Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Water dynamics

Study: Sierra snowpack not likely to recover until 2019; new, precise method may help analyze other mountains

The 31-year average snow water equivalent in the Sierra Nevada. STEVE MARGULIS / UCLA

UCLA

UCLA Newsroom

Even with this winter's strong El Niño, the Sierra Nevada snowpack will likely take until 2019 to return to pre-drought levels, according to a new analysis led by UCLA hydrology researchers. They also suggest that their new method, which has unprecedented detail and precision, could be useful in characterizing water in other ranges in western North America, the Andes or the Himalayas, which have much less on-site monitoring.

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Panel discussion: State of the state's water system

Maven's Notebook

At last month's ACWA conference, a panel of agency officials discussed current hydrology and some of the factors driving state and federal decision-making on the State Water Project and Central Valley Project. These experts also touched on initiatives related to the future of the state's water system, including implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.

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L.A. wildfires threaten to merge, force evacuations

Reuters

Two rapidly growing wildfires burning a few miles apart through drought-parched foothills northeast of Los Angeles prompted the evacuation of nearly 800 homes on Tuesday, as a heat wave continued to bake much of the Southwest for a third straight day. The fires, referred to by authorities as the San Gabriel Complex, had devoured some 5,400 acres combined.

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