Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

'Cautious optimism'

Feds forecast good chance of wet conditions into March

Reservoirs have a long way to go. BAY AREA NEWS GROUP

Bay Area News Group

San Jose Mercury News

There is a 75 percent probability of average or above-average precipitation between January and the end of March for California, according to a new report by federal scientists — the first time in five years such a wet outlook has been predicted. Reservoirs continued to slowly rise across Northern California after three weeks of drenching rains.

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Pumps dropped from Delta water tunnel plan

Sacramento Bee

The massive water diversion tunnels proposed in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta have undergone another major design change aimed at appeasing local residents: The three intakes planned on the Sacramento River will no longer require pumps.

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Study: Next Napa quake could imperil Delta levees

Sacramento Bee

UC Davis scientists say the fault that caused a Napa Valley earthquake earlier this year could produce a temblor strong enough to cause levee failures in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. About 1,115 miles of levees protect 700,000 acres of lowland in the Delta, some of them old and privately built and owned.

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