Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Drought snapshots

California reservoirs full again — let the draining begin

Lake Oroville: Loafer Creek boat ramp, January 2014 (left) and May 2016. KQED

KQED

KQED San Francisco

The perhaps not-so-secret nature of California's major reservoirs is that they're little more than big bathtubs. We depend on a beneficent nature to turn on the taps every winter and fill them. And we pull the plug every spring to drain them for use by farms and cities far away. So, as KQED has documented over the past couple of years, the big reservoirs have tended to fill only partway up and then drain close to their historic lows.

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How do we sustainably manage the Delta's fish?

Water Deeply

It's no secret that the ecosystem of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is in rough shape, by many metrics. Native fish populations in the Delta are critical. But is there a better way to do things? Peter Moyle, associate director of the Center for Watershed Sciences at UC Davis, has some ideas on what we can do differently.

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State-of-the-art water facility to begin operations

Davis Enterprise

After decades of planning and two years of construction, a state-of-the-art regional water treatment facility will begin operations Thursday. An 8-mile-long water pipeline will connect the Davis water system to the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency's system. The joint pipeline system will transport water from the Sacramento River to the regional water treatment plant in Woodland.

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