AQUAFORNIA MONDAY KICKOFF-Rules Eased But Calif. Drought Emergency Stands; Strong Storm Targets NorCal
In today’s Aquafornia scroll:
- Gov. Newsom relaxed water restrictions in drenched California. Why didn’t he end the drought emergency?, San Jose Mercury News
- Storm warnings issued for several Northern California counties, Los Angeles Times
- ‘We’ve lost the aqueduct’: How severe flooding threatens a Los Angeles water lifeline, Los Angeles Times
- Click here to read all of today’s water news from California and across the West
Water Word of the Week: More than a big rainstorm, an atmospheric river is a storm system that can transport an amount of water vapor roughly equivalent to as much as 15 times the average flow of the Mississippi River. Such vapor volumes have made this winter one to remember for California. Since December, 12 atmospheric rivers have slammed the state, generating floods and record-level snowpack, and early this week, yet another atmospheric river will make landfall. So we’re making Atmospheric Rivers 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 Delta Independent Science Board meets Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, The Nature Conservancy and UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain give a virtual presentation on the future of rain in California. 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.
Spring Water Tours & Events:
- Groundwater Short Course, April 13 & 20, May 4 & 18, June 1
- Central Valley Tour, April 26-28
- Bay-Delta Tour, May 17-19
Water Resource of the Week: Central Valley groundwater managers are trying to take full advantage of the runoff from this winter’s torrent of storms to replenish depleted groundwater basins. To see the extent of those groundwater basins and learn more about how groundwater pumping and recharge work, check out our California Groundwater Map.
Western Water, our flagship publication produced by Foundation journalists, is available online. Check out our most recent article:
- Testing at the Source: California Readies a Groundbreaking Hunt to Check for Microplastics in Drinking Water
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Aquafornia is a news aggregation compiled each weekday and published by the Water Education Foundation.