Thursday, May 18, 2017

Tracking the drought

Lost farm groundwater could fill Shasta Lake 7 times

UCLA researchers point to farmers planting more almonds and other nut-tree crops as part of the reason why California farmers ramped up groundwater pumping to unsustainable levels during the drought. JOSE LUIS VILLEGAS / Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee

UCLA & Sacramento Bee

Central Valley farmers created a groundwater deficit large enough to fill an empty Shasta Lake seven times in order to keep their orchards alive during California's epic five-year drought. A new study by researchers from UCLA and the University of Houston reveals significant groundwater loss in the Central Valley during the recent drought and sparks questions of sustainability for the important agricultural area.

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Oroville spillway to shut down for summer repairs

Sacramento Bee

Water will stop flowing from Oroville Dam's badly damaged spillway Friday, in the hopes it's the last time it will be used before the next rainy season as DWR contractors shore up the spillway before next winter. Meanwhile, a live video feed of the Oroville Dam spillway has been added to the State Parks website.

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Climate, ecology tied to Lake Tahoe clarity decline

UC Davis

Clarity levels at Lake Tahoe in 2016 increased in winter and decreased in summer, according to new data released today by the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. The summer values were due to the continuing effects of climate change, and the declines were so large that they outweighed the improving winter clarity.

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