Monday, Sept. 14, 2015

Future of water

How hot, dry and crowded will California get by 2040?

The California Aqueduct runs near Mountain House sending water to Southern California as part of the State Water Project. MAX WHITTAKER for KPCC

KPCC

KPCC Public Radio

PART ONE: Even if California gets heavy El Niño rains this winter, the current drought has delivered a wake-up call to state leaders. The message? Our current water habits are unsustainable. To help make sense of the challenges to come, KPCC is using the best data available to imagine what California will look like in the year 2040 and how our relationship to water might change as a result. #CAwater2040

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Gold Rush-era laws cripple state's water system

San Francisco Chronicle

Gold Rush-era seniority laws are allowing a few thousand farms, corporations and public agencies to gulp away with little accountability for how water is used, while others have been cut off. San Francisco's history offers a window into how the rights system may have succeeded in allocating flows in California's waterways a century ago, but has since become something of an albatross.

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Sierra Nevada snowpack hit 500-year low in 2015

Los Angeles Times

When Gov. Jerry Brown stood in a snowless Sierra Nevada meadow April 1 and ordered unprecedented water restrictions, it was the first spring in 75 years of observation that the area lacked snow. Now, six months later, researchers say this year's record-low snowpack may be far more historic — and ominous — than previously realized.

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