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The Latest: Rain-Swollen Sacramento River Flows Over Barrier

Water from the rain-swollen Sacramento River is spilling over a 33.5-foot-high concrete wall and into a bypass built to divert flood water.

NOAA hydrologist Robert Hartman said Sunday the overflow is expected to reach a depth of three feet on Tuesday then start receding. It’s the first time water has spilled over the so-called Fremont Weir crest and into the Yolo bypass since 2012. The nearly 2-mile-long concrete wall is located about 8 miles northeast of Woodland.

Sky-High View of the Not-Too-Distant Future of Outdoor Recreation

Flying over the boundary of Yosemite National Park, the view from 10,500 feet spanned east across 30 miles of snow, ice and rock to the Sierra Crest. The west-facing flank was side-loaded with massive slabs of snow up as far as you could see. Frozen lakes looked like giant skating rinks.

As the plane banked to the right, we caught our first glimpse of Hetch Hetchy Reservoir and the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne. Looking toward Yosemite Valley, the top edge of Half Dome was visible, its colossal escarpment jutting into the sky.

California’s Biggest Reservoir, Shasta, Rises to Key Milestone

Sunday’s storms brought more rain to Northern California, but they also helped the state hit a key milestone in its efforts to recover from the historic four-year drought.

Shasta Lake, the largest reservoir in California and a critical source of water for Central Valley farms and cities from the Bay Area to Bakersfield, reached 100 percent of its historic average Sunday as billions of gallons continued to pour in from drenching downpours. The 21-mile-long reservoir, north of Redding, holds enough water when full for the needs of 23 million people for a year.

Lawsuits Cloud Bid to Build Rosarito Desalination Plant

It would be a ground-breaking project for Baja California, the largest desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere, situated on the Pacific Ocean in a corner of Rosarito Beach — and could one day serve as a supply for water consumers in San Diego County as well.

But as a critical deadline approaches, two partners in the group that proposed the 100 million-gallon-a-day facility are bitterly at odds, suing each other in U.S. and Mexican courts.