Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Snow's drift

Why California can't go back to 'normal' after drought

Lester Snow, former director of the state Department of Water Resources, helped launch the California Water Foundation (now simply the Water Foundation). DWR


Water Deeply

California's five-year — and arguably worst — drought was officially declared over in April, brought to an end by one of the wettest winters ever. But is the drought really over? And even if it is, should we allow life to return to "normal"? Lester Snow, a longtime water leader in California, cautions that there will be no "back to normal" for the state. Instead, he says, we'll be wrestling with challenging weather extremes for a long time to come.


Santa Barbara desal plant to deliver water soon

KEYT Santa Barbara

Parts of Santa Barbara will soon be receiving water from the city's reactivated desalination plant. City officials announced The Charles E. Meyer Desalination Plant will start distributing water this month, although an exact date is not known. The desalination plant will produce nearly 3 million gallons of water every day, meeting about 30 percent of the city's water demand. ► DESAL 101


Water data can remain secret, federal court rules


Crucial details about the location and depth of certain California water wells can be kept secret, and out of the hands of an environmental group, a top federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. The unanimous decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said that the water well information fits under a long-standing exemption to FOIA.