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Rain Contest Deadline Nears

San Diego has endured five years of drought. Will 2016-17 be year number six?
You have just two more days to weigh in with your answer. Tell us the exact amount that will fall at the airport – site of San Diego’s official weather station – between Oct. 1 of this year and Sept. 30, 2017.The person who comes closest to the actual total, either over or under, will win a ski weekend for four at Snow Valley Mountain Resort, plus lodging at Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa.In case of a tie, also tell us the calendar day you think will be the wettest.

County Reports Stable Ground Water Levels Under Napa Valley

Napa County is trying to make the case that it does a good job managing the underground reservoir beneath the Napa Valley that provides groundwater for rural homes, wineries and vineyards. Groundwater levels beneath the main Napa Valley floor are five to 35 feet deep in the spring and the basin remains “full overall” despite the drought, according to a new, draft Napa Valley groundwater report. “The conditions in the main Napa Valley subbasin have been stable for many decades,” said consultant Vicki Kretsinger Grabert, who worked on the report.

A Giant Reservoir That Supplies A California County’s Drinking Water Is Nearly Empty

At the marina Monty Keller manages amid sloping mountains here, business is down by half. For hours every workday, he stares sadly at the reason. Lake Cachuma, a giant reservoir built to hold Santa Barbara County’s drinking water, has all but vanished in California’s historic drought. It reached an all-time low this summer — 7 percent capacity, which left a thick beige watermark that circles the hills framing the lake like an enormous bathtub ring. “We’re just amazed,” Keller said.

Is Sites Reservoir A Savior For The Sacramento Valley – Or A Delta Tunnels Project In Disguise?

An hour north of Sacramento, in a ghost town tucked into a remote mountain valley, California is poised to build a massive new reservoir – a water project of a size that hasn’t been undertaken since Jerry Brown’s first stint as governor in the 1970s. Sites Reservoir, all $4.4 billion of it, represents an about-face in a state where drought has become the norm and water users are told to scrimp and save. Promoters of Sites say the reservoir would significantly enhance water supplies for the rice farms of the Sacramento Valley as well as the cities of Southern California.