AQUAFORNIA MONDAY KICKOFF-Approaching Storm Renews Flood Concerns; Newsom Expedites Floodwater Capture
In today’s Aquafornia scroll:
- Another atmospheric river is coming for California, where neighborhoods already are flooded and hundreds are in shelters, CNN
- Gov. Gavin Newsom waives permits to put California floodwater underground, Sacramento Bee
- Sierra snowpack hits record levels after recent storms, Newsweek
- Click here to read all of today’s water news from California and across the West
Water Word of the Week: Still drenched from deadly flooding in January, California is being pummeled again by a series of atmospheric rivers. The Central Coast has taken the brunt of the impact. Here, rivers have spilled their banks, roads have washed away, levees have burst and communities have been evacuated. In the Sierra Nevada, valuable snowpack, pelted by tropical rain, is melting into runoff, forcing officials to spill water from reservoirs to make room for more. So we’re making Flooding and Flood Management our Water Word of the Week. For more of the vibrant vocabulary of California water check out Aquapedia, our free online water encyclopedia.
What’s on Tap This Week: The California Water Commission meets on Wednesday to discuss floodplain restoration and water storage. Be sure to check out our month-by-month calendar for the most up-to-date information on events put on by the Foundation and other organizations.
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Water Resource of the Week: A network of dams, levees, weirs and bypass channels protect millions of Californians from seasonal flooding, particularly in the San Joaquin and Sacramento valleys. The main elements of California’s system work in tandem to substantially reduce flows on rivers when they fill with runoff from rain or snowmelt during wet years. Find out more about California’s flood control projects and strategies in our Layperson’s Guide to Flood Management.
Western Water, our flagship publication produced by Foundation journalists, is available online. Check out our most recent article:
- California water agencies hoped a deluge would recharge their aquifers. But when it came, some couldn’t use it.
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Aquafornia is a news aggregation compiled each weekday and published by the Water Education Foundation.