The report’s findings were unequivocal: Given the current pace of water diversions, the San Francisco Bay and the Delta network of rivers and marshes are ecological goners, with many of its native fish species now experiencing a “sixth extinction,” environmental science’s most-dire definition of ecosystem collapse.Once a vast, soaked marsh and channel fed by the gushing San Joaquin and Sacramento rivers, the Delta has diminished dramatically over the previous century as those rivers and their mountain tributaries have been diverted to irrigate farms and Bay Area urbanity.
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An impressive storm system drenched much of the Central San Joaquin Valley with rain over the weekend and dropped much-needed snow in the Sierra. Snow levels fell to around 3,500 feet in the foothills. “It was our first, real significant winter system,” National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Barlow said. An overall .77 inches of rain was recorded at the Fresno Air Terminal by Sunday. In Madera County, half an inch of rain was recorded at the Madera Airport by Sunday.
California is a big diverse place. California probably will experience droughts this year of different types in different places, and no drought at all in some places, simultaneously. Even if conditions this year are very wet, with flooding, parts of California will have drought issues. (This is what makes California a great place to work on water problems.) The first two months of this new water year have been wetter than average in the north and much drier than average in the south. But it is still early days.
The start of rainy season and its effects on the outdoors next year already are showing promise. The little-seen numbers from water agencies show there is a good chance of a great 2017 for camping at lakes and streams, as well as for boating, rafting, fishing and water sports.Over the weekend, I reviewed reports made by about 25 water districts to the state Department of Water Resources and federal Bureau of Reclamation. This is what I found:Northern California watersheds: Of 91 major recreation lakes, 68 are at or above 100 percent of normal for this date and another five are above 90 percent.
After a weekend in which two storms moved through Southern California, forecasters said the weather for the coming workweek would be chilly and windy but mostly dry. The Los Angeles area was expected to see temperatures in the mid-60s on Monday, about six degrees cooler than usual for this time of year, said Stuart Seto, a weather specialist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. In the mountains of Los Angeles County, temperatures were forecast to hover in the 40s and 50s, with powerful winds that could reach as high as 60 mph.
Weekend rain left San Diego soggy on Sunday, with slick roads and snarled traffic in some places but no reports of serious flooding. There were, however, lots of rainbows. The possibility of a few more scattered showers remains on tap for the region through Monday, meteorologist Stephen Harrison of the National Weather Service said. Back-to-back storms over the weekend brought 0.28 of an inch of rain to Lindbergh Field as of 4 p.m. Sunday. Mount Laguna and Palomar Mountain also got a light dusting of snow, according to the weather service.