Nearly a year has passed since a pinched culvert along Little Wolf Creek caused a 100-foot-deep sinkhole to open up on Freeman Lane in Grass Valley, and this month, construction crews are finalizing repair work.
California’s already towering Sierra Nevada summits rose to new heights during the drought, albeit by just a hair. A study by NASA scientists published Wednesday found that the granite peaks of the 400-mile range were pushed nearly an inch upward between 2011 and 2015, a phenomenon linked not only to known tectonic forces but the expansion of the land as it dried out and shed water weight.
The Sierra Nevada mountains grew nearly an inch taller during the recent drought and shrank by half an inch when water and snow returned to the area, according to new research from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge. Researchers used 1,300 GPS stations throughout the mountain range to closely observe how its elevation changed during the drought.
Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada will continue to see dry conditions for the next week, and possibly longer, according to the National Weather Service. Sunshine and clear skies are in the forecast for the Tahoe Basin through the week.
Those tasked with managing water in Olympic Valley, in particular Squaw Creek and the surrounding aquifer, are taking a more methodical approach to studying trends and potential impacts. The Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board is one of the regulators of this body of water between Tahoe City and Truckee and had requested a workshop on the item; which occurred at the last meeting.
In her writings, [Maria] Brower likes to focus on the overlooked parts of history, which is why her most recent book covers the subject of ranches and agriculture in Nevada County. She said there have been no books published on the subject, even though agriculture has been and continues to be the county’s largest product, behind mining and lumber.
Nevada Irrigation District is negotiating with groups that have filed protests against its application for water rights on the Bear River. The district has applied to divert up to 221,400 acre feet of water annually on the Bear River to feed the proposed Centennial Reservoir.
For decades skiing and gaming have dominated the winter tourism scene on Lake Tahoe’s South Shore, but with travelers hitting the slopes and slots less and climate change threatening snowfall, travel experts say that’s changing.
For years, Sierra residents have murmured about winter rain falling on trails that used to be covered in snow, but there has been no scientific evidence to back up a change in the snowfall pattern. Now, a new piece of research suggests the snow line, the point of elevation above which rain turns to snow during winter storms, may be changing.
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.