Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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Bill aims to help state save water for a not-so-rainy day

Rep. Tom McClintock's bill would streamline the process for building dams and reservoirs by having the federal Bureau of Reclamation serve as a

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McClatchy & KOVR Sacramento

After years of drought, the state of California is bracing for water. Lots of it. As the record snows in the Sierra Nevada mountains begin to melt, there's concern this spring and summer that the state will have more water than it can handle. Congress is trying to help manage such drastic shifts in California's water levels. Thursday, the House plans a vote on legislation that aims to help the state capture more of that water to save for a future dry season.

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Funding woes put crucial water data at risk

Water Deeply

When it comes to managing water in uncertain times, few things are more important than knowing how much is flowing in the river alongside your city, or filling the reservoir that irrigates local farms. But this basic information is at risk across the West because the nation lacks a reliable funding source for the simple stream gages that measure river flows. As a result, dozens of gages across the West are at risk of being shut down every year.

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How will California adapt to extreme weather?

California Magazine

Just as the five-year drought had made it clear that California's reservoirs were unable to store sufficient water to see the state through extended dry spells, so did last winter's record-setting precipitation highlight the obverse: Our dams and bypasses may not be adequate to prevent calamity during anomalously wet winters.

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