Water

California water-saving rules to ease, but nobody's off the hook

by Placerville Newswire / Apr 05, 2016 / comments

"California might have hit Brown's 25 percent goal, if not for low levels of water savings in Los Angeles and San Diego in February."

[by Paul Rogers, mercurynews] Poised to ease California's mandatory drought rules after rebounding rain and snow levels this winter, state water officials on Monday made it clear that -- even where reservoirs are 100 percent full -- no community is likely to get an entirely free pass from conservation targets this summer.

Tahoe Basin Snowpack Water Content Reached 104 Percent of Average

by Placerville Newswire / Mar 18, 2016 / comments

[by Sebastian Foltz]  After a quiet February, the Lake Tahoe region’s snowpack recovered significantly following early March storms.

“We far exceeded our expected March total,” California Department of Water Resources chief of snow surveys David Rizzardo said. “That was a good turnaround from February.”

Snow and rain totals yielded 14 inches of precipitation in and around the Tahoe Basin, more than double the average for the entire month of March. As a result, Tahoe-Truckee ski resorts recorded between 50 and 110 inches of snow during the two weeks of storms.

Snowpack Falls to 83% of Normal, but Storms are Heading In

by Placerville Newswire / Mar 03, 2016 / comments

The weather gods in California are about to pull back the beach blanket and unleash a soggy salvo — the kind of angry El Niño outpouring that the state’s water managers hope will make up for a confounding lack of rain and snow over the past month.

The storms forecast to start rolling in later this week are expected to boost the meager snowpack in the Sierra Nevada, which California Department of Water Resources surveyors warily measured Tuesday during their monthly tromp through the precious powder.