Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017

10-year roadmap

California commits to timetable for Salton Sea projects

The Salton Sea as seen from a drone's point of view. JAY CALDERON and RICHARD LUI / Palm Springs Desert Sun

Desert Sun

Palm Springs Desert Sun & Maven's Notebook

California’s top water regulators adopted an agreement that commits the state to following through on plans of building wetlands and controlling dust around the shrinking Salton Sea over the next 10 years. The order approved Tuesday by the State Water Resources Control Board sets targets for state agencies in building thousands of acres of ponds, wetlands and other dust-control projects around the lake.

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State shows the way to save vanishing beaches

Orange County Register & U.S. Geological Survey

Shorelines are shrinking. Storms are flooding streets and battering homes. Coastlines around the country are being hit by climate change. And, perhaps surprisingly, California is offering an example of how the coast can be saved. So says the latest annual State of the Beach Report Card released Tuesday by the Surfrider Foundation.

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We know far too little about snowpack and runoff

Water Deeply

We really don't know with a lot of accuracy how much snow there is sitting in the mountains during winter. A new wireless sensor network in one Sierra Nevada watershed aims to fill yawning data gaps about snowpack, rainfall and runoff potential. The result could be safer flood forecasts and better water supply projections, University of California professor Roger Bales says.

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