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December 07, 2013



There was an interesting side note in the Wall Street Journal yesterday from an article about the big delta bypass water project. Let's leave the big picture on the project for someone else, but the Journal wrote:

Farmers in the Central Valley's Westlands Water District, for example, this year had federally controlled water shipments cut to 20% of the contracted allocation during a drought that is entering its third year. Urban water districts also have been put on notice to expect sharp cutbacks of state-provided water next year, baring an usually wet winter.

I'm not sure our source (Hetch Hetchy)fits into the "state-provided water" description, but perhaps some blogger will know.

pat giorni

What better place to post my Merry Christmas wish to my community.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7iLc7XhU8E


Merry Christmas back atcha, Pat!


A month has passed since this original post--a totally dry month and things are not looking good for our H2O supply this year. It's still early, but the SacBee notes

Water releases from Folsom Dam into the American River will be deeply cut starting late tonight in response to worsening drought conditions in the Sacramento region.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/01/06/6050449/drought-prompts-deep-cuts-in-american.html#storylink=cpy

And I just came across an interesting piece about more advanced snow/water content measuring that is starting in the Sierra. A joint venture between NASA/JPL and the CA Dept of Water Resources is testing sensing equipment mounted to the bottom of a plane to check the depth of snowpack in hard to reach areas as well as when it will melt. Pretty cool even is the story is somber right now. You can check it out at http://aso.jpl.nasa.gov


And so it starts. From today's SacBee:

Faced with historically low water levels on the American River and a long-range forecast providing little relief, the Sacramento City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to enact severe water rationing on residents and businesses, while also boosting enforcement efforts against water scofflaws.

The council approved what city officials described as a “stage 2 water shortage plan,” requiring those who live and work in Sacramento to reduce their water use by between 20 percent and 30 percent.

Amid a sharp increase in the number of resident complaints against those violating winter outdoor watering restrictions, the city also plans to dispatch a task force of monitors to patrol city streets and enforce those rules. To assist in that effort, city officials said they would launch a $200,000 public outreach campaign to persuade city residents and businesses to cut back on water consumption.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2014/01/14/6071929/sacramento-council-to-weigh-water.html#storylink=cpy

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