Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017

First flush

Sonoma wildfires leave behind damaged watersheds

North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board regional monitoring coordinator Rich Fadness, right, and environmental scientist Carrieann Lopez prepare to fill bottles and vials with runoff water from Mark West Creek, which will be tested for pollutant levels, underneath Fulton Road in Santa Rosa. ALVIN JORNADA / Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Press Democrat

Santa Rosa Press Democrat

It's called "first flush" — the rain that fell last week upon the scars of wildfires in the North Bay and threatened to wash into streams whatever ash, debris or contaminants had been left behind. Strategic stream testing will help as water quality engineers and experts gear up for what will be a long-term campaign to protect water resources and restore scorched watersheds into the rainy season and beyond.

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Storm fueled by atmospheric river to strike Sierra

San Francisco Chronicle & Mercury News

A roaring "pineapple express" is expected to blast the Sierra Wednesday and Thursday, marking the biggest storm of the season so far. The warm, moisture-rich storm is fueled by an atmospheric river originating in the South Pacific and predicted to bring up to a foot and above of snow at elevations as low as 7,500 feet.

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Groundwater plans need to add climate impacts

Union of Concerned Scientists

As hundreds of local agencies across California draft their plans to ensure the sustainability of groundwater basins, water experts say in a white paper released today that these state-mandated plans need to incorporate climate change impacts to be sustainable. The white paper was published by the Union of Concerned Scientists and Stanford University's Water in the West program.

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