Thursday, May 4, 2017

Juggling runoff

As the rains end, flooding dangers in the Central Valley loom if the massive Sierra snowpack melts too quickly

Snowmelt flows into Lake Spaulding. The area measured 16 feet of snow, which is 80 inches of water. NYUMG J. CHUN / Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

The rain has largely stopped after one of the wettest winters in California. But as spring temperatures begin to climb and snow in the Sierra Nevada melts, the threat of flooding has communities across the Central Valley on edge. Downstream, the rapid snowmelt is keeping public agencies juggling water levels across the state's network of reservoirs.

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New climate pattern may have caused the drought

Water Deeply

What caused the worst drought in California history? A pair of federal researchers may have the beginnings of an answer to that question. In two new papers, they describe a new wave pattern in the upper atmosphere that may be responsible for the long drought and the storms that ended the drought this winter.

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Coalition wants water spending to be a top priority

Association of California Water Agencies

A coalition of business, labor, agricultural and water interests in California is calling on President Donald Trump and the state's congressional delegation to make investment in water infrastructure a top priority in 2017. The Clean Water & Jobs for California Coalition underscored the critical role water infrastructure plays in supporting the state's economy, public health and safety.

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