Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Spring floods

Sierra snowpack is huge, melting fast — what it means

Central Sierra snow levels. DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES

DWR

Sacramento Bee

The wettest winter in Northern California history ended the drought and produced an abundant Sierra Nevada snowpack. Now it's starting to melt — and quickly. As state officials completed the final snowpack survey of the season Monday, forecasters predicted high river flows into midsummer. About 5 percent of the snowpack has melted in the past few days and potential trouble spots abound.

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Another giant dam worries downstream residents

Sacramento Bee

Deep in the Trinity Alps, 130 miles northwest of Oroville Dam, local officials are raising alarms about another earthen dam with documented weaknesses and limited capacity for releasing the water that has poured in from storms and melting snow. If the reservoir were to overtop Trinity Dam, the results would be catastrophic.

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Silicon Valley's next big thing will be saving water

Grist

A company in Oakland uses aerial imagery to help farmers optimize water and fertilizer application. It's part of a growing contingent of technology startups vying to transform one of the state's most powerful industries — agriculture — for a future in which its most important input grows increasingly scarce, and every drop counts.

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