Friday, April 22, 2016

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State ups its water allocation for Southern California

Reservoir conditions as of Thursday, April 21, 2016. DWR

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Sacramento Bee

In another sign that the "Miracle March" storms helped ease the state's drought, farms and cities reliant on the State Water Project learned Thursday that they'll likely get 60 percent of the water deliveries they requested, an increase from a month ago. The projected allocation marks an improvement over last year, when the state delivered 20 percent of allocations. The state hasn't delivered 100 percent in 10 years.

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Klamath Dam removal could boost water supplies

Water Deeply

A recently approved deal to remove four dams on the Klamath River could yield more water for farmers in the river's upper basin and lead to a dramatic improvement in local salmon populations. It doesn't seem possible that removing the dams could actually improve water supplies, but that is one potential result of the deal.

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Could more Delta pumping end Kings overdraft?

Hanford Sentinel

Is the drought over or not? For the sinking aquifer underneath Kings County that keeps all those crops alive on the surface, the answer is a resounding "no" despite improved rainfall this past winter. Putting a serious dent in the groundwater overdraft problem would require both more water from the Delta and more water set aside for groundwater recharge instead of going to crops.

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