Friday Top of the Scroll: Drought is back. But Southern California faces less pain than Northern California
Drought is returning to California as a second, consecutive parched winter draws to a close in the usually wet north, leaving the state’s major reservoirs half empty. But this latest period of prolonged dryness will probably play out very differently across this vast state. In Northern California, areas dependent on local supplies, such as Sonoma County, could be the hardest-hit. Central Valley growers have been told of steep cuts to upcoming water deliveries. Environmentalists too are warning of grave harm to native fish. Yet, hundreds of miles to the south, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California reports record amounts of reserves — enough to carry the state’s most populous region through this year and even next.
- Sacramento Bee: Sierra snowpack at 59% but ‘next few weeks will be critical’ for California water officials
- Santa Rosa Press Democrat: Lake Sonoma and Lake Mendocino water levels at record low for this time of year
- OPB: Oregon governor declares drought emergency in Klamath Basin
- Marin Independent Journal: Point Reyes elk dying as dry period persists
- Eos: Tackling challenges of a drier, hotter, more fire-prone future