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San Marcos’ Looming Water Shortage Might Be a Mirage

The Vallecitos Water District, which provides water in and around San Marcos, told state regulators that demand for water will soon exceed its supplies. The state believes the district messed up the numbers by overestimating demand, but the report is threatening new development around San Marcos and worrying residents.

VIDEO: ‘Dead Before the Fire Even Came Through’

In parts of California, millions of drought-stressed trees have succumbed to disease and insects.

Teen Develops Water-Saving Pods For Seeds

Times are dry in California, which is finishing its fifth consecutive year of drought. Cynthia Chen, 14, began to wonder what she could do to help. After doing a little background research, she found out that 80 percent of the water people use in California goes to farming. So Cynthia — now in ninth grade at the Harker School in San Jose, Calif. — decided to attack the problem by building a water-saving seed pod that keeps seeds moist until they sprout.

In Water-Scarce Regions Desalination Plants Are Risky Investments

Earlier this year, during India’s deepest drought in decades, local authorities in central Maharashtra reported the highest rainfall deficit in the country. Water levels behind dams dropped so far that reservoirs had bathtub rings of dried sand and mud. Puddles lay at the bottom of seven dams in the region, including the Jayakwadi Dam in Aurangabad, one of Asia’s largest earthen dams.


Rain Doesn’t Signal Wet Winter, But Does Reduce Wildfire Risk

San Diego County may get more rain Saturday night or Sunday, a National Weather Service meteorologist said. Temperatures in the county on Thanksgiving could be in the mid- to upper 70s before cooling down over the weekend, meteorologist Alex Tardy said. Northern California will see rain over the holiday, in keeping with what has already been a wet fall. Tardy said the region is 100 to 120 percent above normal for rainfall since Oct. 1. That’s in contrast to Southern California, which is below average for rainfall nearly two months into the state’s sixth year of drought.

3 Storms Sierra Bound; Thanksgiving Day Best For Travel

A trio of storms on their way into the Sierra could make for hazardous travel off-and-on into the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, with several inches of snow expected around Lake Tahoe and a mix of snow and mostly rain in the Reno area. The first of the storms was expected to arrive Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. As much as 8 inches of snow is possible in the mountains above Lake Tahoe and up to 5 inches at lake level by Wednesday. Forecasters say Thanksgiving Day itself may be the best day for travel with sunny skies and mild conditions.

California Rejects Measure That Threatened Water Tunnels Project

California voters have rejected Proposition 53, a November measure to limit the state’s use of revenue bonds to pay for large public works projects that could have undermined Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed twin water tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The ballot measure was trailing by more than 200,000 votes, or 49 percent to 51 percent, when The Associated Press called the race Tuesday night after two weeks of counting late-arriving mail and provisional ballots.

New Water Treatment Plant To Provide Second Water Source For South Orange County

Hoping to create another water source in south Orange County, five water districts have partnered to fund and build a $107 million treatment plant that will provide drinking water for most of the region beginning next year. The Baker Water Treatment Plant, on Biscayne Bay Drive in Lake Forest, is expected to begin operating in January. The five-acre plant will provide an estimated 28.1 million gallons of drinking water per day to about 63,300 homes, Irvine Ranch Water District officials said.