Monday, Dec. 5, 2016

Path to recovery

State's fall snow, rains have 'satisfied the drought debt' in Northern Sierra Nevada, California climatologist says

In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, concerns over dry conditions were quickly dispatched when more than two feet of snow dropped around Lake Tahoe in just two days. DWR

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Los Angeles Times

If past weather patterns are fulfilled this year, experts say, Northern California's winter — and long-term relief from years of drought — could be just around the corner for the state's most important watershed. Two months of precipitation added up to levels not seen since 1984–85. "Certainly, up north, we've satisfied the drought debt, so to speak," climatologist Michael Anderson said.

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Merced critics get a jump on river flow hearing

Modesto Bee

Dozens of Merced County people made a two-hour drive to Sacramento to get their three minutes before a state water board last week. They could have waited until Dec. 19, when the board will hold a session in Merced on its proposed flow increases for our local rivers. But they wanted to make it clear from Tuesday's start of the proceedings that they do not like the idea.

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Army Corps denies easement for Dakota pipeline

Los Angeles Times & KQED San Francisco

Army Corps of Engineers denied permission Sunday for the Dakota Access pipeline to cross under the Missouri River, handing at least a temporary victory to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and supporters. The decision essentially halts the construction on the 1,172-mile oil pipeline about half a mile south of the reservation.

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