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Friday’s Top of the Scroll: Sierra snowpack dismal for January; fourth year of drought looks likely

The latest survey of California’s mountain snowpack on Thursday brought the bad news slamming home: This month will rank as the driest January in state history at many locations, virtually assuring a fourth straight year of drought. On Thursday, the statewide snowpack was 25 percent of normal for the date.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Scientists see shrinking California snowpack as a harbinger

The state Department of Water Resources and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the two agencies that operate most of California’s large dams, are in the early stages of studying possible rules changes to accommodate shifts in hydrology expected with a warming climate.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

State seeks water rules for pot growers

State officials have begun rolling out a new environmental initiative designed to win the cooperation of marijuana growers in protecting Northern California waterways and fisheries from the kinds of degradation that commonly result from pot cultivation.

Aquafornia news The Bakersfield Californian

Coalition brings clean drinking water to rural Kern County

Clean drinking water is something many Americans take for granted, but in areas such as south Kern County access to safe water is not guaranteed. A new program called Agua4All is attempting to address that.

Aquafornia news San Bernardino County Sun

California snowpack gains erased by meager January rainfall

Traditionally California’s wettest month, January’s meager rainfall has produced a miniscule improvement in the crucial winter snowpack in the Sierra Nevada that historically provides about 30 percent of the state’s water needs.

Aquafornia news Bay Area News Group

Driest January in history: Bay Area swings from boom to bust after wettest December

For the first time ever, San Francisco, Oakland and Sacramento have recorded no rainfall for the month of January — nada drop. … Southern California has had better luck, enjoying a couple of significant weather systems this month that came up from the south. 

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Snowpack in California ‘dismally meager’ (with audio)

While December storms brought some hope that California’s drought would ease, January’s second snow survey shattered it.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Snow levels in the Sierra drop to among the lowest on record

Chicken Littles they are not, but California water officials are fretting a bunch over the weather.

Aquafornia news Tahoe Daily Tribune

Western drought continues: Washoe Lake, before and after

The news isn’t much better at Lake Tahoe, where the lake’s water level dipped below its natural 6,223-foot rim last fall and was at 6,222.43 feet Tuesday.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

NASA moves Vandenberg satellite launch to Saturday

NASA has again postponed the launch of a satellite on a mission to gather water data that will help forecast weather, track drought and monitor climate change.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

NASA moisture satellite launch scrubbed due to winds

The $916 million mission, managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is designed to track the amount of water locked in soil.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Climate models don’t over-predict warming, study shows

If you listen to climate change skeptics, Earth’s surface hasn’t warmed appreciably in the last 15 years, and any “record” set last year is just the result of the planet doing what the planet naturally does. It turns out they’re right, but for the wrong reasons, according to a study published online Wednesday in the journal Nature.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Photo essay: A day on Lake Oroville with California State Parks

A day on Lake Oroville with California State Parks.

Aquafornia news Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Report on state parks urges fundamental changes

A report on the future of California’s state parks recommends fundamental change to overcome chronic budget and management problems that threaten the long-term sustainability of these pantheons to nature.

Aquafornia news Capital Public Radio

Sonoma County vinters commit to sustainability (with audio)

Farms were assessed on more than 100 criteria including energy efficiency, drip irrigation and pest management.

Aquafornia news San Francisco Chronicle

Sea slug masses migrate to Northern California coast

A colorful flood of tiny southern sea slugs rarely seen in the waters off Northern California is puzzling scientists concerned about the warming ocean.

Aquafornia news Associated Press

Oregon snowpack at record lows

Oregon’s mountain snowpack, vital for farms, fish and ski resorts, is in the midst of another miserable year, posting record low depths despite normal precipitation.

Aquafornia news Best Best & Krieger LLP

Legal Commentary: State Board issues notice of potential curtailment of surface water rights diversions

On Jan. 23, the State Water Resource Control Board issued a Notice of Surface Water Shortage and Potential for Curtailment of Water Right Diversions for the coming year. … While the new Notice does not specify when such curtailment notices will be issued to the affected water rights holders, it is expected that the State Board will follow similar procedures as it did in curtailing water diversions in 2014.

Aquafornia news KQED Public Radio for Northern Calif.

Blog: Shrinking Sierra snowpack heightens drought worries (with DWR video)

Manual surveys on Thursday confirmed concerns over the withering mountain snowpack — a critical source of water for millions of Californians.

Aquafornia news Maven's Notebook

Blog: Michael Anderson, state climatologist — Climate, drought and change

Earlier this month, the Public Policy Institute of California held a half-day conference in Sacramento focusing on how the state can manage through another dry year and become more drought resilient. Is the current drought a sign of things to come? Michael Anderson, state climatologist with the Department of Water Resources, kicked off the PPIC conference, Managing Drought, with a presentation addressing that question.

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