose in 2014. NHAT V. MEYER / Bay Area News Group

Bay Area News Group

Bay Area News Group

The historic five-year drought is officially over, washed away with the relentlessly drenching rains, floods and snowstorms of this winter. But the brutally dry years from 2012–16 are already leaving a legacy, experts say, changing the way Californians use water for generations to come. "This was the wake-up call of the century," said Felicia Marcus, chair of the State Water Resources Control Board.

READ MORE ►
 

Accounting for water in the San Joaquin Valley

California Water Blog

Accounting for water supplies and uses is fundamental to good water management, but it is often difficult to implement. UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences and the Public Policy Institute of California has put together a 30-year set of water balances for the San Joaquin Valley.

READ MORE ►
 

Water transfers vital, but state programs lacking

Water Deeply

Oregon and Washington lead the way in programs that facilitate environmental water transfers. A new Stanford study concludes Colorado Basin states, including California, have lots of catching up to do. Leon Szeptycki, an expert on water law and executive director of Water in the West, takes a closer look at the report.

READ MORE ►