USGS finds vast reserves of salty water underground

Phys Org – A new nationwide study has unearthed the huge hidden potential of tapping into salty aquifers as a way to relieve the growing pressure on freshwater supplies across the United States. Digging into data from the country's 60 major aquifers, the U.S. Geological Survey reports that the amount of brackish - or slightly salty - groundwater is more than 35 times the amount of fresh Read More…

Truckee River out of Lake Tahoe has strongest flows since 2006,…

The Sacramento Bee – "What a difference 2 years makes!" writes Jimmy Griffin, the resident who produced this impressive video, on his Facebook page. The video shows the dramatic increase of water on the Truckee River during the 2017 winter in Lake Tahoe, California, compared to 2015. It was a record-breaking year with over 700 inches of snow and 89.7 inches of rain in the Sacramento Valley. Read More…

Wet Year Spurs Proponents of New California Reservoir

News Deeply – As one of the wettest California winters in memory nears its end, the state’s major reservoirs are all essentially full or well above their historical average levels. It’s good news for everyone and everything that depends on water, especially after several years of reduced allocations for farmers and huge losses for salmon, which were frequently unable to spawn Read More…

Lake Tahoe filled to the brim

Sierra Sun – Lake Tahoe is full. As of April 17, the lake's surface elevation was 6,227.64 feet — almost 5 feet above its natural rim. U.S. Water Master Chad Blanchard said his office has been spilling water from Lake Tahoe since Feb. 22 in an effort to prevent the lake's level from rising too high. It's the first time since 2006 that excess water has been spilled from the lake. "We're Read More…

Despite Wet Year, We Need Conservation Across Colorado Basin

News Deeply – The stories are everywhere – record precipitation and snowpack in California, atmospheric rivers crashing across the Pacific Northwest and lingering above-average snowpack across Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. And while short-term relief is welcome, we shouldn’t break out the party hats quite yet. As Mother Nature often shows us, we never really know what is right over the Read More…

Expert performed autopsy on Oroville spillway collapse. Here’s what…

The Sacramento Bee – As state officials clamp down on records at Oroville Dam, one of the country’s foremost experts on catastrophic engineering failures has used state inspection reports, photographs and historical design specifications to piece together an autopsy detailing why the spillway at the country’s tallest dam failed so spectacularly this winter. The independent analysis by Read More…

New report shows thousands of California jobs lost due to water cuts

ABC 23 – A report released today by the Southern California Water Committee and the Committee for Delta Reliability exposes the unintended consequences of nearly two decades of water cuts caused by environmental regulation – showing the hardest hit are those who rely on agriculture to survive, such as farmworkers, food processors, truck drivers and warehouse workers, among many Read More…

Sierra snowpack bigger than last four years combined, says NASA

CNBC – California's snowpack level is near a record high. New data from NASA show that this past winter's snowpack levels in California's Tuolumne River Basin, located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, are higher than they were in the last four years combined. Melting snow along the Tuolomne is an important source of water for both California's Central Valley — the heart of Read More…

New groundwater banking project planned for San Joaquin Valley

CVBT – The San Joaquin River Restoration Program has released for public review a Draft Environmental Assessment/Initial Study for a new groundwater recharge banking project in Tulare County. The proposed project includes constructing an 800-acre groundwater recharge basin, installing a 4.5-mile pipeline connecting the new recharge basin to the Friant-Kern Canal and installing 16 Read More…