Lake Tahoe Received 8.7 Billion Gallons Of Water In 48 Hours

While most wish the rain would go away after a soggy, flood-filled weather season, there are pluses — namely huge gains in water to help with the pesky drought that has been hanging around for half the decade. One of the most impressive gains of the season happened late last year, when NOAA found that Lake Tahoe added 8,690,131,707 gallons of fresh water between Dec. 9 and 11. If you’re trying to picture just how much water that is, here’s a handy fact: it’s the same amount as filling 13,158 Olympic-sized swimming pools, Forbes reported.

Officials Prepare Emergency Plan For Oroville Dam Spillway With Gaping Hole

Officials in California prepared to implement a never-used emergency plan to release millions of cubic feet of water building up behind the Oroville Dam after a gaping hole formed in its spillway. Bill Croyle, deputy director of the California Department of Water Resources, said the dam itself remains in no danger of breaching, however due to unprecedented amounts of storm water flowing into the reservoir after torrential rain in the region, the water level is now 14 feet away from rising over the dam.

Ag Water Summit Participants Say California Drought Not Over

“One rainy month will not make up for a six-year drought,” pointed out Larry Dick, Metropolitan Water District (MWD) chairman of the Agriculture and Industry Relations Committee, at the first ever Agricultural Water Summit Feb. 3, sponsored by the Rancho California Water District (RCWD). Dick was the guest speaker at the water summit held at South Coast Winery in Temecula Wine Country that brought more than 100 farmers and agricultural business owners to hear about how area water resources will be affected now and in the future.

 

South Bay Water Cost To Drop (And Then Rise)

Public attendance at a Thursday evening (February 9) hearing to introduce water rates for Imperial Beach, Coronado, and southwest San Diego for the next three years was so sparse that the public was easily outnumbered by California American Water (Cal Am) and California Public Utilities Commission staff. Despite the low turnout (less than a dozen people), a battle over where to place a water-recycling plant — in Coronado or Imperial Beach — appears to be heating up behind the stiff formality of the proceedings.