The milestones marking California’s wettest year in decades continued to pile up Thursday, as state water officials said a reservoir high up in the Sierra Nevada has exceeded capacity for the first time in 21 years.
As the first wet storm of the spring sweeps into the mountains around Lake Tahoe, wary water managers are watching the sky and already releasing water from swollen reservoirs to guard against flooding across northern Nevada.
After several days of mild and spring-like weather, snow and rain is expected to return this week to the Tahoe-Truckee region. According to the National Weather Service in Reno, the first storm is expected Tuesday with a second — and potentially stronger storm — for the end of the week.
For more than a year, the Mountain Area has buzzed with hundreds of loggers brought in to clear out a dying forest left devastated by a continued drought and swarms of bark beetles. That work is expected to keep tree cutters in the woodlands of Eastern Madera County for at least another three years, maybe longer.
The depressing scene of boat docks sitting high and dry on wide beaches around Lake Tahoe will likely be a fleeting memory this summer. Winter’s unrelenting storms built up a substantial Sierra snowpack and are expected to fill the lake for the first time in 11 years.
The official first day of spring is less than a week away and after several months of heavy snowfall and winter storms, residents and visitors have been treated to spring-like conditions the past week.
Kicking off the event was Nevada Irrigation District General Manager Rem Scherzinger, speaking for about 30 minutes on the advantages of building a dam on the Bear River between Rollins and Combie reservoirs. Then stepped up South Yuba River Citizens League Executive Director Caleb Dardick, who expressed a number of concerns about the project.
From Water | Food | Environment — The Blog of David Guy:
Every year my family looks forward to visiting Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park—where you not only experience the beautiful alpine meadow, but you can also take in one of the wonderful presentations at the Parsons Memorial Lodge.
Long accustomed to dealing with bad news “garbage” bears that become hooked on improperly stored trash at homes and businesses around Lake Tahoe, Nevada wildlife officials say they’re increasingly responding to a new kind of troublemaker they’ve started calling “drought” bears.
A Ghost Ships exhibit at the Tahoe Maritime Museum highlights some of the many underwater stories and secrets Lake Tahoe has harbored, and offers some hints about may what yet be found in her famously clear, cold depths. The exhibit runs through April 2015.
Five hundred million dollars in road and water-quality improvements are underway on the California side of Lake Tahoe. … The new roads are designed to collect storm water and filter out pollution in 30-by-60-foot sand pits.
“Residents were told they could return to some 1,000 mountain homes on the southern end of California’s Sierra Nevada range as firefighters stunted the growth of a wildfire, one of several wildland blazes making problems for western states.”
“A wildfire burning in the Sequoia National Forest in Kern County is expected to expand deeper into the woods Monday, its flames fueled by wind and unseasonably dry conifer trees and grass, officials said.”