Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015

A quarter full

California's federal reservoirs even lower than last year

As the kingpin of the Central Valley Project, Shasta Lake began the 2015-'16 water year Oct. 1 at about 35 percent of the reservoir's 4.55 million acre-foot capacity. WESTERN FARM PRESS

Western Farm Press

Sacramento Bee

In the latest indicator of the severity of the drought, the federal government's main reservoirs serving California have begun the new "water year" at just a quarter full and in worse shape than last year. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said the six key reservoirs of the Central Valley Project were a combined 200,000 acre-feet below the same time last year. All told, the reservoirs, including Shasta and Folsom, are just 24 percent full.

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Delta twin tunnels poll: 'Solid majority' support

Stockton Record

A group that supports Gov. Jerry Brown's twin tunnels has released a new poll that it says indicates the project has "solid majority" support in California. Few were familiar with the details of the tunnels project — now known as California Water Fix — but when read a short description, 55 percent expressed support.

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As S.C. floods, U.S. wrestles with urban stormwater

Circle of Blue

Among the devastating effects of the low pressure storm system that pummeled South Carolina over the weekend was the heavy damage the record-breaking rains caused to water transport and treatment infrastructure, and the release of a tide of contaminated stormwater. The floods, moreover, come as the EPA is preparing new rules that tighten stormwater oversight across the country.

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