Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016

Grim reality

Another dry year on the books as the drought continues

Views of Shasta Lake for the past three years. PAUL HAMES & FLORENCE LOW / San Francisco Chronicle

Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

October is the time for optimism about water in California. The forecasts start calling for rain as the coming winter offers hope of relief for the state's thirsty rivers and reservoirs. Hydrologically speaking, Oct. 1 also marked the official start of the state water year. But as much as the milestone brought the prospect of drought-busting storms ahead, it highlighted the grim reality of the past 12 months.

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A look at 6 new California laws that affect water

Water Deeply

Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed several news bills into law that impact California water. Water Deeply takes a look at six of these, which include measures aimed at providing help for failing water agencies, cutting down on excessive water use and making the most of stormwater.

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New technology pinpoints water contamination

Berkeley Lab

When the local water management agency closes your favorite beach due to unhealthy water quality, how reliable are the tests? As it turns out, those tests have not been updated in decades. Now scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a highly accurate, DNA-based method to detect and distinguish sources of microbial contamination in water.

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