Friday, Aug. 5, 2016

Drying up, again

Tehama community on verge of losing its water source

The issue first came up in 2014, forcing the town to truck water in from Corning and restrict homeowners to just the basic needs. KRCR Redding

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The community of Paskenta in rural Tehama County is at a crossroads. It's about to run out of water for the third year in a row as the drought slowly creeps back into Northern California with the dry summer months. The water pump for Thomas Creek is buried at about 26 feet and when the pump stopped working last year, the water level read 2.5 feet. Thursday, it read 5 feet.

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County issues toxic algae alert for Russian River

Santa Rosa Press-Democrat & KGO San Francisco

Sonoma County public health officials are urging caution while swimming in or being near the Russian River after tests this week revealed the presence of a harmful toxin produced by blue-green algae near four public beaches. Officials are not advising people to avoid swimming in the river — at least, not yet.

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Coastal study reveals hidden pollution exchange

Phys.org

Researchers have uncovered previously hidden sources of ocean pollution along more than 20 percent of America's coastlines. The study offers the first map of underground drainage systems that connect fresh groundwater and seawater, and pinpoints where drinking water is most vulnerable to saltwater intrusion.

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