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State Offers Free Testing For Lead In Drinking Water At Schools

Public schools can order free testing to determine lead levels in drinking water under a new state program announced Monday. The testing program is in response to new requirements that all community water systems test public school drinking water upon request by school officials.  “Students should have access to clean drinking water at all times,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said in a statement. “Students need fresh water, nutritious meals, and appropriate physical activity to be ready to learn in class.”

Wet Winter Expected To Slow California Citrus Harvest

“Full moon, clear sky, no wind, and snow on the mountains,” Chris MacArthur, Riverside councilman explained was a terrifying sight for California citrus growers in a phone interview. The threat of frost is with growers every winter. But this winter has seen many wet nights turning MacArthur groves in the Green Zone into a “muddy mess.”

February To Begin With Rain In Forecast

Northern California — including Woodland — is about to turn the page on the wettest January in 20 years, which begs the question: How much rain will February bring? The answer won’t come for another four weeks, but the entire Northern California region is expected to begin February with another storm system which could drop as much as 3 inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service.Rain is expected to move into the region late Wednesday, with the heaviest downpours expected Thursday, according to Bob Benjamin, a forecaster with the weather service.

Bay Area Storms: February To Begin With Rain In Forecast

The Bay Area is about to turn the page on the wettest January in 20 years, which begs the question: How much rain will February bring? The answer won’t come for another four weeks, but the Bay Area is expected to begin February with another storm system which could drop as much as 3 inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service. Rain is expected to move into the region late Wednesday, with the heaviest downpours expected Thursday, according to Bob Benjamin, a forecaster with the weather service.

 

OPINION: Should California Call Off Drought Emergency? Readers Answer Our question: Letters

The drought may not be an emergency now, but we still need to be water wise. If nothing else, the drought restrictions have proven that we can survive with less water. Watering lawns every day and seeing the water run down the street became less obvious with the drought restrictions and hopefully will remain that way. Everyone needs to get educated on proper lawn care such as proper mowing, fertilization and watering times. You don’t have to water every day to have a nice lawn and maintain the looks of our community.

One Month Of Storms Erases Big Chunk Of California’s Snow-Water Deficit

Think of the snow that falls each winter in the Sierra Nevada as something like a paycheck for California’s water supply. The mountain snow melts and flows into downstream reservoirs, helping pay the “bills” for the state’s agricultural, urban and environmental water supply needs through the hot, dry summer and fall. A drought, then, like the historic one that has gripped California for five-plus years and provided little mountain snowfall, is a lot like getting laid off.

WaterWorld Weekly NewsCast, January 30, 2017

Last week, the San Diego County Water Authority’s Board of Directors declared an end to drought conditions in the region and asked California Governor Jerry Brown to rescind the statewide drought emergency regulations for regions with sufficient supplies. Owing to wet winter conditions and recent heavy rainfall, as of January 23, San Diego’s official rainfall measurement station recorded 172 percent of average rainfall since the start of the water year on Oct. 1.

Drought Is Over in San Diego County, Water Authority Declares

The drought is over in San Diego County, the San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) declared Thursday, following a series of heavy rainfall and powerful storms which left inches upon inches of water in the County. This winter, heavy and relentless rainfall across California – and in San Diego County – significantly improved drought conditions, according to the Water Authority. The announcement means San Diego County has enough water supply to last at least three years, according to Dana Friehauf at the SDCWA. The Board of Directors, she said, looks at drought in terms of water supply and availability.

California Is Mostly Drought-Free For The First Time In Years

After years of brown lawns and millions of dead trees, California has finally reached a point where most of the state is officially drought-free. The state’s snowpack is now at 193 percent the average for this time of year compared to two years ago when the snowpack was well under 10 percent come spring — the most diminished snowpack in centuries. The apparent end of the drought across much of the state has officials debating whether to halt the mandatory conservation measures Californians have grown accustomed to.