Monday, May 8, 2017

Water challenge

How wet weather affected state's groundwater deficit

California Department of Water Resources senior engineering geologist Chris Bonds measures and records groundwater discharge from a production well to a nearby agricultural canal in Yolo County. JOHN CHACON / California Department of Water Resources

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Water Deeply

The heavy rain and snow over the past six months in California could reverse the infamous decline of the state's groundwater stores, but the relief may last only a season or two, according to a hydrologist with UC Davis, who says water agencies must find efficient ways to refill depleted aquifers. But in the long term, he says, the groundwater supply remains slowly but steadily shrinking, as most years water is drawn from the ground faster than it can be replaced.

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Oroville Dam spillway ready to reopen Wednesday

Chico Enterprise-Record and KRCR Redding

Water releases into the Feather River will be almost quadrupling Wednesday, and residents are warned to watch for deeper, faster moving water. The Department of Water Resources will increase outflows from the Oroville Dam to 30,000 cubic feet per second. As of 6 a.m. today the lake elevation was 846.32 feet above sea level, up about a foot and a half in 24 hours.

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WRD's recycled wastewater plant halfway finished

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Water Replenishment District GM Robb Whitaker liked what he saw during a VIP tour Friday: a half-finished, $107 million water recycling plant that will treat that water three more times, enough to replenish two groundwater basins. The facility also will remove the district from the list of buyers of Northern California and Colorado River water for the first time in its nearly 60-year history.

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